Radio Marsden is a patient-led, volunteer-run radio station that has been serving the Royal Marsden Hospitals in London with a 24-hour live stream since its inception in 1969. It is a popular radio station in the United Kingdom, offering a wide variety of content including news, talk programs, and a blend of pop music from both past and present eras.
Radio Marsden was established by David Peschier, who initiated the idea of a hospital radio when none existed in the local area. The first broadcasts were recorded on tape and presented in person, showcasing the station's dedication to direct interaction with its audience. Over the years, the station has achieved numerous milestones, including expanding its reach to a second hospital in Chelsea in 1980, achieving 24-hour broadcasting in 2006, and launching online broadcasting in 2009. It has also refurbished its studios and introduced a computerised playout system, among other advancements.
Radio Marsden is more than just a radio station—it's a lifeline for many patients who find themselves in extended stays at the hospital. Volunteers, including the presenters, frequently visit the wards to build relationships with patients, offering a sense of companionship and social interaction during their hospital stay.
|Royal Marsden Hospital, Downs Road, Sutton SM2 5PT
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