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National Request Charts

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Generally what is the first reason for operating a hospital radio station?  At Radio General we believe one of our primary functions is to provide patients with the entertainment that they ask for.  If that is music, then we are set up to provide that to the depth a patient might need. 

Your station collects requests on a daily basis, what do you do with the requests once they've been played?  Bin them, or collect them?  Some of you may already have an active "request chart" policy.  The "National Request Charts" is about collecting that data that you've worked so hard to receive from your listeners, and combine that data into a definitive list of individual tracks made popular by people asking for those specific songs.

The chart format is based on the classic 'Artist - Track' format.  My thoughts are in order to create a definitive measure of performance of popular music music, a specific track must be selected.  In the majority of cases, a patient asks for a specific track & artist.  Using the 1999 hit "Perfect Moment" as an example, who has ever requested Edyta Gorniak's original version when a patient knows Martine McCutcheon's version better?  Equivocally what DJ would play Edyta Gorniak's version when the more recognised & established version in the UK would be Martine's?

If your station doesn't store data by individual track or vice versa, don't worry.  You can still be included into the chart through our calculation methods.  More of this is explained in our delivery section.


To get involved, all you need to do currently is contact us, stating your name, the station you represent, and an e-mail address for us to reply to (a telephone number will be accepted in the absence of e-mail).  We will then contact you giving further guidance leading up to the big production in January.  You will NOT need to make any modifications into your current methods of data archiving, we will work around what you have; we will do the hard work!

Your contribution of data won't just give us a more definitive result, but it will give your station a national exposure across multiple hospital radio sites.  Contact us now!


In addition to the above these requirements are necessary to assist us to complete a quality programme production for all...

  • An electronic copy of the list of requests that you have collected.  Only an example of this is needed in order for us to align our combination system.
  • Any special length requirements.  For us at Radio General because we will be taking news either side of the programme, our length of the programme production will be 00:57:40.  Some may not take news therefore we can create a full 1hr programme on request.
  • Any voiceover station ID's.  If you can send us an electronic v/o or ID that we can incorporate into the programme production at several points in the programme that would be great.  This will then give us the opportunity to customise the national programme for your local station.

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