Nomination is music to presenter Gary’s ears

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A RADIO presenter who shares his passion for the region he lives in with a worldwide audience is up for a national award.

Gary Hogg, of South Beach, Blyth, has been presenting The Geordie Hour for around 18 months on Radio Tyneside, one of the country’s best hospital radio stations.

And now the show has been shortlisted for the prestigious National Hospital Radio Awards, which will be held in Blackpool in March.

The awards are an annual celebration of the excellent standards found in hospital radio stations across the country and Gary, who is also a local writer and cartoonist, is delighted to be nominated.

The 59-year-old said: “I was really pleased to be put forward by Radio Tyneside. They chose The Geordie Hour amongst other programmes because it’s a bit different.

“It’s nice to give something back as a volunteer. I think it’s a great thing they do.”

Broadcasting at 5pm every Sunday, Gary fills the airwaves with classics from the likes of Jimmy Nail, Sting, The Animals and The Shadows, as well as themes from North-based film and television shows.

The show, produced by Gary and award-winning video editor Karis Jones, also goes out on 1575am and online, meaning it has regular listeners all over the world. Gary said: “We took the show to Radio Tyneside and within a couple of months we had a regular slot.

“I’ve played the local music scene for years. I’ve played in bands so I know a lot of local musicians and it is lovely to see that there are so many new local musicians coming in. It’s great to see that the Geordie heritage is in safe hands.”

Radio Tyneside first started broadcasting in 1951 to bring live coverage from St James’ Park to patients at the Royal Victoria Infirmary.

The station, now based on Claremont Road, Newcastle, is providing the same service almost 62 years later.

David Nicholson, station director at Radio Tyneside, said: “We are delighted that the Geordie Hour has been nominated for an award.

“The Hospital Radio Awards are a big event attracting entries from across the country. Getting into the top ten nominations is fantastic and if we get into the top three that will be the icing on the cake.”

The Geordie Hour is also syndicated to other hospital and community stations in the region, including West Sleekburn-based Radio Northumberland, where it is broadcast every Sunday at 6pm.