We at Harrogate Community Radio are thrilled to share some exhilarating news with our beloved community: We've been named a finalist in the prestigious Stray Ferret Business Awards 2024, under the ‘Best Use Of Digital' category!

This nomination is not just a recognition of our technological endeavours but a celebration of our journey together as a community, embracing the digital era. It validates our motto of “By the community, for the community.” Our entry highlights how we've interwoven digital technology into the fabric of our radio station to not only reach but also empower and connect with our audience.

Breaking Barriers with Our Digital Initiatives

Our journey has been marked by significant digital milestones that have played a crucial role in enhancing our reach and engagement:

  • Innovative Online Streaming: Launching our user-friendly website (www.harrogatecommunityradio.online) was a game-changer. It wasn't just about going online; it was about opening our doors wider, inviting in listeners from across the nation and beyond.
  • Podcast Pioneering: Venturing into the world of podcasts with shows like “To Etherea & Beyond” and “Sound Of Wonder” allowed us to dive into a global pool of listeners. This move wasn't just about expanding; it was about diversifying and enriching our content.
  • Social Media Synergy: Our active presence on platforms like Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram isn't just about posts and tweets. It's about building a digital community, a space for conversation, sharing, and growth.
  • Sustainable Merchandising: Our eco-friendly approach to merchandise represents more than just products; it's our commitment to sustainability and responsible living.
  • Carbon Offset Commitment: Achieving Carbon Net Zero status isn't just an achievement; it's our pledge to the planet, balancing our digital footprint with our love for the environment.
  • Empowering Through Accessibility: Implementing tools for aiding those with impairments is our way of ensuring that everyone, irrespective of their challenges, can enjoy our content.
  • Innovating with Alexa Skill: This feature is more than just technology; it's about inclusivity, helping those who find traditional technology a faff.

Beyond Technology: Our Community Impact

Our digital strides have translated into tangible results:

  • Expanding Our Audience: With a 30% increase in regional website visits, year on year, we're not just a station; we're a growing family.
  • Podcast Popularity: Over 17,500 streams signify not just numbers, but stories being shared, voices being heard, and a community being formed.
  • Social Media Success: Our enhanced social media engagement is a testament to our growing influence and connection with the community.

Looking Forward

Being a finalist in the Stray Ferret Business Awards is a moment of pride and a testament to our commitment to digital innovation and community connection. It's a celebration of not just our achievements but also our shared values and aspirations as a community.

As we eagerly await the awards ceremony, we extend our heartfelt thanks to each one of you – our listeners, supporters, and the community at large. It is your engagement, feedback, and love that fuel our efforts and innovations.

Together, let's continue to break barriers, build bridges, and foster a connected and empowered community through the power of digital innovation.

Stay tuned, stay connected.

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