Ever since the first lock down in March last year, HCR104fm has undergone substantial changes to our way of working.
The lockdown meant that we were no longer able to go into our tiny studios in the Saxongate Centre in Huntingdon, so undaunted, we started to think how we could continue to serve the people of Huntingdon and keep them up to date with how Co-Vid19 was changing our community and the country.
Our studio engineer and presenter, Bob Elliot, planned and executed a scheme to get every volunteer presenter on air and operating from their own home. Like many community radio stations around the country we moved to home working. Each presenter, with Bob’s help, set up their own studios at home and continued to produce their own shows without interruption.
The move to home working also gave the station more opportunity and impetus to expand its programming. So, in the spirit of true enterprise, we leapt from only providing a voice in the studio mostly between 7am and midnight with jukebox coverage through the night, to a full 24/7 service. We added late night and early morning breakfast shows.
Another of the biggest changes which our technology afforded was the use of Cleanfeed to allow outside broadcasts and interviews to be added into programmes while everyone was working at home. This change was embraced by our Saturday Sports programme in a big way. Experienced sports commentator, Isaac Brindley, and his team on the sports programme, were able to speak with local sports people about their upcoming matches, events and the changes happening in clubs around the region during lockdown and beyond.
Each week Isaac and the team now talk to players and managers live on air, then recording them and adding the interviews to the HCR website’s listen again facility. Last Saturday (6th February) they spoke to 4 local sports people. Why not take the time to catch up on local sport by listening to our podcasts?