About Nickey Radio
Nickey Radio is named after the railway which ran between Harpenden and Hemel Hempstead from 1877 until 1947, when passenger service ceased. However, freight still operated between Harpenden and Hemel Hempstead's Hemelite plant until 1979.
It is sad the line was closed but the route is now a lovely walk and cycle route through the countryside. The town has three superb golf courses. Harpenden Golf Club founded in 1894, Harpenden Common, and Aldwickbury, the youngest club, which has two Ken Brown designed courses.
We are home to Rothamsted Research Centre, the longest running agricultural research station in the world, providing cutting-edge science and innovation for nearly 170 years. Their mission is to deliver the knowledge and new practices to increase crop productivity and quality and to develop environmentally sustainable solutions for food and energy production. Rothamsted is vital in the efforts to feed the world and Harpenden is proud of its association.
Harpenden lies in Hertfordshire between St Albans and Luton and has a population of 30,000 residents. It is first recorded in an eleventh century deed in which Edward the Confessor granted an estate to Westminster Abbey, consisting of the area around Hwaethamstede (now Wheathampstead) and Herpedene. This district was first settled by the Belgae who arrived in the first century BC, spreading inland and clearing dense prehistoric forests to make small farm clearings, which became the ‘Ends’ and ‘Greens’ which are so numerous locally. The Belgae were followed by the Romans, who left traces of their occupation in both river valleys and at Rothamsted. Then came the Anglo-Saxons; they were threatened by the Danes until an agreement of 886 made the River Lea the agreed boundary between them, Saxons to the west, Danes to the east.
Our Common is a Green Flag Award winning site since 2007 and stretches for almost 2 miles. The Common is home to numerous types of wild and plant life and is recognised as a county wildlife and protected species site.
Harpenden’s most famous resident was Eric Morecambe, who together with Ernie Wise formed one of the best loved British comedy partnerships. Eric lived in Harpenden from 1960 until his death in 1984. He is remembered by having our public concert hall named in his honour. Other past residents include writers George Bernard Shaw and H.G. Wells.
Our Coat of Arms and Crest was granted to the former Urban District Council in 1949 and subsequently transferred to Harpenden Town Council by order of Her Majesty in Council recorded in the College of Armson 30th May 1978. The crest showing a hart at rest over traditional mountings of a helmet and wreath alludes to the County of Hertfordshire; the two gold diagonal crosses represent the Diocese of St Albans, with the black W between them taken from the Wittewronge arms, as are the diagonal stripes in the bottom part of the shield. The three gold sheaves symbolise Harpenden’s connections with wheat growing, including in the past with the straw-plaiting industry.
Nickey Radio is an online community radio station, also searchable on Tune-In. We are licensed by PPL & PRS. Community radio stations typically cover a small geographical area and are run on a not-for-profit basis. They can cater for whole communities or for different areas of interest such as a particular ethnic group, age group or interest group. Community radio stations reflect a diverse mix of cultures and interests. For example, you can listen to stations which cater for urban or experimental music, while others are aimed at younger people, religious communities or the Armed Forces and their families.
What services must a community radio station provide?
Community radio stations programmes should reflect the needs and interests of its audience. But rather than talk at its community, the station should become a central part of it. This means creating direct links with its listeners, offering training opportunities and making sure that members of the community can take part in how the station is run. Community stations typically provide 81 hours of original and distinctive output a week, mostly locally produced. On average, stations operate with 74 volunteers who together give around 214 hours of their time a week.
What does not for profit mean?
It means any profits generated by the community radio station cannot be given to shareholders for example, or to benefit the people running the service. However, this requirement does not prevent stations from paying staff. Any profit or surplus must be used for securing or improving the future provision of the radio service or for delivering social gain/community benefits to the stations target community.
Our Daytime music policy is 'Classic Hits'
The term "classic hits" is believed to have its birth at WZLX Boston when the station converted from "adult contemporary" to a format composed of the hipper tracks from the oldies format and album tracks from popular classic rock albums. Classic hits stations typically do not play pre-1964 music, except for a few especially popular or enduring songs such as early Beach Boys hits.