Nick Tollervey

Nick Tollervey is another HRR veteran, having joined us in March 1995 at the invitation of a work colleague who also volunteered with us at the time, and for over 25 years he has devoted his Sundays to visiting the patients on the wards and playing their favourite music. After a partnership of around 20 years with Clive Southerton on the “Sunday Best” show he is now lead presenter, along with Roger Holmes, on its successor, the Sunday afternoon HRR Requests. He also hosts The Soul Show which is recorded and transmitted during the week.  Nick works in Reading as a clerical officer for Great Western Railway and, when not at HRR, also enjoys travelling both home and abroad and visiting heritage properties and historic sites belonging to the National Trust, English Heritage and the like. In fact, he would really love to do a TV travel programme, like Michael Palin or Michael Portillo. Nick is also a member of the Cats’ Protection League whom he used to help out at open days etc. while living in Hampshire. But Nick was brought up much further afield – in Kuwait, where his father worked “well before the Gulf war” and his first radio memories are of Radio Kuwait, an English-language station there, and then listening to Keith Butler on Radio 210 as a youngster. These days his musical tastes cover most genres from the 1950s to the present day and include The Stranglers, Golden Earring (a Dutch rock group), Arcade Fire, Eagles, ELO, T Rex together with absolutely any soul, Motown, disco, rock or glam rock. But, as he says, “Playing all those patient requests over the years has encouraged me to listen to more music. Doing Hospital radio is a real education”.


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