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)

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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.


National Community Radio Day – 19th June 2020

This Friday, June 19th is National Community Radio Day. It’s the day when CRAOL- Community Radio Ireland – and its member stations across Ireland celebrate and recognise the work and commitment of the more than two and a half thousand people – volunteers and staff – involved in this vibrant sector of the media.

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Begun in 2015, National Community Radio Day will focus on the Social Benefit of Community Radio, with a special four hour broadcast, hosted by 92.5 Phoenix FM, the Community Radio based in Blanchardstown, Dublin 15. Dundalk FM is streaming the complete show which includes interviews with Jim Ryan and John Murphy.

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This sixth National Community Radio Day will see the launch of two key reports;

Assessing the Social Benefit of Community Media – A Toolkit for Community Radio


Introducing a Social Benefit Approach to Community Radio- A Compendium of Stories, an action from the Broadcasting Authority’s Community Media Action Plan

Declan Gibbons, Chair of CRAOL and Michael O’Keeffe, CEO, The Broadcasting Authority of Ireland will officially launch the reports live on air at 12midday on Friday.

The CRAOL network comprises 21 fully licensed and 10 developing Community Radio stations. Friday’s broadcast will include input from volunteers and representatives from stations across Ireland, and this special National Community Radio Day programme will be available to all Community Radio Stations to broadcast

National Community Radio Day aims to create a greater awareness among the public of the importance of radio and to urge decision makers to establish and support access to information, access to the airwaves and Community access to radio.

It is also a day to keep in mind the unique capacity of Community Radio to promote social inclusion, promote community cohesion and engagement, and to empower and support Community broadcasters nationwide to deliver a Social Benefit to their communities, through active volunteerism, shared resources, good governance, partnership and networking.

As the original public event was cancelled for health and safety reasons – due to Covid 19, this year’s National Community Radio Day (NCRD) will be a radio based event, broadcast by Community stations across the country.


Remote Recording Tips

Notes from the Remote Broadcast Q and A Session 4

5.00 pm – 6.00 pm

14th May 2020

John Englishby, Dan Pope, Eimear O Kane, Brendan Coughlan, Cathal Cassidy, Alan Byrne, Cathal McCooey, Mary Rose Muckian, Philip O’Brien, Sean Callaghan and Padraig Quigley.

We will run a follow up on Thursday 21st May 2020.


Congratulations to Dan on the quality and style of his recent AlphaBeats V show.

Comment about recording shows on Zoom – Mary Rose.

I find that conversation can be stilted and doesn’t flow when you are talking at a laptop or tablet/phone. The way to improve this is to use headphones and a microphone so the audio is more immediate and engaging.


Padraig told us how he upgraded a laptop by installing SSD RAM.

SSD upgrade

We are applying for a grant to buy some podcast kits for presenters, in the meantime a €25.00 USB mic will bring your audio up to the level we hope that everyone will have.

320 Kpbs is the highest wav quality and is the recommended setting for when you are saving a show and sending it in.

Eimear is acquiring a laptop:)


Thank you to Philip for his explanation of how he created a promo for the Alpha Beats Show using

backing music, recording his voice directly to the DAW and the AlphaBeats whisper file.

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John gave a demonstration of the Joe Jackson Spotlight show he was working on and will organise to give Mary Rose a lesson on editing.

Community Call

Some presenters are interested in joining a team of researchers, presenters and editors for our COVID-19 Radio Series. Zoom meeting to be set up.

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Future Broadcasting Environment

8th June is when we will resume regular broadcasting whilst maintain social distancing. Only presenters – no guests. Until then there is a roster on who is allowed in and for what duration

David Bellew will be at the studio some evenings to allow for zoom live broadcasts to take place.

Next Week

A guide to broadcasting from home by Padraig and a Reaper edit demo with John.

In the meantime a free radio playout software you might like to try is Zara.

