Zimbabwe P3


Three hospital broadcasting service called “Steam Radio” started in Zimbabwe during the 1970s and 1980s.To provide therapedic entertainment to patients within Zimbabwe”.

  1. Bulawayo 

3.1 Steam Radio Bulawayo (1985/86) 

Steam Radio started at the Bulawayo Hospital in 1985/86.


Man with headphones putting record on record player.
Steam Radio in Bulawayo Hospital
  1. Harare

    2.1 TOC H Service (Date Unknown) 

Ian Petrie reported: “I set up Steam Radio on the back of the previous defunct Toc-H hospital radio”. See 1.2 Steam Radio Harare.

The dates when this TOCH service started and ended are unknown. 

Note: TOC H has branches and members in the UK; Australia; Belgium; India; Zimbabwe; South Africa; Gibraltar; France and elsewhere.

1.2 Steam Radio Harare (1977) 

The first “Steam Radio” service started on 15 August 1977 in Harare at the Andrew Fleming Hospital – which was renamed the Parirenyatwa Hospital following Zimbabwean independence in 1980. Ian Petrie was the founder member.

The first record played was “Fly Me to the Moon” by Frank Sinatra.

“Dave Botha and Mr Emmanuel Zure were chairman and vice chairman of Stream Radio Harare in 1984”.

  1. Mutare 

2.1 Steam Radio Mutare (1986)

Steam Radio Mutare came into being in November 1984. The founder chairman was Mr Ned Gogo who had been Secretary of the Harare Branch in 1981.

The service started broadcasting on 29 May 1986 at the Mutare Provincial Hospital.

A report dated 1 July 1987 read: “Our first income came from a record sale. That raised about $2,000. With that we were able to but a microphone, headset and three turntables”. 

Addmore Nyamuramba wrote: “Steam Radio Mutare is a non-profit making, voluntary organisation based in the capital of the Manicaland Province. It provides musical entertainment to patients admitted at Mutare General hospital.

I started providing this service as an ordinary announcer in 1988 and later became Programmes Director in 1990. The position entailed the drawing and management of programmes. Ultimately became Chief Stoker (Chairperson) of this hospital broadcasting station during the period 1991-1992.

The responsibilities among other things involved the planning, organising, leading, controlling and motivating a group of 15 members. As well as fund- raising and raising the visibility of the station”.