Southern Sound Hospital Radio was launched at the Southern General Hospital on 25th April 1995 by Alistair McCoist MBE, then of Rangers Football Club.
It was formerly known as Centre Hospital Radio at Philipshill Hospital. That service was launched in May 1974 by Steve Jones, then morning presenter with Radio Clyde. Philipshill Hospital was a centre for Spinal Injuries and, when the hospital closed in 1992, we offered our services to the Southern General Hospital where the National Spinal Unit would open.
Premises for the new studios were identified & there followed many months of work before the new service opened. There was a a short break while we moved to other studios in the main hospital building some years ago.
On the building of the new Queen Elizabeth University Hospital, we moved to our fourth home at external studios one mile from the hospital.
What We Do
We have two purpose built studios. Studios 1 & 2 are the main self-drive broadcast studios.
The station, like most hospital radio stations, is manned totally by volunteers of all ages, & our aim is to deliver a professional radio service to Glasgow hospitals but principally to the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital in south Glasgow. Requests are collected earlier in the day from the wards & are played on our evening programmes.
Our programmes cover music from the last five decades, special features, local news, competitions, news magazines & some great chat.
Our aim is to provide a quality & professional personalised service to the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital.
We regularly survey our listeners to profile our audience and we build our programmes around that profile. Requests are analysed to provide lists of our patients' favourites.
National Hospital Radio Awards
Southern Sound has been recognised several times over the last few years.
At the UK National Hospital Radio Awards, we have picked up both Gold & Silver Awards in the specialist programme category in separate years.
There's also been a Special Commendation for John McDonald, in the presenter of the year category.
An Experienced Team
A large number of our very experienced team have also received long service awards from the Hospital Broadcasting Association.
NHS Diamond Award
One of our long term presenters, Graham Turnbull, was shortlisted for the Diamond Awards on the 60th Anniversary of the NHS and gained a Certificate of Recognition.