West Lothian's hospital radio station scores triple whammy of success at national awards

The radio station – which broadcasts to patients in St John’s Hospital in Livingston 24 hours a day – picked up the Gold Award for Station Innovation, as well as a Silver for Best Specialist Show, and a Bronze for Best Male Presenter.

Grapevine Engineer Paul Munro has spent the last 12 months rolling out iPads to the request collection process at the station, meaning that request collectors going around the wards can instantly check if the song is available on the database, or even add it to the database, and send a request to the studio to get it on straight away.

The judges were full of praise for this initiative, labelling it “ground-breaking in hospital radio” and awarding it innovation of the year.

New music radio show ‘Fresh Sounds’ – which picked up the silver award – was highly commended by the judges which included senior figures within the music industry, as they labelled it “a proper rock/contemporary show, professionally presented with a great sense of place”.

The programme has only been broadcasting for just over a year and has already welcomed a host of unsigned acts from across West Lothian into the studio for a live session and interview, as well as promoting upcoming artists from around the country.

Fresh Sounds presenter Ross Coutts also picked up the Bronze Award for Best Male Presenter.

He said he was delighted and surprised to have won the accolade.

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Ross added: “It was a huge honour to be shortlisted, never mind winning the Bronze Award.

“I was up against some terrific talent from across the industry, so I’m genuinely shocked.”

The judges were full of praise for Ross labelling him “a very accomplished presenter with a great interview technique” adding that he “sounded very comfortable on air”.

In addition, the popular Hospital Radio station was also shortlisted for a further two awards – ‘Best Event’ (Radio Grapevine Live), and ‘Best Speech Programme’ for David Evans’ ‘In Conversation’ show, which narrowly missed out on awards in their respective categories.

Grapevine chairman Doug Scott was delighted with the news and praised all of the team who devote their time to the radio station.

He said: “I am not just proud of our winners, I am so proud of all the volunteers who make Radio Grapevine a great hospital radio station.”

And Doug added he is vewry optimistic about the ongoing development of Radio Grapevine throughout the coming year.

He said: “We’ve just rolled out a new recruitment initiative to potential volunteers, so we’re excited about what the rest of 2018 holds for Radio Grapevine.”