Patients in Clonmel’s hospitals have smile on their faces those days, as they tune into their very own radio station. Staff and patients turn the dial to 93.7 FM - South Tipperary General Hospital Radio, from 12 pm to 11 pm on weekdays and 10 am to 11 pm Saturdays and Sundays, to hear requests and dedications, as well as hospital information. South Tipperary General Hospital Radio is the brainchild of the Friends of South Tipperary General Hospital Group who have been in existence over the years, helping out with and raising money for various projects in and out of the hospital.
The Group members are putting on their headphones and spinning the discs at new station, as also are several of the hospital staff, and members of the public who want to help out or have an interest in radio and music.
The signal is beamed out from two newly equipped rooms at the hospital, which up to eleven years were part of laundry facilities.
From strength to strength……..
RTE producer Eoin Ryan, who stared his career at Tipp FM, launched the station on May 18th 2000 and it has gone from strength to strength since then
One indication of its popularity is number of requests received . In one month alone, 547 were logged, which works out at more than 18 per day. The programmed are aimed at the hospital community.
The Station is run a team of volunteers who include presenters and technicians.Some of these are new to broadcasting, but some have been involved since the early days of local hospital radio, within the past 12 years