Erewash Sound

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Coordinates: 52°59′20″N 1°18′22″W / 52.988764°N 1.306043°W / 52.988764; -1.306043

Erewash Sound
Broadcast area Borough of Erewash, Derbyshire
Slogan Great Songs Just For Erewash
Frequency 96.8 FM
First air date 6 March 2010
Format Adult Contemporary
Owner Erewash Sound CIC
Webcast Listen Live

Erewash Sound is a community radio station broadcasting to the Borough of Erewash in Derbyshire, including Ilkeston, West Hallam, Long Eaton, Borrowash and surrounding areas.

Following a short-term RSL broadcast in the summer of 2005, the station has broadcast via the Internet since 2007. In April 2008, the station was awarded a five-year community licence by OFCOM and launched on 96.8FM on Saturday 6 March 2010 at 9am.

The station is run by local volunteers from across the borough and broadcasts from studios within the Media Centre on the site of the former Ormiston Ilkeston Enterprise Academy in Cotmanhay.


The founding members of Erewash Sound first came together in 1997 and were involved in delivering six short-term 28-day RSL broadcasts as Pride FM in Derby between 1997 and 2002. In late 2004, the station brand Erewash Sound was launched and a 28-day RSL broadcast, supported by the area's local councillors and MP, took place in the summer of 2005. Following the success and popularity of the RSL broadcast, plans were made to apply for a full-time community radio licence as soon as the opportunity arose. In the meantime, the station began broadcasting via the Internet from January 2007[1] with its "At The Weekend" service dedicated to providing local news, sport and information alongside presenter-led music shows.

In October 2007, OFCOM invited applications for community licences from stations across the East Midlands. The Erewash Sound application was submitted and was accepted in April 2008,[2] with OFCOM granting the station a five-year licence to broadcast to the borough of Erewash on FM.

The station continued with its online service until February 2010 before launching its full-time service online and on 96.8FM on Saturday 6 March 2010 at 9am. A launch day party was held for the station at Ilkeston Co-op in Ilkeston town centre with popular local-born actor Robert Lindsay as special guest.[3]

The station commemorated its first anniversary of broadcasting on FM by returning to the Co-op Store in Ilkeston on Saturday 5 March 2011 for a special celebratory event.[4]


The Erewash Sound studios are based within the Media Centre of what was most recently the Ormiston Ilkeston Enterprise Academy in Cotmanhay, Ilkeston. From the station's FM launch in March 2010, the studio was sited in the former Headmaster's Study in B Block at the college. The station moved into its new specially built studio complex within the College's new Media Centre in January 2011 and the first show from the new studio was broadcast at 7am on Monday 31 January 2011.


Erewash Sound is committed to providing news and information of direct interest to its local audience. Local and national news is provided on the hour with additional dedicated local news and sports programmes every weekend. Each of the station's mainstream shows also features details of local community events and initiatives plus general conversation on the local issues affecting people in the borough.

The station's music policy[5] offers a wide variety of music to suit all tastes from the 1960s to present day. In addition, the station schedule[6] also includes a specialist music show each evening ranging from country music to rock.


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