So, it seems right to pen an end of year review where the station can reflect on an incredible year of growth, community engagement, and exciting developments. 2023 has been a year that has truly showcased Harrogate Community Radio’s commitment to diversity, environmental stewardship, and technological innovation, all while strengthening our roots in the heart of Harrogate.

Faith-Based Programmes and Harrogate Mosque’s Journey

This year marked a significant milestone for us with the introduction of faith-based programmes, especially highlighting the journey of the local Mosque in Harrogate. These programmes have not only enriched our content but have also played a pivotal role in bridging communities. They’ve offered a platform for dialogue, understanding, and shared experiences, further cementing our station’s role as a voice for all in Harrogate.

Our Earth Week and COP28 Alignment

Environmental consciousness was at the forefront of our initiatives this year. Participation in ‘Our Earth Week‘ was a resounding success, drawing attention to crucial environmental issues. Our alignment with the objectives of COP28 underscored our commitment to sustainable practices and environmental stewardship. These efforts have not only raised awareness but have also sparked actionable change within our community.

Leeds Trinity University Collaboration and Henry’s Story

The collaboration with Leeds Trinity University has been a highlight, offering students real-world experience in radio broadcasting. One standout story is that of Henry Coultish, a Leeds Trinity student. Henry’s decision to stay on post-placement is a testament to what a nurturing environment we have built at Harrogate Community Radio and the valuable experiences we offer to budding professionals.

Diverse Programming: Inclusivity and Mental Health

Diversity in programming has always been our forte, and this year was no exception. Shows like the Thoughty Auti Podcast and The Wellness Hour have not only entertained but also provided vital information and support on mental health and well-being. Our focus on programming for senior citizens has brought entertainment and companionship to an often-overlooked demographic, reinforcing our commitment to inclusivity.

Technological Advancements: Enhancing Accessibility

In an age where technology is king, we’ve made significant strides in enhancing our digital presence. Updates to our app and updates to the Alexa Skill have made accessing our content easier and more user-friendly. These advancements ensure that our listeners, regardless of age or tech-savviness, can enjoy our diverse content with ease and comfort.

The Growth of the ‘Events Board’

The Community Events Board has grown to become a central hub for community engagement. It’s not just a tool for event promotion; it’s a reflection of the vibrant and dynamic community we serve. From local gigs to charity events, the Community Events Board has fostered a sense of belonging and togetherness, proving to be an invaluable resource for Harrogate and its residents.

Conclusion: Our Role in Community Building

As we look back on the year, it’s clear that Harrogate Community Radio has not just been a source of entertainment and information. We’ve been a friend, a supporter, and a unifying force in the community. Our ongoing commitment to serving and connecting our audience remains unwavering. We’re more than just a radio station; we’re a part of the Harrogate family, dedicated to enriching lives and fostering community spirit.

Thank you for being part of our journey. Here’s to another year of growth, connection, and community at Harrogate Community Radio.

Andrew Backhouse

Andrew Backhouse

Andrew is actually one of the Founders of HCR – he volunteers as chief cat-herder to organise the station. Andrew is a UX Writer 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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