The new studio at HWD Hospital Radio has been officially opened by Batley and Spen MP Tracy Brabin.
Studio 1 at the Heavy Woollen District radio service features a computer playout system and a new mixing desk for volunteers to use.
Tracy said: “HWD Hospital Radio is a brilliant example of a local charity which has been entertaining hospital patients and their families, and serving as an excellent springboard for budding broadcasters for 65 years!
“I encourage local people to tune in, and to take opportunities to support this important charity which is providing an excellent local service.”
The station began in 1952, with its very first studio housed in then former Batley Hospital and has been at its current home since Dewsbury and District Hospital opened in the late 1980s.
Chairman Mike Binns added: “Hospital radio has long been the training ground for people wanting to get into broadcasting as a career and our station has been the springboard for a lot of talent you’ll hear on the radio across the country today, including local commercial and BBC stations.
“It’s important that we keep up to date with the latest technology so our presenters can get a good understanding of what to expect if they decide to enter the world of broadcasting full time.
“Our new mixing desk fits perfectly with today’s style of radio, which is based around computer playout systems – a bit like a bigger and more sophisticated version of the MP3 music player you might have at home.”
Vikki Padgett, Voluntary Services Manager at the Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust added: “Staying in hospital means being away from family and friends and HWD Hospital Radio really does try and bridge that gap to ensure patients are kept entertained during their stay.
“This is a fantastic resource and it’s great to see the station investing both in upgraded equipment and also in the training of volunteers who could well be our radio stars of the future.”
Photo: Batley and Spen MP Tracy Brabin tries out the refurbished radio studio with (from left) HWD Hospital Radio’s Chairman Mike Binns, engineer Damien Tyson and President Pat Rhodes.