Dundalk FM celebrates National Volunteer Week 2017

Dundalk FM NVW 2017

This is National Volunteer Week and as a community and voluntary organisation Dundalk FM would like to send their support and well wishes to all the volunteers in Dundalk and surrounding areas that give up their time to give something back to the community.

In Ireland, each week there are over 2,000 volunteer broadcasters on 43 community radio stations.

You can find about the community radio movement in the country by logging on to craol.ie that’s the Community Radio Forum of Ireland which was set up to promote the non profit radio sector and lobby for more community radio stations in the country.

All these stations are run and owned by their local community – for their local community.

Here at Dundalk FM, we would like to hear from Community Groups whose members would like to apply to do their own weekly or monthly show.

If there is a Community Event taking place this summer let us know so we can publicise it on our Community Notice Board for FREE and with your help we can do a LIVE Outside Broadcast.

We have ongoing vacancies as researchers, presenters, producers and sound desk operators and full training is provided. Our annual membership fee is €30.

Discover the Magic of your Local Community Radio!

Email info@dundalkfm.com or phone us on 93 95 100.

Full Time Stations Temporary/Aspirant Stations
  1. Athlone Community Radio
  2. Community Radio Castlebar
  3. Connemara Community Radio
  4. Claremorris Community Radio Ltd
  5. Community Radio Youghal
  6. 103.2 Dublin City FM
  7. Dublin South FM
  8. Dundalk FM
  9. East Limerick Community Radio
  10. Flirt FM, Galway Student Radio
  11. Life FM, Cork
  12. Liffey Sound 96.4 FM
  13. Near 90 fm, Coolock Dublin
  14. 92.5 Phoenix FM, Blanchardstown, Dublin
  15. Raidió na Life 106.4FM
  16. Raidio Corca Baiscinn, Kilkee, Co Clare
  17. RosFM 94.6, Roscommon Town
  18. South West Donegal Community Radio
  19. Tipperary Mid West Radio
  20. West Limerick 102fm
  21. UCC 98.3FM, University College Cork
  22. Wired FM, Student Radio Limerick
  1. Together FM
  2. Rosses Radio
  3. Kinvara Community radio
  4. Gateway Fm (Bandon)
  5. Finn Valley FM
  6. Inishowen community radio
  7. BCRFM, Ballina Community Radio
  8. Kildorrery Community radio
  9. Scarriff Bay Community radio
  10. Owenea Fm
  11. Erris Fm
  12. Tramore Community Radio – TCR FM
  13. Community Radio Kilkenny City
  14. Radio Maria Ireland
  15. Ballinrobe Community radio
  16. Westport Radio
  17. Limerick City Community Radio (LCCR)
  18. DIT FM
  19. Raidió na dTreabh
  20. Cork City Community Radio
  21. Donegal Bay Community radio


Louth Volunteer Centre

Do Good Feel Good: Volunteer Leadership Seminar – Tuesday 16th May
Bellingham Castle, 11am – 1pm

Sometimes it’s not just about doing good – it’s about knowing you are doing good – and that’s what makes us feel good. The Do Good Feel Good Volunteer Leadership Seminar provides volunteer leaders with the space to step back, consider best practice in volunteer management and have some fun!
This event is FREE, but pre-booking is essential. Closing date for booking is Tuesday, May 9th. Register for your ticket at https://louthvolunteercentreseminar.eventbrite.ie

Open Day – Thursday 18th May
– 10am – 1pm – Louth Volunteer Centre, Drogheda
– 10am – 1pm – Dundalk County Council Offices
– 10am – 1pm – Ardee Library

Website: www.volunteerlouth.ie

Dundalk FM Presenters can enter the Craol Achievement Awards 2017

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The 2017 CRAOL achievements awards application process is now open. In 2016 Jacinata Matthews and Tracey Hanby were winners for their programmes The Creative Flow and 100% Irish. The purpose of the CRAOL Achievement Awards is to give community radio stations the opportunity to rise to the challenge of being the best community radio station they can be. The awards give stations an opportunity to showcase their achievements and to be acknowledged by the CRAOL network of Community Radio Stations.
This type of Award will enable us to highlight such endorsements in grant applications, in local publicity etc.

How to enter

Presenters are asked to complete the seven questions below and and return to alanbyrne@dundalkfm.com before midday on Tuesday 9th May. The Programme and Technical Committee will then judge the entries and select two to represent Dundalk FM.

The national award winners will be announced at the Craol Féile on May 26th.
Criteria for selection
1. Innovation 
(doing a programme that is not typically heard on the airwaves and one that the station or particular volunteers/staff had not attempted before, or in a way not done before)
2. Teambuidling 
(getting a group of people to participate in the programme)
(what community group(s) are engaged in the making of these programmes)
(what type of evidence of growing awareness about the relevant topic within your community can you provide – Website posts / Facebook posts / tweets / emails etc)
(demonstrating creativity and commitment to strong production values, information on the process of producing the programme etc)
(indicating volunteer dedication, reliability, growth of competence and confidence, also, inspiration to others)
7. Audio Sample
(submit a 2-7 minute mp3 with highlights of your programme)
Further information on the awards can be found here.
As always, if you have any further information, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Good luck!

