Amber Sound FM
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|Broadcast area||Amber Valley, Derbyshire|
|First air date||October 4th 2008|
|Owner||Amber Valley Broadcasting|
Amber Sound FM is a Community Radio station based in the Amber Valley, Derbyshire. It was awarded a five year community license by OFCOM in 2008 after several Restricted Service License broadcasts. Amber Sound said it would "encourage local people, young and old, to become part of" the station. Chris Knight is now the Station Manager at Amber Sound FM.
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Local radio first appeared in Amber Valley in 1994 when Glyn Williams began Valley Radio. Backed by the local MP the station first broadcast from a railway carriage at the Midland Railway Centre (now Midland Railway - Butterley) in Ripley, Derbyshire. This was followed by three FM licences broadcast from office space located in Oxford St, Ripley.
Following the group's second broadcast, musical differences caused a split. Amber Sound FM was born and ran alongside Valley Radio. Ran by local DJ Chris Smelt and local businessman Alan Farrar, Amber Sound FM held two restricted service licences back in October 1995 and August 1996.
Both stations felt that Amber Valley was under served by other local stations in the area. The team went to work to give Amber Valley a station of its own. After an amount of radio activity in the area the 2 groups called it a day back in 1996 when it seemed the Radio Authority were not willing to grant licences in the area.
Meanwhile the first rounds of community licences had been awarded to stations around the UK when in 2006 another station 'Amber FM' popped up on the dial. This station ran by Eddie Fowler prompted Chris Knight to get interested again and Eddie and Chris reformed under the name of Amber Sound FM in 2007 and performed two further RSL broadcasts. During these broadcasts Glyn Williams joined the group and so all three radio groups were now united under one banner.
In late 2007 Ofcom the new licencing authority advertised for applicants for a new tier of community radio in the East Midlands.
Amber Sound FM applied for the licence and in May 2008 were awarded one. On the first Saturday of October 2008 the station began broadcasting. The first ever song to be played on Amber Sound was "Easy" by Commodores.
The station also ran a fortnightly show produced by local students of Mill Hill School, Ripley and Alfreton Grange, Alfreton. This was known as the "Teatime Takeover" and ran on Sundays from 17:00-19:00. The show ran for approximately 7 months.
The new station can be heard on 107.2FM in Amber Valley or online.
Listening audience has been independently measured at up to 24% of the 120,000 population
- Adrian Gill
- Chris Knight
- Christopher Lee Thompson
- Craig Strong
- Danny Nightingale
- David Alexander
- Dave Maurice
- Esme Fallows
- Ian Pinnell
- Ian Hunt
- James Ahmed
- Jonathan Turner
- Lee Raynor
- Matt Fury
- Martin Yates
- Neil Jepson
- Phil Kennedy
- Richard Greaves
- Sean Carter
- Simon Hall
- Trevor Middleton
Staff are trained in-house
- Reference 1
- Amber Sound FM - Station Web site