A new Derby internet radio station will launch on Saturday, aimed at giving a voice to black people in the city.
Black Radio for Derby (BRFD) was formed as a result of a new charter developed in the city last year called The Manifesto: Charter for Change.
Last June, up to 2,000 people gathered outside Derby Town Hall to take part in a rally to voice concerns about inequalities, discrimination, lack of investment and representation of the black community in key areas of the city.
Support for the Black Lives Matter movement grew in response to George Floyd’s murder in the United States, and the Derby rally saw the city’s black community craft a strategic plan of action through its manifesto.
Professor Cecile Wright, President of Black Lives Matter Derby, said: âAs per the manifesto, people from across Derby’s black community will launch the city’s very first community internet radio station.
âThe programs will serve as a communication tool to promote employment and training opportunities for individuals, to energize community activities and to bring everyone together to support each other by celebrating achievements and interests in all aspects of life. life.
“The radio station will be the means by which black people in Derby share their voices among themselves and with the rest of the city.”
The station was set up in the Derby West Indian Community Association on Carrington Street, and its programming was developed by volunteers, including people who had no previous radio experience.
And there are still opportunities for other young aspiring animators to join the station.
Help and expertise came from members of another local internet station, Derby Community Radio.
The station will launch at 2 p.m. on Saturday May 22 and can be accessed at http://www.blmderbymanifesto.org/
Professor Wright said: “The station is not limited to talk radio formats, it will offer a wide range of black music including, but not limited to, gospel, grime, roots reggae, R&B. and soul.
“We look forward to broadcasting to everyone across Derby and invite listeners to get in touch with our hosts and the station.”
The new internet radio station was made possible through donations including from Community Action Derby, Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service, Unite the Union, New Testament Church of God Derby and Derby Area Trades Union Council.