Hospital Radio Law exists to provide entertainment, of a local origin, to the patients of University Hospital Wishaw, helping to take their mind off the reason for being hospitalised. In recent years, this has been expanded by the station being available on-line, whereby relatives and friends can listen in and interact also.

We are a member of the Hospital Broadcasting Association (HBA), which exists to help and support the network of Independent Hospital Stations throughout the United Kingdom. Radio Law is a registered charity and is staffed by volunteers. We receive no fixed funding from any source and rely on funds raised through our own volunteers organizing events and donations from the public, businesses and grants.

Radio Law was founded on 27th September 1967 and began broadcasting in October 1967, serving Law Hospital in Carluke and provided a weekly request programme of one hour each Saturday morning from a tape recorder that was plugged into the hospital radio system. It was then expanded several years later to a small cupboard and a studio system was put together. In 1980, the nursing staff raised money to buy a new studio console for the cupboard. By 1985, we had outgrown our small cupboard and eventually were given a new studio building consisting of five rooms and a toilet, which we occupied until relocating from Law Hospital to Wishaw General in 2001. The service has expanded over the years from the one hour on a Saturday to the present 24 hour, seven days a week service we have today.

On the 3rd of April 1984, the Station became a registered Charity and for many years we held roadshows and outside broadcasts in our trusty caravans, at Gala days etc. throughout Lanarkshire. We also provided “LIVE” football commentary from Fir Park, Motherwell for many
years. In 2016, we were delighted to be awarded a National Lottery Grant for almost £10,000, which enabled us to purchase the Comrex Access equipment which allows us to broadcast “LIVE” from any location. We were lucky to receive a further Lottery Grant in 2019, which enabled us to upgrade our playout system Myriad to the latest version 5.

We celebrated our 50th Anniversary in 2017. As an organisation we have much to be proud of and we would like to take this opportunity to thank all those individuals who have played a part in the Radio Law Story over the first 50 years and here’s to the next 50!!! Presenters are now able to pre-record content for shows that can be scheduled. We have this as pre-donated content from 3rd parties and our own presenters who give content remotely.


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