Hospital radio DJ Sam takes to the air for 24 hours

ON THE AIR  Haslar Radio DJ Sam Boothroyd. Picture: Paul Jacobs  (131381-1)
ON THE AIR Haslar Radio DJ Sam Boothroyd. Picture: Paul Jacobs (131381-1)

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A HOSPITAL radio DJ will take to the airwaves for 24 hours straight in a bid to raise funds to keep Radio Haslar Hospital going.

Presenter Sam Boothroyd, 27, will launch his show at 6pm on Saturday, playing music, talking and entertaining his listeners.

He will be running the decks at Thorngate Halls, in Bury Road, Gosport, with the help of visiting presenters.

He and the other DJs plan to work from A to Z in the 24 hours.

He will theme each section with different bands and genres starting with each letter of the alphabet.

Sam said he hopes his different co-hosts and energy drinks will push him through the twilight hours.

The DJ, of Wakefords Road, in Havant, told The News: ‘We’ve got a plan of action – I’ve got to interview a different person each hour and all the music for that hour will be from what they will normally play for their show.

‘The first hour will be lots of ABBA and whoever else.

‘Inbetween that I’ll be interviewing whoever comes in.

‘I haven’t set a fundraising target but we want to raise as much as possible.

‘The money we’ll raise will try and keep the station going.

‘It’s self-funded, it doesn’t have any commercial advertising revenue.’

The station plays to patients at Gosport War Memorial Hospital, in Bury Road, Gosport, after Royal Hospital Haslar closed in 2009.

Sam said the station is important as patients at the hospital can access local news and features they cannot get from national radio.

He said: ‘It entertains the people mainly in the hospital but people can listen on the website.

‘And it is the only real access to Gosport that the hospital has.

‘They can listen to other radio stations, BBC1 Radio 1 for example, but they’re not going to provide local information.

‘People like to know what’s going on in their local community.’

Members of the station regularly hold fundraising events in the town and rely on donations to keep the station on the air. This major event has been in the pipeline since Christmas.

Sam added he was pleased to have been chosen to run the show after only joining the station back in October last year.

To tune in and donate to the station, see