GOSPORT’S hospital radio station is celebrating the long-awaited launch of its second recording studio.
Radio Haslar now has two studios to broadcast to the patients and staff at Gosport’s War Memorial Hospital.
It used to have two studios when it was based at the former Royal Hospital Haslar.
But after the hospital closed, it moved to new premises at Thorngate Hall in Bury Road, next to the Gosport War Memorial Hospital.
Staff set aside space for a second studio after the move in 2007 and after raising enough money to kit it out, the studio has finally opened.
The chairman of Radio Haslar Paul Dodd said: ‘We want to say a big thank you to everyone who helped us because if it wasn’t for these people we wouldn’t be here today.
‘Our station is a band of lovely people all now situated in a lovely place.
‘Primarily, the studio is going to be used for offline programme recording. It’s a tremendous help.
‘We are also in discussion with St Vincent College about getting some of its students in here to record programmes.’
The studio was funded with help from the Sainsbury’s in Fareham and The Range in Gosport.
Money was also raised by Gosport’s mayor Councillor Chris Carter, and local fundraisers Les and Lyn Heyhoe.
Having a second studio means the station can continue broadcasting when its main studio needs to undergo repairs.
It can also be used to train new presenters.
Radio Haslar is now working with local colleges with a view to having students producing some of their own programmes.
Pupils at Fareham College helped to redecorate the studio in time for its opening on April 27.
Radio Haslar broadcasts 24 hours a day and 365 days a year.
It costs around £8,500 a year to run.
The service is available online at radiohaslar.co.uk.