Radio Gwendolen was the brainchild of two local school teachers, Ray Lovejoy and Bernie Smith. After a stay in hospital, Ray decided it would be a good idea to try and provide a record request service to the patients of the hospital to try to alleviate the boredom he experienced at first hand during his time in a hospital bed.
During the trial period, the patients showed a great willingness to co-operate and the early broadcasts were recorded at Ray's home and then the tape was relayed to the wards over the hospital amplifiers.
The two friends took their idea to all the the main hospitals in Leicester and it was the General Hospital that took the most interest in their proposal. It was agreed that a 3 month trial would be undertaken.
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The day when Radio Gwendolen was given a brand new studio within the hospital.