Millside Hospital Radio

Millside History
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Original Milly Bear Artwork

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.

Original Poster


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.

In March of that year, the hospital was in a position to make available part of the old Occupational Health area to Millside. This meant that a permanent studio could be built enabling live programmes to be broadcast. This was brought online on Easter Monday with the first live programme on Millside, the 'Television Show' presented by Mike Bargh and Mark Simpson.


 Jeremy Beadle Poster




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



An extra room was made available enabling a second studio to be built. This became the on-air studio and the existing studio was developed into a production/standby facility. Milly - the Millside logo - was 'born' in this year. A graphic designer produced eight different designs. Patients and staff around the hospitals were asked which design they preferred. The results were clear, and Milly the Bear has represented Millside Radio ever since!

Original Milly Bear Artwork


Broadcasting was extended to cover the Mansfield Community hospital one mile away. Programmes were made available on channel 1. In addition to normal programming, Millside provided an overnight service for Ashfield Community Radio, a restricted service license (RSL) which was focused on the annual Ashfield show that year. This was the first of a number of such co-operations with local organizations over the next few years.


Twelve new wards were opened in the King's Mill centre, and broadcast programmes were made available on channel 15. Programmes were extended to cover Sundays.


Millside celebrated its fifth birthday, and invitations to join the festivities were extended to people inside and outside the hospital. A live party programme was transmitted across the hospitals and the whole Mansfield and Ashfield area with help from Sherwood Community Radio RSL.


Our 5th Birthday


Find out about more recent events here.



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Tel 01623 737 737
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Millside Hospital Radio
King's Mill Hospital
Mansfield Road
Notts NG17 4JL

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