RX Radio promotes intergenerational dialogue between the children attending the Hospital, their families and the health workers, as well as child-to-child dialogue between children patients and other children in the community.
Life Skills and Child Participation
A developmental training process, facilitated quarterly over a period of a week is designed to enable children to express themselves in a safe environment and to engage with those around them. Through participatory activities children build self-confidence and the necessary trust with each other and with the facilitators to speak about their experiences and tell their own stories.
It is amazing to hear children’s insight and understanding of issues that affect them. The problem is that adults seldom listen to what children have to say – and more often than not, they make assumptions about what the children need and what they want. RX Radio provides a platform for children to participate and engage with the hospital community and the community at large.
Children learn a range of basic communication and technical skills necessary for the production of personal radio stories such as story telling, using field recorders and interviewing techniques. After the foundation phase children participate in further training in different programme formats, more advanced production techniques, producing and anchoring live shows, among other things. These children will become integral to the functioning of RX Radio.
RX Radio is one of the first hospital radio stations by and for children. RX Radio has been established under the auspices of the Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital Facility Board. We began operations on the 1st of December 2016.
The initiative aims to create a platform for communication between hospitalised children, their families, and the health services by providing patients with the skills and support to produce and broadcast radio programmes across the hospital.
Live magazine-format shows, anchored by children in the hospital, will entertain and engage other patients. Shows will include programmes pre-recorded and produced by patients about their experiences and interests, programmes produced for children, music, as well as interactive games, competitions, dedications and discussions in which children can participate on air from their hospital beds.
In conclusion, in the next two years, we will provide approximately 80 chronically ill children with the skills to produce and broadcast programmes about their experiences to the broader hospital community, give health workers and family members important new insights into a hospitalised child’s unique perspective, and provide vital emotional support and mental stimulation to thousands of ill children during their stay at the hospital.
Radio made by and for children
Reaching the entire hospital community
Training children producers and presenters
Emotional support and stimulation for ill children
Dr. Gabriel Urgoiti
We broadcast in the Red Cross War Memorial Children's Hospital and Online
RX Radio: An Exploratory Study conducted The Institute for Child and Adolescent Health-Research at Stellenbosch University
The Institute for Child and Adolescent Health Research at Stellenbosch University has completed their first Exploratory Study on the perceived impact of RX Radio on the children, parents/caregivers and health professionals at Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital in Cape Town, South Africa. Trained data collectors from Stellenbosch University’s Institute for Child and Adolescent Health Read more about RX Radio: An Exploratory Study conducted The Institute for Child and Adolescent Health-Research at Stellenbosch University[…]
On Saturday the 9th of June RX Radio held a certificate ceremony for the new Child and Young Reporters who completed their basic training during the last April holidays. Nine out of the 10 new Reporters attended the event with their families where we all listened to the radio diaries that they produced in the Read more about RX Radio celebrates new Child and Young Reporters at the 5th Certificate Ceremony[…]
We began operations on the 1st of December 2016. The initiative aims to create a platform for communication between hospitalised children, their families, and the health services by providing patients with the skills and support to produce and broadcast radio programmes across the hospital. On Saturday, 19 May 2018, RX Radio celebrated 1 year of Read more about RX Radio Anniversary: A success.[…]
Aspiring Child and Young Reporters Complete RX Radio’s Fifth Basic Training New RX Radio Child and Young Reporters recording their stories in studio. During the Easter holidays, RX Radio held its fifth basic training with a new group of aspiring Child and Young Reporters. Eleven children were trained from the 3rd to the 7th of Read more about Aspiring Child and Young Reporters Complete RX Radio’s Fifth Basic Training[…]
Saturday 20 May 2017 marks the first time RX Radio went LIVE. We had a star-studded line up of guests who were interviewed and our Child/Young Reporters conquered the airwaves. This year RX Radio is celebrating its 1st birthday on Saturday the 19th of May 2018. Due to the work load required for the 19th Read more about IT’S OUR BIRTHDAY![…]
Concerts in the park (#CITP18) is an initiative where music concerts are held in De Waal Park and it’s free for the public to attend. This came about as one of our reporters, Amirah, who is the host of a music show The Hot Playlist was keen on going to watch the musical acts perform Read more about Amirah covers #CITP18[…]
On 10 and 24 March, a few RX Radio reporters took part in workshops facilitated by the Children’s Institute. The Children’s Institute aims to contribute to policies, laws and interventions that promote equality, realise the rights, and improve the conditions of all children in South Africa. Every year, the Children’s Institute produces a book called Read more about A child-friendly summary of the Child Gauge[…]
RX Radio congratulates the new RX Radio Child and Young Reporters On Saturday the 3rd of February, a certificate ceremony was held for the newly trained RX Radio Child and Young Reporters. The nine children, and their family and friends, were invited to the ceremony to listen to the radio diaries that they produced during Read more about Certificate Ceremony Blog[…]
Keeping your voice fit is an important part of radio. In order to sound clear, confident, and credible, radio presenters need to keep exercising their vocal chords. This is because how you sound on radio can be just as important as what you say. Therefore, as part of their ongoing training, RX Radio’s Child and Read more about Exercising at The Voice Gym[…]
RX Radio has partnered with Stellenbosch University and they are conducting research about the station. Here is their request to you RX Radio listeners: “We at Stellenbosch University would like to know more about RX Radio, Red Cross Children’s Hospital Radio Station and what it means to you. If you are a listener (whether Read more about Stellenbosch University Research[…]