Alpha Beats Series 4 – Find your Broadcast Time and Date here.

We asked our community radio broadcasters and friends of the station to put their name into a hat to take part in a one-hour music show call Alpha Beats. It is on Sundays at 3 pm/4 pm and this is Series 4. Drive Time presenters Ciaran Callan and Tony Duffy our Evening Duty Manager drew out the names on Friday 5th February 2021.

What is Alpha Beats?

Alpha-BeatsThis is a show with a little difference, as each presenter will be given one letter of the alphabet and they will be asked to come up with 11 or 12 singers, songs or bands that begin with that letter.

So for example, if the letter B is drawn you could be looking for a playlist that includes

Blondie, Billy Holiday, the Beach Boys, Bananarama, the Beatles, Mary Black, Back on the Chain Gang, Broadway, Breathless and so on and on and on…

If you would like to put your name in the hat, for Series 5 – it’s FREE – give us a call at the station 939 5100 or send us an email to with the header ‘Alpha Beats’.

Alpha Beats SERIES 4
Letter Sunday Time Presenter


28 February 3 pm Orla Crilly


7 March 3 pm Joey McGowan


7 March 4 pm Marian DelDuca


14 March 3 pm Anita Guest


14 March 4pm MaryRose Muckian


21 March 3 pm Pat Hamilton


21 March 4 pm John Englishby


28 March 3 pm Chris Rahill


4 April 3 pm Jason Kelly


4 April 4 pm

Pat Byrne


11 April 3 pm Michael Murray


11 April 4 pm Sean Callaghan


18 April 3 pm Dónal Mischo


18 April 4 pm Carole Wardlaw


25 April 3 pm Roy Mackin


2 May 3 pm Gussie Hearty


2 May 4 pm Daniel Deerey


9 May 3 pm Alan Byrne


9 May 4 pm Cathal McCooey


16 May 3 pm Tony Duffy


16 May 4 pm Dan Pope


23 May 3 pm David Larkin


30 May 3 pm Ciara Byrne


6 June 4 pm Caroline Byrne


6 June 3 pm Eimear O Kane


13 June 4 pm Colin Mc Donnell


For presenters recording at home, you can download the theme music and stings on the Alpha Beats show page here.

Good Luck and looking forward to hearing your show on Dundalk FM!


Upgrade to our Outside Broadcasting Capability

9th November 2020  – Oriel Park Live with John Murphy and Gussie Hearty and a new Outside Broadcast Unit that links directly to a fader in the Main Studio.

This is the equipment that we purchased with a grant from Louth Leader and which was co-financed by the Dundalk FM Fundraising Committee.

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Community Radio Ireland Féile 13th November 2020

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The Community Radio Ireland Féile 2020 will take place online via ZOOM on Friday 13th November 2020. It will be a day for community development and radio production discussion and an exchange of ideas. As an online attendee you will meet CR activists from over 20 Community Radio Stations in Ireland. Please reply with your choice and you will receive a link to attend your chosen event.

Please register me for

  1. Open Sessions -YES / NO

  2. Workshop Number _______

  3. Achievement Awards – YES / NO

Return by email to

1. Open Sessions

You will receive a link and will be able log in to attend all of the sessions listed below during the day.

The Opening Address, Community Media Policy and Plenary Session 

12:00 midday           Welcome from CRAOL Chair Declan Gibbons
12:15-12:40              Conference Official Opening
14:20-15:20              Community Media Draft Policy Sean Ó Siochrú

15:30-17:30              Plenary Theme -The changing Face of
Community Radio – Remote but not Distant
Guest Speakers followed by Q&A from floor

2. Workshops

You will receive an email with a Zoom link to attend your chosen workshop.


4 workshops; (90 minutes each) please choose one only.

Workshop 1   Engaging your community during COVID-19

Aimed at: Outreach/Community Development Officers, Volunteer Coordinators and Programme Co-ordinators  (max 2 per station)

Workshop 2   Student Radio & young people in broadcasting (up to 4 per station)

Aimed at: Young people, students, Trainers and Volunteer/Programme Co-ordinators

Workshop 3   Broadcasting Remotely- Equipment, Software etc (up to 4 per station)

Aimed at: Technical, Production and Management 

Workshop 4   Risk Assessment for Stations  (max 2 per station)

Aimed at: Boards, Management and Administrators

3. Craol Achievement Awards

The 2020 Community Radio Achievement Awards will take place from 7.30pm to 9.30pm and up to 20 people can attend from each station. Dundalk FM have made an application for an Award in the Category Resilience and Innovation.


Applications invited for Sound and Vision Round 37

Dundalk FM is now accepting applications for Round 37 of the Sound and Vision 4 Funding Scheme.

The deadline is strictly 5.00 pm on Tuesday 15th September 2020 and completed applications should be emailed to

The Application Form and Guidelines are available on the website on this link:  Sound and Vision

Our Sound and Vision Committee will assess the applications on Wednesday 16th September.

Sound and Vision 4 (“the Scheme”) is a funding scheme for television and radio programmes, developed under the provisions of the Broadcasting Act 2009 (“the Act”). The objectives of the Scheme are:

  • Develop high-quality programmes based on Irish culture, heritage and experience,
  • Develop these programmes in the Irish language,
  • Increase the availability of programmes referred to above to audiences in the State,
  • Represent the diversity of Irish culture and heritage,
  • Record oral Irish heritage and aspects of Irish heritage which are disappearing, under threat, or have not been previously recorded, and
  • Develop local and community broadcasting.

To achieve these objectives, the Scheme offers grant funding to new television and radio programmes which deal with the themes of

  • Irish culture, heritage and experience;
  • Improving adult or media literacy;
  • Raising public awareness and understanding of global issues impacting on the State and countries other than the State
  • Any of the above in the Irish language.

The scheme is financed from the Broadcast Fund which comprises 7% of the annual net receipts from television licence fees.


How to join as a Volunteer Information Session July 29th 2020

Thanks to John, Consuelo, Danielle, Noel, Mark, Venus, Mark, Richard, Colin, Liana, Niamh and Hammond for your attendance at today’s Information Session.

Our staff Padraig and Marissa will be following up to help you to record a one-off music show (choice of AlphaBeats, 100 Years of Music or Spotlight).

Hoping to see you back with us when we begin our blended training in September. Alan Byrne, Manager.

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We are hiring – Production Staff (full time)

Production Staff Poster 220720

The main duties and responsibilities are to

  • Provide broadcast training and to facilitate Community and Voluntary Groups and volunteer presenters to create radio shows.
  • Produce, present and edit programming according to the weekly schedule.
  • Ensure adverts are scripted, edited and recorded to a professional standard.
  • Assist at outside broadcasts, promotions, roadshows and to record these events as required.
  • Administer studio and equipment bookings.

A background in training, audio production and an understanding of social benefit is desirable.

To apply for this position, please send a Cover Letter and CV to

HR, Dundalk FM, Partnership Court, Park Street, Dundalk, A91 HH29 or apply by email to

Production Staff – Job Description June 2020

The closing date for applications is Wednesday 5th August 2020 at 5.00 pm.

Dundalk Media Centre Company Limited by Guarantee trading as Dundalk FM is supported by the Department of Rural and Community Development and

Pobal through the Community Services Programme.