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Harrogate Hospital Radio is inviting budding radio stars of the future to have a go at presenting a show at an open day next weekend.   The event is taking place from 9am until 6pm on Saturday 2nd October, and is open to anyone who is keen to get a glimpse of a radio station in action. Those wishing to attend will have to book a time slot to ensure any risk of infection is kept to a minimum. Harrogate Hospital Radio Chairman Mark Oldfield said:

"This Open Day is aimed at informing the public of the role we provide to patients within the hospital, as well as hopefully recruiting new members. "They will be able to find out about our broadcasting journey today, which has taken us from broadcasting from a single room with one turntable, one reel-to-reel tape player and one microphone, to the state-of-the-art studios we have now."
The charity broadcaster, which is based within Harrogate District Hospital on Lancaster Park Road, relies on an army of volunteers to fulfil a number of key roles, including presenting, request collecting and fundraising. Visitors on the day will be given a tour of the studios, be able to watch and listen to a show going out live, and have the chance to get behind a microphone and take on the role of a presenter. Members of the organisation will also be on hand to answer questions and talk about their personal roles within the society, which this year celebrates its 44th anniversary. At the beginning of September, Harrogate Hospital Radio become the first hospital radio station to broadcast on FM. Chairman Mark Oldfield added:
“For those interested in a broadcasting career, Hospital Radio is a great place to start. Some of the country’s best-known presenters, including Chris Evans, began their career this way. “For those who aren’t looking for a presenting role, we have plenty of opportunities to help behind the scenes. Request collecting is one of the most important and rewarding roles there is.”
To book a tour, email events@harrogatehospitalradio.org.uk Read more local stories from Your Harrogate here.

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