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BHBN, Birmingham hospitals’ radio station, has been crowned Station of the Year at this year’s prestigious national Hospital Broadcasting Association Awards.

The trophy was one of three BHBN won on the night. BHBN’s Philippa Clarkin was judged Best Female Presenter for her magazine show ‘Words and Music Extra’ which is broadcast on Sundays at noon.  The judges praised Philippa for her warm presenting style. Philippa also won the bronze award for Best Speech Package.



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Visitors & Interviews

The Westfield Health Transplant Games.

Billed as the largest ever British Transplant Games, athletes from across the UK will converge in Birmingham on Thursday 2nd August to take part in four days of competitive sports activities, highlighting the lifesaving and transformational benefits of organ transplantation. BHBN Hospital Radio were proud and privileged to be covering the event with live and recorded interviews and commentary.

Below are some of the photographs taken by the BHBN presenters. Go to for further information about the Westfield HealthTransplant Games


BHBN’s vounteer presenters were out and about around the wards and hospitals for Thursday’s three hour live broadcast to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the NHS, getting reaction from nurses, doctors, staff and patients as we say a big happy birthday to one of the world’s most famous institutions. Request and reaction were recorded from Heartlands and Good Hope Hospital, and Paul Stanley visited The Solihull Hospital on the day.  Philippa Clarkin, Donna Josepth, Paul Millington, Phillip Stoneman & Ellie Horsfall-Tait were around the Queen Elizabeth Hospital.  Philippa visited the restaurant where meals made from ingredients that were rationed and Donna searched out the tea parties on the wards.  Dave Horton and Colin Monnaf were back in the studio fielding the phone interviews and playing the music including some from a Top 40 tunes from  5th July 1948..

  When Mary met Paul

Our devoted and loyal listener 91 year old Mary Sandall  met BHBN presenter Paul Stanley for a chat. Mary listens to BHBN all the time on her iPad (yes that’s right iPAD) and she Shazams (!!!) the tracks so that she can request them on Mary’s Favourites on Mondays GOOD VIBRATIONS programme presented by Mary’s neighbour BHBN’s very own Donna Joseph.  Mary helps BHBN by listening out for too many repeats being played in a month on the LIGHT LUNCH programme (Weedays at Midday) , we call her ‘The Producer’

Mary also has connections to the family name Stanley so they were both busy checking Mary’s family tree over a cup of tea.

Summer Events

BHBN Radio continues attend  Annual events, the QEHB Charities 5k Memory walk twice around the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Site and the Great Midlands Fun Run in Sutton Coldfield.

The 5k Memory Walk was broadcast live from our studios in the Heritage Building with interviews and commentary from the course The Event raised a whopping £756.93 smashing last year’s total.

At the GMFR, BHBN Radio volunteers manned the start and finish line on the Parade in the Town Centre and the Big City FM studio bus at Sutton Park Town Gate providing commentary, encouragement and musical entertainment.  BHBN runners Paul & Jan Millington finished in a time of 2 hours 7 minutes (incl a stop at the Town Gate Bus for a chat !!

Queen Elizabeth 5k Memory Walk

Dave Horton Winner of the John Whitney Award
Alan Dedicote with BHBN's Lorraine Horton (r) & Emma Boydell & Partner (l)


The BHBN team (l-r) Dave Horton, Donna Joseph, Emma Boydell, Penny-Jane Bourne, Phillip Stoneman


Hospital Radio volunteers receive national recognition.

BHBN Hospital Radio is incredibly proud to announce Technical Director, Dave Horton, has received the prestigious John Witney Award for outstanding service to Hospital Radio.

Dave has been a member of The Network for over thirty-five years, and currently serves as The Network’s Technical Director and Vice Chairman. In his time, he has seen The Network move three times – from Edgbaston cricket ground, to City Hospital, and now the Queen Elizabeth Hospital – over that time, leading three complete studio rebuilds. In the past year, he built The Network’s first specialist editing studio, The Auriga Suite.

He was awarded the prize by Absolute Radio’s Content Director, Paul Sylvester, who started his career through hospital radio.

Dave, 63, from Northfield, said,

“I am so honoured to receive this award, the fact that it is nationally recognised and puts BHBN on the national hospital radio map makes it very special.”

“Whilst I was aware I had been entered, it was a total shock to actually win the award, because I am sure there are others in hospital radio who have been members longer than me, and who also have done some truly amazing things for their stations, too.”

“I must thank The Network’s former Honorary Secretary, Emma Boydell, who put together my testimonial.”

Nine members of The Network went to the awards evening on Saturday 24th March, including Emma Boydell, nominated for Best Female, and Penny-Jane Bourne and Phillip Stoneman, nominated and shortlisted respectively for Best Newcomer. The Network was also nominated for Best Event and Best Hospital Radio Station, the latter awarded to stations that showcase “the very best of hospital radio”.

Phillip Stoneman, 23, from Edgbaston, said:

It’s an honour to be recognised after nearly two years at the network. I’ve gone from helping out around the sports team to presenting, commentating,  co-editing its magazines and joining its Board of Directors. I love helping to provide a service for patients – and look forward to serving Birmingham’s hospitals in the years to come!

The Hospital Broadcasting Association’s Hospital Radio Awards were announced in Windsor, at a gala evening on Saturday 24th March. Judges included NHS England Chief Executive Simon Stevens, health and media professionals from around the country, and HBA Patron, former member of BHBN and “Voice of The Balls” himself, Alan Dedicoat.