2009 onwards – event log
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
In August 2018 HBSA started live commentary on Kilmrnock FC home games from Rugby Park. HBSA acquired the necessary equipment and devised a reiable method of relaying the broadcasts back to studio 2. The service went online in December of 2018.
In June 2019 HBSA announced that it would become charity partners of the new Crosshouse Childrens Fund. As HBSA can support itself with show sponsorship, all fund raising events will now be dedicated to this cause.
on March 18th 2020 HBSA closed to observe social distancing due to the COVID-19 pandemic
During lockdown HBSA has taken delivery of a fully mobile on-air studio. This is a compact version of our Clyde Broadcast system as used in Studio 1. This mobile unit will be used at outside broadcast fund raising events.
On Friday June 11th 2021 after 14 months of exile HBSA re opened the studios and restarted live broadcasts from Crosshouse. Recruitment and training was restarted a few weeks later. By October our timetable was again full, we had school students from the Grange Academy on air and we had re introduced visits from groups from in the community.