Profile: Barry Shine

Barry ShineHello! My name is Barry Shine or as I am simply known to my colleagues at the station, Bazzy S!

I have now been a member at Southend Hospital Radio for nearly a decade ( how quickly that time has flown by ).

I have presented a weekly Sunday Morning show between 10.00am – 12.00pm which is called the “Oldies But Goldies” since October 2011. The format of the show has had to change as a result of the current pandemic, although I can still be heard every Sunday morning at 10am. I do hope to be back sometime soon to present some more of these yearly shows from the 60s to the 90s which will always include details of what happened historically in that year together with the famous golden oldie hits from yesteryear.

I have seen many changes since I first joined this wonderful station. During my time at Southend Hospital Radio, I have been part of the Thursday evening show, now known as “Southend Hospital Tonight“. Unfortunately, due to the current pandemic it has no longer been possible for myself and the team to carry out the service which I most enjoyed about Thursday nights, which was visiting YOU the patients and help bring some comfort and pleasure during your stay at the hospital. 2020 has been a terrible year for everyone concerned and we can only hope that during 2021 at some stage we will be in a position to resume our visits to the Wards. I know that not only myself, but all of the Ward Liaison Team have missed being able to be there for you.

It has been a pleasure both to have met and got to know so many wonderful people around the hospital, be it patients or members of staff from the wards over the past decade and hopefully I will encounter many more in the future.

My own personal choice in music is pretty diverse, Whitney Houston, Diana Ross, The Beatles, John Lennon, Bob Marley and The Rolling Stones. My main love of music is definitely the era of 60s, 70s and 80s. However, it always gives me the greatest pleasure to receive a message from a patient in the hospital or one convalescing at home asking to hear a favourite song of their own. Being able to then locate the requested song and ‘ play ‘ the song on our show makes the job feel worthwhile.

Keep listening to our services, I hope that you enjoy listening to the station during your stay in the hospital and wish you all a very speedy recovery.

Stay safe and get well soon!

Bazzy S

Barry Shine at work in the Southend Hospital Radio studio

Barry Shine at work in the Southend Hospital Radio studio