Remembering with affection, our radio colleague Philip O’Brien.

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We wish to remember and appreciate a caring and compassionate colleague who passed away on Friday 22nd March 2024, Philip O Brien.

Philip signed up for our ‘Speaking Up For A Change’ Course in October 2015 and later took on the role of Tuesday morning presenter of Town Talk. His wife, Brenda said that he enjoyed working on his script and selecting appropriate tracks early in the morning before the show. Philip’s appreciation of music shone through, and he recorded the third programme in the ‘Alphabeats’ series and chose the year 1992 in the ‘100 Years of Music’ series. If a presenter was unable to come in, Philip made himself available and often presented the Afternoon and Drive Time Shows.

When Dundalk FM hosted the CRAOL National Community Radio Day on 18th June 2021, Philip and Michael Murray interviewed presenters from Galway, Kilkenny, Dublin and Limerick.

If you didn’t know something, Philip was the go to person and if he didn’t know, he would find out. He was a great conversationalist, and a great voice to listen to. He had stories and anecdotes to accompany his impressive knowledge of local, national and international affairs which he shared on the Saturday morning Brunch programme. Philip will be affectionately remembered by Dundalk FM staff, presenters and listeners.

Our thoughts are with his wife Brenda, son David and daughter Emma.

Alan Byrne

24 March 2024

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Evening Duty Manager Vacancy at Dundalk FM

Dundalk FM has a Vacancy for part-time staff.

The role is Evening Duty Manager and is for 19 and a half hours per week.

This is a Community Employment Scheme position so applicants should ensure their eligibility by calling Central CE on 042 932 8316.

The position will commence in Mid-March.

Main duties include:

  • to edit shows and create playlists

  • to operate the sound desk

  • to train new volunteers and community group representatives in the production of radio shows

  • to record and edit programmes for community groups and volunteer presenters

Full training will be provided.

The full Job Description is available on www.dundalkfm.com or search for dundalk fm on jobsireland.ie

To apply email centralce@gmail.com with your cv.

The closing date for applications is 23 February 2024.

Dundalk FM is a Social Enterprise which facilitates community radio and media projects for Voluntary, Educational, Sports, Arts and Public Services in Dundalk and the surrounding area.

Job Description

Post Title: Evening Duty Manager

Reporting to: Manager

Location: Dundalk Media Centre

Responsible for: Facilitation of volunteers and production duties

Salary: CE Central

Hours: 19½ hours per week (evenings).

To edit programming for repeat, organise the overnight schedule, facilitate presenters who pre-record shows, work the sound desk where required and train new volunteers in sound desk operation and audio editing. Also responsible for monitoring on air activity and front office and studio operations.

Main Duties and Responsibilities

  • Assist and support volunteers with editing and production.

  • Audio Editing and archiving programmes.

  • Recording programmes, promos and ads.

  • Operating the Sound Desk.

  • Interviewing and recording public events.

  • Training Presenters and community groups.

  • Assist with outside broadcasting.

  • Keeping the studios, restrooms, reception area clean and tidy (vacuum, empty bins, ensure toilets are clean and presentable).

  • Answering the phones/emails/looking after guests.

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CE Vacancies at Dundalk FM – closing date 31 July 2023

Dundalk FM has Vacancies for 2

Part Time Community Employment Staff

1. Evening Duty Manager

2. Weekend Duty Manager

Commencing September 2023

Main duties include:

  • to operate the sound desk

  • to train new volunteers and community group representatives in the production of radio shows

Full training will be provided.

The full Job Description is available on www.dundalkfm.com.

The closing date for applications is 31 July 2023.

To Apply email centralce@gmail.com

Telephone 042 932 8316

A Community Radio station is for people to produce and

broadcast their own programmes and participate in operating the station.

Dundalk FM began broadcasting in 2004 and is a not for profit,

independent, community run and owned radio broadcast and training service.

