You may not realise it, but Millside Radio has been on the air for over twenty five years!
We had a very gentle start, helped by a number of enthusiasts and by our sister station in Nottingham, NHR, ......
Let's take you back to the 20th October of that year. Picture a cold, damp night, the wind is howling, the rain is pouring and a new hospital radio service is born. Millside, the hospital radio service for Mansfield and Ashfield came into fruition due mainly to the hard work by Mr Pete Haslam, who had been working on the project for many years. At the start, there were only four members, Mike Bargh, Pete Haslam, Mark Simpson and Bill Purdue.
Millside had no studio or premises of any kind, so how did we make the programmes for the new radio service? Well, this was thanks to Nottingham Hospital's Radio who at that time had the luxury of four studios at the Queen's Medical Centre, Nottingham. We were able to collect requests from people in the Dukeries Centre at King's Mill and then dash down to Nottingham to put the programme together. Back at King's Mill, Mark Simpson was busy connecting the wires from our cassette tape recorder (the only equipment we had at the time) to the hospital distribution system sited alongside the water tanks in the attic of the Dukeries Centre.
With all the work done, Millside Hospital Radio went on air at 6:00pm on Monday 20 October 1989 and our listeners were able to pick us up on channel one of their headsets.
On 24th August 1990, the late Jeremy Beadle officially opened Millside. Jeremy spent the whole day with us, visiting many of the Hospital wards and joining us in a live interview. In the afternoon there was an official opening ceremony attended by members of the hospital trust, local dignitaries from Mansfield and Ashfield along with Millside members.
More photos of the opening day here
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