Radio GOSH

“On Sunday 18th October 1980 at 2pm, after 18 months of planning, we were born. This was heard, ‘This is the sound of Radio GOSH on 999 KHZ on the medium wave band’.

When Radio Gosh started the Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital was one of the first hospitals to use an induction loop broadcasting system

“We officially opened the station in October 1981 with the help of the then Blue Peter Team and coverage on the BBC 6 o’clock news. When we first started to broadcast, it was with a group of just seven volunteers who had never been involved with radio broadcasting before. The programme’s times were Sundays for just five hours”.

Within a year Radio GOSH had increased its output to Sundays 10am to 6.30pm and Mondays and Wednesdays evenings.

“Ever since, our aim has been not only just to entertain but to encourage and motivate the children into being part of Radio Gosh by taking part in as many programmes as possible, either in the studio or on the wards with such thing as request shows, radio bingo and as many competitions as possible with children coming to the studio and becoming junior DJ’s”.

One of our aims has been to bring in celebrities, whether pop stars, sporting personalities or television presenters. Over the years we have had Lulu, Kylie and Dannie Minogue, The Spice Girls, The Bill, EastEnders, Grange Hill and Robin Williams but pride of place must go to our Ambassador Sir Paul McCartney”.

The service celebrated its tenth birthday with a live broadcast from the studio via BBC Radio 5 with guests including Anthea Turner, Keith Chegwin and Mike Read.

“Within that year we refurbished our studio complex with new equipment”.

With the opening of the V.C.B. building, we introduced a television network to our broadcasting and in 1998 a system of Teletext and graphics. In 1999 we started another new idea, direct pictures from the studio so that every one could see and hear Radio Gosh. This was made possible by a large amount of fund raising and generous donations.

The highlight of that year was being awarded via B.T and Talk Radio ‘The Patients Choice the Best radio station of the year’, with a large cheque and trophy at a black tie dinner hosted by Jeremy Beadle in Coventry”.

In 2004 Radio Gosh was closed down by London’s Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital to be replaced by Radio Lollipop. The reasons given by the Hospital Trust was, ‘we need a corporate organisation to undertake this type of work’.

Since its launch in 1979, Radio Gosh had provided at least 18 hours a week of entertainment from a studio in the hospital, helped by patients, nurses and 33 volunteer members.

See Part 6 – Children’s Radio. Section 1 – Radio Lollipop. 1.8.1 Great Ormond Street Hospital (22 June 2006)