Broadcasting to Patients in Reading's Hospitals Since 1957


Syd has been co-hosting the Friday evening “Record Requests” show since 2011 and, since he's retired,  when not on HRR divides his time between playing golf and singing. His passion for singing began at the age of 8, when his grandmother took him to entertain in old people's clubs in Maidenhead. He then joined church and school choirs and for the past 20 years has been performing barbershop with the Thames Valley chorus.


The first record he remembers buying, back in the fifties, was Bert Weedon's recording of Apache (“I didn't buy the Shadows' version, as I didn't like Cliff Richard”) and he now enjoys all kinds of music from musicals (such as “Les Miserables” which is often in the chorus' repertoire) to Spandau Ballet and rock.


Syd has two secret ambitions (well, they're not so secret any more as Doris Day would have sung!) : to perform at the Albert Hall and to score a hole in one on the golf course (“the nearest I've got so far was about four inches away”).  



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.