Huntingdonshire radio station’s soap opera in line for top industry award

Sue Rodwell-Smith. Picture: CONTRIBUTED

Sue Rodwell-Smith. Picture: CONTRIBUTED - Credit: Archant

Huntingdon Community Radio’s regular soap opera is in the running for a national award.

Huntsford has been nominated in the Arts and Creative category at the Community Radio Awards.

The drama is based around five businesses: two hair salons - Wavelengths and Trimming World, Carmella’s Café, Bob’s Garage and a WI charity shop.

The drama is built by a team of 30 volunteers ranging in age from 20 to 80 from all walks of life. The Huntsford team is made up two recording engineers, a producer/director, a post-production engineer, three script writers and 23 actors.

All members of the team are new to both the medium and the genre and have been learning quickly to produce material to the exacting schedule required by a radio soap. A pop-up studio is erected monthly when eight episodes are recorded.

Sue Rodwell Smith, the director of Huntsford commented, said: “We are delighted to be nominated again this year. Last year we made it to the nomination stage but missed out on an award.

“This year, we are keeping fingers crossed that we can bring back either gold, silver or bronze for the radio station. A great deal of work goes into producing this drama beginning with cracking story lines from the script writers. All the actors are volunteers and I cannot praise highly enough their commitment and enthusiasm.”

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The show is broadcast two days a week, on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 10.25am and 3.25pm, with an omnibus edition on Sundays at 3.25pm.

Huntingdon Community Radio is now in its seventh year of full-time broadcasting and is urging anyone interested in joining the team to come forward.

Adults, of any age, and from all walks of life, are welcome to join the team and receive training in presenting and producing programmes.

HCR is also looking for researchers, audio editors, and people with admin skills.

“Whether you are seeking employment, taking a career break, or retired we are keen to hear from people with varied life skills and especially welcome new female voices,” said station manager Bill Hensley.