Alan Byrne
Manager

VACANCY -Receptionist/Administrator

Tasks include front office management such as

  • greeting customers
  • checking emails
  • taking requests on the phone from our listeners
  • typing up daily community notices for the presenters
  • credit control
  • updating social media

Experience of an accounts package would be an advantage.

Email your CV to centralce@gmail.com or telephone 932 83 16 for more details.

This is a Community Employment vacancy and applicants should check their eligibility with their local employment office.

The closing date is Friday 10th February 20017.

Weekend Radio Vacancy [CE Scheme]

Are you interested in a weekend job with Dundalk FM?

We are recruiting a Weekend Duty Manager to work Saturday and Sunday.

Applicants must qualify for the Community Employment Scheme.

Duties include working the sound desk, programme scheduling and editing audio files.

The closing date for applications is Wednesday 25th January 2017.

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Send a cover letter and CV to

Central CE Scheme

Quayside Business Park

Mill Street

Dundalk

or email centralce@gmail.com

or telephone 042 9328316

We have a vacancy for a Weekend Duty Manager

Are you interested in a weekend job with Dundalk FM?

We are recruiting a Weekend Duty Manager to work Saturday and Sunday.

Applicants must qualify for the Community Employment Scheme.

Duties include working the sound desk, programme scheduling and editing audio files.

The closing date for applications is Thursday 15th December 2016.

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Send a cover letter and CV to

Central CE Scheme

Quayside Business Park

Mill Street

Dundalk

or email centralce@gmail.com

or telephone 042 9328316

Dundalk will miss distinguished community radio broadcaster Vanessa Ryan.

 Paul Sherwood CRAOL - 20th Anniversary. Visit to the Aras by members of CRAOL. Pic Paul Sherwood.
Vanessa was part of a group from Dundalk FM who were hosted by President Michael D Higgins at Áras an Uachtaráin to celebrate Community Radio contributions to public discourse. Pictured with Vanessa is Sean Callaghan.
CRAOL – 20th Anniversary. Pic Paul Sherwood.
No fee for repro - please credit Paul Sherwood CRAOL - 20th Anniversary. Visit to the Aras by members of CRAOL.
Pic Paul Sherwood
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TRIBUTE VANESSA RYAN DUNDALK F.M.

The sudden death of our esteemed employee and colleague Vanessa Ryan R.I.P came as a great shock to us all when the news broke on Friday morning last. Vanessa joined Dundalk FM as a volunteer in 2003 and presented a weekly programme entitled ‘Time Detectives’ each Saturday lunchtime at 12pm. Vanessa’s background in Archaeology gave her the opportunity to talk to national and international experts and to educate listeners about the wealth and varied history of North County Louth. Vanessa helped to progress the development of local radio documentaries with two successful BAI Sound and Vision applications – ‘Louthiana’ and ‘Geo-Archaeological – Changing Legends to Facts’. Vanessa joined the station as Advertising Manager in June 2015. With Dundalk F.M she demonstrated a wide range of skills and set targets which will be very difficult to follow.

Her excellent written and verbal communication skills , her ability to work independently , her skill at multi-tasking effectively and her pleasant personality made her the ideal “face on the road” for Dundalk F.M. Her ability to communicate effectively with Advertisers saw an increase in Revenue and most of her new business customers continued to advertise with the station. She served diligently as a Member of the Finance Committee on Dundalk F.M.

In the office her honesty and integrity in her financial dealings with Dundalk F.M were exceptional and she presented an engaging presence in following up Advertising arrears. Her value as a friend among her colleagues was obvious to all and the staff were heartbroken when they heard of her unexpected passing. Vanessa had also contributed many hours as a researcher for well documented articles from an early age. Her education shone through like a beacon and any project she was associated with was flawless, indeed such was her professionalism and pursuit of excellence that many projects were enhanced greatly by her contributions as a researcher, producer or presenter. She had an excellent rapport with the many constituents served by Dundalk F.M including clients, Directors, Volunteers other staff members and also with all our listeners.

Her recent decision to follow in her father’s footsteps in local politics had just been announced recently and no doubt Jim would have been delighted to see Vanessa follow his example and serve her local electorate with the same dedication and passion at all times.

While we here in Dundalk F.M will miss her presence terribly her family will have to continue on without that smiling face greeting them on a daily basis. Both her daughters, Isabella and Ayda, her parents Jim and Ann, sister Carol, brothers John and partner Ciara and Stephen and partner Stephanie, husband Florian, mother-in-law Myrian, father-in-law Didier, brother-in-law Stephen, nieces Rosie and Phoebe, aunts, uncles, relatives and friends will find a huge void in their lives following her sudden passing.

The Board of Directors, Staff, and Volunteers of Dundalk F.M have lost not only an employee but a valued friend and colleague and all connected with Dundalk FM offer sincere condolences to the family. Vanessa’s influence on broadening the diversity of programming available on Dundalk’s community radio service is treasured. She made her father proud with her knowledge and presentation style when she stood in for him as presenter of Classics Sounds. A local history programme about the townlands of County Louth ‘From the Border to the Boyne’ featured an episode in which Vanessa explained the importance of the Knights Templar. Vanessa will remain part of the fabric of Community Radio in the memories of the many friends she had at the station and through the audio archives of her programmes.

May she Rest in Peace.

Dundalk F.M.