New radio series called Alpha Beats featuring the Dundalk FM Radio Crew

Alpha Beats

Alpha Beats Draw 12th July 2019

We asked for twenty six of our community radio broadcasters at the station to put their name into the hat to do a one hour music show.

This is a show with a little difference, however, as each presenter will be given one letter of the alphabet and they will be asked to come up with 13 or 14 singers, songs or bands that begins with that letter.

1 Rule: No two songs by the same artist! & you get bonus points for Irish bands and musicians.

Letter Community Radio Broadcaster Presenter of
A KARL COLLINS Karl is Rock Steady Rhythms DJ – every Tuesday evening between 7 and 9 and repeated on Saturdays at the same time.
B PAT HAMILTON Pat was a Board Member for a number of years and is going to give us a musical education with his assigned letter.
C PHILIP O BRIEN Philip also joined us on an over 50’s course and is a contributor to the Business Brunch, hosts the Monday edition of Town Talk and fills in on the Afternoon Show form time to time.
D MONA DALY Mona joined us as part of a radio course for over 50’s a few years ago and is now a regular contributor to The Business Brunch.
E CAROLINE & EÓIN BYRNE Caroline records voice overs for ads and documentaries and will be assisted by her 16 year old son.
F JOHN ENGLISHBY John’s monthly show Odds and Sods is on the 1st Saturday at 11pm and repeated the following Monday at 8pm. He is also a sound desk op for Outside Broadcasts and soccer matches.
G MARIAN DEL DUCA Marian is our multi talented presenter of Health and Well Being Show, Dundalk Toastmasters and the Drive Time Show on Tuesdays.
H GERRY KEANE Gerry is a regular contributor to Brilliant Music and The Lunchbox.
I SEAN CALLAGHAN Long time presenter, Sean hosts The Beaten Tracks every Tuesday at 6pm and repeated on Saturday at 1pm.
J COLIN GOOSEY MCDONNELL Saturday afternoon music is provided by Goosey on the first and third Saturday from 2pm with his Brilliant Music radio show.
K DAVID LARKIN David is a member of the Dundalk Lion’s Club – At your service programme on Thursdays at 8pm (now off for a Summer break) and he is starting his own Saturday night show. It’s on the 2nd Saturday at 10pm.
L DERMOT WOODS Dermot is the presenter of In off the Post which features local GAA News, fixtures and interviews broadcast at 6pm on Thursdays.
M CIARAN CALLAN Presenter of Friday’s Drive Time, erstwhile presenter of the Live Wire….
N ANDY MCKENNA Andy is new to Dundalk FM and has started a show called Saturday Night 80’s which is on the first Saturday at 10pm.
O DONAL CARROLL & MARGARET HOEY We Rock Your World on the 3rd Saturday at 11pm and Your Song which is on the 4th Saturday at 11pm. Both shows are repeated on the following Monday at 8pm.
P BILLY LYONS Billy is our Weekend Duty Manager and we are assured that he has a very diverse taste in music.
Q DAVID BELLEW David is the Evening Duty Manager and he helps presenters with recordings and editing work and hosts the Dundalk FC Soccer show Build up with Bellew on match nights.
R KERRY FEARON Kerry completed her 2 day radio course in June and will soon begin an American Country programme called Roots and Boots.
S CAOIMHE O MALLEY Caoimhe is a regular host our weekday morning current affairs show Town Talk.
T ORLA CRILLY Orla did a Spotlight on the Sunshine Bar and you can hear her chat with players and fans before and after Dundalk FC matches on our Build up with Bellew programme.
U MIKE MCMAHON Mike’s Music Express with Mike McMahon goes out every Saturday at 12 noon.
V AOIFE MULLEN Aoife helped out with our Irish Language News Service and contributes to daytime shows.
W PAT BYRNE Town Talk presenter on Wednesday and Thursday and also contributor to the Dundalk Lions Club at your service on Thursday at 8pm.
X TRACEY HANBY Of The First Cut, 100% Irish and The Takeover show, Tracey is on the third Saturday at 2pm as part of the Brilliant Takeover team with Colin McDonnell.
Y CATHAL MCCOOEY Cathal joined us in February and is a regular presenter of Drive Time, works the sound desk for Fadó Fadó on Monday evening and a contributor to the Saturday Morning Current Affairs show – The Business Brunch.
Z DAN POPE Dan joined us in February this year and this is his first programme for the station.

And we tried to have a fair balance between male and female presenters as you can see.

The series will begin in August.

Listen out for the broadcast times and promos and wish all our presenters the very best.

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Find out how you can join Dundalk’s Community Radio Station.

Dundalk FM would like to invite you to come along to our Coffee Evening on Thursday 11th July 2019 from 7 to 8.