You can download Zara here


Notes from the Remote Broadcast Q and A Session 3

5.00 pm – 6.00 pm

7th May 2020


John Englishby, Dan Pope, Eimear O Kane, Alan Byrne, Cathal McCooey, Philip O’Brien, David Bellew, Padraig Quigley and Mary Rose Muckian.

Advice on Sound Desks/PC/Laptop Microphones

  • If you are purchasing a new laptop then one with 16GB Ram with an i5 processor would be preferable for music editing and recording.
  • When connecting a USB mic you might have to set the input level to high to get the best quality.
  • – How to record a separate audio file for each participant.

Free Online Voice Recorders

Alternative to Zoom Video Chat

Audio Editing Q and A

What is the difference in audio quality between Wav and mp3 format?

Wavs have a lossless quality are much bigger, by a factor of 10 and tend to be better quality and mp3s have a lossy quality and are sort of squashed down versions of the wav but still very good to most people ears.
Mp3s are transportable more easily over email so you have to use a different platform something like Dropbox or We transfer, what we call F. T. P. file transfer protocol to get the wav files to your recipient.
When you copy a mp3 it will lose a generation of sound so it will lose quality every time.

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112 14000 Hz
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  • For a great information guide, take a few minutes to review this Sound on Sound article about different file types, sizes and quality levels.
  • Most phones record in mp4 quality. This can be converted to mp3 using an online converter where you upload the mp4 file and then download the mp3 version.
  • Pre Records Timings – once the complete shows adds up to 50 minutes, there is leeway to have 27/23, 26/24 or 25/25 minutes.
  • Next Week: We will have a demo and Q & A on Audacity (Philip and John) and Reaper (David).


  • Spotlight – John is recording a Joe Jackson Spotlight.joe jackson
  • We will run a 3 hour live music show on a Friday evening for a station fundraiser in a few weeks time.
  • Padraig will record a promo with Brendan for the 1957 show.
  • Slane Concert Series – Cathal will do a test run with Pat Byrne using Zoom.
  • The 100 Years of Music stings will be available to download on the show webpage.
  • A new one hour show was mentioned by Cathal and he is looking for takers – it’s called ‘5 degrees of separation’ – one song leads to the next, to the next, to the next….
  • Community Call is a new 24 part series. MaryRose, Eimear, Dan and Philip have expressed an interest in helping to research, present and edit the show. Another way to do the series would be to focus on the sports clubs in town.
  • RTE Doc on One – Presenters ChoiceOur documentary slot is at 9.00 am on Saturday and the programme is repeated at 5.00 pm on Sunday. If you want to pick a documentary from and send in your choice, we will add it to the schedule.


    By Presenter


    A Solemn Undertaking

    Alan Byrne


    Johnny Cashs Forgotten Tour of Ireland

    Caoimhe O’Malley


    Don’t Go Far

    Paul Donnelly


    Hidden Heroes of the Belfast Blitz

    Donal Carroll

    5 Women of the Revolution Tara Mulholland
    6 Prince at the Castle Michael Murray
    7 The Man from Tallahassee John Englishby

    Con Carey and the Twelve Apostles

    John Hennessy
    9 One day you’ll understand Tony Banda
    10 A Matter Of International Secrecy Marissa Lucchesi

Notes from the Remote Broadcast Q and A Session 2

5.00 pm – 6.00 pm

30th April 2020

John Englishby, Dan Pope, Eimear O Kane, Brendan Coughlan, Michael Dowdall, Cathal Cassidy, Alan Byrne, Cathal McCooey, Philip O’Brien, David Bellew, Sean Callaghan and Padraig Quigley.

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Advice on Sound Desks/PC/Laptop Microphones

  • Sean has upgraded to a USB mic and Brendan is using a plug in Mic.
  • Dan has a Zoom H1 which he could use as a mic.
  • John has a USB mic and Mic arm.
  • David has a Behringer mic connected to a mixer.
  • Alan is using a Zoom H2 as a mic.
  • Padraig has a splitter cable so that he can route the headphone from a mobile into the desk using the FX return channel.
  • Andy has bought some equipment and is nearly set up to record at home.

