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Goodmayes Hospital radio station is forced to close

PUBLISHED: 13:00 05 April 2016 | UPDATED: 16:50 06 April 2016

Presenters Philip Lester and Martin Levin mourn the loss of Jumbo sound, by sitting at home wearing polo shirts emblazoned with the radio station's logo

Presenters Philip Lester and Martin Levin mourn the loss of Jumbo sound, by sitting at home wearing polo shirts emblazoned with the radio station's logo

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A presenter is “devastated” after the radio station he broadcasts on has been forced to close.

Martin Levin host for Jumbo Sound at Goodmayes Hospital, Barley Lane, said morale was low amongst the team when they realised they couldn’t find the funds to finance the station.

He is spending time at home “working his way” through wearing polo shirts emblazoned with the radio stations logo .

“It’s the end of a lifetime,” he said.

“We went home for the weekend after our 40th anniversary celebration and returned to find there had been a leak.

“Our engineer Lee was a genius and managed to get some of it working again, but it was nothing to get excited about.”

The water damage was the first in a series of unfortunate events that forced Jumbo Sound to stop broadcasting after 40 years of service.

Not only was their studio left unusable for months impacting on live output but they couldn’t get new recruits and raise enough funds.

“Barry Cryer our president offered to put on a show for us, but we couldn’t sell enough tickets,” he added.

“Our appeal to get a donated carpet fell on deaf ears – it was a microcosm of how everything was going.”

Established in 1975, Jumbo Sound was formed to entertain and interact with patients and visitors at Goodmayes Hospital.

Over the years they have brought relief and escapism to thousands and many inhouse residents looked forward to their weekly discos and quizzes – events that are unlikely to continue.

Although it is an end of an era, the Jumbo Sound will live on in some format as the station Bedrock, who produce radio for Queens Hospital, Romford, have agreed to take on the team and volunteers at Goodmayes Hospital and create programs specifically for patients .

Mathew Watson, Chairman, at Bedrock said: “I appreciate the team at Jumbo Sound made a very difficult decision to merge.

“We welcome their volunteers to Bedrock and look forward to sharing ideas.

“Meanwhile we are working tirelessly to repair the studios to reintroduce live & local programmes to Goodmayes Hospital & it’s health community.”


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