First day on air:

Saturday 22 October 1983

Heartbeat Radio

8 Towns Radio, broadcasting to the patients & staff of

Tameside General Hospital on 312m MW (963Khz)


8 Towns Logo 90s Heartbeat sticker - white bckground


Copy of Copy of First Day On Air Oct 83

Through the monochrome mists of time...

LADY Christine Kenyon of  Tameside and Glossop Health Authority declared Heartbeat Radio officially open as Doug Cresswell presented the lunchtime show. Also in the picture are Ted Bennett, representing Heartbeat steering & planning committee and Joan Ryan, voluntary services organiser and our station founder. Photo: Reporter Group.


When the big day finally arrived, it was the culmination of eighteen months of fundraising and much hard work by volunteers to transform a disused hospital basement into a vibrant radio studio, with a communal area for programme preparation, newsroom, record library and engineering hub.  

Volunteers and guests gather for the official launch... Doug Cresswell in the studio... joined by Gwen Vickers, Ted Bennett, Lady Kenyon (Tameside and Glossop Health Authority) and Joan Ryan... Pete Meadows with management team Doug Cresswell, Alan Swallow, Geoff Heath and Stuart Peters... Geoff presents a thank you bouquet to Lady Kenyon..,. time to socialise for managers, committee and guests. Photos: Andy Banks