Recording Show/ links with Zoom

  • Sean will record the Beaten Tracks show each week with David using Zoom.
  • Marian and Charles will record Health and Well Being via Zoom as two 22 minute shows and email them to David.
  • Fadó Fadó will broadcast live with Zoom at 6.00 pm on Monday 11th May.

Audio Editing

  • If you want to learn Reaper – see David Bellew’s tutorial on the Dundalk FM youtube channel.

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  • If you want to learn Dark Audacity, see Paula Healy’s tutorial on the Flirt FM (Galway’s student radio station) youtube channel.

Flirt FM Audacity

100 Years of Music

  • 1998 – Dan will record and edit the show using Audacity.
  • 1995 – Mary Rose will record links and David will edit the show.
  • 1993 – Daniel Deery will do this show. John Englishby will record Daniel remotely and edit the show using Audacity.
  • 1992 – Philip has recorded a show on Audacity and has sent it to the station by WeTransfer.
  • 1972 – Cathal is going to prepare the script.
  • 1971 – Eimear O’Kane will write the script and record using a Zoom recorder and send it to Padraig who will edit the show for broadcast.
  • 1968 – Sean will record this show with David on Zoom.
  • 1967 – David is working on this.
  • 1951 – Brendan is working on the script. Padraig will record it with him using Zoom.
  • 1944 – Alan has a show ready for broadcast.
  • If you know someone who would like to do a show, please let them know, I’d like to have 100 presenters, especially people who would like to join the station as a presenter in the future.
  • Shows completed so far are available to listen to anytime on our Mixcloud page.


  • V – Dan is working on the show and will have it ready to send in soon.
  • H – Philip has sent in a show for broadcast



  • Cathal Cassidy would like to revise the History of Cinema in Dundalk radio documentary and is interested in doing a Movies and Musicals show.
  • Cathal McCooey invites presenters to host a show in the Slane Concert series (2nd Saturday of the month from 2.00 pm to 4.00 pm) – Eimear is interested in this. He will follow up on his idea for a programme called ‘5 Degrees of Separation’.slane castle
  • Ready, Steady…Go by Zoom – 3 people, one hour, 10 questions, giggles, tales, opinions, wit and humour – (Eimear/Carole/Mary will do a show).
  • Odds and Sods April edition didn’t go out as advertised – we will check the this out for John.
  • Michael Dowdall suggestions
    • Interviews – a friend from India living in Dundalk, a relative living in Edinburgh and a 96 year old man living in Dundalk.
    • a Documentary about the beginning of radio technology.
    • A poetry slot, a book club (talk to Eimear).

Notes from the Remote Broadcast Q and A Session 1

5.00 pm – 6.30 pm

23rd April 2020

Tracey Hanby, Alan Byrne, Cathal McCooey, Philip O’Brien, Mary Rose Muckian, Pat Byrne, David Bellew, Sean Callaghan, Marian Del Duca and Padraig Quigley. Seoirse McCann was presenting the Drive Time show and unable to attend but we kept an mp3 file for reference. We will run a follow up on Thursday 30th April 2020 at 5.00 pm.

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PC/Laptop Microphones

A plug-in mic and headphones or a headset are preferable to using the built-in mic on a laptop or PC, unless you will be on air for just a short interview. The two mics below, which were purchased locally, cost €28.00 and €5.00 respectively.


They connect via a mic/headphone splitter or by a USB adapter. Gaming headsets also provide a step up in the audio quality. A digital recorder such as a Zoom or Tascam can be used as a mic. When you plug it into the laptop/PC, choose to connect as an ‘audio input’ rather than ‘file transfer’. A tripod and windscreen are also essentials to complete your audio kit.

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Zoom H2n use as a mic with a laptop or PC.

Recording Shows

Sean will record the Beaten Tracks show each week with David using Zoom.

Marian and Charles will record Health and Well Being via Zoom as two 22 minute shows and email them to David.

