Volunteer of the Month - Simon Marshall
Where did February go? March may well have sprung upon us, but at least the good news is that we get to bring you another of our fabulous volunteers! This month we meet money-man and host of Simon's Cornucopia, Simon Marshall!
When did you join Radio Royal?
I joined in July 1991…jings, crivvens, help-ma-boab, how time has flown.
Tell us a little more about what you do at the station!
At the moment, I am a presenter and the station treasurer. Radio Royal is a registered charity and I am also a Trustee. Since I joined the station, I have held various positions on the executive committee including: chairman, presentation and production controller and station manager. It has been a real joy to be given the opportunity to contribute to the growth and evolution of Radio Royal over the years.
Why did you decide to volunteer?
When I was 10 years’ old, my parents tried to cure me of my shyness by sending me to The Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama in Glasgow to attend the junior drama school twice a week. I liked it so much, I stayed for eight years. During my spell there I made some life-long friends, and three of us started writing comedy scripts for hospital radio in East Kilbride. By the time we had run out of jokes and the script-writing stopped, I had got the radio bug, and stayed on to present music shows. Hospital radio has been one of the most important, and constant, parts of my life: I met my wife in Philipshill Hospital Radio in East Kilbride; we lived in Cheshire for five years and I joined FAB Radio in Wythenshaw Hospital where I was thrilled to be able to play some songs for my wife and our new-born son and then after we returned to Scotland in 1990, I joined Radio Royal. After all these years, it still gives me a thrill when someone says they were listening to the radio while in hospital and it really kept them company.
What would you say to someone who was considering volunteering in hospital radio?
If you are looking for a new interest in life, whether it is sharing the music you love with others, wanting to learn about radio presentation or production or you are keen to support people in hospital by ward visiting, then hospital radio is a wonderful place to start. If you’re really lucky, you may also make some friendships that last your lifetime.