Volunteer of the Month - Andrew Priestly
In our new monthly feature, we're going to showcase our wonderful volunteers and give you an insight into what goes on at Radio Royal. Who better to start off with then than our longest serving member - Andrew Priestly!
When did you join Radio Royal?
September 1984. Ish. To be honest it was so long ago I had to look that up.
Tell us a little more about what you do at the station!
I present the Celestial Carpet Bag on Radio Royal, playing a variety of different styles of rock music from almost pop to almost metal, which makes the sequencing of songs fun, to say the least. The show's name, by the way, is derived from Mary Poppins. Previously, I presented Patients' Choice for many years, which is where I learned the art of sequencing music, having to deal with playing both Prince and Jimmy Shand in the same two-hour programme.
Why did you decide to volunteer?
I had to do some community service as part of my coursework for the Queen's Badge in the Boys' Brigade. I was given a few options, and Radio Royal seemed like the least worst... I mean, the most interesting. That was supposed to last 3 months. I was fascinated by all the technical aspects of how it worked - and it's all changed beyond recognition over the last 30 years - several times at that!
What would you say to someone who was considering volunteering in hospital radio?
Do it. At the very least, come along to one of our inductions and have a look around the studio. If you're interested in talking to people directly, perhaps ward visiting is for you. If you're more interested in the technical side of things, there's plenty of toys to play with, and of course, if you're interested in music and radio, we'll that's what we're here for. Oh dear, this has turned into a sales pitch, hasn't it?