We are delighted to announce that the MK Dons Supporters Association will be sponsoring the Soccersight service at stadium:mk for the 2011 / 12 season.

The Soccersight service provides live commentary to visually handicapped fans (home and away) within the stadium, by linking them in to MKHRs live commentary of every home game.

Previous funding for the service, provided by a community grant, has now expired and we are indebted to the MKDSA for their sponsorship for this season which will allow the service to continue.

Soccersight is a free service for all ticket holders.  Fans wishing to use the system should contact the MK Dons Box Office.

For more information on the MK Dons Soccersight service
click here

MK Dons Supporters Association sponsors Soccersight for 2011/12 season
Posted July 2011
WORLD BOOK NIGHT, Saturday 5th March 2011
MKHR was chosen as one of 20,000 Giving Organisations for World Book Night.

On the Night our members gave away 25 books, one copy of each of the tiltes on the WBN selected list.  The books were given away to the patients and staff of Milton Keynes General Hospital.

Meanwhile the radio station broadcast a special 3 hour programme which included interviews and features based around the book theme, and in particular, our selected book, One Day by David Nicholls.

And, as an unexpected bonus, MKHR will also be giving away a further 48 books in the next few days.  These will be copies of One Day and will be distributed by our Request Collectors as they go around the wards.

The photos show patients and staff receiving the free books from MKHR volunteers Stuart Mawer (left), Leon Wallace (below) and Phil Yates (right).

Posted March 2011
MKHR wins BT Community Connections Award

Posted April 2010

BT Community Connections is an award scheme which enables community
and charitable organisations to get online and make use of information and
communications technology.

Organisations, working in any field of community benefit, located throughout the UK or ROI were able to apply for a laptop and a year's free broadband connection. To date, over 6,000 community groups have benefitted from the scheme through the provision of ICT equipment and internet.

MKHR were notified this week that they have been chosen to receive the award in the 5th Year that the awards have been made.

The award comes at an opportune time as MKHR is in the process of updating its IT systems.  The award will allow the station to establish an independent Broadband link that can be used for a variety of purposes, including the use of a VOIP system to replace the telephone link that we currently use to broadcast our football coverage.  This will give a much needed improvement in the signal quality.

Other uses of the new link will include the ability to download music for our library, with automatic searches of on-line databases available, as well as the ability to link directly to the Independent Radio News service to download articles and News Reports.

MKHR would like to thank BT for this award.
Soccer Sight goes live at MK Dons

Posted March 2010

The MK Dons home game against Southend United on 20th February  saw the formal launch of the Soccer Sight project at the football club.

Now, blind or partially sighted spectators can use special radio receivers within the ground to tune in to the live commentary provided by MKHRs Commentary team.  The Football Club has worked in partnership with the Soccer Sight Charity and MKHR to provide this service.

Dons fan Jeff Newall said:  "It's great!  I can sit with my wife at the back of the Cow Shed, pick up the atmosphere from the crowd AND get great quality commentary on the action, which I can follow with my handheld 'Spy Glass'.  Thanks to everyone who has made this happen."

The photo shows users of the system, including Jeff, 2nd from left, meeting MKHR Commentators Martin Thorpe and John Creasey (centre back) along with officials from the club.

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Happy Birthday to Us !!

Posted December 2009

Milton Keynes Hospital Radio reached a milestone on 18th December 2009.  It was exactly 25 years since the first programme was broadcast to the patients at the new General Hospital.  A lot has changed over the years, with the studio moved from its original position to make way for further expansion, new equipment and a better medium for broadcasting to the patients via the Hospicom system.

Our New Afternoon Programme Line up
Posted August 2011
We are pleased to announce a new line up of recorded programmes for afternoons on Milton Keynes Hospital Radio .  Starting on Monday 22nd August 2011 you can hear the following programmes every afternoon (except Saturday) :-

14.00 to 15.00        The Comedy Hour presented by Ray Oxley
15.00 to 16.00        Sunny side of the Street with Ken Anton.  An hour of
                              older music.
16.00 to 17.00        The Classical Hour.  An hour of non-stop classical
17.00 to 18.00        Golden Years.  Ray Oxley looks back to the music
                              and news of a bye gone year
18.00 to 19.00        The A to Z of Pop with Richard Smith.

For full programme schedules click here
'Bob the Busker' and a giant bouncy slide ...
MKHRs Sports presenter Bob Pring swapped microphone for harmonica on Sunday 18th September as he entertained the crowds at the Hospital Fete held in the central courtyard.

The weather stayed fine for the event which saw many departments from the hospital, along with associated charities set up stalls to raise much needed funds.

MKHR provided the p.a. for the event which also saw a performance from the Milton Keynes Cheerleaders Academy.  MKHR also had their own stall, with volunteers running a CD Tombola.

Highlight of the day was the giant inflatable slide and MKHR presenters Martin Thorpe and Phil Yates couldn't resist having a go.
Posted September 2011
Bletchley Park Armed Forces Day 2012
Posted September 2012
MKHR was shortlisted for the 'Special Event' category at this years National Hospital Radio Awards, held on 31st March in Northampton.

MKHRs entry was a compilation of shows from LIVE 45, a non-stop marathon broadcast which took place in October 2011, raising £1550 for station funds.

Sadly, the entry wasn't placed in the top three by the distinguished panel of judges.  Vice Chairman Martin Thorpe said "Live 45 was a fairly modest event in comparison with some of the other entries on the shortlist, so we were delighted to be included in the Top 10 nominations."

For more about Live 45 click here
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On Sunday 2nd September, Milton Keynes Hospital Radio broadcast a special three hour show from the Armed Forces Day held at Bletchley Park, the home of the Codebreakers.

The live show included interviews with members of the various groups taking part in the event, including the Military Radio Association, the Naval Cadets, who undertook a 'Gun Run' in the arena, and the Milton Keynes Pipe Band who entertained the crowds.  We were also privalaged to interview the Prime Minister, Winston Churchill !!

Many veterans of World War II attended the Enigma Reunion, and a special Service of Remembrance was held in front of the Mansion, preceded by a Parade by the Naval Cadets and the Pipe Band.

For more information and pictures of the event click here

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MKHR Nominated for HBA Award ...
Posted April 2012