What Dundalk FM means to me – in the presenter’s own words

16 May 2018 Meeting

The application for a renewal of our community licence was submitted to the BAI at the beginning of August.

I texted our members for some their own words to help with the application and asked them to answer these 3 questions:

1. What does it mean to you to be a member of Dundalk FM 97.7?

2. What is missing from the schedule.

3. What year did you start?

…and here are the replies…

Being a member of Dundalk FM is extremely important to me as it allows me to contribute something to my community and to be a part of making a difference in the lives of local people. There is very little missing from the schedule. Joined in 2005

Kevin Marley, Heart of the Matter

Being a volunteer at Dundalkfm has been an awesome experience. The staff and management have been so friendly and supportive. They believed in me when I didn’t believe in myself. It has been an amazing learning curve. I’m learning new skills that I thought I could never learn, working the desk producing and presenting programs, interviewing guests etc etc. Dundalkfm is the voice of our community.

I feel part of a very useful and necessary community organization. I’m getting great feedback from the people I meet not only about me but the station in general. This station has given me a new lease of life.

Marian Del Duca, Presenter on the Town Talk, Health and Well Being, Conversations with Dundalk Toastmasters and stand in presenter for Lunch Box, Afternoon Show and Drive Time

I feel a member of a really close-knit and vibrant community. Joined in 2010.

Noel Sharkey, Music and Local History Documentary Maker

Being a member opens a whole new world. …ability to broadcast. .meet new people. …try different types of programmes. …and enjoy the journey.

I feel that more educational and local history programming which involves the local schools should be considered I’ve been involved in community radio for about 10/12 years

Alan Bogan, Radio Documentary Producer

1. I am a member of a viable and valuable community entity that affords me the opportunity to forge strong local links and influence positive action in the sector.

2. Female Voices on Air

3. 2015

Marissa Lucchesi, Town Talk and Dundalk FM Board Member

Great to be part of a community based radio station providing a unique service for the town of Dundalk.

Joined in 2002.

Michael Duffy, Town Talk

1. It has opened doors for me in the dj world. Since starting the show. I have done the Dublin, Cork and Belfast ska festivals and next week I do a set at Wexford ska festival. I feel part of something and I have the freedom to express myself on the station.

2. It needs more music shows and younger presenters to tap into the future of our listenership.

3.2015 and please God I have many more years ahead.

Karl Collins, Rocksteady Rhythms

It means the freedom to broadcast a show to my own style with the support of the management and the members. It has also meant the opportunity to develop skills and attributes that have seen me grow as a person and a journalist.

2. What is missing from the schedule? A late night show for the 16-29 demographic

3. What year did you start? 2009

Ciaran Callan, Drive Time

1. Great to be part of such a great resource for the community of Dundalk.

2. Probably room for more Irish language programming.

3. Joined in 2016. Good luck with application.

Pat Byrne, Dundalk Lions’ Club – at your service, Director

Hi Alan

Answer 1. It means a great deal to me being a member of Dundalk fm as being a person with a disability it has giving me an opportunity to for-fill one of my dreams of presenting my own radio show an opportunity I don’t think i would have gotten anywhere else. Also I have received great help support and advise from the staff and fellow members of Dundalk fm.

Answer 2 subject to demand i think more air time needs to be made available for more programs Answer 3 I joined in 2018

Martin Trodden, Classic Love.

Alan, answers as follows:

1. Being a presenter on Dundalk FM, gives me the chance to communicate my passion for music, with the listeners, and hopefully educate, inspire, and ultimately, entertain them at the same time. Being part of the Dundalk FM community gives me a sense of contributing to the local community, with like minded people, who have a similar goal and vision.

2. There should be more live content, especially in the evening, and most especially over the weekend.

3. I joined in 2018.
Hope that helps.

Mike McMahon, Mike’s Music Express

1. To be a member of Dundalk fm97.7 means a lot to me. I’ve upgraded my mass communication and broadened my mind how community based radio runs and the target audience it is transmitting to.

2. To be realistic I don’t see anything missing. I just assume if the volunteers have the ability to bring up new ideas to upgrade for the better of our dear listeners interest.

3. I joined Dundalk FM 2 years ago.

Tony Banda. Music Show

1. Making listeners happy, bringing sport to their homes.

2. Should be more Outside Broadcasts around Dundalk.

3. about 2004

Gussie Hearty, Summer League Focus.

1. What does it mean to you to be a member of Dundalk FM 97.7? As a new resident of the town, being a member of Dundalk FM means I feel a part of the community. There are familiar faces at the station and out and about now that make me feel like less of a stranger in a new place.

2. What is missing from the schedule? From what I’ve seen, the schedule is pretty broad. I’d like to do more to promote the Irish language on the station. My own level of Irish isn’t great, but making the effort might be as useful as already being fluent.

3. What year did you start? February 2018

Paul Donnolly, News and Sport

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