BBC Radio Derby is the BBC Local Radio service for the English county of Derbyshire. It covers all but the northern tip of the county, and also serves eastern Staffordshire, mainly Uttoxeter and Burton upon Trent. It broadcasts from its studios in Derby on 104.5, 95.3 (Stanton Moor, near Bakewell) and 96.0 (Buxton) FM and 1116 (Burnaston Lane, next to the Toyota factory) AM. It also transmits its programmes over the internet, and is soon to broadcast on DAB Digital Radio on the NOW Derbyshire DAB Multiplex. The station won the prestigious "Station of the Year" award in the category for radio stations that serve between 300,000 and 1 million listeners at the Sony Radio Awards of 2007.
104.5FM is the primary frequency for BBC Radio Derby, and comes from a 200 ft transmitting mast on Drum Hill, four miles north of the Derby City Centre, the other side of the A38 from Little Eaton, next to a Scout camp This service used to come from the Sutton Coldfield transmitter. There is a transmitter for the Bakewell and Matlock areas based at Stanton Moor on 95.3 FM, and a relay of that frequency for the Buxton area on 96 FM. BBC Radio Sheffield is also clearly heard around Chesterfield with a dedicated relay station based in the town. Though in Derbyshire, Chesterfield and its surrounding area is officially catered for by Peak FM, Hallam FM or Radio Sheffield. Likewise, the north-western portion of the county taking in Glossop, Chapel, and Whaley Bridge is served by BBC Radio Manchester. In addition, all of BBC Radio Derby's area is served via its medium wave service on 1116 kHz which comes from its transmitting mast at Burnaston, just south of the city, close to the Toyota car plant. The frequency is used to relay the BBC"s Asian Network from 7pm, unless sports commentaries are being broadcast.
RAM FM broadcasting on 102.8 FM also comes from the Drum Hill transmitter, as well as a local relay on 101.4 FM for the East Midlands regional station, Smooth FM. Stanton Moor also transmits the BBC national radio stations on FM and Peak FM on 102 FM (broadcast from Sheepbridge in Chesterfield on 107.4 FM). Buxton also has a television relay with regional programming from the North West and BBC national FM services, and High Peak Radio on 106.4 FM.
There is no BBC DAB National transmitter in Derbyshire at the moment, though Digital One have a transmitter in Chesterfield. Services over most of the area come from the nearest BBC DAB transmitters at Sutton Coldfield and Waltham, plus Holme Moss in the north. North East Derbyshire and Chesterfield listeners can pick up intermittent reception of Yorkshire-based local and regional DAB services from a transmitter in Sheffield (Tapton Hill). A local Derbyshire DAB license was advertised by OFCOM in January 2007, and has been awarded to "Now Digital" (with this Multiplex being known as NOW Derbyshire), with an "on air" date of July 2008. In addition to commercial services, BBC Radio Derby will be transmitted on the multiplex from five transmitter sites of Chesterfield, Drum Hill, Tibshelf, Stanton Moor, and Lichfield. There are also long term plans for further transmitters at Buxton, Ashbourne, and Glossop. This will clearly substantially increase BBC Radio Derby"s service area. With the exception of some sports broadcasts, BBC Radio Derby"s programmes are simulcast via bbc.co.uk/derby.
BBC Radio Derby began broadcasting officially on April 29, 1971, though it went on air two months earlier than planned to cover the bankruptcy of the local aero-engine manufacturer Rolls-Royce. The station's logo was a Rams head in the late 80"s and early 90"s (as many other organisations in Derby have).
Much of the output is speech based, featuring news, sport, weather, travel, interviews, and discussions, mixed in with music and competitions. The station"s primary audience is aimed at listeners aged over 45, though the sports and weekend shows attract a greater age range. After 7pm each weekday, Radio Derby's output comes mainly from Nottingham, until midnight, when it joins BBC Five Live. BBC Radio Derby broadcasts match commentaries from local soccer/football teams; especially the Rams (Derby County)and Burton Albion. There is extensive coverage of Derbyshire cricket during the summer.
On Sunday afternoons, Andy presents Music for Grown-ups; where songs from (typically) the 1960s-1990s are played, along with personality interviews with musicians from that era. This show can be heard from 2pm until 5pm. He also covers local amateur theatre for the station.
Shane now presents the station's weekday Breakfast Show - the format of which usually consists of the morning's news being discussed in detail; often with contributions from listeners. Simon Masters provides regular traffic and travel updates with accompanied banter a regular feature. Listeners revel in Simon's singing of 'Happy Birthday' in an assortment of styles. The show is broadcast from 7am until 10am.
