HCR104fm reached another milestone in its history this week as we celebrated our 21st birthday of broadcasting to the residents of Huntingdon and the surrounding areas. Back in 1995 a group of radio enthusiasts headed by our now station manager, Bill Hensley, set up Huntingdon’s community radio station. At first we only broadcast on an infrequent basis using RSL’s (Restricted Service Licences) of just a few weeks each time to test out the water to see whether there was an interest in having a community radio station in Huntingdonshire. The process of proving that there was an appetite for a local radio station took many years until back in 2011 we managed to secure from OFCOM a license to broadcast on a 24/7 hours a day basis and we went live with our new station on 23rd April.
Over the 21years of the station’s existence there have been many twists and turns in our history but some of our achievements have been outside broadcasts with our own mobile studio in Market places around the area, we have brought to you each year the Christmas Eve communion service from the centre of Huntingdon. We are involved with the Switch on of the Christmas Lights from the Market Square in Huntingdon each year and also we initiated “Live in the Park” which was a show case for local groups and artists broadcast live from the bandstand in Bloomfield Park together with charity stalls and a carnival atmosphere. We ran a very successful soap opera for more than 3 years called Huntsford, three times a week with an omnibus edition on a Sunday, which was widely acclaimed as being a novelty for community radio.
On Saturday 18th June there was a gathering at the Saxongate Centre of members of the public and members of the HCR104fm volunteers to celebrate our achievements with an indoor barbecue. Our outside broadcast unit nicknamed “Ollie” was parked outside and broadcast to passers-by as well as on air. Our charity stall was also open; along with a small display showing the progress which the station has made over its 21 years.