OUR HISTORY

From our early days as a short-term licence radio station through to today’s success story, here’s a potted history of Erewash Sound and the Academy

December 20, 2004

Late 2004

Erewash Sound is created and launched by a team of experienced volunteers

December 20, 2004
July 1, 2005

Summer 2005

The radio station makes its first FM broadcast in Summer 2005 on a short-term 28 day licence from central Ilkeston

July 1, 2005
August 1, 2005

2005

Plans are made to apply for a full-time 5-year licence, supported by the ‘Back The Bid’ campaign to gather public support and raise awareness.

August 1, 2005
January 1, 2007

January 2007

24 hour internet-only transmissions commence

January 1, 2007
April 24, 2008

April 2008

A licence application is submitted and a full-time licence is granted by the broadcast regulator, OFCOM

April 24, 2008
April 25, 2008

2008-2010

The hard work begins to bring the station to life on FM, ready to launch in March 2010

April 25, 2008
March 6, 2010

March 2010

Erewash Sound launches on 96.8FM on Saturday 6th March at 9:00am from studios at Bennerley Business & Enterprise College in Cotmanhay, coinciding with a special launch party at Ilkeston Co-op with special guest – Ilkeston born celebrity Robert Lindsay

March 6, 2010
January 1, 2011

January 2011

Erewash Sound moves into new purpose-built studios at the Media Center on the grounds of Ormiston Ilkeston Enterprise Academy

January 1, 2011
July 1, 2011

Summer 2011

With more studio and meeting room space now available, Erewash Sound begins delivering its first formal presenter training sessions

July 1, 2011
November 1, 2014

November 2014

Erewash Sound is awarded another five year licence by Ofcom to continue broadcasting on FM

November 1, 2014
March 6, 2015

March 2015

Erewash Sound celebrates the fifth anniversary of its FM service

March 6, 2015
January 1, 2016

January 2016

The Erewash Sound Academy delivers its first paid-for training

January 1, 2016
July 1, 2016

July 2016

Erewash Sound delivers training for young people with the Raising Aspirations organisation

July 1, 2016
July 1, 2017

July 2017

The Erewash Sound Academy becomes an Approved NCFE Centre

July 1, 2017
September 23, 2017

August 2017

Two Erewash Sound presenters – both former Academy students – are shortlisted for the Community Radio Awards with one of the nominees picking up two awards at the ceremony in September 2017

September 23, 2017
July 1, 2018

July 2018

Presenter training courses delivered for Year 5 students at Chaucer Junior School and Year 6 students at Cotmanhay Junior School

July 1, 2018
September 15, 2018

September 2018

Erewash Sound wins six awards at the 2018 Community Radio Awards. All the winners are former Erewash Sound Academy students

September 15, 2018
March 1, 2019

March 2019

Our Studio in a Box course is delivered to Year 6 pupils at Cotmanhay Junior School

March 1, 2019
October 26, 2019

October 2019

Two presenters, former Academy students, win gold and bronze at the Community Radio Awards

October 26, 2019
March 6, 2020

March 2020

Erewash Sound celebrates 10 years of broadcasting on FM

Broadcast regulator OFCOM grants a further five year licence to March 2025

March 6, 2020
October 12, 2020

October 2020

A second, more powerful transmitter is turned on covering Long Eaton, the south and south-west of the borough on 103.5FM

October 12, 2020
December 12, 2020

November/December 2020

Two nominations at the 2020 Community Radio Awards result in a bronze for a former Academy student

December 12, 2020
September 2, 2021

September 2021

The Erewash Sound Academy launches a new one-day podcast training course

September 2, 2021

Find out more about the Erewash Sound Academy…