Goodmayes Hospital’s radio station back on air year after flooding

PUBLISHED: 14:58 25 November 2016 | UPDATED: 15:14 25 November 2016

Phil Lester interviewing the Mayor of Redbridge Cllr Gurdial Bhamra. Picture: Nelft

Phil Lester interviewing the Mayor of Redbridge Cllr Gurdial Bhamra. Picture: Nelft


A volunteer radio station has returned to a hospital a year after its studio flooded, causing thousands of pounds worth of damage.

Jumbo Sound presenters Philip Lester and Martin LevinJumbo Sound presenters Philip Lester and Martin Levin

Goodmayes Hospital Radio, formerly Jumbo Sound, has relaunched after merging with Queen’s Hospital’s Bedrock.

The first broadcast, held at the studio in Barley Lane, Goodmayes, was attended by current presenters, “old timers” and the Mayor of Redbridge Cllr Gurdial Bhamra, who was interviewed live on the air.

Presenter Martin Levin said they had an excellent day and the studio was full.

“We found about what the mayor did before he was elected and he gave us a playlist of his favourite artists,” he said. “He looked nice in all his bling and I joked that he should sell all his regalia – as long as he melted it down first so he wouldn’t get caught.”

Among the mayor’s favourite singers were Elvis, Tom Jones and Cliff Richard.

“I tried to entice the old presenters back with my powers of persuasion, but that doesn’t stop anyone else from joining and being a real part of the community – I am unashamedly appealing for more volunteers,” added Martin.

“Everybody likes a sing-along, it makes you feel better.”

The Goodmayes studio had to shut after a radiator burst last November, damaging equipment.

Wellington Makala, of the North East London NHS Foundation Trust, said: “It was a great pleasure to not only give the Mayor of Redbridge Cllr Bhamra a guided tour around our Sunflowers Court mental health facility, but also to meet the volunteers who run Bedrock radio and provide music for Nelft patients.”

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