About Us

Radio Free Smedley Street started when Rob James and Alice & Martin Lockett had a crazy idea to broadcast the tracks chosen at Matlock Record Club.  Further investigation into finances, licenses and servers quickly told us that it was actually possible.  Radio Free Smedley Streets first broadcast was a playlist for the Smedley Street 50s night. A Matlock Record Club Show followed, but Matlocks infamous poor wifi made it tricky, so the station settled on broadcasting a show based on the Record Club selections on a Wednesday from what soon became known as RFSS HQ.  Soon, in addition to the shows from Rob and Martin, we were joined by guest presenters, the chief of whom was  The Casimir Engine with his breadth of musical interest and inimitable presenting style. Further shows included Ground Station Zero which became a key Wednesday Matlock event, showcasing local bands. The move from recorded to a live show proved a success and has broadcast sessions from some of the area’s best live bands as well as taking requests from our loyal followers.  Joined Ends, Cromford’s best world & electronica DJ- Rob Hardy has become a key member of the RFSS team bringing dance music to a radio station full of left feet! We’ve had great fun supporting the local music festival scene including Matlock Bath Music Festival and Ale House Rocks, pretty much interviewing anyone who didn’t run away.

Interested in becoming one of the team? Do you have an idea for a show? All you need is a computer and an internet connection. So get in touch and join the RFSS team.