100 Years of Music – 60 names so far, 40 to go…

2000 Tracey

1995 Mary Rose will record links on the phone (say a link, count to five silently, say the next link and so on….) and email them to David along with the list of songs.

1992 Philip

1968 Sean will record this show with David on Zoom.

1955 Pat has this completed and will send it in.

If you know someone who would like to do a show, please let them know, I’d like to have 100 presenters, especially people who would like to join the station as a presenter in the future.

Shows completed so far are available to listen to anytime on our Mixcloud page.


Pat – one done and will send it in.

Examples where Zoom could be used as part of live programming

The Slane Concerts Show with Cathal in the Studio and Pat on Zoom (or in the Production Studio).

Lion’s Club – the sound quality of the pre-recorded show is very good. The show could be done live via Zoom as is the Brunch.

Joining Paddy to present on Good Morning Dundalk /Tracey.

Hosting a panel discussion on Town Talk.

Fadó Fadó is pre-recorded via Zoom.

The Brunch is broadcast live and had 2 guests from the Chamber of Commerce join them last week. One guest used a headset (approx €25 and the audio quality was very high). Some audio is better e.g. where presenters are using USB or plugin Mics.

Sound Desks

A small analogue sound desk (with 2 XLR inputs) starts around the €50.00 mark. A desk with faders (usually 4 XLR inputs) would start around €120.00.

Local stores that would source a Sound Desk, recorders, and other audio equipment are B Sharp and Audio Comm.

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Audio Editing Software

Philip recorded an AlphaBeats show using Audacity which is free to download.

Pat uses Reaper (you can use the full version free, to evaluate it, the cost to buy is €60).

If you want to learn Reaper – see the tutorial on the Dundalk FM youtube channel.

Sound Desk Accessories

Alongside a set of Headphones, a Mic, Mic Stand, and mic Windscreen, you will need some cables such as:

an XLR to connect your mic to the mixer,

a .5m or 1m RCA phono to jack lead with phono adapters to connect a laptop to the mixer,

a .5m or 1m 3.5 jack lead and adapter,

You might consider a Headphone Amplifier. This gives you the options to control the headphone level and take a feed out to an External USB Sound Card or Audio Interface which will give a better sound quality going into the streaming laptop.

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Remote Broadcasting

You would need 1 x laptop to play out your music, ads, news, etc. You can download WinAmp for free. Another Free Radio Playout software used by many CR stations is Zara.

A mic, mic stand and pop shield.

An external sound card.

1 laptop which runs a small encoding programme that you download and type in the details for our server. A member of staff will run a series of tests with a presenter to ensure the audio and music levels are correct and that there is no buffering. A wired Ethernet cable connecting the router and laptop is advisable.


Broadcast Myself is an Android App (€3.09). Alan uses this app at away soccer matches to transmit the commentary and half time ads (saved as one file).

This evening’s chat was a chance for presenters who hadn’t met in person before to say hello. There was a wonderful sense of ‘we’re in this together’ which was demonstrated by being able to help colleagues with technical advice. I hope that you now have the confidence to try out the next step in remote recording and broadcasting – recording to a phone, recording on Zoom, audio editing, acquiring radio equipment and maybe someday – live remote broadcasting. For the kind words of appreciation for the support that you receive from staff, thank you.


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3 The Brunch18th April 20Below you will find tutorials to help you record and edit programming from home.

  1. How to record Links to your Smart Phone.
  2. How to Edit a Radio Show at Home.

The first describes how to record links for a show with a Voice Recorder App, your Smart Phone, your script and a room with soft furnishings. You can then share the files to our staff. We will prepare the show for broadcast.

Recorded and edited by David Bellew with thanks to Tara Tine/ March 2020.

The real enjoyment starts when you start to edit, top and tail, fade in and out, normalise, increase and decrease the amplitude, the dynamics processing and filtering. This next tutorial will show you how to combine the links, songs and any intro, outros or stings and render it into an mp3 file.

