Derby Amplified - community-run radio for our city

by Derby Sound Community Radio CIC in Derby, United Kingdom

Derby Amplified - community-run radio for our city

Total raised £640

raised so far



Support Derby's community-run radio station so we can keep growing, and broadcast on DAB radios as well as online, connecting our community!

by Derby Sound Community Radio CIC in Derby, United Kingdom

We're still collecting donations

On the 18th September 2023 we'd raised £630 with 17 supporters in 56 days. But as every pound matters, we're continuing to collect donations from supporters.

1689535851_charlotte_bettson_derby_sound_love_music_reject_hate.jpgAy up me duck! Our volunteer-run station is ready to grow and we want you to be part of it. We're about local radio for social good, made by and for the community. Help us to keep reducing loneliness, share local stories, amplify the local arts and music scene, with airplay for local artists, and empower volunteers and youth groups onto the airwaves. You can donate any amount - there are also some fun radio-related rewards available to claim. 

Derby deserves a truly local radio station for our city, where there have been cutbacks to local BBC radio and specialist music genre shows. Big corporate media companies have bought up local radio stations, often airing regional and national content, overlooking what's happening in Derby and not offering opportunities for people to learn radio skills, as a hobby or new career path. Radio can help keep the community connected, like an audio version of a noticeboard of local news and events, with friendly local voices to keep you company and a place for youngsters to get their first taste of broadcasting. 

We want to open up the airwaves and give more people the chance to participate in radio made by and for Derby. local artist Lil Ttz rapped at Derby Sound Radio love music reject hate roadshow, in selfie frameWe are delighted to be part of the successful Derby DAB (Digital Audio Broadcasting) bid to bring a new system to the city by 2024, enabling Derby Sound and other small or specialist stations to be heard on DAB radios, in addition to listening via the internet. This will reach more people and help us to grow, but we need your help to get through these costly times and make it all possible. Did you see our story in the local news? 

Your donations can help us to - 

* recruit, train, mentor and supervise more volunteer presenters and community reporters (we can't keep up with current demand, but how great is it that so many people want to get involved?!) 

* cover running costs (price rises in this economy, hey?) such as broadcasting bills, news and weather report service, studio space and license fees to play music 

* get ready to broadcast on the new small-scale Derby DAB+ transmitter, with additional license fees, reaching people without internet access/confidence who can tune in on a DAB+ radio   

Longer-term - exciting plans ahead! We are also working on grant applications and raising income via radio advertising and sponsorship so that we can recruit staff to run our station, keep up with demand, fill the 24/7 schedule with great hosts and content, plus investing in mobile / outdoor broadcasting kit to support local events and do more of our youth radio workshops and Love Music Reject Hate roadshows with local artists and venues. 

local artist Kirby sings at Derby Sound Radio love music reject hate roadshow1689536304_caroline_corie_stanfield_chair_derby_sound.jpggolden labrador guide dog Honey 

Images above: Kirby, local artist, sings at Derby Sound Love Music Reject Hate roadshow; Corie, Chair of the Board and folk show host, and her guide dog Honey, who is a bit of station celebrity!


1689536246_vincent_martin_derby_sound_radio.jpgIn memory of our dear friend, Vincent Martin, who absolutely loved presenting The Retro Show and being part of the team. It was his dream to be on radio. We know he would have been so excited about airing on DAB. Much missed and always in our thoughts. Vince, we're sure you're spinning tunes and spreading joy in the afterlife.  


This project offered rewards

£50 or more

Record a radio feature!

If you've dreamed of being a radio reporter, we'll make that dream come true! We'll help you turn your idea into a radio segment. Maybe you'd like to create a short piece about your fave Derby spots, your hobby or to interview a local artist. We'll get your passion on the airwaves! Segment of up to 18 minutes; topic must be suitable for broadcasting.

£5 or more

That's my tune!

Let us know what song always makes you happy and we'll play it for you with a special dedication of your choosing (song and message choice subject to broadcast rules - keep it clean folks!)

£10 or more

I'm on the radio!

That's My Voice! You'll have the chance to record a short message to go out on-air with your chosen song - ever wanted to say a special Thank You, Happy Anniversary or Birthday message? (song choice and message subject to broadcast rules, keep it clean folks!)

£200 or more

Your group radio show special!

Win yourself a radio experience workshop! We'll join you and your chosen charity, school or community group in Derby to run a fun session recording a real radio show ready for broadcast!

£365 or more

Amplify your fave charity - radio ads

12-month advertising package for your favourite local charity - help your good cause get the attention it deserves with regular ads on-air, 365 days of the year! You could help a charity you volunteer or work with, boost that annual fundraiser, or back an arts charity or that community project close to your heart.

£400 or more

Ads for your fave #ShopLocal Business

Show a small Derby business the #ShopLocal love with a 12-month advertising package at this special rate. Maybe it's your own family business, your lovely local indy café, or that take-out down the road that just makes your Friday nights! (local businesses only, not part of larger chain/franchise; subject to broadcast rules and appropriate for daytime advertising)

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