The Briggait is an integral part of Glasgow’s architectural heritage. Once the city’s fish market of over a century, the building’s now the headquarters of Scotland’s largest studio providers – Wasps.
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The studios of Glasgow’s oldest radio station, The Hospital Broadcasting Service are located in one of the city’s grand Victorian office buildings.
The volunteer-run radio station was launched by Lord Provost Donald Liddle on Christmas Day 1970 and pre-dates both Radio Clyde and BBC Radio Scotland.
You’ll will be able to see the impressive entrance vestibule and the radio studios on the 4th floor. The offices have been modernised over the years so visitors won’t be able to see original fittings and fixtures but will be able to appreciate the impressive building.
You’ll see programmes being broadcast live, understand how the radio station manages to operate round the clock and how things have changed over the last fifty years. There will also be an opportunity to operate one of the studios.
The radio station hasn’t just entertained patients for last fifty years, it’s also provided a launching pad for many of today’s radio stars including Ken Bruce, George Bowie, Paul Coia and Ross King. Over the years more than two hundred of the volunteers have moved into professional roles across the media, so if you are interested in following them, perhaps this is the ideal visit for you.
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The Hospital Broadcasting Service (HBS) is one of hundreds of volunteer-run hospital radio stations operating in the UK. It is widely recognised in the radio industry for the high-quality programmes that it produces and this in turn is reflected by the many awards that the charity’s volunteers continue to win.
Although primarily a radio station providing uplifting entertainment for hospital patients, it also works with the NHS and other local groups to promote opportunities and services that are available to patients in while in hospital and after they are discharged.