What is Heckington Living Community Radio?
Written by Andy@Studio1 on 9 April 2022
HLR is an internet radio station, set up and managed by Andy and Patricia Mellett Brown. HLR is supported by Heckington Living, the voluntary group that publishes Heckington’s village magazine. Established in March 2020 in response to the Coronavirus Pandemic, the idea was that by keeping us all connected with each other, our families and friends we could help to mitigate some of the effects of social isolation and loneliness caused by ‘lockdown’. The advantage of internet radio is that it can be listened to anywhere, meaning that people can listen together with their families and friends, wherever they are.
Since its launch HLR has expanded its offering, so that today we have 16 live presenters and live programmes every day. But we offer much more. The station broadcasts a wide range of voice and music programmes 24 hours a day, every day. As well as music, there are dramas, documentaries and church services, and a ‘Live Lounge’ where our listeners come together, especially during live shows, to chat with the presenters and each other. The HLR ‘Live Loungers’ have made connections well beyond HLR, extending the hand of friendship and goodwill across the country and, indeed, the world.
HLR exemplifies the wonderful community spirit that we have in Heckington and says everything about the way that we care for each other as a community. Our listeners are at the heart of everything we do. The station is run entirely by volunteers, on a not-for-profit basis. We are very definitely NOT a commercial radio station and you will not hear any adverts. Neither are we a pirate radio station. We are fully licensed to broadcast and play music. We exist, solely to serve the community, our friends and families and to help keep us all connected.
As we come out of lockdown, HLR will continue entertaining and supporting the community, making connections and holding out Heckington’s hand of friendship to everyone who wants to listen. You are very welcome to Heckington Living Community Radio, wherever you are.