Upgrade to our Outside Broadcasting Capability

9th November 2020  – Oriel Park Live with John Murphy and Gussie Hearty and a new Outside Broadcast Unit that links directly to a fader in the Main Studio.

This is the equipment that we purchased with a grant from Louth Leader and which was co-financed by the Dundalk FM Fundraising Committee.

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Community Radio Ireland Féile 13th November 2020

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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

  1. Open Sessions -YES / NO

  2. Workshop Number _______

  3. Achievement Awards – YES / NO

Return by email to alanbyrne@dundalkfm.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
12:15-12:40              Conference Official Opening
14:20-15:20              Community Media Draft Policy Sean Ó Siochrú

15:30-17:30              Plenary Theme -The changing Face of
Community Radio – Remote but not Distant
Guest Speakers followed by Q&A from floor

2. Workshops

You will receive an email with a Zoom link to attend your chosen workshop.

12:45-14:15

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.

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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

And

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.

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Notice to all members regarding COVID-19

October 2020

Level 3 Precaution and Control Measures

We are reducing social contact at the station.

  • The Main Studio can accommodate 1 person at a time instead of 3. A second presenter could contribute from the Production Studio (Evenings & Weekends only).
  • Daytime, Evening and Weekend Self Operated Music Shows can continue as normal or a presenter can send in a pre-record/broadcast live remotely.

UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES SHOULD ANYONE ENTER THE STATION IF THEY (OR ANYONE THEY LIVE WITH OR HAVE CLOSE CONTACT WITH) HAVE COLD, COUGH, FLU SYMPTOMS OR ARE WAITING ON RESULTS FOR COVID-19 TEST.

WE WILL PUT ON A BACK UP OR ASK ANOTHER PRESENTER TO COVER THE SHOW.

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.

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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:

Travel

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.

Notification

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.

Hygiene

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 https://www2.hse.ie/conditions/coronavirus/coronavirus.html for up-to-date advice, description of symptoms, etc.

COVID Advice

Cancellations
D
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

Manager

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Dundalk FM’s Review of 2019

Review of 2019

December Newsletter

Christmas Specials

We made a special effort to record new Christmas Shows – so thank you to the following: Gussie Hearty’s Christmas Day Special, the Garda Senior Citizen’s Christmas Party, St Brigid’s School Christmas Fair, Men’s Shed Concert, Noel Sharkey’s recordings from the Blackrock and Haggardstown Senior Citizen’s Party, ‘A Winter’s Tale’ by the Clermont Chorale – recorded in St Mary’s Church, Castlebellingham, the Dundalk Baptist Church Carol Service, Aiken Barracks Town Talk Show, Primary Kids featuring Knockbridge NS with Orla Crilly. John Englishby’s Quiet Irish Music Christmas Special, We Rock Your World, Beaten Tracks and Rocksteady Rhythms Christmas Editions, the Goblin and the Gravedigger Radio Play by Patricia Reynolds, the SMART Network Louth Christmas Special recorded in the Community Offices and the Classic Sounds Christmas Day show at 12pm with Jim Ryan. Thank you everyone, it makes for the best radio at Christmas time.

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New Shows 2019

Mike’s Music Express Mike McMahon, 12pm on Saturdays

Saturday Night 80’s Andy McKenna, 10pm 1st Saturday

Odds & Sods John Englishby, 11pm 1st Saturday

Saturday Night David Larkin, 10pm 2nd Saturday

My Week In Tunes Danny O’Hanlon, 11pm 2ndSaturday

Roots and Boots Kerry Fearon, 10pm 3rd Saturday

Your Song Donal Carroll & Margaret Hoey, 11pm 4th Saturday

Build up with Bellew Match nights from 7pm

AlphaBeats Series 1 and 2 3pm and 4pm on Sundays

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Occasional Programming

Inspire Well Being Music Show, Brendan Connolly Poetry and Music Show, Automatic Pilot – Poetry and Music show, Town Talk Miscellany, Ready Steady Go, Féile 2019 Special Tracey Hanby, A-Z of Music Philip O Brien, St Patrick’s Bank Holiday Monday programming – all Irish music shows hosted by various presenters. We Will Rock You Hallowe’en and Christmas Specials.

2019 Outside Broadcasts

Feb  Dundalk Chamber M50 Launch, Bellingham Castle.
Mar Enterprise Week, Creative Spark.

International Women’s Day, County Library.

Carlingford Vigil for Ruth Maguire, Carlingford.

Apr Age Friendly Conference, Crowne Plaza.

Fr Michael Cusack/Birches Fundraiser, St Gerard’s Hall.

May Election Coverage, Redeemer Resource Centre.

National Volunteer Week, Louth Volunteer Centre.

LMETB Open Day, Chapel Street.

Drink Tea for MND, Quay Celtic Clubrooms.

June Sunshine Choir Coffee Morning, Rehab Hub.

Vantastival, Beaulieu House.

July Drive105FM Derry v Dundalk.

