Dallas online radio station Deep Ellum Radio would love to make you a DJ
An independent Dallas radio station dedicated to Deep Ellum has officially moved into the neighborhood: Deep Ellum Radio, a nonprofit online radio station that's been on air for nearly 15 years, has made permanent headquarters at the Deep Ellum Community Center at 2528 Elm St.
The move marks a step up for the volunteer-run station, says spokesperson Mimi McLaughlin.
“Having a dedicated space will really allow us to support Deep Ellum musicians and businesses in a whole new way,” she says. “This is what we’ve been working toward for years.”
Deep Ellum Radio was founded in 2010 by Kim Taylor and Chad Lovell, former drummer for Course of Empire. The station broadcasts through deepellumradio.com or Live365, with an anything-goes mix of eclectic music and talk shows hosted by local personalities such as artist Frank Campagna and Jerry Rutherford.
For many years, the station was based out of Taylor’s arts & crafts store, In Accord, at 2719 Main St., in Deep Ellum. After the store closed, operations got spread out into the homes of its volunteers.
In 2023, Taylor turned over the reins to the Deep Ellum Community Association, which now manages it.
The permanent location not only creates a sense of place, it makes it more accessible, giving Deep Ellum musicians and businesses a predictable place to find it.
“Bands and musicians can easily drop off their music, area businesses can come by and record commercials,” McLaughlin says. “The reason the station exists is to support the music and businesses of Deep Ellum, and the new space allows us to do a better job at that."
It also helps to further the momentum led by the 2023 opening of the Deep Ellum Community Center, which houses local nonprofit and arts organizations including the Deep Ellum Foundation and the Deep Ellum Community Association.
Nonetheless, Deep Ellum Radio is still primarily a volunteer-based effort. They hope the establishment of a permanent home will attract more warm bodies in areas such as programming, scheduling, and even additional DJs.
“We’re looking at putting on workshops so we can train people on how to produce live streams from a venue and how they can pre-record their shows and play them in live timeslots," McLaughlin says. "It’s all very grassroots, which is one of the many things I love about it.”