Happy New Year, folks – in my house, we saw in '23 just the two of us, me and Kathryn. Kathryn is currently watching the TV so I thought I would write a state-of-play for the station, a recap of the time we have been on the air for the past year, to see in the New Year. To pat the station and the hosts on the back where needed and to highlight where work needs to be done to improve the broadcast.

Well, we have been broadcasting for 40 months and things are looking rosey. We have 35+ volunteers and I have a good team behind me to help manage them. We have a system in place where the hosts can chat to each other in private; we joke that it is the community behind the community station. However we are open to new ideas, if you want to come on board then feel free to read how to HERE.

There is still a great sense of ‘keenness' amongst the hosts – the idea of making their part of Harrogate that bit better has really taken flight with most of the hosts; it is a way of expressing your passion for the town without getting a dodgy tattoo. We had a lot of new shows and series start in 2022 – but, we also had people leave the station; we can't hammer home enough the fact that this is a commitment (almost a lifestyle).

Those who broadcast with us are committing their time with no reward other than to promote their own audio-agenda and get the thrill of entertaining you. We do not get paid to make this radio station (I wish I was paid per hour). And, there is a gap in the finances – we are a couple of hundred pounds down on last year – we need this money to pay for servers and to pay for the licenses. If you have a spare fiver, would you become a patron of local media at www.harrogateradio.link/donate? It could really help…

Broadcasting; DJ Trev went up to a show a week playing Underground Dance music – the stuff he is building a solid reputation DJ'ing. We had so many new hosts – it is a pleasure to see that people from outside the admin's social circle are getting involved. There is talk of Vox Pod returning when the correct kit arrives and we welcomed a Complimentary health show.

Thomas Henley returned to broadcasting his Autism and Mental Health pod, after a short break, and I was allowed to play free jazz for half an hour (just a small half and hour) every week at 23:30 on Certified Tonk. An example of how keen the hosts still are is that they are grabbing every opportunity to be heard that they are offered. Plus there is a real sense of “Team” – a camaraderie of troops.

The website changed design and we are weaning the old Help! Desk off from being used. The new system is a lot more stable and it is a lot more user friendly. The commenting system has changed to the point that you can now just leave an emoji as a response to your passion. It really is quite something, I am happy to help.

I would also like to thank the admin of the station; CC, SB, JS, DJS & AS. I would have jacked it in years ago if you had not goaded me to further work.

But, most of all, I am writing this post to thank you, the listener, for tuning in. We do it for you – I hope you get something from our small broadcast from Harrogate. If you have anything to say about the station – have a look at the Feedback page and we will act on it. But, mistakes happen – we are human, but we are humans putting it all out there for you to enjoy. Happy New Year xx

Admin Andrew

Admin Andrew

Andrew is actually one of the Founders of HCR – he volunteers as chief cat-herder to organise the station. Andrew is a Designer by trade, and he is also an exhibiting artist. Andrew has been part of the Backhouse marriage experiment with Kathryn since 2011 and lives in High Harrogate.

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