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 abiwillock@icloud.com.

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 https://www.demonfm.co.uk/

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: https://www.demon-media.co.uk/

Demon FM prepares for lockdown re-launch

By Thomas Carter

De Montfort University’s student radio station Demon FM is set to launch a brand new series of content to be released over the course of lockdown.

With national restrictions preventing students from returning to campus, the team Demon FM, like many societies at DMU, is trying to continue providing activities for its members.

Instead of weekly shows live from the studio, presenters will produce the programmes from their homes, seeing the radio station move towards a podcast format.

Mike Kennedy, programme director at Demon FM, said: “The world might be in a state of uncertainty but at Demon FM we want to provide great content for people to access.

“It’s important to have an escape from the world around us, and Demon’s new way of programming will help keep the spirits of ‘demonites’ [society members] up.”

Demon FM will continue to produce content over the course of lockdown

Content being produced over lockdown includes political debate on InFocus, a brand new Sports Show, and the return of the ‘Weekly Wonder’ podcast, a previous staple of Demon FM.

The shows will be released on a weekly basis and shared across the Demon FM social media pages, with listeners being able to interact with the products via Facebook and Twitter.

Additionally, the broadcasts will be available as podcasts, meaning they can be downloaded and listened to on demand.

For those able to access the studio facilities, the station is fully Covid-compliant, with presenters wearing masks and equipment being sanitised after every use.

More information on how to listen or get involved with the Demon Media group can be found at https://www.facebook.com/groups/DemonMedia