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Hywel Benjamin

Chairman :- chairman@radiocity1386am.co.uk
Head of Sport :- sport@radiocity1386am.co.ukChairman

I have had the privilege of being a member of Radio City since 1972. I was visiting my late mother in hospital when a gentleman in a suit approached and as my mother if she would like a request. My mother asked for a piece of classical music and the gentleman said I’m not sure if we have that as we don’t have anyone who really knows anything about classical music in the organisation. My mother pointed to me and said “he’s a classical musician you need to get him in!”, and that was the end of that. The man was the then Chairman of Radio City, the late Gwyn Bailey, and in his inimitable style said “I’ll see you at the meeting on Sunday then”.

My first ever programme was a memorial broadcast to Benjamin Britten and I was then given a regular slot called the Sunday Concert.

During my time in the organisation I’ve been involved in several big events:
I organised the South Wales end of the Swansea to London cycle ride set up by our founder, Clive Thomas, who was then head of Metropolitan Hospitals Radio in Whitechapel.
I organised and participated in the World Record Bedpush in 1978 when 12 members of the service across 27.5 days pushed a hospital bed along a measured half mile stretch of Swansea Promenade completing 3000 miles and entering the Guinness Book of Records.
In 2006 I became Chairman for the first time and presided over the 40th Anniversary and then the transition to a full radio station, broadcasting on 1386AM in 2012.
In 2018 I took on the role of Chairman again and still serve in that capacity and the Head of Sports.

I still actively broadcast presenting a programme called Tranquil Tuesday from 7 pm – 10 pm, and also, I am part of the award winning sports commentary team covering all the Swansea City and Ospreys fixtures from the Liberty Stadium.

Over the 47 years of my involvement many changes have taken place and advances made. Members have come and gone – a lot moving into the media professionally. Nevertheless, despite all of the changes over the years Radio City’s prime focus is and will always be to be the “friend at the bedside” for any patients in the Health Board Hospitals we serve.

It has been an honour and a privilege to be a member of this organisation for so many years, and I hope many years to come.