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.


Breakthrough DJ-s here’s the chance you’ve been waiting for.

Thanks to Áine Lawless for designing our new Spotlight poster. Do you know someone who has an interest in radio broadcasting and would like to start by doing a one hour show about their favourite band or musician? We have one slot each week for a breakthrough DJ – 3pm – 4pm on Saturday. To get started send us your contact details and we’ll do the rest.

Back 3 with hints (1) Front 3 (1)


Open call for entries for 97 second song challenge

Dundalk FM’s frequency is the inspiration for the 97 second song competition, the Undertones got it right in 1979 when they sang ‘you’ve got my number, why don’t you use it’.

The launch takes place downstairs in the Spirit Store, Dundalk on Tuesday 3rd May at 7 o’clock. We’ll have a few rock n rollers there to play some sample tunes and a chance to meet a few old and new friends.

Dundalk FM 97 second song challengeMaplins Dundalk have come on board to provide a DJ deck for the winner.

Entries can be emailed to and the closing date is Wednesday 25th May.

Good Luck!


Brendan McCahey winner of the Voice of Ireland

Brendan McCahey To where I begin

Listen to an interview with winner of the Voice of Ireland Brendan McCahey, who was in studio before Easter to play a few tunes from his new album ‘To where I begin’. Brendan sang ‘On and On’. and a cover of the Monkees’ I’m a Believer’.

Brendan talks ‘making those connections’ and using the platform of winning The Voice. He talks about meeting John Cleese, recording with Don Mescal and writing with Grammy nominated song writer John Peppard. There is a special thank you to Derek Turner and Mark Dearey from the Spirit Store who have been supporting him for 20 years.

Brendan is in the middle of writing songs for his new his new album which will be recorded in July and will be released in September.

Brendan’s website is

Brendan McCahey - Download This Episode
Brendan McCahey at Dundalk FM
Brendan McCahey at Dundalk FM

Brendan is a regular guest on Dundalk FM and here he is with Michael Duffy on the Town Talk show singing David Bowie’s ‘Sorrow’ in 2012.