Just a few of our many on air voices



joined on



Radiothon '87

...and stayed

for six years!


KEVIN TAYLOR...presenting

Sounds Familiar - TV themes,

nostalgia and trivia, giving

patients the opportunity

to win great prizes.

Kevin, our fundraising

co-ordinator and public

relations chief during

the late '80s and early

'90s has supplied many

of the photos on the site...

however, this one

was taken by a

Tameside Reporter





HOW many Mikes in this Tameside Advertiser photo from February 1985?  Answer - EIGHT!  To quote the paper's merry quip: 'Four Mikes and... four mics!' From left: Mike Hadfield, Mike Thorpe, Mike Wallbank and Mike Phillips, who presented consecutive shows on Saturday nights. What brilliant scheduling!


A CHEERY smile from long-serving volunteer Gwen Vickers, one of the original Heartbeat Radio team who launched the station in '83. Gwen presented several different shows including 'GBGB' - The Great Big Getting Better Club (GB GB) for the young patients of what were then Wards 6 & 10. She was a ward      helper on the show, originally presented by Sara Dolman, and                      took over as the main presenter  when Sara moved on to pastures new.

Copy of Joanne Copy of Gwen 93 sharper! Copy of 8Towns KT Logo_90s_2 Copy of Four Mikeys

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