Radio Brockley Wins Award
London’s longest running hospital radio station scooped a Gold award at this year’s Hospital Broadcasting Association (HBA) awards in Maidstone. The annual event which recognises outstanding achievements in hospital broadcasting over the last 12 months, saw Radio Brockley pick up the award for the "Special Event" category – given in recognition of their live broadcast coverage of the official opening of the RNOH’s new Outpatients Assessment Centre in Bolsover Street last April. The 3-hour broadcast, which was relayed live to the patients in Stanmore, featured interviews with the hospital Chief Executive Rob Hurd, Chairman Donald Hoodless OBE, and Head of Design and Healthcare Planning, Steph Williamson. The live broadcast also featured the opening speeches by His Royal Highness, The Duke Of York.
Barnie Choudhury (second left) with Radio Brockley Trustees Jeremy Levene, Alan Joyce and Emma Nouriel
The judge of the category at the HBA Awards – Barnie Choudhury from BBC Radio 4 – praised the winning entry. "This entry was simply outstanding. It sounded so professional, slick and beautifully planned. This was broadcasting of the highest standard." He also said that the programme was so good it would "not have sounded out of place on Radio 4."
"Well done. An excellent listen. This was the equivalent of Radio 4 doing the opening state of Parliament. Excellent. A hospital team unsurpassed. A worthy winner."
Radio Brockley Trustee Alan Joyce, who was at the awards and was one of the presenters on the winning entry, said "I am so pleased that many months of hard work and preparation for this event has been recognised, and given the highest possible praise. I would like to thank all the volunteers at Radio Brockley who gave up their time to make this broadcast such a success, especially Keith Reeve who coordinated the live broadcast and technically made it possible".
The winning entry can be heard in full here.
Some of the RB crew responsible for winning the 2011 HBA Award for Special Event. We broadcast live, back to Stanmore, the opening of the new Outpatients Assessment Unit at Bolsover Street by HRH Prince Andrew in April 2010. This took much planning and attention to detail, and was one of RB's finest achievements ever. L/R: Emma Nouriel, Keith Reeve, Graham Rich and Alan Joyce. Also involved on the day but not in the picture were Lorraine Joyce, Tim McKenzie and Paul Downer.