Wednesday 19th April 2017 marks an important milestone for Radio Harrow, as the organisation celebrates its second birthday. Formed in April 2015 following the merger of Harrow Community Radio, Ward Radio and Radio Northwick Park, Radio Harrow has been broadcasting to the wider Harrow community, as well as continuing to maintain a patient befriending service, based out of studios in Northwick Park Hospital in North West London.
Over the last year, the station has been involved in numerous high profile events in the community, broadcasting live from various venues around the London Borough, and being at the heart of events in the local area. In May 2016, the station was awarded recognition of it’s services to the people by the then Mayor of Harrow, Krishna Suresh, 13 months after the station started broadcasting under it’s current name.
In October 2016, the station ran a marathon broadcast fundraiser, titled ‘Best Weekend Ever‘, with specialist programming and local events organised to raise funds for the station. Events in the local area included a Treadmill Challenge at the Harrow Leisure Centre, and live music at Harrow Arts Centre and the Northwick Park Hospital Social Club – where we even debuted our very own band called ‘The Volunteers’. On air, the station broadcast from early Saturday morning through till Sunday evening with a mix of live programming, and documentaries. The ‘Living with Diabetes’ show, which aired as part of the weekend long broadcast was awarded a Bronze Award for ‘Best Speech Package Program’ at the 2017 Hospital Broadcasting Association Awards.
As well as that we’ve been working hard to engage the local community and have featured several interviews with local charities and organisations across our programming over the past year.
‘Living with Diabetes’ – Aired during the ‘Best Weekend Ever’ in October 2016, and was awarded a Bronze Award during the 2017 HBA Awards for ‘Best Speech Package’.
Vic & John interviewed local bandleader and musician Tony Jacobs on ‘Anything Goes’
The Saturday ‘Patients’ Hour’ Highlights Reel
Ben Punter speaks with Chris Stark from Radio 1
Gary Walker speaks with Sonia and Annette during Tinnitus Awareness Week
Biba Hunjun speaks with Sergeant Muneeb Ishtiaq from the Met Police, Harrow
Daniel Edward speaks with Skip Archimedes
Brian Rose speaks with members of Edgware and District Reform Synagogue
Gary Walker asks the Borough Commander Simon Ovens from the Harrow Metropolitan Police service questions from the community
Sarika Unadkat chats with members from the East Lane Theatre on the ‘Sunday Shuffle’
David Reece speaks with Farhat Hamid, Head of Nutrition and Dietetics at Brent NHS
The Saturday ‘Patients’ Hour’ broadcast from Kings Cross during the 2016 Colon Challenge
Steve Johnston interviews Deven Pillay, CEO of Harrow Mencap
Ben Punter interviews Brett Loft from the London Fire Brigade
For more audio clips, visit the station’s Mixcloud channel.
You can also watch our audio slide shows of all the Best Bits from our ‘Best Weekend Ever’
Radio Harrow are always on the lookout for new volunteers. Whether the broadcasting side of a radio station appeals to you, or if you want to contribute to the patient befriending services that the charity provides, you can find out more here.