Seven hospital broadcasting services in New Zealand have been identified.
See Part 6. The History of Radio Lollipop for information on their 6 services in Grafton, Manukau City, Otahuhu, Whangarei, Henderson and Christchurch.
1.1 Hospital Radio Timaru (1989)
Hospital Radio Timaru was started by Ron Heney and was originally just for patients at the Timaru Hospital.
Later a hospital upgrade saw the end of the headsets on which the station broadcast and the service switched to an 88FM signal which became available to the general public.
Hospital Radio founder Ron Heney said: “The studio is housed in a dormitory room and is lined with egg cartons for soundproofing. It offers clear views of the city. I built all the gear up. I built the control desk because we couldn’t afford one”.
The Timaru Herald reported on 12 July 2012: “The community radio station, that has been broadcasting for 23 years and is run by 14 volunteers, must vacate its studio in the Gardens Block at Timaru Hospital after the building was deemed unsafe. The station will sign off at the end of the month, but hoped to be back on air soon”.
“Hospital Radio has found a new home but is asking for community support to help it continue”.