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Joe Sambrook
Joe SambrookI joined Northern Air Hospital Radio in 1990 after seeing an advert in the Manchester Evening News looking for volunteers to visit patients at their bedside collect requests, have a chat and play their favourite songs. I still collect requests from the patients and I find this the most enjoyable part of my volunteering .

Over the years I have met some of the most wonderful people despite the fact they are in hospital and quite concerned about their welfare. A few years ago a lovely lady called Alma was a regular inmate, she would phone into the radio station and come on air for a chat and tell us about the British Lung Foundation of which she was a member. On one occasion she persuaded me to do a sponsored bike ride inside the Velodrome in Manchester. It was one of the most exciting things I have ever done, I must add I managed to stay on the bike!

One of the roles which I took for about 15 years was station manager it’s something I really enjoyed. We now have a new station manager John Robinson who is doing a sterling job. I recently took the job of Chairman taking over from Marshall Gellman who is one of our founder members from the radios inception in 1960. I hope to fill Marshall's shoes and continue in making Northern Air Radio more successful than we are already are. Should you like to listen to my programme each Thursday evening between 8 and 9pm it’s called Simply Vinyl and I play music from the 1960’s.

May I take this opportunity to wish everyone good health and a speedy recovery.