DemonFM is a student radio station based at De Montfort University in Leicester, England. The station broadcasts online during term time. It was established in 1995 by the Communications Officer of the time, Rob Martin. The first licenced broadcast was on 106.4 FM from 29 September 1995 to 26 October 1995, the second broadcast on 106.2 FM from 22 April 1996 to 19 May 1996. DemonFM continued to broadcast on Restricted Service Licences until 2008 with the last of the RSL broadcasts taking place on 97.5FM. DemonFM finished their 26th and final RSL on 30 November 2008.
|Broadcast area||Leicester, England|
|Slogan||Leicester's No.1 Student Station|
|First air date||29/09/1995 (Restricted Services Licence (RSL))|
04/05/2009 (Community Radio Licence)
04/05/2019 (Online Only Station)
|Owner||De Monfort University Students' Union|
DemonFM then held a community radio licence between May 2009 and 2019 with broadcasts taking place 24/7/365, it broadcast on 107.5FM with coverage over the Greater Leicester Area (with approximately five miles coverage from the university campus). DemonFM had its community radio licence renewed for a further five years in 2014 with its last broadcast on FM taking place on Friday 3rd May 2019.
The station is part of De Montfort Students' Union's Demon Media group which also comprises The Demon magazine and Demon TV.
In 2018 a decision was made by the management board of the station to not apply for a second extension of its community radio licence. While never publicly communicated, the station management told its members that it wished to focus solely on providing an experience for De Montfort University Students. The Chief Executive Officer of De Montfort University Students' Union Penni Robson cited undesirable administration burdens, costs and an unwillingness to service community broadcasters as the reason for not supporting the renewal of the licence.
The station now broadcasts from 8 AM to midnight during term time.
DemonFM broadcasts from the Creative Technology Studios within De Montfort University's 'Queens Building'. It previously broadcast from the Students' Union's 'Campus Centre' building. In addition to the studio, equipment hire and pre-production facilities are available to students so they can prepare material for their shows. The station typically runs several outside broadcasts per year including coverage of Varsity sports matches between De Montfort University and the University of Leicester.
The current studio is the forth building that DemonFM has occupied. The original studio was a portable building behind the Students' Union building, with fairly basic equipment. Around 2000 the station moved into what had been a small brick building which had previously been a campus branch of NatWest bank. With the construction of The Campus Centre and incorporation of De Montfort Students' Union they negotiated a dedicated area and this included a purpose-built floating room to house the studio facilities, with the station moving across in 2003. When the station began broadcasting under its community licence, a majority of the programming shifted to the Creative Technology Studios in DMU's Queen's Building, with the Campus Centre studio eventually being decomissioned around 2012.
In 2016 De Montfort University funded renovation of the radio control room from which DemonFM broadcasts. The current setup includes bespoke radio furniture for both talk-based programming and DJ-led shows.
Programming & ScheduleEdit
Demon FM has a range of shows to cater for all music tastes. The schedule is built up with weekday daytime strands, and evening and weekend specialist music shows.
Demon FM NewsEdit
The station has a dedicated news team, broadcasting bulletins at the top of every hour from 8am to 6pm every weekday, with half-hour headline updates during breakfast and drive time shows.
The service is presented by a separate team to the main show presenters and a variety of student, local, national and international stories are covered, alongside entertainment, sports and weather, which are relevant to DemonFM's audience.
Beginning October 2012, The News Show is an hour-long weekly show, covering stories from DMU, Leicester and around the world on a larger scale. Entertainment and Sports are also covered by their respective teams.
Other programmes on Demon FM include InFocus, hosted by Thom Chapman, Thomas Guyton-Day, Dan Bewley, Emily Fox, Tom Franklin, Nikki Le Fevre and Arif Rahman and produced by Toby Jeffrey and Matt Towlson. The programme specialises on issues that affect young people in Leicester, but also specialises in national politics (having hosted a local election special in 2018).
The day-to-day running of the station is performed by a student committee, elected and appointed annually by members of Demon Media. This committee is overseen by a board consisting of senior officials from the university, students' union, members of industry, and several students.
Demon Media won 'Best Student Media 2013' at the NUS Awards.
The station has also won the Best Marketing award in 1998, and picked up the Best Specialist Music Award in consecutive years for 'Future Innovations' in 2003 and 'Street Beat' in 2004. Demon FM has also seen award-winning talent within its member base with member Ali Moore just missing out on the Best Newcomer award to take home silver in 2006 and receiving a Best Male Presenter nomination in the 2007 awards.
Will Gavin was nominated for Best Male in 2010. In 2011 presenters Jon Jackson and Erica Dancer received Bronze Awards for Best Male and Female respectively, whilst more recently Neil Kewn & Ed Crofts were nominated for Best Entertainment Programme in 2013.
Student Radio AssociationEdit
DemonFM is a member of the Student Radio Association, the national organisation set up to support student radio stations in the UK. Many of the station's members have actively supported the association through voluntary committee positions, taking on tasks such as organisation of the annual Student Radio Awards.