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Colm O’Rourke

Colm has been part of the HCR family since October 2013, and after taking some time away from the mic, he is back for a new stint as a member of the County Matters and Family Favourites teams.

Having been a volunteer on radio projects for over a decade, including helping people with learning difficulties and physical disabilities make their own podcasts, Colm enjoys all things radio, a medium he’s been passionate about for as long as he can remember.

What are your favourite hobbies?

Outside of radio, I love going to the cinema, listening to all kinds of music, and spending time with my family and friends.

Which music do you enjoy most?

It changes depending on what day it is and what type of mood I’m in really. I’ve got a huge collection of CDs and cassettes – no room for vinyl at the moment so don’t encourage me! There’s thousands of tracks on my MP3 player; all sorts on there – I can put it on shuffle and hear a real diversity of songs.

Did you grow up locally?

As my name suggests, I’m originally from Northern Ireland: Derry (or Londonderry, if you prefer), to be precise. I came to live and work in England in 2004, spending nine years in Yorkshire before relocating to St Ives, where I’ve stayed since. I feel lucky to have given a warm welcome to this part of the world.

What do you love most about Huntingdonshire?

The variety of people who make the local community; they have a sense of pride about where they live and what they get up to. Being part of the HCR team down the years has helped me realise what matters most to Huntingdonshire residents, and why they feel that way.

Who are your radio heroes?

The ultimate one has to be John Peel; I love how he championed such a wide spectrum of music and art on his shows, and how his own style of broadcasting endeared him to his fans and the nation alike. Most of my other radio heroes follow in Peel’s spirit of pushing the boundaries in radio broadcasting, such as Janice Long and Annie Nightingale; and there’s also those who were historic innovators and leaders in the art of radio, like Kenny Everett and Alan Freeman.

To you, what is a perfect day?

Spending time with my close family and friends. It doesn’t matter whether we’re just sat in having a chat, or we’re out sharing a meal or some drinks, it’s the company which makes a good time to me.