THE studio at Hospital Radio Glamorgan has been renamed in memory of a dedicated Penarth volunteer.

John Wilce joined the station based at the University Hospital of Wales in Cardiff in 2003 but sadly passed away after a short illness in September last year.

Jamie Pritchard, Radio Glamorgan chairman, said: “Since John’s passing, we have been thinking of ways of how we could honour him and his legacy at the station for many years to come. The renaming of our on-air studio to “The John Wilce Studio” was a popular choice to recognise his outstanding dedication.

“June 4 would’ve been John’s 70th birthday, so this we felt really was a fitting tribute and a lovely memorial to all those who knew him, as a constant reminder of his contribution to Radio Glamorgan.”

Mr Wilce regularly presented on Sunday evenings, often dedicating features to listeners. Without fail he played a Beatles track every time he was on air.

When Mr Wilce was off-air, he oversaw and maintained broadcast equipment, actively engaged in fundraising and stood as a trustee, assisting with the day-to-day running of the station.

Jamie added: “I speak on behalf of everyone at RG to say it was a privilege to know John, not only as a fellow volunteer but as a friend. He always put everyone else first and his patience was beyond words. His music knowledge was phenomenal and the impact he had on everyone he met, not just at Radio Glamorgan has really come to light since his passing.”

Michelle Fowler, volunteer services manager at Cardiff and Vale University Health Board, said: “It’s such a wonderful tribute to rename the studio after John. He really made an impact on our wards and with our patients who listened to his shows.

“It’s such a lovely way to mark not only John’s birthday but also to mark the contribution he made as a volunteer during Volunteers’ Week.”