Broadcasting to Patients in Reading's Hospitals Since 1957

Gerard has been HRR’s Jack of All Trades (and master of none!) since joining the organisation in 1981. He currently presents the weekly comedy compendium “I Suppose You Think That’s Funny” as well as the occasional Saturday lunchtime Record Requests and (even more sporadically) editions of  our “Take Five” interview programme but in the past has “covered” every type of show from Big Band and Classical music programmes to Saturday Sport (“when they’ve been desperate”). He started in Hospital Radio while at university in Oxford, where he interviewed Cliff Richard, The Goodies, Hinge & Brackett and Phil Archer from Radio 4’s “The Archers”(to name but a few) and joined HRR after taking up his day job in Reading as a French teacher in 1981. After a number of years as Secretary of the organisation Gerard is HRR’s current Chairman.

Musical memories  :  “This’ll really date me. I can remember listening to the Light Programme –Uncle Mac’s Children’s Favourites on a Saturday morning and Housewives’ choice (with my mum – honest !!) on weekdays. They were always playing the end of the 1812 Overture and all those bells and canons used to really scare me! The first records I actually bought? That would be either A Walk in the Black Forest by Horst Jankowski  or one of those 33rpm EPs with the soundtrack of an episode of Thunderbirds on it (Yes, I was into cult television before it was cult!)” 

Broadcasting heroes ?   “ If you ever listen to my shows – and Heaven knows, you deserve a medal if you have! – I try to sound like a combination of Chris Tarrant and the (much missed) Ray Moore, formerly of Radio 2. That said, I’ve also been told I sound a bit like Alan Titchmarsh but was never sure if that was meant to be a compliment or not!”

Not Many People Know That ……. Gerard loves TV quizzes and gameshows and, having once managed to leave Anne Robinson almost speechless by serenading her on The Weakest Link, went on to beat the formidable Mark “The Beast” Labett on The Chase. As well as being a self-confessed Coronation Street addict he is also a Doctor Who fan and rather proud, though he says so himself, of his impression of a Dalek!    


About HRR

Hospital Radio Reading (HRR) is the hospital radio station which broadcasts to the patients at the Royal Berkshire Hospital in Reading via the Hospedia Entertainment system and online via this website.

Registered Charity Number: 244974

Reading Hospital Broadcasting Service.