Community radio station set for another broadcasting season

HUNTINGDON Community Radio (HRC) is returning to the airwaves next month for its 11th season of broadcasting. The radio station, which broadcasts on 87.7FM, has yet to confirm the exact dates it will be on air but work is already happening behind the scen

HUNTINGDON Community Radio (HRC) is returning to the airwaves next month for its 11th season of broadcasting.

The radio station, which broadcasts on 87.7FM, has yet to confirm the exact dates it will be on air but work is already happening behind the scenes to prepare the programmes.

A team of about 30 volunteers will provide a range of popular music, specialist shows, community affairs, sport, and a topic which is a new addition this year, art.

Bill Hensley, 54, from Warboys, who is responsible for running HRC, said: "We are a not-for-profit organisation, and our ultimate goal is to run a full-time community station locally, 24 hours a day, 52 weeks of the year."


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He added: "More than ever, groups and individuals will be involved. About 150 or more this is year so far will contribute to programmes broadcast from studios in Huntingdon, and transmitted to homes via a mast at Wood Green Animal Shelter."

However, in order to provide a wide range of programmes, HCR needs more presenters, producers, receptionists and greeters.

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In association with Huntingdon Youth Volunteer Bureau, up to nine younger people will also be trained in all aspects life at HCR, from reception and preparing web pages to programme research and production.

Mr Hensley added: "We can find something for most people to do and offer an outlet for local people with a range of skills.

"There is ample time to get in touch for this year's broadcasts."

Another area where HRC needs help is attracting more female input as it currently has just one female presenter, Mr Hensley's wife, Pam.

Pam co-presents and produces Lazy Afternoons every weekday between 2-5pm.

She said: "I really enjoy being involved with HCR each year, not because Bill is the boss, but because the station, while on the air, offers a great range of information and entertainment across the ages."

She added: "We really do need more female input here and it's not for the want of trying.

"However, this year we want to make a special appeal to women out there in the community - do come and join us."

INFORMATION: Anyone interested in joining HRC as well as potential sponsors can write to Mr Hensley at Box 87.7, 30 High Street Huntingdon Cambs, visit www.hcrfm.co.uk or e-mail bill.hensley@hcrfm.co.uk

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