Listeners enjoy bed broadcast from station based near Worcester

Worcester News: DJ Craig Dean broadcast his show from his bed at the Alexandra Hospital in Redditch DJ Craig Dean broadcast his show from his bed at the Alexandra Hospital in Redditch

A DEDICATED DJ brought a whole new meaning to the term ‘hospital radio’ when he presented a recent show in unusual circumstances.

Finding himself laid up in hospital as he recovered from a nasty accident, DJ Craig Dean was determined not to let his listeners down.

And so, even though he could not go to the studio, he broadcast his afternoon drive-time show from his hospital bed using his laptop to transmit to his loyal fans.

The 48-year-old, who hosts the 3pm to 5pm slot every Friday on Longside Radio, which is based in Martley, near Worcester, suffered a broken leg, ribs and a fractured and displaced collarbone after being involved in an accident.

He is currently in Redditch’s Alexandra Hospital but was not about to let that stop him going on the air.

“I have been in the wars a bit but you cannot let your listeners down,” he said. “It was a bit unusual but I think it went well.

“I don’t think any of the other patients or the doctors and nurses actually believed that I was live on the air at first. But they really got into it and started to enjoy it.”

Mr Dean, who lives in Bromsgrove and owns a sales training and marketing company, added: “I enjoyed it and I have regular listeners who would be really disappointed if I didn’t do the show. I got a really good reaction.”

Longside Radio was founded in a garage belonging to owner Mark Tibbutt in December 2010.

Since then it has gone from strength to strength, attracting thousands of listeners and earlier this year it re-launched at its own dedicated studio in the Old Weigh-bridge in Martley.

Mr Tibbutt said the station’s success is down to the dedication of DJs like Mr Dean.

“Craig is so dedicated that he was determined to broadcast to his listeners no matter what,” he said. “I listened and it was a great show.”

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