Harrogate Community Radio is part of a wider nomination for a prestigious ARIA Award in the Grassroots category, following their impactful participation in Earth Week 2023 – as organised by Penny Southgate from BCfm. The nomination is a testament to community radio's dedication to serving the local community and promoting environmental awareness.

Harrogate Community Radio, which was launched in 2019 by three friends passionate about Harrogate's music scene, has quickly become a beloved fixture in the town.

The station's unique broadcasting policy of not airing adverts and showcasing a diverse range of local talent has earned it a dedicated following.

During Earth Week 2023, Harrogate Community Radio demonstrated its commitment to environmental causes by participating in various events and initiatives, as organised by Penny Southgate from Bristol Community Radio (BCfm). Harrogate Community Radio was part of a movement that included community radio stations from around the UK.

Harrogate Community Radio hosted a special programming schedule for the week leading up to COP ‘23 focused on sustainability, climate change, and green living, featuring sound art pieces on the breakfast show, amongst other broadcasts.

The ARIAS are the UK audio and radio awards presented annually to recognise, honour and reward outstanding shows and the teams behind them. They are “the BAFTAs of radio” and Our Earth Week, which Harrogate Community Radio was part of, is nominated in the Grassroots category. The Grassroots category specifically recognises outstanding contributions from community-based organisations and initiatives.

Andrew Backhouse, one of HCR's founders, expressed his gratitude for taking part with a hap of other community stations, all led by Penny Southgate at BCfm: “We are thrilled to be part a movement that gained an ARIAs nomination. It was down to Penny and her drive and commitment. But, it was left up to us what we put in to Our Earth Week and beyond. As a community radio station, our goal is to give Harrogate, and it’s people, a voice. We wish the best for Penny and the team at the awards night.”

The winners of the ARIAs will be announced at a ceremony later this year on Tuesday 7th May.

Regardless of the outcome, the nomination of Our Earth Week, and being part of a national radio agenda, itself is a significant achievement for Harrogate Community Radio, putting Harrogate's vibrant music scene and environmental activism on a bigger stage.

As HCR continues to grow and evolve, it remains committed to its core values of community engagement, inclusivity, and sustainability. With the support of its dedicated volunteers and listeners, the station is poised to make an even greater impact in the years to come.

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