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Radio station hopes to address gender imbalance

Huntingdon Community Radio is encouraging more women to become Presenters and Producers with the station. At the moment only around 5% of HCR104fm’s volunteers are female, with just 3 regular female presenters.

“We are always on the lookout for new talent, both on-air and behind the scenes” explains Managing Director Bill Hensley, “although we would particularly welcome applications from women, as very few seem to put themselves forward. Maybe they think they don’t have enough confidence, or enough time – but we provide full training and plenty of flexibility, so people can do hours that suit them.”

One of the station’s few female volunteers is HR consultant Tara Daynes, 49, who produces and presents on HCR104fm’s Over To You, Sunday Supplement and Senior Moments programmes. “It would be great to hear more women’s voices on air, as well as have more female input on the production side” she says. “I do most of my producing from home, which means I can work it around my day job and other commitments.” Tara has been with HCR104fm for only nine months, but says she has been given the opportunities to really make an impact at the station. “Learning a new skill set has been very satisfying, and there are always people ready to give some help if you need it.”

HCR104fm broadcasts within a 5km radius of Huntingdon, as far afield as Cambridge on DAB, and worldwide via the Internet. “As half of our listenership are women, we want our programmes to reflect that” says Bill. “And the only way that can happen is if more women join us to produce and present our shows”. We are based in Saxongate in the centre of Huntingdon.

Anyone interested in finding out more should contact Bill Hensley on 07767 823424 or email volunteer@hcrfm.co.uk.