Rubgy Hospital Radio renames studio to honour much-loved former presenter Richard Green

Rugby Hospital Radio has renamed its studio to pay tribute to a former presenter and chairman who died earlier this year.

Thursday, 5th December 2019, 11:57 am
Richard Green dedicated years of his life to the radio station.

The radio station at the Hospital of St Cross now broadcasts from the Richard Green Studio after naming the studio in memory of Richard, who died in May after a long illness.

Richard was a member of the service for more than 35 years, broadcasting weekly shows and collecting requests from patients.

He also served on the organising committee for many years and was chairman of the charity from 1998 to 2015.

(Back, left to right) Rugby Hospital Radios Mike OConnor, Phil Smith and current chairman Jim Austin joined Richard Greens wife, Mavis, at the stations Richard Green Studio.

Family, fellow volunteers and hospital management attended a ceremony at the studio to watch Richard’s wife, Mavis, unveil a plaque in her husband’s memory.

Mavis said: “Radio was a passion of Richard’s from an early age and his love of broadcasting led him to get involved in hospital radio and, later, broadcast a weekly show on BBC Coventry and Warwickshire.

“For Richard, hospital radio was all about the patients, and he took as much pleasure from talking to patients on the wards while collecting requests as he did presenting his shows.”

Rugby Hospital Radio was formed in 1972 and broadcasts to patients at St Cross seven days a week. Run by volunteers, the station relies on fund-raising and charitable grants to in order to maintain the service.

Secretary Phil Smith, said: “Richard was a wonderful man who was a guiding light for our station over many years, both serving on the committee and inspiring new members to discover the joys of broadcasting.

“We could not think of a more fitting tribute than naming our studio in his memory.”

For more information about the service, visit rugbyhospitalradio.co.uk