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    Today on Ridgeway Radio

    On radio channel 1 of the Hospedia bedside unit in Dorset County Hospital and Online (see above) on your own device. Ridgeway Radio now relays many programmes from KeeP 106 together with dedicated live programmes for DCH. Now and upcoming…

    KeeP Overnight
    KeeP Breakfast
    presenters include Geoff Atherton, Alan Downton, Mike Streeter and Clive Rawlings
    KeeP Mornings
    Coffee break including Quick Fire Quiz
    Full programme schedule here

    Latest News

    • Interview with Lord Fellowes in which he says the book he has on the go currently is the story of the early life of Marilyn Monroe. He gives his selection of the seven books he would take if marooned on a desert island
    • We talk to LAPD prosecutor Ron Bowers who was charged with re-opening the death of Marilyn Monroe as a cold case. Was it murder or was it suicide?
    • As many as 400 Dorset residents in fuel poverty may die of the cold this winter. The charity Surviving Winter is there to help and their CEO talks about its work
    • Ridgeway Magazine re-visits the Horse Course, a charity in which horses are used to teach people and children how to overcome their behavioural problems and addictions
    • The long playing record is 70 years old. We look at how listening to music has changed since then and ask our presenters which LP was the first one they bought

    To mark the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War, Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance is displaying the Poppy of Remembrance on their AW169 helicopter and Critical Care Car over the centenary period.

    This year marks the 100th year since the end of the First World War, in which millions of service personnel were seriously injured, wounded or sadly lost their lives. As part of the anniversary, Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance Volunteers were proud to represent the Charity at a Poppy of Honour Event which was held in Wincanton on Saturday 6th October.

    • Paul Atterbury live in the studio gives a heads up (perhaps that should be eyes down) on the upcoming Dorchester Literature Festival.
    • Sir Tim Smit, chairman of Eden Project International, introduces Portlanders to the plans for a world class attraction and gives Ridgeway Magazine exclusively his “no brainer” idea for another attraction on the Isle.
    • “Pet Patter”…vet Malcolm Welshman talks about his new book “An Armful of Animals” and gives us a peek inside it.
    • Do children still pay conkers in this age of Health and Safety?  We report on how the “conkering” Germans have saved the World Conker Championships.
    • Littlemoor has at last got its new shop which sells food. Is it just what the locals wanted?

    • The Weymouth harbour-side Peninsular (Pavilion) site. The council’s leisure focused plans, just announced, are derided by the business community. And is the site really worth millions, or not much at all?
    • We harness the views of the Weymouth Business Investment District, the Chamber of Trade and a developer.
    • A councillor accuses the council of not listening to the views of the townspeople and voting to go ahead with the unpopular plan.
    • We visit Radipole RSPB nature reserve and report 17 swans may not have been stolen or slaughtered after all. And autumn is the best time for bird watching.
    • We air the second part of the report on shared ownership – this time for the elderly in Poundbury.

    A new fundraising initiative at Dorset County Hospital will allow for clearer and quicker procedures for patients with pleural diseases.

    The initiative is being driven by the Friends of DCH, who have pledged to raise £17,000 for a new ultrasound machine for the Respiratory Department.
    A main benefit of the machine will be allowing the respiratory team to diagnose patients suffering from pleural effusion more efficiently.

    Pleural effusion is a build-up of fluid between the lung and the chest wall and causes breathlessness and chest pain and can be found in conditions including cancer, pneumonia, rheumatoid arthritis, heart or liver failure and kidney disease. (more…)

    Community Radio News

    KeeP 106 logoThe new community radio station from Dorchester is now up and running and Ridgeway Radio is relaying some of it’s programmes as well as live programmes especially for our listeners in Dorset County Hospital.

    If you would like to be involved with KeeP 106 there are many ways to do so. We need volunteers including presenters, technicians, production assistants, fundraisers and local event reporters.

    For more information about KeeP 106 follow these links:

    If you are interested in sponsoring the new community radio station for Dorchester, or would like to be involved with the station in some way, please use this contact form

    Ridgeway Radio is proud to be a member of the

    For up to date visitor information go to the Dorset County Hospital website. Click the logo…