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
Open Sessions -YES / NO
Workshop Number _______
Achievement Awards – YES / NO
Return by email to email@example.com.
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
15:30-17:30 Plenary Theme -The changing Face of
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Application Form and Guidelines are available on the BAI.ie 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:
To achieve these objectives, the Scheme offers grant funding to new television and radio programmes which deal with the themes of
The scheme is financed from the Broadcast Fund which comprises 7% of the annual net receipts from television licence fees.
The duties include operating the sound desk, editing and archiving programmes.
The job is for 19½ hours per week and candidates must qualify for Community Employment.
Please check with your local employment service office for eligibility.
To apply email email@example.com or telephone 042 932 8316.
Thanks to John, Consuelo, Danielle, Noel, Mark, Venus, Mark, Richard, Colin, Liana, Niamh and Hammond for your attendance at today’s Information Session.
Hoping to see you back with us when we begin our blended training in September. Alan Byrne, Manager.
The main duties and responsibilities are to
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 https://www.zarastudio.es/en/download.php
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
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?
A Solemn Undertaking
Johnny Cashs Forgotten Tour of Ireland
Don’t Go Far
Hidden Heroes of the Belfast Blitz
|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
|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.
Recording Show/ links with Zoom
100 Years of Music
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.
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.
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…
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.