Broadcasting to Patients in Reading's Hospitals Since 1957


One of the two Martins on Saturday nights (they joined at roughly the same time and have hardly broadcast apart since!!), Martin Rolfe is the one to blame for the madcap “Saturday Night Experience” show – where amusing stories of the joys and frustations s of everyday life in the Rolfe household are a regular feature  – but off the microphone is surprisingly sane.


When not on HRR  Martin works for a locally-based charity, with responsibility  for its IT requirements and database. In Summer he visits steam rallies with his 4-inch scale traction engine and he also paints in watercolour “when the mood takes me”. Martin also writes a blog where you can re-read some of the stories he tells on his show and see some of his illustrations and cartoons. You can see a selection of them elsewhere in this magazine – or why not take a look at ?


Musical memories ?   Martin recalls : “I can remember playing a series of Pickwick children’s records on a mono record player that had belonged to my mum. My favourite was Peter, Paul and Mary singing Puff the Magic Dragon. The first record I remember buying was the Boomtown rats – I Don’t Like Mondays.”


Broadcasting heroes ?    Over the years Martin has admired Rob Jones (2-Ten FM and Radio Luxembourg), Tony James (Pirate FM in Cornwall and Star FM) , Chris Moyles on Radio 1 and Ken Bruce on Radio 2. He confides : “I was lucky enough to work in radio for 2 years at star FM in Slough and during my time on hospital radio I have interviewed a lot of C-list celebrities – but I would really love to interview Billy Connolly. I also have a secret yearning to work on BBC Radio Berkshire as a presenter. It would be a privilege to broadcast to the town where I was born and brought up”.


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.