Huntingdon Community Radio
|Branding||Your Music. Your Voice. Your Station.|
|Slogan||Hits & Memories 24 Hours A Day|
|First air date||23 April 2011|
|Format||Community Radio Station|
|Affiliations||The Hunts Post (local newspaper)|
|Owner||HCRFM Huntingdon Community Radio (Media) Limited|
Huntingdon Community Radio is a community radio station operating from studios in Huntingdonshire, Cambridgeshire, England. It was awarded a broadcast license by OfCom in 2009 and has been broadcasting 24/7 on 104fm across Huntingdonshire and online at www.hcrfm.co.uk since April 2011.
Huntingdon has had a community radio station on air for three weeks every year since Bill Hensley and a small band of enthusiasts established it 1995.
Known today as Huntingdon Community Radio (HCRfm), the station put out a mix of familiar music, with national and local news and special programmes about community life in Huntingdon and the surrounding towns and villages. Using space provided at initially St Neot’s Community College and later RAF Wyton, a team of 30 volunteers, came together for each two and, at times, four week broadcasts annually. HCRfm established a keen and loyal audience and as a station decided to adapt and bring full-time community radio to Huntingdonshire.
A full-time station for Huntingdon, developed and managed by local people, only became a reality in 2008 when OfCom the broadcasting regulator announced one of, if not the last batch of community radio licences, indicating that some would be approved in East Anglia. Much hard work produced an application for a full-time licence, following research and consulting with and seeking the support of hundreds of community organisations. All this paid off in the summer of 2009 when Ofcom granted HCR a full-time FM licence.
The station has national news each hour from SKY and local news in association with The Hunts Post each day. The station is funded through a mix of grants, advertising and sponsorship.
Programming runs 24 Hours a Day including Breakfast & Daytime shows. Each weekday evening at 7pm on HCR104fm runs its community-based interview show 'Over to You', inviting members of the community to be interviewed for an hour around a local topic whether it be fundraising, a local event, or a person with an interesting story to tell.
Between 8pm & 10pm are the station's "Specialist" shows and feature a variety of genres each day
Monday: Soul & Motown
Tuesday: Rock & Roll
Wednesday: Country & Western
Thursday: Soft Rock
Friday: Spotlight (Local musicians and the local arts scene)
Saturday: Dance Decades
Sunday: Smooth Jazz
The station also has a soap opera 'Huntsford', which centres on a hairdressing salon - Wavelengths, in a small town not completely unlike Huntingdon. This goes out as five-minute episodes on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays at 10:20am and 4:20pm, with a 15-minute omnibus edition on Sundays at 4pm. It is now approaching its third year and is the only the currently running radio soap in the UK apart from the BBC's The Archers.