The Saturday Breakfast show is still presented by Shane and consists of music, chat and off-the-wall competitions. A popular feature is 'The Laughter Track' - a length of humorous audio played out before the 7am news bulletin - often from a BBC Radio comedy show. The show is broadcast from 6am until 9am.
Aleena also presents 'Take Two' on Sundays. This show comprises highlights from the previous week's output being played out again in case listeners missed the chance to hear them the first time around. The show is broadcast from midday until 2pm, and is then repeated from 10pm until midnight.
Alex presents the station's Afternoon Show - usually comprising of a wide variety of guests from local organisations; also local theatre, gardening, and local history as well as TV, film and book reviewers. The show is broadcast from 1pm until 4pm. Alex also presents other programmes on the station including deputising for Ross Fletcher when he is away from his Drivetime programme.
Alex can also be heard on Sunday mornings from 9am until midday. Until the BBC put a freeze on phone-in competitions, two quizzes were run every week - 'The Mystery Singer' (where a clip of someone who isn't usually credited as being a singer was played out and listeners had to guess their identity) and 'The Tricky Trivia Trio' (where three questions were asked and the person who answered the most questions correctly by the end of the competition was the winner. This competition varied in difficulty - though questions with answers which could not be found by using a Search Engine were popular. The format of the show now consists of interviews with local event organisers to find out more about features mentioned in the Events Diary (known as the 'Checklist'). In the last set of audience figures (taking in the first three months of 2007), the programme gained the highest figures on the station (according to figures from the joint BBC/Commercial Radio audience measurement system, RAJAR).
Alex is also heard on ABC Local Radio in Australia each Sunday morning as a guest on Rod Quinn's Overnights program, talking about the events of the week in the UK.
Ross also presents a show on Saturday afternoons from 2pm until 6pm - though this only takes place when the football season is not on - when it is, he can be heard providing commentary for Derby County games. On the occasions that The Rams are not playing on a Saturday, commentary on Burton Albion or local rugby union is provided instead.
Sally was on maternity leave towards the end of 2007, and so the show was presented by Kevin Fernihough in her absence - Kevin was a presenter at the station in the 1980s but then moved to BBC Radio Stoke and later BBC Radio Northampton.
The following presenters sit in for others occasionally, but do not have their own regular slot.
Andy also presented the Saturday morning show - a popular competition was 'Andy's Abode', where callers answered questions related to different rooms in a house - for example, the living room featured questions related to television and music whilst the kitchen featured questions related to cooking. A caller's round ended when they had 'visited' all six rooms of the house. The eventual winner was the caller who managed to answer the most questions correctly by the time the competition ended.
As with Sally Pepper's current show, this programme was broadcast from 9am until midday.
On the morning of the 2nd May 2006, during a conversation with sports reporter Colin Gibson after the sports report at 7.30, it was announced that Andy was leaving BBC Radio Derby in order to move to BBC Radio Nottingham. He stated that he had achieved all he could and wished to move in order to get a new challenge. His final Breakfast Show took place on Friday 11th May 2007 (his final Saturday Show took place on Saturday 5th May).
During the morning of Friday, 25th August 2006, it was revealed that Chris was set to leave Radio Derby - his last Greatest Hits Show was broadcast the following Sunday. Chris had kept his retirement well and truly under wraps, even to virtually everybody on station. The format of Greatest Hits was largely kept when Andy Potter took over with his new show, "Music for Grown Ups".
The idea of the event is to support local charities with donations from listeners. The day kicks off with 'Dial a Hymn'; where listeners can dedicate hymns to loved ones in exchange for a donation. This is then followed at 9am by an on-air auction which goes on until late in the evening. Lots typically consist of services by local companies (such as car valeting) and unique items (such as signed celebrity photographs, behind-the-scenes tours and home-made products).
In 2004, the amount of money raised over the years passed the one million pound mark. The person who pledged the bid to surpass this figure was rewarded with a cut glass trophy. The 2007 auction took place on October 14th. A final total of £17,389 was pledged by the end of the auction. The final lot was to spend an afternoon with BBC Radio Derby's sports team - this on its own raised £330. Information about the auction can be read here:
The station has announced that the 2008 auction will be the last. Twenty-five years have passed since the first auction, and so it has been decided for the event to "go out on a high" this year. This is not, however, the twenty-fifth year that the auction has taken place - it was not held for a couple of years in the late 1980s, although the reasons behind this decision were never given.
From the commencement of the 96FM frequency for the Buxton area until Sunday, 6th April 2008, the jingles were provided by Bespoke Music of Penryn, Cornwall (being the exact same as Radio Wiltshire), but are (as of Monday, 7th April) provided by Wise Buddah of London.
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