FOCUS ON GLASGOW'S HOSPITAL BROADCASTING SERVICE

I am sure that most musicians would agree that, after working for months (sometimes years) writing, recording, and promoting an album, it is very gratifying to receive radio airplay.

Since the release of 'The Great Unknown' late last year, I have been thrilled by the positive response from folk and roots radio programs not only in Canada and the U.S., but across the globe.

One particular network of stations currently playing my album is especially near and dear to my heart. The Hospital Broadcasting Service (HBS) is an award winning totally voluntary organization that has been providing patients in Glasgow and Paisley, Scotland with their own dedicated radio channel since Christmas Day 1970.   

In addition to broadcasting to the bedside equipment in most wards, patients can also listen-in and hear the programmes in stereo via  a Listen Live option.  It is very gratifying to know that my songs are being broadcast to hospital patients. Working in hospitals for almost 20 years had a profound impact on my personal development, and by default on my songwriting. Indeed "Cross of Lorraine' was written about the fight against 'the great white plague' of tuberculosis, and the cross that came to be the symbol for the worldwide Christmas Seal campaign.

Thanks to Colin Fielding and his show Folkal Point which airs not only on HBS, but on Blues and Roots Radio in Canada as well. Many thanks also to Peter Holmstedt at Hemifran for the great job with European promotion.


 

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