Broadcasting to Patients in Reading's Hospitals Since 1957


Mike Cullingford HRR

Mike  has been part of our Wednesday Crew since May 2013 and is the oldest (though, paradoxically some would say the least mature!) member of the team. As well as ward-visiting and presenting patients' requests he also makes a mean cup of tea. Mike actually thought of volunteering with HRR after a stay in hospital himself  (“I  found hospital radio served as a cheery distraction from the tedium of recuperation”) and was prompted to do something about it  after the birth of his son at the RBH in 2012, when he felt keen to give something back to the hospital. He could be said to have broadcasting in his genes, though, as his father Brian was an early pioneer of off shore pirate radio (Radio 390) and worked for the BBC (radio & television) presenting and reporting for programmes such as the Today Programme, Songs of Praise & the Voice of Business. Meanwhile Mike's mother, June, appeared with Patrick Troughton in Doctor Who back in the 1960s.


When not at HRR Mike has been involved in the Events Industry for many years and is currently Managing Director of Catalyst World Class Speakers, a leading provider (so he says!! – Ed) of distinguished personalities for prestigious events around the world. These include, comedians, musicians motivational speakers, business leaders and TV personalities. If you’re lucky you may even be able to catch him interviewing some of these celebrities on HRR.


His musical preferences are quite broad, ranging from light classical to heavy rock (so perfect for a Hospital Radio Record Requests presenter!)  and when time allows he enjoys composing his own songs on guitar & piano. His earliest musical memory is The Boomtown Rats performing ‘I don’t like Mondays’ and the first record he actually remembers buying  was Prince Charming by Adam & the Ants,


Not many people know that  Mike is a one time competitive skier and is HRR's very own hairy biker, with an enduring passion for Harley Davidsons.



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.