Award for Barnsley Hospital radio station volunteer

Barnsley Hospital radio  station volunteer Kevin Cole (L)
Barnsley Hospital radio station volunteer Kevin Cole (L)
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A volunteer who has spent 35 years working on Barnsley Hospital’s radio station has been honoured for his dedication.

Kevin Cole volunteers as a DJ and presenter on the hospital’s radio station, Barnsley Hospital Broadcasting.

He started on the station in 1979 when the studios were based in the town centre and continued to volunteer when BHB moved to the hospital.

Kevin now hosts two weekly shows on the station including a Saturday morning request show where he plays patients’ song requests and his Thursday evening show, Country Routes, where he plays old and new country tracks.

He said: “I originally started volunteering at the hospital radio station because like most people in the 70s, I wanted to become a DJ. Once I started at the hospital I liked it that much that I stayed, I love it here I don’t think they’ll ever get rid of me now.

“For my Saturday show I go round to the wards collecting patients’ song requests and as long as we have the track I’ll play it. It’s nice to think you are cheering the patients up by playing their favourite songs.”

Kevin also trains new volunteers to use the studio equipment.