Hospital FM on move again

NATASHA THYNE
Last updated 05:00 09/07/2014
Bryan Blanchard
JOHN BISSET/ Fairfax NZ
HOME HUNTINY: Hospital FM director Bryan Blanchard and the rest of the volunteer staff are looking for another interim base for the radio station. 

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Hospital FM is packing up its records and looking for a new temporary home.

The radio station has been housed in the south end of the old Majestic Theatre building on Stafford St, space provided by Brent Birchfield of Port FM, for 15 months. The station moved when its base in the Garden Block at Timaru Hospital was closed due to earthquake risk.

Now the station has until the end of the month to move out of the temporary site because new tenants are due to move in.

Hospital FM director Bryan Blanchard said it always knew the site was temporary, until it could move back into the room at the hospital.

"In the meantime we've got to find somewhere else temporary."

Blanchard, who has been with the station since 1991, said it was grateful to Birchfield for providing the space, and would need only a room to operate out of.

The station runs on two frequencies in Timaru and has a translator in Geraldine. According to Blanchard it has a steady stream of listeners.

The 14 staff work on a volunteer roster system and music played on the station is from the staff's own collection of CDs, cassette tapes and records.

Music plays on the frequency around the clock, but the station broadcasts live from 5pm to 10.30pm on weekdays and 9am to 6pm at weekends.

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- The Timaru Herald

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