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Funding The Station

As a station, we have been getting tons of questions from listeners, visitors and local businesses about how to offer their financial backing to the station, as opposed to the would-be-helper making their own show. So, I thought I would lay out a few guidelines to help you, the willing patron of Harrogate Community Radio, find a way of helping us.

Harrogate Community Radio relies on the good will of the local population to keep the broadcast on air. This station is a volunteer-led and volunteer-operated, not-for profit venture that ploughs all energies and financial gain in to improving the station.

We have a package to host adverts on this website – yes. There is also an Events Board on on site, but that is community driven as opposed to financially driven. We will always be a community radio station – thoroughly democratic and without a corporate agenda. We will never be a commercial station, in that we are, and always will be, a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to broadcasting community relevant information and programming. We are radio by the community, for the community.

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By the end of 2020 we we getting 50k Listener minutes a week.

  • Andrew B, Admin

What Will We Spend The Money On?

In the following tabs I hope to outline what we will spend the sponsorship money on.

We have a customised VPS Server that houses all of the shows and automates them being played out. This is quite an expense every month.

Recurring monthly, the cost comes from the station’s account and is the the stream of shows from us to you.

The Bandwidth Server takes the strain off the Streaming Server. We use a system in Yorkshire to relay the broadcast from the Streaming Server to the individual receiver. So, there is a slight lag. A slight delay of a fraction of seconds between it being played on the broadcast server and you picking it up. This is a Saas Service, paid monthly from the Station’s accounts.

This is the smallest cost of the lot of them. We use Mixcloud for this. Mixcloud Pro costs around £10 a month – we pay monthly and this comes out of the station’s accounts, as funded by our sponsors and the admin.

This is the meat of the costs. We bought the licenses (we, the admin) to last until 2021. We would be grateful to anyone who could contribute to the upkeep of the station so that we can continue broadcasting.

We are licensed by PRS and PPL – these two licenses are the biggest outlay for the station.

I Want To Help As An Individual

If you are wanting to help sponsor Harrogate Community Radio and you are a family, couple or individual – local or elsewhere – all you need to do is find a coffee cup, often in the bottom right hand-corner of the pages that you visit on this site.


And a fine ship she is, too, Cap’n. Member ship starts at £2/Month or £20/Year. For this, you are supporting independent, advert-free local media in Harrogate, North Yorkshire. We realise that it is a privilege to be in a position to give to not-for-profits. So, we are not banging on your door demanding a License Fee. To become a Member, head to the link – you’ll be able to become a member there.

One-Off Payments

If you want to drop some coins in the cup, all you need to do is head to the bottom-right hand corner of the screen you are looking at. See the blue circle – click that and enter your details.

We use the app Buy Me A Coffee. It is a very safe donation system of patronage and you can even pay by PayPal if you want to be extra safe. If you want to pay by card, enter your details. Using the latest in web-standards, your card details are whisked away and we will not be privy to them.

I Want To Help As A Business Or Institution

Harrogate community Radio relies on a system of patronage forged with good ties in the local area. If your business is looking to sponsor a community venture that has a hyper-local focus, then can we suggest Harrogate Community Radio?

We have kept books and an invoicing system, so it is all above board. If you want to help keep this station Harrogate-relevant and community-minded, get in contact with Andrew Backhouse at [email protected] and he will do his best not to panic.

In return for the quarterly donation by your company, your logo will be placed on this website that will, in turn, link back to your website, web shop or sales funnel. We receive around 60-80 Unique Website hits a day, on a quiet day, and there is big user participation on our site. It is just a nice way of saying ‘Thanks’ for the donation. It will never compete with the bigger outlets like The Advertiser – but, you would be helping people broadcast, people who passionately care about making Harrogate a better place to live.

All of the hosts point their listeners to this site when they speak in their show. And if this site’s stats don’t interest you our biggest listenership is on Alexa – there is word of mouth and social media, too. When a host points their listener to this site, there is a banner featuring our donors logos on the Homepage, the Listen Again page and on the About/Contact page. You’ll be pleased to hear that the number of donors/sponsors is slowly growing.

We are currently trialing a scheme where a business or institution can sponsor the station for £75 a Quarter – for three months you will have your logo on this site and a report emailed to you weekly, every Monday, showing how many people have visited the site.

If you are hesitant, we can supply a PDF of the past month’s visitors for you, so you can make you mind up easier? But, at heart, this is a community project that relies on the good will of its listeners – we don’t want to charge people for listening, but the station needs to keep afloat.

We are constantly treading a fine line between going under and selling out – I hope you recognise the choice to seek financial support was not taken lightly. If you can afford it, drop some coins in the cup in the footer. If you can afford it as a business, feel free to email [email protected].

I Want To Help By Putting On An Event

Obviously, live events are stalled due to Coronavirus – but, if you wanted to put on an event for the station in ‘normal’ times we will do our best to promote your event.