Job Description

Post Title:

1. Evening Duty Manager (Monday to Friday)

2. Weekend Duty Manager (Saturday and Sunday)

Reporting to: Manager

Location: Dundalk Media Centre CLG

Responsible for: Facilitation of volunteers and production duties

Salary: CE Central

Hours: 19½ hours per week

To edit programming for repeat, organise the overnight schedule, facilitate presenters who pre-record shows, work the sound desk where required and train new volunteers in sound desk operation and audio editing. Also responsible for monitoring on air activity and front office and studio operations.

Main Duties and Responsibilities

  • Assist and support volunteers with editing and production.

  • Audio Editing and archiving programmes.

  • Recording programmes, promos and ads.

  • Operating the Sound Desk.

  • Interviewing and recording public events.

  • Training presenters and community groups.

  • Assist with outside broadcasting.

  • Keeping the studios, restrooms, reception area clean and tidy (vacuum, empty bins, ensure toilets are clean and presentable).

  • Answering the phones/emails/looking after guests.

Miscellaneous

    • Some broadcasting – in studio and on location.

    • Covering reception as required.

Any other duties as may become part of the job as directed by the Board of Directors in consultation with the employee.

General:

  • To undertake other duties as directed by the Manager in pursuit of the aims and objectives of Dundalk FM

  • To maintain a pledge of CONFIDENTIALITY regarding information held regarding the business affairs of Dundalk Media Centre CLG.

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Jim Ryan – a respected and compelling voice

When Jim Ryan joined us in 2003, he presented a classical music programme from half past 12 until one o clock on Sunday for the duration of the temporary Community Radio Station Dundalk Weekend Radio DWR107 FM. His son Stephen came in as his Sound Desk Operator selecting the CD track numbers. Jim would have spent hours listening to each track just to get the right sequence for his weekly playlist. Jim’s knowledge of classical music was immense. He introduced us to baritone, bass, mezzo-soprano, contralto, countertenor, arias, chorus and overtures.

Jim often said that he would have liked to do a Jazz programme and that would have been quite something to tune in to. Jim’s daughter, Vanessa shortly afterwards followed her Dad’s footsteps into radio and presented a history programme called Time Detectives. Vanessa interviewed many local and national archaeology professors and experts and also stood in to present Classic Sounds on occasion. When the station received its full-time community radio service contract in September 2004, Jim presented a midday Current Affairs show. He kept the Classic Sounds programme on Sunday, moving it to one hour.

During the ensuing years, myself and our Weekend Duty Managers who worked the sound desk for Jim got to chat with the listeners who rang in asking for a request. Sundays had a certain routine – Joe Martin presented Magic Moments from 10 am to 12 pm, followed by Jim Ryan and Classic Sounds from 12 pm to 1 pm, Joe Duffy followed at 1 pm with Showband Street, Tom Gernon at 2 pm with Back to the Sixties and Jimmy Neary (with his wife Marita taking the phone requests) with Shades of Green from 3 pm to 5 pm.

In the recent past, Jim’s weekly show was curated and kept on air by Tony Moran.

So, we’ll bid adieu, slán to our radio colleague Jim Ryan. Thank you for bringing your wealth of knowledge of Classical Music to the listeners and for your considerable contribution to the success of the Community Radio Service – Dundalk FM.

Alan Byrne

Manager

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Ian Coogan, Paul Mefor, Anthony Bond and Jim Ryan in the original Dundalk Weekend Radio DWR107 FM Radio Studios.
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Sunday Morning routine – Joe Matin and Jim Ryan.

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Dundalk FM is looking for Community and Voluntary Groups to make their own Radio Shows

Dundalk FM is a community-owned and run radio service and encourages all community groups to use the airwaves to promote the wonderful work that you do. We would like to encourage you to come along to have a chat with our staff and volunteers to find out how we can help you achieve your goals on Wednesday 12th April 2023 in the Community Offices, Partnership Court, Dundalk from 7 pm.

Alternatively, you can email info@dundalkfm.com and we will invite you in at a later stage and show you around the studios.

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We are hiring – Community Radio Producer (October 2022)

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Job Description

Job Title: Community Radio Producer

Reporting to: Manager

Hours: 39 hours per week

Responsibilities

  • 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.

Duties

  • 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.

General

  • 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.

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