In the next tutorial, you will learn advanced expert tips on EQ, Noise Removal and Compression using plug-ins.


March 10 2020 – Notice to all members regarding COVID-19

Protecting fellow staff and volunteers from Covid-19

March 23rd 2020

Presenters must only use a personal pop shield or bring in a pop sock to cover the mic.
There should be no more than one presenter in the studio at any time.
  1. Based on what is currently known about the virus, spread from person-to-person happens most frequently among close contacts (within about 6 feet). This type of transmission occurs via respiratory droplets.
  2. Current evidence suggests that novel coronavirus may remain viable for hours to days on surfaces made from a variety of materials. Cleaning of visibly dirty surfaces followed by disinfection is a best practice measure for prevention of COVID-19 and other viral respiratory illnesses in community settings.
  3. Employers, employees and volunteers have duties of care – this means that they need to make sure that no harm is caused to each other or any other person by their actions or omissions.
  4. Employees and volunteers should make sure that they do not pose a threat to the health and welfare of others in their workplace. You should not come to the studio if you have, or suspect you have, a contagious illness like coronavirus.
  5. At a minimum, employees and volunteers should immediately notify the manager and your GP if they develop symptoms of COVID-19. Your GP will provide guidance on what actions need to be taken.
  • Employees MUST SIGN THE DAILY CLEANING SHEET with your initials and the time of cleaning/disinfectant.

  • Duties for the first employee when opening the offices in the morning.

  1. Put on a pair of gloves.
  2. Open outside doors and windows to increase air circulation in the area.
  3. Wipe down all the door handles, bathroom area, telephones, computer screens, keyboards and mice, sound equipment and studio surfaces with anti bacterial surface wipes.
  4. When you remove the gloves, dispose in the bin and wash your hands for at least 20 seconds with soap and water.
Cleaning refers to the removal of dirt and impurities, including germs, from surfaces. Cleaning alone does not kill germs. But by removing the germs, it decreases their number and therefore any risk of spreading infection. Surfaces should be cleaned using a detergent or soap and water prior to disinfection.
Disinfecting works by using chemicals to kill germs on surfaces. This process does not necessarily clean dirty surfaces or remove germs. But killing germs remaining on a surface after cleaning further reduces any risk of spreading infection.

Advice to all Members

10th March 2020

If the station is closed down we will ask presenters to send in a show if they can or else we will play edited backups and work remotely.

The safety and well-being of our members, staff and visitors is very important and we are monitoring advice provided by the Irish authorities – Department of Health, Department of Foreign Affairs and the HSE – regarding Coronavirus/COVID-19. We are adopting a policy of high-compliance and seek to adopt further measures to minimise the risks where it is appropriate to do so.

General Instructions.
In order to minimise the risk of the spread of COVID-19 at the station, at Outside Broadcast Events, meetings and training, you are asked to do the following:


If you or a member of your household is returning from any of the areas identified as high-risk by the HSE or the Department of Foreign Affairs; whether or not symptoms are evident, we request that you do not come into the station.


Please contact a member of staff immediately if you believe that a risk of transmission of the virus has arisen for any reason on Dundalk FM premises.


When at the station, events or meetings, please observe the personal hygiene recommendations.

    • Meticulous hand washing.

    • Covering coughs and sneezes in the correct manner to avoid the spread of infected water-droplets.

    • Safe disposal of used tissues and cleaning of infected surfaces.

    • Wipe the desk faders and desktops – wipes are provided in the studio.

Go to for up-to-date advice, description of symptoms, etc.

COVID Advice

undalk FM may cancel live programming at short notice in order to avoid the risk of transmission of the disease. We will broadcast similar programmes where it is possible to do so.  Also, please notify us in advance of non-attendance due to COVID-19 concerns so that we can put on alternative programming.

Dundalk FM will endeavour to keep you up to date and ask you to follow public health guidelines at all times.

Thank you for your co-operation.

Alan Byrne