A Brief History Of The Healthy Sound
(Hospital Radio Crawley
)
 
Hospital Radio Crawley was the brainchild of Councillor George Waller. When he was Mayor of Crawley in the late 60s, he formed a group of local people to raise the finance for the scheme, and by 1969 this had been achieved. Soon afterwards a general meeting was held at the hospital, and Hospital Radio Crawley was formed. The first floor of a Victorian house was purchased in Station Road and was converted into Studios.

HRC began transmissions on July 16th 1971 initially just for 2 hours on Monday and Thursday evenings. Although fundraising continued, paying the mortgage became a problem. Fortunately the council were purchasing houses in station road for redevelopment. They bought our property, and a move to  temporary accommodation came in 1985. Three studios, a preparation room and a workshop were erected in the WRVS building nearby, enabling us to resume broadcasting by the Easter of 1986. In 1992 studios A and B were combined, this restructuring was augmented the following year when studio C was altered to provide for news editing and transmissions.

The redevelopment of Crawley Hospital in 1994 recognised the importance of HRC’s standing within the community. Members were afforded a prime site in which to design and build two studios and a preparation room. Having enjoyed a 10 year occupancy, we were sad about leaving the Station Road site, however we now have purpose built broadcast studios.  Just over 10 years ago, we were granted one of the first LPAM radio licenses, so that we could broadcast to the patients and staff on 1287am more efficiently, by the use of purpose built radios, given free of charge to the patients.
Fundraising initiatives are technically demanding such is our desire to maintain the flexibility and quality of the station’s programme schedule. Go-Karting and jumble sales have been superseded by road shows, discos and marathon broadcasts.

During the past 40 years HRC has established an enviable reputation, and have helped other charities such as MacMillan Cancer and the League of Friends of Crawley Hospital.  Remarkable considering our members are all volunteers, but then they are special people, the kind who view the change as a challenge.

We celebrated our 40th Anniversary with a special event featuring live dance ( Streetdance/Fame/Zumba) on the Bandstand

On Sunday 16th July 2017 we finally achieved our goal of launching 'online streaming' following months of preparation. Iain Ridgley hosted our 'Online Launch Show' along with Chairman Mike Reed, Vice Chairman Paul Denyer and local MP Henry Smith.


We look forward to our next Big Birthday in 2021 when we will be 50!!!