The station has over 90 volunteers and provides

  • Programming that reflects the experiences of people living in Dundalk

  • Employment and training opportunities for people in the area and

  • Opportunities for small local enterprises to reach a local listenership

We have ongoing vacancies for

  • Programme presenters

  • Sound desk operators and

  • News and Sports Journalists

We are a Social Inclusion and Community Development Radio Station that is run by community group representatives and individuals, like yourself, on a not for profit basis.

So for information about your next step in community radio and to find out about our next 2 day Learn about Radio course call us in Thursday the 11th July from 7 at Dundalk FM Studios, Partnership Court, Park Street, Dundalk.

Why not bring a friend and see what opportunities exist with your local community run and owned radio station.

Looking forward to seeing you then.

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June 2019 News

June 2019 News

Dundalk FM’s recent and upcoming Outside Broadcast, Training and Information Evening Schedule.

Apr 17 OB Town Talk Age Friendly Conference Crowne Plaza
24 OB Town Talk Fr Michael Cusack/Birches Fundraiser St Gerard’s Hall
May 3 OB Town Talk Redeemer Resource Centre

the Big Hello/Community Radio Day

Redeemer Resource Centre
13 7.00 pm Sound Desk Training
16 OB Town Talk National Volunteer Week Louth Volunteer Centre
23 OB Town Talk LMETB Open Day Chapel Street
25 & 26 OB Brunch/Dlk FM Election Crew Local, European Elections & Referendum Redeemer Count Centre
31 OB First Cut Vantastival Beaulieu House, Drogheda
June 1

2

OB 2pm – 4pm

OB 3pm – 5pm

Vantastival Beaulieu House, Drogheda
11 OB Town Talk Rehab Coffee Morning Rehab Hub
17 7.00 pm Sound Desk Training
19 3.00 pm Outside Broadcast Technical Training
23 OB On the Street where you Live Motor Neuron Disease Fundraiser Clancy Park, Quay Street
July 3 3.00 pm Dundalk FM Events Team meeting
11 7.00 pm Information Evening for New Volunteers
12 OB Town Talk Dundalk Pride Roden Place
15 7.00 pm Sound Desk Training

Programming News

  • Our Dundalk FC match commentary team have been to 16 games so far and are looking forward to the UEFA Champion’s League matches starting in early July.
  • The Summer League Focus show with Gussie Hearty, Robbie Rafferty and Dazer Bond returned to the Wednesday 8pm evening slot.
  • This year we have aired new Spotlight Shows by Orla Crilly (The Sunshine Bar), Dominik Buch (Queen), Cathal McCooey (Creedance Clearwater Revival), Tara Tine (The Cranberries), David Bellew (Moonlight Benjamin and a show about Dundalk Solo Artists), Noel Sharkey (The Breakaways) and Jason Kelly (Charlie Landsborough).
  • Ready Steady…Go! Series 2 produced by Marissa Lucchesi begins on 22nd June.
  • A Weekend News Service would be a great addition to the station service so if you would like to join our news team, please have a chat with Paddy McEneaney and he will show you how to research and record the news, sports and weather.

Volunteer Involvement and Training

  • We had the highest attendance (12) at our April Radio Documentary Workshop – Jason Kelly, Brian Bingham, David Bellew, Sean T O’Reilly, Harry Mallon, Michael Dowdall, Brendan Connolly, Eamon O Reilly, Marian Del Duca, Billy Lyons, Tony Moran and David Larkin. The discussion was hosted by Alison Lennon and Alan Byrne. The closing date for the next round for Sound and Vision applications is the 7th of November.
  • Our April Radio Course trainees were Gregor Byatt, Andy McKenna, David Larkin and Orla Crilly. Andy and David are starting their own shows on the 1st and 2nd Saturday of the month at 10.00 pm.
  • 12 people attended the Coffee Evening on Thursday 9th May at 7pm.
  • The next evening will be on Thursday 11th July at 7pm. Please pass on this invite to anyone who would like to join us.
  • The June Radio Course attendees were Kerry Fearon, Cynthia Manda and Eddie Cranney.
  • If you want to brush up on your Sound Desk Skills then we have training on Monday 17th June and Monday 15th July – at 7pm.
  • There were 7 people at the OB Training on Wednesday 22nd May, so we will run another workshop on Wednesday 19th June at 3.00 pm.
  • A special word of thanks to Pat Byrne, Marissa Lucchesi, Caoimhe O’Malley, John Englishby, Marian Del Duca, Billy Lyons, Philip O’Brien and John Murphy for helping to training our new volunteers.

