Demon FM to launch Jaz Hour

By Abigail Willock

Demon FM, De Montfort University’s student radio, is set to launch new show Jaz Hour at the end of the month centered around student advice and wellbeing.

It is being launched especially to help first years navigate their way around university life.

Co-hosts Joseph McCarthy, a film and media productions student, and journalists Zoe Graham and Abi Willock first met when they joined Demon FM.

Having gained the skills to present their own show through Demon workshops, they decided they wanted to launch their own show that would be beneficial to other students, as well as building on their personal skillsets.

Joseph said: “Demon FM has always welcomed me and made me feel part of something.

“I really want to get into a career in media production and having my own show is going to give me invaluable experience in that field.”

Zoe explained that the main aim of the show is to talk about student wellbeing and give advice to first years, with the help of student special guests.

She said: “Jaz hour will be an hour of student news, views and advice, integrated with pop culture and some good music.”

Joseph added: “The show will basically be a standard breakfast talk show, but specifically aimed at students as they get used to life at university.”

Some topics the show will cover include the wellbeing services available at the university, the various societies available and news from the DSU such as student elections, as well as lighter topics such as film, music and pop culture.

Demon FM is available online and listeners can tune in to the premier of Jaz Hour at 10am on Friday, October 28.

Video: Anticipation builds for Demon Media’s annual charity livestream

By Thomas Carter

Preparations are underway as members of De Montfort University student group Demon Media announce the return of their annual ‘raise and give’ (RAG) charity show.

Taking place live from the university Students’ Union on Saturday 4th June, the event will see students from all three strands of the society (Demon FM, Demon TV, The Demon Magazine) come together to entertain audiences for more than ten hours, with the aim of raising money for local and national causes.

This year, the group has chosen to fundraise for Leicestershire-based charity Alex’s Wish, which helps those suffering with Duchenne muscular dystrophy, and nation-wide mental health organisation Mind.

Earlier this week, Demon Media chairperson Tom Jackson and Demon TV station manager Calum Travers sat down with Leicestershire Press to discuss the upcoming RAG event.

‘Poetry Hour’ DemonFM host invites others to write and be inspired by her guests

by Kas Ellis

A first year De Montfort University student has launched a ‘Poetry Hour’ on the DemonFM radio station.

Abi Willock reading her own creative pieces

Abi Willock, a creative writing and journalism student, started the radio show to celebrate and embrace poetry from other students every other Tuesday at 10am.

With her background in writing, she wants to let others know just how cathartic poetry can be, and how a personal touch can help with your work.

“You can put things on paper you can’t say out loud,” Abi said. “Write for yourself before you write for other people.”

The show starts out with Abi introducing herself and her guest before having a chat, reading out the guest’s poetry and discussing the work.

Abi believes that with hearing the poetry that she has had featured, she has gained inspiration, and that others might do too.

She mentioned that her course helps with finding qualified guests, and makes for an easy time talking with guests, saying that the experience is ‘absolutely great.’

If you are interested in being a guest on Abi Willock’s Poetry Hour, you can email her about it at

Demon Media celebrates International Women’s Day by holding special movie quiz

By Zoe Graham

Having Fun: (L to R) Lou Hunt, Zoe Graham, Maddie Forster, Abi Willock and Ria Chauhan

Students at De Montfort University celebrated International Women’s Day by taking part in an all-women’s inspired movie quiz on Demon FM.

Featuring host Maddie Forster and co-host Abi Willock, the show on Tuesday last week (MARCH8) was a series of different rounds, with questions relating to all things female – and the winning contestant gets to feature on next week’s quiz show against fellow winners.

Demon Media Society member Abi described the experience as “I thought it was a lot of fun for the contestants and hosts alike.

“The thing I love about Demon is that there’s no pressure to be perfect, as long as everyone’s having fun and we work together to put on a great show to our audiences, and I laughed too, until it hurt.”

Listener and DMU student, Emily Hyde, said: “It was a really entertaining show and very empowering to listen to as a woman.

“They played different quizzes and games based strongly on females in the industry. I would love to listen to the show again.”

The Demon Movie Championship (DMC) happens every Tuesday from 7 to 9pm so tune in to see who next week’s winner is on

Demon Media celebrates 25th anniversary

By Thomas Carter

The Demon Media group at DMU will be celebrating the society’s 25th anniversary throughout the month of April.

Members of the group [or ‘Demons’ as they’re known in the DMU community] have a whole host of celebratory plans and events to mark the upcoming occasion that students across the university can get involved with.

Radio station Demon FM are launching a revamped schedule, including anniversary-themed shows. Magazine, The Demon, is publishing a bumper special edition, featuring articles written by current students as well as DMU alumni.

Lawrence Robertson, chair of Demon Media, said: “This is a key milestone for the group and gives us the opportunity to celebrate our history, forging new and strengthened connections with our alumni as we continue to develop our membership experience for future Demons.

“Due to the pandemic, our 25th year has also been one of our most challenging. Despite this, the team have worked incredibly hard to continue to provide the best possible experience for our members.

“This has undoubtedly been a challenge, but it has been fantastic to see how everyone has risen to that and gotten involved regardless.”

Demon Media is looking forward to exciting 25th anniversary celebrations (Credit: Demon Media)

In addition to the strand-specific events, the group is also looking to host the annual ‘Demon Media Awards’ night at the end of term, with members coming together to celebrate individual achievements across the society and look back on memorable moments from the last year.

“The passion and commitment I see every day honestly amazes me and makes me so proud to be part of what has to be one of the best student groups at DMU,” added Lawrence.

Established in 1996, Demon Media has been home to thousands of student members over the years, and is one of the oldest societies remaining active at DMU today.

For more information on the Demon Media anniversary celebrations and to find out how to get involved with the group, visit: