Past and Present
Radio West Fife is one of Scotland’s oldest hospital radio stations and continues to broadcast to the Queen Margaret Hospital in Dunfermline, 7 days a week, 52 weeks a year alongside our online service and mobile through the TuneIn app for your smartphone or tablet.
Like many hospital radio stations we can trace our origins to volunteers who provided football commentary from East End Park to patients in the West Fife Hospital. This continued for many years. Like many hospital radio stations in the late 1960s and early 1970s the station started regular programming of music and chat. From our humble first studio in little more than a cupboard in West Fife hospital to broadcasting from a shed in the grounds of the West Fife Hospital, the station has grown considerably. This has been due to the tremendous amount of support we have received from our local community both in time and generous donations.
Following a spell of broadcasting from a caravan at Milesmark Hospital, the station moved to the Lodge at the Dunfermline Maternity Hospital in Izatt Avanue. There we had two studios, a lounge, toilet and kitchen as well as record library. Then we moved to Lynebank Hospital in 1993. These studios were recently demolished due to redevelopment at Lynebank Hospital.
In 2009 the station moved into Queen Margaret Hospital, and a new, purpose-built computerised facility, with state-of-the-art digital equipment equal to many professional broadcasters.
Our most recent and significant development launched on 23rd March 2012 when we started broadcasting as an online community radio station available on the internet and on mobile devices through TuneIn. Our listening figures have continued to grow since then as has our involvement in the local community. The Radio West Fife roadshow can be seen (and heard) throughout the year supporting local gala days and community events.
We have been grateful for the support we have received from local councillors and NHS Fife as well as generous donations from organisations such as Carnegie Dunfermline Trust and Fife Constabulary Charity Committee. Most of all we are grateful for the support and donations received from individuals and organisations across West Fife.
With a full and varied schedule of programmes 24 hours a day Radio West Fife continues to provide a valuable service to the patients in Queen Margaret Hospital and our online listeners.
As we move into our next phase of development we will look to play an even bigger part in the life of Dunfermline and West Fife through our continued community involvement and the support of our listeners and supporters. Stay tuned to hear what we’re up to!