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Sue Rodwell Smith, Director (seated centre) with scripts writers Andrew Moore and Julie Daniel and the rest of the ‘Huntsford’ team, actors, recording engineers and post production engineer.

Community Radio Awards awarded gold for Huntingdon Community Radio’s soap Drama Huntsford. The Community Radio Awards was set up three years ago to celebrate community radio and all the hard work and time that the volunteers put into their stations, shows and communities.  Their awards are a judge led process, with judges drawn from the community radio sector, academics, other radio/associated areas and the third sector. The awards are run not for profit and our completely independent of any organisation or association. In the first year, two of HCR’s schedule, 21st Century Women and the Saturday afternoon sports programme won a silver and bronze and in the second year Huntsford was nominated for an award and now in the third year Huntsford wins gold. Sue Rodwell Smith, Director and Producer of Huntsford, commented, “We are absolutely delighted to receive this national industry award, to be recognised by your peers is very humbling, this acknowledges all our hard work”.

There are over 350 community radio stations throughout the United Kingdom run by many hundreds of volunteers across all sectors.  Huntsford is the only radio soap drama broadcast on community radio and the directors of HCR are looking to increase the listenership by approaching other radio stations who would be interested in airing this soap drama. Bill Hensley, MD of Huntingdon Community Radio added, “As far as I know, HCR104fm is the only other radio station apart from the BBC (The Archers) who have a radio soap running. Producing this is very work intensive, and Sue and the team have done a fabulous job in producing two episodes a week with and omnibus on Sundays. As station manager, I am so proud that they have won the very prestigious Gold Award at the Community Radio Awards 2018”. Andrew Moore, Huntsford’s script manager and co-writer stated, “It’s a challenge weaving real local events into the lives of our characters. We have raised awareness of big issues this year including cancer, stalking and bereavement. Feeding our actors with the lines week in and week out is a real pleasure.  Our cast bring the stories to life and give the stories impact. My fellow writers and I see the characters as old friends, it’s a wonder we haven’t sent them Christmas cards!”

Huntsford is broadcast three times a week, Tuesdays and Thursdays at 10.25am and repeated in the afternoons at 3.25pm with an omnibus edition on Sundays at 3.25pm. If anyone is interested in joining this award winning drama please contact Sue at “We are especially looking for a young female voice and another post production engineer,” said Sue, “we get together on the last Sunday of every month starting around 9.30am and we endeavour to get everyone away by 12.30 so they can enjoy the rest of their Sunday”.  If any of the actors cannot make a particular Sunday, then the script writers will write the scripts with this in mind, as long as they are told well in advance. Recording is at HCR’s studio at Saxongate in Huntingdon.