Steve Coulby

Nottingham Hospital Radio volunteer wins national award for innovation.

Steve Coulby, a volunteer at Nottingham Hospitals radio scooped “Recognising Innovation” award at this weekends National Hospital Broadcasting Association conference.

The award recognised the stations “Wifi radio” project.

Steve identified that there were many patients in the hospital that had no access to entertainment as they did not have access to a smart device. To solve this issue, he came up with the idea of building ‘Radio’ units which can be placed in wards, day rooms, side rooms, and bedsides.  Utilising the hospital guest wifi network the units play the hospital stations output via inbuilt speakers or via the headphone socket.

The idea, design and build was all undertaken by Steve and 50 units were created.

Innovation and resourcefulness were also needed during the project due to components shortages. He worked directly with suppliers in the UK and USA in order to source the needed parts.

Show presenters from the station now regularly visit some of the wards where the radios are and do dedicated request shows which are proving incredibly popular.


"I cannot thank you and your team enough for the great radios we received.  The patients love them as well as the staff, they are currently in use daily, it certainly helps for our older patients and those with dementia.  Really appreciate your teams support."

"We love the radios, they make so much difference to the patients and staff"

"When we switch the radio's on the mood and atmosphere in the ward improves."

" The radios are working great and the music is awesome."

Nottingham Hospitals Radio is a registered charity that provides entertainment to the patients and staff of Nottinghams City and QMC hospitals for nearly 50 years. It is run entirely by volunteers and receives no income from the hospital trust. Donations and sponsorship for the station are always very welcome to allow the service to continue.

Steve Coulby joined Nottingham Hospitals radio in December 2019, completing his training by March of 2020 and did his first live solo show at the start of Covid Lockdown. He did 3 request shows a week all the way through Covid lockdown. He became the global face of the station as the UK Hospital radio service nationally became a story for the international press featuring on TV, Radio, and Newspapers globally. He became a trustee and committee member taking on the role of Programme Controller. Whilst he doesn’t do regular shows at the moment, he can still be heard sometimes and he is busy in the background trying to improve the station and take it forward.

The A to Z of Pop Does The 1950’s

We’re onto series 13 of “The A to Z of Pop” and Richard Smith is introducing decades into the mix.

First up is the 1950s. 

Each week, he’ll select two letters of the alphabet and bring you music where the song or the artist begins with those letters.

This week, it’s the letters B & C.

So if you like 1950s music, tune in each Tuesday at 14:00 for the “A to Z of Pop” here on NHR.

Happy New Year

From all of us at Nottingham Hospitals’ Radio, we’d like to wish you a Happy New Year.

To take you there, 

20:00-22:00 Rock Solid with Fred Setters

23:00 – 01:00 The A to Z of Pop New Years Party Special with Richard Smith

On New Years day,

09:00-12:00 Kev Castle Sunday Morning Show

12:00 – 13:00 60’s Jukebox

14:30 – 18:30 Scoreboard – Full commentary of Oldham v Notts County and Reports from Forest v Chelsea

Christmas On NHR

Merry Christmas From All At NHR

Everyone at Nottingham Hospitals Radio would like to wish you the best possible Christmas.

If you are staying in hospital over Christmas or are one of those working to look after us all, we have a host of special programmes to entertain you.

Saturday 24th December

09:00 Jim Stevens Happy Hour

10:00 Anytime is Drive Time – Cormac Boylan

12:00 70’s Jukebox

14:00 Christmas Eve Afternoon Show – Brian Conlan

Sunday 25th December

08:00 Jim Stevens Happy Hour Christmas Special

09:00 Kev Castle Sunday Morning Show 

12:00 Memories with Matthew Mulgrew – Christmas Special

13:00 Chapel Royal Christ Celebration

14:00 Christmas Day Afternoon Show (Inc. Kings Speech) – Brian Conn

17:00 Red Thread Christmas Special

Monday 26th December

09:00 Dancing Through The Decades

11:00 Your Choice With Little Stevie

14:30 Scoreboard Extra: Live Commentary Notts County v Oldham

17:00 Boxing Day Afternoon Show – Brian Conlan


Your Choice

Christmas Request Shows

Do You have a tune you’d like us to play?

We have regular request shows throughout the week where you we’ll play the music you want to hear.

Send a message to a loved one.

Requests shows over Christmas – 

Thursday 22nd December

18:00 – 21:00 Thursday Night With Lee

Friday 23rd December

14:00 – 16:00 Your Choice With Rajiv, Edwina and Mary

Saturday 24th December

10:00 – 12:00 – Anytime is Drive Time with Cormac Boylan

Monday 26th December

11:00 – 13:00 Your Choice with Little Stevie

Tuesday 27th December

16:00 – 18:00 Your Choice With Les

Wednesday 28th December

11:00 – 13:00 Your Choice with Little Stevie

Thursday 29th December

18:00 – 21:00 Thursday Night With Lee

If you want a request, then you can


We’re Back Online

We’re sorry we’ve been quiet for the last few hours (Literally).

We’re glad to say that a problem with our stream provider has been resolved and we’re back up and running.

If you have one of our WiFi Radios, you may need to unplug it for 20 seconds if it’s not currently playing.

Volt Meter

We’re Having A Few Technical Issues

We’re really sorry to say we are currently experiencing a few technical difficulties at the moment which means you can’t hear us. 

Update: 18:00 Saturday 17th December – We believe the issue has been identified with a third party supplier. We have a support ticket open with them. Hospedia units will now be working. Wifi Radios, MyTunerRadio App and website listening are affected.

Schedule Change

Schedule Change from 28/11/2022

Due to popular demand, from 28/11/2022 we’re making a couple of changes to our Monday show schedule.

Mondays “Your Choice”  with Little Stevie will be moving to a new time of 11:00 – 13:00.

Golden Years (where we look at a specific year and include loads of original news clips) will move to a new time of 17:00

Don’t forget, if you want a request, then just let us know. Information can be found at


Scoreboard Extra: Notts County v Nottingham Forest

Pre-season friendly football matches in Nottingham don’t get much bigger than this!

Notts County welcome Nottingham Forest to Meadow Lane for a pre-season friendly.

Ticket are selling fast so there is sure to be a great atmosphere.

Join the NHR sports team from 19:30 this Tuesday for full commentary of the game.

Listen via your bedside unit, the MyTuner-Radio app or online at

NHR depends on the generosity of the general public in order to provide our service. Big or small. Regular or one off. They all make a massive difference.