The winning nomination wrote:
Our Chairman – Dave is more than just a chairman. He is the engineer, the handyman, the trainer, mentor, friend and quite literally the beating heart of Radio BGM.
Dave has been a member of BGM since 2004 where he singlehandedly saved the station from what seemed like inevitable closure. He worked tirelessly to build support and funds for the station and in just two years Radio BGM moved from the dark ages to the modern age with digital technology, state of the art facilities and a robust training programme which offered local people the opportunity to learn radio and improve their skills.
Dave is quite simply Radio BGM, everything he does is with BGM in mind. He understands the value of the service we provide and is always looking ahead. Dave has spent a great deal of time conducting invaluable networking with the hospital and trust management and put Radio BGM on the map within the NHS. He has worked tirelessly to ensure the longevity of the station and ensured the Directors and Chair of the health board are fully invested in the future of our operations.
More recently Dave steered BGM through tumultuous times during the pandemic. Where many stations ceased broadcasting, Dave was not going to let that happen at BGM. He liaised with both the hospital, local authority our internet service provider and Myriad to ensure we moved to a remote service in a very short space time. Dave’s commitment to ensuring we continued to provide a service throughout these unprecedented times was truly inspiring. With Dave’s efforts, Radio BGM continued broadcasting throughout the pandemic, actually increasing our offering of content by providing daily local news updates which was masterminded by Dave himself. The station received a great deal of praise for the service we provided during the Pandemic which was all thanks to Dave.
BGM was facing its own crisis this year and very nearly lost our internet service due to failing hospital IT. Dave tirelessly worked with hospital management and fought to secure a new connection for the station which after over a year of discussing finally came to fruition in the summer of 2022. It is safe to say without Dave’s involvement in this, BGM would not be available online anymore.
Dave is a creative thinker who is always looking for innovative ways to take BGM forward. When BGM was faced with the issue of patients unable to listen due to lack of earphones or no hard-wired connection, Dave came up with an innovative solution and secured funding for BGM to purchase a batch of internet radios. These are deployed to the wards and are mobile offering both staff and patients the opportunity to listen to BGM wherever they are on the ward/unit. Another shining example of Dave’s unwavering efforts to help keep BGM on air.
We can’t thank Dave enough for what he does, he inspires others, encourages, and supports and you can always rely on Dave. He quite simply is Radio BGM.