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The roots of Black Country Radio include working within our local communities through Hospital Radio.
Dudley Hospital Radio began broadcasting back in 1975.
The first show was broadcast from The Guest Hospital on Christmas Day of that year and the service became a charity in 1996.
In 2009, 102.5 The Bridge joined forces with the service, with patients able to hear both stations. However, the service ceased to exist as a standalone operation a few years ago. Instead, the members put their skills to good use and set up Black Country Community Radio, broadcasting online but still maintaining the link to Russells Hall Hospital.
Black Country Radio continues to work with a wide variety of community groups and we continue to work with the Hospital and other social care services through fundraising efforts and also in partnership at this time of national crisis.
Billy Spakemon, through the Omma n Chain show, raised thousands of pounds for Russell's Hall Diabetes unit in 2019, by "Busking for Charity", supported by local performers from across the Black Country.
We have future developments that will bring wider services and support to vulnerable people across our communities, those struggling with health issues, loneliness, the elderly and the young. Our shows regularly feature interviews with various agencies, support services and charities that provide support across our communities, and some of our work is done through our charitable arm.
Dudley and District Hospital Broadcasting is a registered charity number: 1055132