Students in the zone for Huntingdon radio launch

Huntingdon’s new community radio station is just a matter of weeks away from hitting the air waves, bringing music, news, drama and debate to the town. There’s even a show which is run by students, for students.

SUNDAY night will be a student zone on HCRfm.

The radio show, which will go out on Sundays at 5pm, is aimed at younger people aged 15 to about 25.

Called the Student Zone, the show is put together by a team of students, who play a full part in the management of the station, and will include news and features, as well as what is hip in fashion and film.

Jo Chapell will be the editor of Student Zone, leading a team of 10 students.

“We can’t wait to launch our new show,” she said. “Much of the enthusiasm is down to the work of the Chris Gidman who joined the station when it was part-time in 2007. He came up with the idea.

“We will jam pack each weekly show with good news as well as the less good, along with fashion, films, student and young people issues, and play some of the best chart music about.

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“We thank Huntingdon Town Youth Council and other organisations who have backed us financially with grants, enabling team members, including Isaac Brindley and myself, to go and interview top recording artists like Professor Green, which can be heard on the students’ own section of the HCRfm web site,

Alex Stevens, the show’s web editor, has spent weeks creating an online presence to back up Student Zone.

“We have a Facebook fan page and you can follow us on Twitter - just visit the Student Zone page at to be taken to the mini site. Both of these are useful when we do the live Sunday shows, so you can message the team instantly.

“There is also lots of inter-activity on the Student Zone pages with presenter profiles, contact details, podcasts of our latest features and interviews, and information about the music and young bands in Huntingdon and the villages.

“We also have a youth chat facility, so there will be plenty going on.”

HCRfm’s students will also be involved in the station’s political show County Matters, which also goes out on Sundays, as well as performing in the soap Huntsford, which is broadcast Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 10.30am and 2.30pm.

INFORMATION: Young people keen on auditioning for any soap roles or who might consider writing or the technical side of Huntsford and other drama projects, should e-mail