Volunteer of the Month - Jim Prentice
As we bid farewell to the 'gloomy month', we start February with a new Volunteer of the Month! This month we speak to our departing Chairman, Jim Prentice - host of Motown and Friends, cycling enthusiast and the one that keeps us all in order!
When did you join Radio Royal?
I joined Radio Royal in the spring of 2012.
Why did you decide to volunteer?
I kinda fell into radio early in 2011 through friends of ours on the Isle of Bute and I started in the local Community Radio on the island – seldom been as terrified in my life when I did my first show there. At the time looming retirement got me thinking about voluntary work and I saw an advert for Radio Royal at brand new studios in FVRH. The idea of working within a hospital environment, for some unaccountable reason, seemed to appeal and I must say it has been such an enjoyable and rewarding experience. Apart from the radio work, meeting and talking with such a diverse range of medical related folks over recent years has been a joy.
Tell us a little more about what you do at the station!
Currently I’m chair of Radio Royal and that generally involves being the ‘face’(not a pretty one, I can promise you) of Radio Royal and interacting with various part of NHS Forth Valley. I like to think that I also provide a little strategic direction for the radio station but without the input from my fellow volunteers, in particular the RR Executive committee, little would happen - they are an enthusiastic bunch of people as you’ll find anywhere!
As for me, I’ll be standing down as Chair at the forthcoming Annual General Meeting in February ’19. My time, in post, has been really rewarding. It all started off about 4 years ago with an Action Plan and I’m delighted to say that we’ve achieved most of the targets which we set ourselves including, most importantly, the raising of funds to allow us to refurbishment the Studios. We now have one of the best set-ups of any hospital radio station in the UK. It’s been a special time for us all at Radio Royal and I’m privileged to have been part of it.
What would you say to someone who was considering volunteering in hospital radio?
I’d say to anyone considering doing some voluntary work or maybe even a career in radio, why don’t you come along and join us – you’ll not be disappointed and you’ll get so much out of it.