Job Title: Community Radio Producer
Reporting to: Manager
Hours: 39 hours per week
Assist with live studio technical production.
Support the centre to achieve its goal of engaging all community groups in the area each year.
Support in the coordination and delivery of Radio and Media skills training to Community Groups and Individual Members.
Edit and back up programmes.
To produce Ads and to research and present News, Sports, Weather, Community Notices and Death Notices.
To ensure adverts are edited and recorded and passed to the Advertising Rep/Assistant Manager for approval.
To assist with the O/B team and attend events, outside broadcasts, promotions, roadshows and to go along record these events.
To assist and/or run New Community Group and Volunteer Information Sessions.
To meet with Community Groups and identify what the station can do to help them achieve their goals.
To assist with developing and delivering Community Media Projects and Programming.
File all relevant administration work.
Provide broadcast training to staff, presenters and service users.
To look after studio bookings and equipment bookings.
Broadcast assistant as required.
Be familiar with legislation covering broadcasting and all relevant legal stipulations.
Assist with the development of new targeted programmes.
To keep studios clean at all times.
Liaise with and attend Committee meetings as required.
Refer any significant problems regarding Programmes/Technical issues to the Manager.
To undertake any other duties as directed by the Manager in pursuit of the aims and objectives of Dundalk Media Centre CLG.
To undertake training as necessary.
To maintain a pledge of confidentiality regarding business affairs at Dundalk Media Centre CLG.
Our September class started on Monday the 5th and will run for the next two weeks. Dan Pope came in to chat with our new presenters about how he joined the station and his weekly programme, Under the Covers – Sundays at 3.00 pm.
Our class members are Róisín Ward Morrow, Bruno Vilares, Andy and Louise McCartney, Bobby McCormack, Development Perspectives, Christopher Praveen, Pamela Carragher, Eugene O Hanlon, Dean Wright, Luka Stopic, Gavin Hanlon, Michael Murray, John Joe Jacobs, Andrius Rikauskis and Ciara Byrne.
Marissa Lucchesi explained the features of a Magazine Show and introduced the radio vocabulary that we use daily at the station such intros, theme music, links, stings and station idents.
Alan Byrne, Station Manager explained the community development ethos of Dundalk FM where individuals and community groups can become more acquainted with their area by meeting people through the station, attending outside broadcasts and chatting to people on air. He encouraged all the presenters to fill in a Programme Proposal and record a Demo and that he would help them to have a programme in the schedule by the end of October. As members, they will be welcome to join committees and stand as a representative of over 70 colleagues and perform the duties of a Director. Dundalk FM is run by Dundalk Media Centre CLG which was set up as a not-for-profit community media resource in February 2002. It is one of the 21 Community Radio Stations in Ireland and is affiliated to Craol the Community Radio Ireland, to Amarc Europe and adheres to the Amarc Charter as its code of ethics.
When Dundalk FM hosted the Craol National Community Radio Day on June 18th 2021, President Michael D Higgins who has a reputation for advocating the social benefits of community radio commented ‘Community radio helps to strengthen ties and build awareness of common values, and challenges and a discussion of possible solutions to issues within our localities. Community radio is a vital part of the shared public space for people to meet and collaborate. It is a public good’.
During the class, our new presenters were tasked with recording a Voice Over for a Community Notice in the Production Studio with our Evening Duty Manager, Tony Duffy.
In advance of the second week, they will practice recording an audio exercise on their phone and have the opportunity to come into Main Studio to learn how to work the Sound Desks.
To commence their community Radio Broadcasting career, our presenters have the prospect of researching and pre-recording the following 50-minute programmes.
• Alphabeats – you will be given a letter of the alphabet and asked to create a show with bands or musicians or songs starting with that letter.
• 100 Years of Music– choose any year between 1921 and 2021.
• Spotlight – a show based on your selection of any musician or band.
|The second evening of the three-week course will focus on technical skills such as working the Sound Desk, recording to a digital recorder, editing a promo for a show, researching, compiling a running order and scripting links for a 25-minute programme.
Equipment Q & A.
A Spotlight programme featuring Irish Music recorded during the first class will be aired on Sunday 11th September at 4.00 pm.
There will be two courses in 2023 – February and September. If you would like to find out more please email email@example.com for details.
Above are our team of new radio volunteers researching their choice for the 5 Irish Tunes show – Dean Wright, Barbara McClure, Luka Stopic, Mary Gantley, Conor Clarke, Bruno Vilares and Róisín Ward Morrow. Seoirse McCann and Sean Callaghan called to share their experience of presenting on Dundalk FM and to encourage our new volunteers to join the September Radio Course. The links were recorded on the night, edited by Alan Byrne the next day and broadcast on Dundalk FM on Saturday 27th August – you can see the Running Order and listen to the show on the link below. From what we heard on the night, we are sure that we will be introducing new community radio programmes into our schedule starting in October.
Thank you for taking part in this research.
John Englishby, presenter of the Monday Drive Time Show, Themed Tunes (4th Saturday at 2 pm) and the Odds and Sods Show (1st Saturday at 11 pm) demonstrates the Axia Digital Sound Desks to our new volunteer presenters – Christopher Praveen, Conor D’Arcy, Dalia Aguero, Ayomide Adesiyan, Dean Lawlor, Pamela Carragher, Eugene O’Hanlon and Kavneet Kainth.
Alan Byrne, Station Manager welcomed the new volunteers and explained that Dundalk FM is a Community Radio station – a social enterprise owned and run by local community groups and volunteers. Our new volunteers will take part in a Radio Course in September and will learn how to format a programme, record and edit interviews using audio software and how to work the faders on the sound desk, but before then they will have the opportunity to record one of our Spotlight, 100 Years of Music or Alphabeats shows.
The next New Volunteer Evening will be held in the Community Offices, Partnership Court, on 25th August at 7.00 pm. All welcome!
Kavneet Kainth tells Alan Byrne about the Holi Festival of Colours. Kavneet then chats to Dr Dhilip Mahapatra founder of the Dundalk Indian Community Group ‘KASSI’, KASSI members Samil, Saachin and Richi, to Bindu Nair who was MC for the event and to guests Nikata and Jitendera. This programme is a recording from the LIVE Outside Broadcast which took place in the Geraldine’s GAA Clubrooms, Haggardstown, Dundalk on Saturday 19th March 2022.
Host: Kavneet Kainth.
Sound Engineer (on location): Alan Byrne
Studio Engineer: Chris Rahill
Photography: Michael Dowdall