About Us

Luton & Dunstable Hospital Radio is a UK registered charity (No.282934). The radio station is broadcasting 24 hours a day, 365 days of the year to patients and staff at the Luton & Dunstable Hospital.

You can hear us on your Hospedia bedside unit or tune to 1134 AM (1134kHz on Medium Wave band).

We are fortunate to have two studios and a wealth of volunteers comprising of many talents. You will be surprised by how much effort is required in keeping such a radio station in operation.

If you are interested in becoming a member, then refer to our Membership section.

  • Automated, Live-Assist Play-out and Music/Advert Automation System.
  • Editing and Production Capabilities.
  • Two studios.
  • 1134 AM Medium Wave transmission.
  • Hard wired transmission to Hospedia.
  • Outside Broadcasts.
  • All run by volunteer members.

We are an Equal Opportunities Voluntary Group and a member of the Hospital Broadcasting Association (HBA)

History of the Station

Luton & Dunstable Hospital Radio started in 1965 at the Red House in Harpenden, Herts.
It was broadcasting to the Lister Hospital in Hitchin and to Luton & Dunstable Hospital. The Lister Hospital then opened a new larger hospital in Stevenage, Herts. in 1972 making the radio station broadcast area much wider.

In 1980 the station moved to temporary premises at Luton & Dunstable Hospital and moved again in August 1981 to our current location now comprising of two studios. This now enables us to train new members, pre interviews, show compilation, entertain guests and much more.

We now broadcast 24 hours a day, 365 days of the year with the help of a new Playout Automation System and supporting equipment.

Transmission on 1134 AM

In 2004, this became an exciting change with the addition of an AM transmitter service enabling us to broadcast to the hospital community. This was after much effort and a long fund raising campaign. We have been broadcasting on 1134 AM since the official launch date 29th August 2004.

All of our members are volunteers who give up their time to provide us with all the elements that make up our station; from Presenting, Engineering, Organisation and Administration, Fundraising and also making cups of tea!