St Luke’s Sound – The Station’s History

St. Luke’s Sound is a self-funding radio station, run by volunteers and serving the patients and staff of St. Luke’s Hospital, Bradford.

Live hospital radio broadcasts first began at St. Luke’s Hospital on February 14th 1979. Founding member Philip Barfield presented the first programme on 1.30 that day. The station was then called Radio 573, named after the station’s telephone extension number. Records (no digital radio then) were kindly loaned to the station by Woods music shop in Bradford and then returned to them after the show!

Today, St. Luke’s Sound has a team of 15 volunteer presenters, who between them cover almost 50 hours of live broadcasting each week. New presenters are always welcome. Please have a look at our volunteering page for details on how to join our team.

2018 is an important year for St. Luke’s Sound as our programmes are now streamed on the internet. This on-line service is in addition to our existing internal broadcasts to public areas of the hospital.