This is Radio Free Matlock

It began in the mid 2010s as an offshoot of Matlock Record Club - a monthly gathering in the county town of Derbyshire, run by Martin and Alice Lockett and Rob James.

And it began under the name Radio Free Smedley Street.

After a few years as an ultra-local station, broadcasting a few shows online each week, in 2018 decisions were made to spread the word and expand the station's line-up to include some core weekly shows, but also many monthly shows on rotation too.

The station's financial independence was retained, allowing it to include many super-niche shows, as well as more general musical output.

The name was changed to Radio Free Matlock, to reflect the station's growth. But as well as gathering a dedicated local listenership, the station's new specialist shows began to pull in listeners from much further afield.

In 2020, the station found itself in a position to help people stay connected and keep a routine during the Covid-19 lockdown, broadcasting every weekday morning (and Saturday mornings too). As a result, the listenership to the station's live broadcasts quadrupled, with a similar growth in 'listen-back' numbers on the RFM Mixcloud page.

Now with well over 30 shows, broadcasting every weeknight from 6pm, as well as Saturday mornings from 9am, Radio Free Matlock is stronger than ever.

Get involved

Radio Free Matlock celebrates brilliant music from all over the world, but also covers many culture, arts and community projects from our valley in the Derbyshire Dales and Derbyshire as a whole.

Why not get in touch, if there's something going on you think we should know about.

You can email us at studio@radiofreematlock.co.uk, comment on our Facebook page or tweet us.

Want to do a show?

We're always on the lookout for new people who want to be part of the Radio Free Matlock team. If you have an idea for a show or just want to find out more about how it works, pop us an email.