Radio Hillingdon’s new studios have been opened by a former local Mayor, Cllr Allan Kauffman.
He visited the two new studios on Saturday 18th February 2017 which he helped to gain funding for. During his visit he cut a ribbon across the studio door, whilst making a speech live on air. He then stayed for an hour chatting to members and patients during a special radio programme.
Cllr Kauffman was the Mayor of the London Borough of Hillingdon in 2013/14. During his term in office he visited the Hospital studios to record a get well message to the patients. He was so impressed by the station and the service it provides, that he asked Chairman Steve Hickman, if there was some way in which he could help.
The Mayor then asked the Council for a grant for £20,000 which enabled Radio Hillingdon to purchase two new professional digital mixing desks. This was added to £10,000 from the National Lottery and a further £10,000 which the station’s volunteers raised themselves making a total of £40,000. This was used to purchase two completely new, state of the art studios.
The equipment was installed by volunteers over the next year or so. The new studios will enable the station’s volunteers to interchange seamlessly between programmes. But will also mean that whilst one studio is on air, the other can be used for training new volunteers or pre-recording programmes and interviews.
Chairman, Steve Hickman said: “We are extremely grateful to Cllr Kaufman and Hillingdon Council for their generous donation. The studios are amazing and our volunteers feel very proud and honoured to be able to use them”.