Radio station celebrates its second birthday in Huntingdon

Huntingdon Community Radio 2nd Birthday Balloon Release, at Thongsley Fields School, Bill Hensley wi

Huntingdon Community Radio 2nd Birthday Balloon Release, at Thongsley Fields School, Bill Hensley with pupils - Credit: Archant

TWO ON TUESDAY: Huntingdon’s community radio station celebrated its second anniversary this week.

HCR104fm started its full-time broadcasts to the town on April 23, 2011, after a long campaign to move from a part-time station to a full-time operation with a licence allowing them to broadcast around the clock.

The station, which is based at Saxongate in Huntingdon town centre, marked the occasion with the help of school children at Thongsley School who launched 104 balloons – and if you find one you could be the lucky winner of a £20 voucher. The prize will be given the finder of the balloon that has the furthest.

Since its launch, HCR104fm has carried out numerous outside broadcasts, given volunteers training in new skills and produced its own soap opera Huntsford as well as providing a wide variety of music and talk shows for listeners.

Programme manager Ray Godby said: “We are the only community station which has consistently produced a soap drama, which has been boosted by publicity not only in The Hunts Post but with features in The Sunday Times and in the Radio Times. There has been each November on Armistice Day a special edition of Huntsford and the third one is in preparation to go out in November 2013. On top of this we have managed to produce three one-off plays, and have a six part-comedy drama to be broadcast soon.”

He added: “Sadly in the last year or so a number of community radio stations were either unable to get sufficient funding or were unable to get started and handed back their licences to Ofcom. We are pleased that we have managed to stabilise our content and output, and we are confident that we will be able to fulfil all our obligations.

“We appreciate that there is still a lot of things we can do to improve, including setting up a listener panel, training more people in radio, communications and administration skills. But we have exciting plans for the future with more live outside broadcasts, including broadcasting Midnight Mass December 4 from Huntingdon Parish Church.”

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