Demon FM gets ready to put on big birthday bash for 21st birthday

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Demon Media members at the DMU Freshers Fair

By Beth Mosettig

De Montfort University’s community radio station is turning 21 on Saturday and they know how to throw a party.

The station is part of a society that has three strands; Demon FM, a community radio station, Demon TV, which has its own YouTube channel and The Demon, the University magazine.

The celebrations will include a training day for students, guests and alumni to learn more about the radio industry.

Hannah Rowe, Demon FM Station manager said: “Demon21 is a really exciting opportunity for everyone within Demon Media and across the University.

“After 21 years of expansion and development; Demon21 is a great chance for us all to celebrate what our diverse talent pool has achieved.

“This couldn’t have come at a better time, with two new sub strands: Demon Tech and Demon Design and our confirmed hosting of the SRA conference 2017, there’s certainly a lot to be proud of here at DMU.”

Many DMU graduates are returning to share their wealth of knowledge after breaking into the industry.

Jordon North from BBC Radio One will be the key note speaker on the day, sharing his experience about breaking into the industry from student radio.

Other guest speakers include James Mobbs, a successful freelance graphic designer and Laura Healey, a successful freelance editor and former member of Demon TV.

The station was set up in 1995 by Rob Martin, the communications officer at the time but it didn’t get its community license until 2009.

Many graduates have gone on to work for national stations such as Capital FM and even further a field in America.

The festivities continue well into the night in true university style with a 21st birthday party taking place at local establishment ‘The Fat Cat Café Bar’ alongside an informal awards ceremony.

There will also be memorabilia to mark the occasion that guests are able to purchase on the day.

Ollie McGrath, Head of Programming is helping to lead the celebrations.

He said: “It’s going to be an epic day where we get to learn off those in our place two, three or maybe even 20 years ago.

“We then get to round the day off with a massive party!

Tickets are available to buy at www.demon21.co.uk and are free of charge.

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