Fiona McKechnie decided to volunteer at the Royal Berkshire Hospital upon her retirement after 38 years as a teacher. She came along to sit in on some of our Wednesday afternoon Requests shows out of curiosity and was hooked! So she now co-hosts that show each week with Gloria Wright. Fiona’s earliest radio memories go right the way back to Listen with Mother in the afternoons before she started school (remember “Are you sitting comfortably? Then I’ll begin”) In her teens she enjoyed listening to Radio Caroline, the cheeky humour of Round the Horne and Test Match Special. When not on HRR Fiona keeps busy playing tennis and gardening and is a keen follower of the England Cricket team. She fundraises for the charity Headway Thames Valley and is also a volunteer for the Look Good Feel Better workshops which are held monthly at the Cancer Care Centre at RBH.
In normal times we visit wards around the hospital to help patients to be able to listen to HRR on their bedside consoles, chat to patients and staff and collect record requests to play on the show.
I personally visit the Stroke Unit, Victoria, Castle and Sidmouth wards and I’m always impressed with how cheery they all are. My musical tastes are ’70’s rock music and reggae and the varied requests we get, allows me to hear new music all the time. Outside of my presenter role, I enjoy playing tennis, pilates, keeping my garden under control, trying to keep fit and closely following the fortunes of the English cricket team.