HCR104fm is a community radio station that has broadcast to the Huntingdon area since 1995 building up a solid reputation for quality familiar music, community news, features and active involvement through volunteering.
The station is a not-for-profit organisation, a registered charity and a limited company. There is a team of directors and senior executives working alongside a management committee planning and managing “round the clock” radio.
HCR104fm was awarded a full-time licence to broadcast to a 5Km radius of Huntingdon in 2009 and is also available to many surrounding towns and villages via 104FM, on DAB+ in Cambridge and around the world online through this website. The station broadcast live music, news and features 24 hours a day from our studios at Saxongate.
A key element of HCR104fm’s programme output is community focused, including ‘Over To You’ a weeknight community access programme at 7pm. There are also programmes on the local area, ‘County Matters’ each Sunday, a weekly special ‘Spotlight’ on Fridays devoted to music, general events and a programme for younger people named ‘The Student Zone‘. Students at local schools and colleges play a central role in programmes and production with HCR104fm and there is a popular training programme.
Throughout the weekdays from Breakfast to Drive Time, HCR104fm brings music, features, competitions and news throughout the day. Our national news comes from the renowned Sky News team and our local news is in association with The Hunts Post, the local Archant Press weekly paper with whom HCR104fm is ever more closely associated with.
The station plays ‘Quality Familiar Music’ i.e. music you instantly recognise and probably know the words to. HCR104fm plays every hour, 2 X 60’s, 2 X 70’s, 2 X 80’s, 2 X 90’s and 2 from the “naughties”. HCR104fm have contact with record labels and we receive pre-release material enabling us to play current up to date music within the playlist too. This gives a good spread of music to all audience profiles; so there is something for everyone. HCR104fm also broadcasts a wide range of specialist music programmes from the 60’s, “indie”, “folk”, musicals and other classics.
A growing team of 95+ volunteers, with CRB checked management teams, are beavering away creating a unique venture for Huntingdon – its very own radio station run entirely by local people. There are a range of roles from presenting, producing to administration, advertising and sponsorship in which you can get involved. We have involved over 400 community groups which makes HCR104fm a real community station.
HCR104fm as a Not for Profit organisation can raise half its income from grants and donations. Many local people who perhaps can’t physically volunteer at HCR104fm, ask how they can help us? One way is through the Friends of HCR104fm, a support group, with low cost membership for individuals and families and a corporate membership for businesses and organisations. The rest of our income is through donations, advertising and sponsorship; many local businesses have sponsored programmes or advertised with us with great success.