East London Radio (ELR) kicked off their official launch with a live broadcast on 22 August 2014, from the AcelorMittal Orbit as the last in a series of Friday night events called 'Orbit Lates'. The evening featured a diverse range of music from the regular ELR DJs and performances from Simone Alexander, Jack Rosies and 83 Classic. The capacity crowd was also treated to humorous poetry readings from Yomi Sode and Malika Booker.
East London Radio was formed by Aaron McCarter and Ian Chambers in March 2013 and, as well as broadcasting, they provide training in radio presenting, production, editing and social media in Waltham Forest, Hackney, Tower Hamlets and Newham.
The radio station is currently run by 75 volunteers who have built up a loyal fanbase of listeners and a considerable following on Facebook and Twitter. ELR continues to go from strength to strength and recently made the transition from broadcasting podcasts to live streaming.
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