Broadcasting to Patients in Reading's Hospitals Since 1957

Known to everyone as Rhodders, Rhodri joined HRR’s Saturday Lunchtime Requests team in 2007 and now leads it. He thinks working on a request show is the best possible programme he could have on the station : “Getting onto the wards and meeting the people the show is for is part of what makes hospital radio fun and unique. I meet all sorts of interesting people, I've met an 88-year-old paratrooper and been taught how to make loom bands by an 8 year old”.

 

Rhodders was bitten by the radio bug at a very early age, when as a nine-year-old he was lucky enough to be shown around the studios of 2-Ten FM (remember them? – Ed) by the then breakfast presenter Guy Harris. He then started messing around with tape recorders to make “radio shows” in his bedroom at the age of 9 and began volunteering with HRR as soon as he was old enough. After 7 years on the Saturday lunchtime team Rhodders was finally rewarded with a silver award in the Male Presenter of the Year category at the Hospital Broadcasting Association’s annual awards ceremony at Bristol in March 2014. 

 

When not on HRR  :  Rhodders is carving a path in professional radio, hosting live events and reading travel news on The Breeze, a commercial radio station for Andover, Newbury and Basingstoke, as well as doing occasional work behind the scenes at BBC Radio Berkshire and BBC Radio Two. Prior to joining The Breeze, he also worked for Reading107 (Now Jack FM Berkshire) where, amongst other things, he twiddled the knobs for Sir John Madjeski as producer of his Sunday lunchtime interviews.

 

He reckons his earliest radio or musical memory is listening to the theme tune from the Teenage Ninja Mutant Turtles, which he still owns on cassette tape. Fortunately his tastes have matured since then and the first record he remembers buying was the Red Hot Chilli Peppers album, By the Way and his personal preferences now centre around the rock/indie genre. However he’s always open to suggestions : as he says, “One of the joys of doing a request show is that you can be asked to play anything. My favourite artists change monthly but at the moment I'm listening to the Red Hot Chilli Peppers, the National, Best Coast, The Drums, The Smiths, The Cure and Dire Straits.

 

Broadcasting heroes ?  Rhodders explains “the majority of my radio influences are "presenters" as opposed to “DJs”. Their shows revolve less around the music they play, and more around their personality and what they have to say. Iain Lee is like no one else on the radio. After starting his radio career doing bizarre late-night phone-ins, he now presents a breakfast show on an ABC local station. The way he moves effortlessly from funny items to the incredibly serious is brilliant. He's also the only presenter on UK radio who could ever make half an hour on recycling bins interesting and even entertaining!” Rhodders also admires Jeremy Vine, enjoying the way he brilliantly manages to balance music, entertainment and current affairs. “The range of topics is selected on the morning of the broadcast and means the show doesn't get stale. Having interned on this programme I appreciate the effort that goes into it and realise how important research is ”.

 

Not Many People Know That …….   In his spare time Rhodders is a stand up comedian and he has even performed at the Edinburgh Fringe festival

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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.