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History 2009 onwards

In late 2009, with low membership and almost no service, HBSA relocated from Ayrshire Central Hospital to new studios at Crosshouse Hospital. HBSA had some good equipment and three broadcasters – John Surgenor, John Grant and Mark Fisher. HBSA quickly started to attract new members and broadcasters and with all the communication problems (see History) behind them HBSA began a new service in digital stereo to every bedside in Crosshouse hospital.

Over the next few years HBSA established itself within Crosshouse hospital as a radio station and a valuable member of the hospital community providing music and chat 24/7 with now its own dedicated custom made recorded playout service in between live shows. HBSA often provides PA and music for events in Crosshouse such as the annual children’s ward garden party and the annual volunteers thank you dinner. HBSA has worked hard to make itself a valuable resource in the wider community and has held workshops for adult learning groups and special needs groups to allow them to have practical experience in a working radio station. In late 2017 HBSA established a working relationship with Grange academy (the nearest secondary school to HBSA), this lead to four 5th year students occupying a regular broadcast spot on the timetable.

In 2015 HBSA received funding from NHS Ayrshire and Arran Staff Lottery fund for new equipment. This provided HBSA with a brand new studio equipped with Clyde Broadcasts synergie system, this is a modern computer based broadcasting system. In addition to this HBSA has a second studio which is equipped with an Arrakis Arc-8 mixer, MD player and twin CD and Virtual DJ software.

On Jan 1st 2017 HBSA launched it’s online service. Available here on the website and on TuneIn radio and on Apple iTunes internet radio.The service was launched as there was a big dip in users of the hospedia service and free wifi was offered throughout Crosshouse hospital.Since going online HBSA has averaged over 450 listening hours per week