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
South African Heroes is an initiative created by eMedia Holdings to profile individuals who go the extra mile to contribute to their communities. The RX Radio team is honoured to have been recognized as South African Heroes. Please watch and share the five RX Radio features produced by South African Heroes.
Sadly, one of our Young Reporters, Nangamso Ngangani, passed away on Friday 6 July 2018. We want to celebrate her life by showcasing the work she has produced for RX Radio. Click on the links below to listen to some of the interviews, event coverages and promos Nangamso has done for RX Radio: Interviewing Red Read more about In Loving Memory of Nangamso[…]
We had a pre-recorded broadcast at Expresso on the 22nd of June 2018: Expresso is a lifestyle and news morning show. A few of RX Radio presenters joined in and they were part of the morning show’s schedule. They were interviewed on what it meant to be a part of RX Radio and they also Read more about RX Radio Broadcasts on the Expresso Morning Show[…]
On the 12th of June Loyiso Mkhize and Clyde Beech met up with RX Radio reporters to further discuss the concept for the comic book, and a lot of useful information came from the session. After this session they came back on 25th of June to discuss the storylines, plots, personal stories and overall experiences Read more about Radio Drama and Comic Book preparation[…]
RX Radio received 20 tickets from BIG Concerts to give to our reporters and their parents to attend Cartoon Network Live at Grand West on the 27th of June. Cartoon Network Live is an interactive stage production for children aged 5 and up, featuring Cartoon Network’s most popular heroes from the Powerpuff Girls, Adventure Time Read more about Cartoon Network Live Event- Wednesday 27 June 2018[…]
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![…]