A local radio station, Erewash Sound, has been holding events to raise money for the struggling station. Since the pandemic the radio station has had a serious lack of funding from its sponsors, many of them pulling out from their sponsorships.
The radio station initially opened in 2010 as Jeff Martin, the station manager, and Ian Perry both thought there was a lack of news coverage within the Erewash borough area. Since 2010 the station has provided news, music and hosted events for their local communities.
“We had 21 advertisers before the pandemic, and this number shortly fell to just four.”
Jeff Martin Station Manager
Every year the station needs £68,000 to stay afloat and the cost of living crisis has made it even harder for them to remain open. Many of the experienced volunteers who help run it during the week have come together to host events to help raise money such as Community Christmas Live, which took place at Tesco in Long Eaton on the 9th of December.
Erewash Sound did a live broadcast from the store as well as hosting a raffle contest and giving away prizes to the customers. Every hour they had different guests such as The Sandiacre Male Voice Choir and even Adam Thompson the Labour candidate for the Erewash Borough supporting them.
A few of the volunteers will also be taking part in a walk from Ilkeston to Long Eaton on the 23rd December 2023 as a way to raise money for Erewash Sound. To find out more about the walk and where you can donate, there is information on the Erewash Sound news page.
The station will be hosting many more events to avoid having to close its doors for good as well as looking for more sponsors to help keep it open. If you’d like to donate or find out other ways you can help support Erewash Sound click the link here.
The station opened in 2010 by Jeff Martin and Ian Perry
Erewash Sound needs roughly £68,000 a year to sustain itself
It’s run by volunteers with only 2 paid members of staff
The radio is struggling even more since the cost of living crisis