From humble beginnings, SHR has grown and developed to become a sophisticated organisation.
From the first tape recording of Scunthorpe United''s football match against Rochdale on 10th November 1951 through to the introduction in the 70s of a Record Request programme on Thursday evenings, to todays seven day a week, 24 hour a day operation, the station has seen many positive changes.
The very first studios were right at the top of Scunthorpe General Hospital, close to the lift-shaft. Indeed if presenters weren’t careful then their words would disappear as the lift cranked into action.
Until 1979 the station aired only on Thursday nights with a request programme, as well as the live Scunthorpe United games.
Then everything changed.
After a massive fundraising effort the current studio complex was built, complete with record library and reception area, and February 18th 1979 saw the start of day-to-day programming to patients in Scunthorpe General, as well as Brumby Hospital and the Glanford Hospital in Brigg
. In 1983 an extension was added, allowing a toilet to be built (to the relief - literally- of presenters).
Three years later the 2nd studio went live.
In 2001, with the demolition of the neighbouring Day Care Centre, SHR was given more space enabling the building of a brand new studio.
It was officially opened the following year by His Royal Highness, the Duke of Edinburgh.
Also today, a fixed line enables live commentary on all home Scunthorpe United games from Glanford Park.
Our studio complex, meanwhile, now easily competes with professional radio stations around the country. Well we think so, anyway!
Indeed, don''t just take out word for it, however.
The Duke of Edinburgh''s personal secretary once said our studios were even better than Classic FM''s, which HRH had toured just before visiting SHR.