Through the week, Mark Oldfield is a Enterprise Growth Supervisor for TYRI Lights UK primarily based in North Yorkshire. However on weekends, he hosts The Saturday Morning Music Zone, a preferred radio present at Harrogate Hospital Radio. He tells us the way it all happened and the way his volunteering impacts his life, his day job and his area people.
I’ve been a DJ since I used to be 18 years outdated. My ardour for music began at college after I was requested by the headmaster if I want to play some music at our faculty disco in 1976. The primary document I ever performed was Mississippi by Pussycat!
My pal launched me to the thought of Hospital Radio in 1978, after I volunteered in Huddersfield close to the place I lived on the time. I then took a break from hospital radio for a while. Firstly, doing cellular discos after which working part-time as a technical assistant at a industrial radio station, Pennine FM, (they modified branding quickly after to The Pulse of West Yorkshire).
I returned to Hospital Radio a few years later in 2013. I used to be bored at residence on one night and looking out into hospital radio, I found Harrogate Hospital Radio and utilized to affix the volunteer radio program.
My Saturday morning present (10 am till 12 midday) is a magazine-style present. I discuss native information tales and occasions which can be happening within the space. I invite friends on the present to speak about initiatives they’re concerned with. I take a digital journey to the films the place I discuss a movie after which play two items of music from its soundtrack. I even use the very fact of the week that’s included in Forkliftaction Information. My eight-year-old nephew, George, reads out the information in a characteristic I name ‘Properly, I didn’t know that’.
I take pleasure in having the liberty to play music that I like on my present. I’ve a large style in music that adjustments frequently, however my agency favourites span from ABBA to Deacon Blue to John Denver.
I all the time really feel optimistic after a present, realizing that I’ve made a distinction. You by no means know who or how many individuals are listening, however I strive make it private by sounding as if I’m speaking to people not a gaggle of individuals.
Through the pandemic the sense of bringing individuals collectively was even stronger. Sufferers weren’t allowed guests, so the one level of contact was Hospital Radio. Affected person’s households and mates had been emailing and calling the studio asking to play music and ship messages to their family members on the hospital.
In 2018, I utilized to Ofcom for an FM licence after the belief eliminated all listening gadgets from wards the place they got a grant for public Wi-Fi to be put in on the hospital. Aged sufferers, sufferers with studying difficulties don’t all have or know use a smartphone/system.
I used to be turned down 3 times for the licence. Nonetheless, after a petition on-line and getting our MP concerned, Ofcom known as me direct to supply a low energy restricted licence to broadcast in a small radius (2 km) of the hospital.
We began broadcasting on 95.3 FM on September 1 2021; this might be renewed in September this 12 months.
It has been a large success, and we have now additionally fundraised cash to purchase 100 FM radios to supply to sufferers on the wards.
In 2020, I used to be shocked to study I had been nominated for the John Whitney award for excellent contribution to the group after being nominated by my fellow members/committee of Harrogate Hospital Radio.
The reward of doing Hospital Radio is the thanks you get from sufferers and workers who name, electronic mail or textual content the studio to thanks for brightening or making their keep in hospital simply that little bit higher. This makes all of it worthwhile.
So what’s my day job? I’m the Enterprise Growth Supervisor for TYRI Lights UK Ltd. I cowl the UK, the Benelux international locations and Eire. We’re primarily based in Skipton, North Yorkshire. I’ve been with the corporate 13 years.
I like working with a variety of individuals from buying, engineers and senior administration to supply options to their initiatives. Through the years, I’ve constructed up robust relationships with main corporations (and small corporations) in all sectors and gained TYRI popularity for supplying high quality LED lights.
Doing radio has influenced me in my day job. I discover it has helped me to develop the ability of asking open-ended questions concerning the merchandise I’m promoting, after which working to get the perfect solutions for my prospects. Telling prospects about my voluntary radio work is all the time an important dialog starter – it all the time takes the dialog in a optimistic path.
A few of my prospects even hear on-line to my present and electronic mail me with a request or two at www.harrogatehospitalradio.org.uk.
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