Station News

  • Dundalk FM will sign a new 10 year licence in July 2019. This is our third licence – the first was in 2004 (5 years) and the second was in 2009 (10 years).
  • Andrew Nulty created a really useful page for the recent elections and it can be found herehttps://dfmbusiness.wordpress.com/2019-elections/
  • April and May additions to the History of Community Radio webpage can be found herehttps://www.dundalkfm.com/about-us/dundalks-community-radio-history-book/
  • Don’t forget about our Suggestion Box and Volunteer of the Month Nomination Forms.
  • If a song finishes before the news then you can play out the Timed Promos. These are show promos of varying length from 10 seconds to over 60 seconds. You will find this in the Ad Carts Folder. Tip: Rather than fading out at the top of the hour for the news or going into the next programme hour you can fade out your second last song so the last song will finish in time for the news.

If there is information about the station that you would find useful please let me know and I will include it in the September update.

Kind regards

Alan Byrne

Station Manager

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Information Night for New Radio Presenters on Thursday May 9th 2019

Dundalk FM would like to invite you to come along to our Coffee Evening on Thursday 9th May from 7 to 8.

We are a Social Inclusion and Community Development Radio Station that is run by community group representatives and individuals on a not for profit basis.

The station has over 90 volunteers and provides

  • Programming that reflects the experiences of people living in Dundalk.

  • Employment and training opportunities for people in the area.

  • Opportunities for small local enterprises to reach a local listenership.

We have ongoing vacancies for

  • Programme Presenters.

  • Sound Desk Operators.

  • News and Sports Journalists.

So for information about your next step in community radio and to find out about our next 2 day Learn about Radio course, call into us on Thursday the 9th May from 7 at Dundalk FM Studios, Partnership Court, Park Street, Dundalk.

Coffee 9 MayLooking forward to seeing you then.

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April 2019 News

The Fundraising Committee and friends held a fantastic fundraiser in the Lisdoo just before Christmas and they have booked a date again this year. So between now and then there will be some more fun nights out. The first is the Dundalk FM’s 60’s and 70’s POP MUSIC QUIZ which will be on Friday 19th April in the Lisdoo. All welcome. Great night’s craic guaranteed. All proceeds going to renovate the station. Kudos to Sean Callaghan and Tom Gernon who are the question masters. Please come along and join in.

A Radio Documentary Workshop with Alison Lennon and Alan Byrne will be held on Thursday 11th April at the station at 7pm. The closing date for S&V applications is 8th May. If you want to meet Alison to chat about an idea you can reach her at alisonlennon@dundalkfm.com.

Our April Radio Course begins this week and we welcome Andy McKenna, Gregor Byatt, Orla Crilly and David Larkin to the station.

Running orders – are important on 2 reasons- we calculate the Irish Music % played each day – it’s 25% at present moving up to 30% when our new Licence comes into force from 1st September. And also for our Voices on Air – our target is 7,200. We need to have running orders to back up our stats.

We have two Town Talk OB’s coming up – the first will be in the Crowne Plaza for the Age Friendly Conference on Wednesday  17th April and then a week later on the 24th, we will be in St Gerard’s Hall.

The Ready, Steady… Go series will commence very shortly send an email to Marissa at talk@dundalkfm.com and she will contact you with the time and date for your show.

The Town Talk programme on Bank Holiday Monday (22nd April), Marissa is putting together a Poetry Special Show. If you would like to record a poem and select a song get in contact with Marissa.

You may have noticed a photo frame with some old and some new photos in the reception area. These are the photos we put up during March…more to follow each month.

The Volunteer of the Month nomination form can be found here. Nominations can be for whatever you feel merits special recognition e.g: listener feedback, outstanding show content, flexibility, support for colleague, advertising referrals, exceptional hours contributed in month, special milestone e.g. 5 year/10 year on air etc.

Finally, we have put up a Suggestion Box at the entrance to the Main Studio so please pop a card into the box so we can work on improving our studios, services, programming, training, communications and so on.

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New Volunteer of the Month Award February 2019

Volunteer of the Month Awards

In our Engagement Survey last year, many volunteers suggested we introduce a way to recognise exceptional individual volunteer contributions.

We are now delighted to announce the launch of a Volunteer of the Month Award.

Nominations for the award can be made by any two members of Dundalk FM including volunteers and staff. A nomination form is attached and will be available from reception throughout the year. A reminder will go out each month and nominations can be made at any time.

Nominations can be for whatever you feel merits special recognition e.g: listener feedback,outstanding show content, flexibility, support for colleague, advertising referrals, exceptional hours contributed in month, special milestone e.g. 5 year/10 year on air etc.

Awards Judging Panel 2019 will include Chairman (Joe Duffy), Manager (Alan Byrne) and Volunteer Liaison Person (Marian Del Duca). Monthly winners will receive a Certificate and a place on the year’s Roll of Honour 2019. There will be a Perpetual Award at year end for an overall Volunteer of the Year who will be chosen by a vote from all members at year end.

So who would you like to nominate for February 2019 Volunteer of the Month Award?

Kind regards

Joe Duffy

Chairman

Volunteer of the Month Nomination Form 20190218

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