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Sidney Wander MBE - Obituary
Sidney Wander MBE
I am sad to report the recent passing of Sidney Wander M.B.E. aged 92. Sidney along with Stanley Langer and Marshall Gellman were the brains behind the creation of Northern Air Hospital Radio in 1960.

Sidney was an integral part of Northern Air, taking on a number of positions over many years - Request Collector, Presenter, Secretary, Vice Chairman and finally Honorary Member.

Sidney was still broadcasting his classical programme each Sunday evening until 2 years ago. Apart from his involvement with Northern Air, he was an Ambassador for St Ann’s Hospice in Salford and raised much needed funds for the charity. He was also very influential in many religious organisations.

Sidney will be very sadly missed by everyone at the station. Our thoughts and good wishes at this sad time are with June, his wife and all his family.

Joe Sambrook.
(Former Chairman)

Sidney Wander - Team Member

I joined Radio HBS as it was then called, soon after I became a Rotarian with the Rotary Club of Manchester North in 1960.

I worked with the late Stanley Langer and Marshall Gellman, together with a host of other dedicated volunteers every Thursday evening for our one programme "Record Requests", this was a hugely successful programme, the late Stanley Langer used to spend the whole of the Thursday going round the wards and obtaining record requests, and on more than one occasion we had over 250 record requests to play in a two hour programme - an impossible task, but we made absolutely certain that every name was mentioned, even if the favourite record was not played.

In those days we broadcast to Crumpsall, Delauneys & Springfield Hospitals, Monsall, Hope, Skin, Ancoats, Heathlands, Booth Hall, Northern Hospital and the Jewish Hospital - now all closed together with North Manchester General Hospital & Salford Royal Hope Hospital.

We are proud that we have the facility and help of the Halle Orchestra to broadcast "live" to our patients and staff their concerts from the Bridgewater Hall, every Sunday evening. Another feather in our cap!

From the very early days of literally three men and a Mars bar in 1960 the station - now renamed Northern Air, now broadcasts 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Over the years we have been involved in many events, helping other organisations, such as The Manchester Council of Christians and Jews, who organised a Viennese Evening in the presence of His Grace the Duke of Devonshire (one of our Patrons) in I990. We covered the visit of Pope John Paul II to Manchester, having our equipment in Heaton Park and being able to broadcast the event directly back to the hospitals. We recently, together with our founders The Rotary Club of Manchester Exchange held a concert at the Royal Northern College of Music by the Syd Lawrence Orchestra.

We are not only a caring radio station for North Manchester General Hospital, but we endeavour to be involved with the wider community of North Manchesterand we are grateful to the Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust for their wonderful help and support since we started broadcasting in 1960, and of course to the staff of the hospital, without whose help we would not be able to offer our service

We are always looking for volunteers, especially for Ward visiting - if you are retired or have a few hours to spare during the week, then why not consider joining us - help someone in hospital to be happy.