CHR's main aim is to aid the recovery of the patients of St Richards.

There are many roles in a hospital radio organisation: the Presenters are just the ones you hear, and perhaps meet on the wards, when they are collecting requests.  Off-air, we have Ward Visitors (who don't have to be Presenters).  We have technical people to maintain the equipment, people to manage the Record Library, schedule the programmes, do lots of administrative tasks - and there's the people who are on our Council: our 'board of directors', if you will, who run CHR. A Ward Visitor must have a good sense of communication, as of course the time speaking to the patient is the most essential part of ward visiting.   Our technicians need to be knowledgeable about studio electronics and, these days inevitably, computers as well.  Administrative skills are important for much of the behind-the-scenes work, whether in-studio, or in our relationships with the outside world, for fund-raising events by our Outside Broadcast team, for instance.

Volunteers provide all of the entertainment that is heard at St Richards from CHR.  No-one in CHR is paid - we all do it for the love of it.
Membership costs very little.  Members must, however, be over 16 years old.  Each prospective member goes through an induction period, assigned to one of the nightly TLC Request Programmes.  There, they learn the CHR philosophy "Think Patient" - giving the listeners what they want to hear - and how to put that into practice. Please note: we do not offer 'work experience'.

 If you think that you might like to join CHR, or simply find out more about what's involved, please contact CHR's Membership Secretary.  You can either email, attaching a completed application form, which can be downloaded using the link below, or phone (01243 788122) ext 3300 and leave a message, or write to us at: CHR Studio, St. Richard's Hospital, Spitalfield Lane, Chichester, West Sussex PO19 4SE.  We're looking forward to hearing from you!

Jane Gray,
Apr 12, 2014, 2:22 AM