Dundalk Pride, Outcomers.

Open Day in Louth County Hospital.

Sept Knockbridge Vintage Festival.

Coffee Morning, North Louth Hospice.

Louth Volunteer Centre Fair, DKIT.

Kavanagh Poetry Weekend, Inniskeen.

Oct 10 Year Licence Radiothon.

Mental Health Week, County Museum.

Coder Dojo Mór, Carroll’s Building, DKIT.

Nov Louth Craftmark Christmas Fair, Bellurgan Park.
Dec Dundalk Simon Community, Joceyln Street.

Aiken Barracks Christmas Special.

Shows: Town Talk, Mike’s Music Express, Lunch Box, Brunch, Lion’s Club at your Service, Good Morning Dundalk, Showband Street, Drive Time & 35 Soccer Commentaries.

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New Trainees who completed our 2 day courses were:

Dominik Buch, Joe McArdle, Cathal McCooey, Dan Pope, Andy McKenna, Gregor Byatt, Orla Crilly, David Larkin, Kerry Fearon, Eddie Cranney, Cynthia Manda, Mary Matthews, Eimear O’Kane and Mary Rose Muckian,

David Bellew and Ryan O’Donnell – QQI L3 Media Expression Course.

David Bellew, Billy Lyons, Sean O’Connor and Kevin McGuirk – QQI L4 Community Radio Course.

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Dundalk International Trainees (funded by the Department of Justice)

Here is a video clip of John from Sweden along with Carole (Scotland) and Eimear (Ireland) with their Swedish cafe role play.

Here is a clip of Narcissa (Romania) ,Filomena (Ireland) and Tara (Ireland) with their Romanian cafe role play.

We are looking for participants for 2 FREE RADIO COURSES in the New Year – Women on Air (funded by the Anne McGeeney Trust Fund) and Dundalk International. The first is aimed at immigrants and local people and the second is for migrants and refugee women. Email marissalucchesi@dundalkfm.com for more information.

Keep an eye out for Community Radio Ireland sponsored training in Continuous Professional Development for Trainers and the Craol Féile workshop in October.

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Events Team – a real success and suggestions and new members are welcome!

  • The Events Team had a brilliant year starting with the 70’s Christmas Party Night 2018. The 2019 event is a sell out.
  • The €500 Shop Local Members Christmas Draw raised €1,213.00.
  • A donation of €4,235.00 was contributed to help pay for Broadcast Software and the new equipment for the studio.
  • The Flag Day in August contributed to station funds.Dundalk FM Radiothon Friday 4 October 2019 poster
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Sound and Vision Documentaries that we completed.

Clan II, SS Connemara, The Romantic Landscape, Musical Chances – Music Generation Louth, St Brigid of Faughart, The Buildings Built by the British in Dundalk. If you have an idea for an application for the 2020 rounds contact victoriamcardle@dundalkfm.com.

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New Daytime Presenters

  • John Englishby.
  • Cathal McCooey.
  • Mary Rose Muckian.

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Station News

  • We signed a 10 year licence with the BAI on on 27th August.
  • Thanks to the Craol stations who sent us a congratulations audio clip.
  • Craol Achievement Awards GOLD Winners – Dundalk Lion’s At Your Service and the Oriel Park Live Team.
  • We would like to thank Aidan Noone who stepped down as producer from the Brunch. Aidan will continue to record, edit and send in interviews for broadcast.
  • Congratulations to Marian DelDuca – Volunteer of the Month Award.
  • Welcome Marissa Lucchesi – Research Staff, Billy Lyons -Weekend Duty Manager and Victoria McArdle – Projects Researcher.
  • A Most Significant Change Story featuring the Summer League Focus was included by Craol as part of a National Research project.

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Members Notes

  • Annual Membership is renewed during August.
  • 50 minutes max for pre-recorded shows.
  • Save a promo of your show to the Timed Promos folder.
  • New Show Proposals – P&T Meetings – 1st Tuesday at 4.30pm.
  • Play the News/Community Notices at the top of the hour.
  • 30% Irish Music per show.

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Thank You all for helping to improve our service.

  • To all the local community groups, businesses, regional and national organisations along with the arts, business and sports community.
  • To our local representatives, Community Radio Ireland, Pobal Community Services Programme, Central CE and Tús.
  • To our volunteers, guests, board of directors, sub committees and our helpful, creative and hard working staff.

    Thank You and Happy New Year 2020!

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September 2019 News

September 2019 News

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

Aug 30 Last day for Dundalk FM 2009 – 2019 Broadcast Licence
Sept 1 First day for Dundalk FM 2019 – 2029 – Irish Music per day is UP FROM 25% TO 30%
12 7.00 pm Information Evening for New Volunteers
16 7.15 pm Dundalk Media Centre CLG Annual General Meeting
25 7.00 pm Documentary Making Workshop
26 OB Town Talk Louth Volunteer Centre
28 OB Brunch/Kavanagh Centre, Inniskeen
30 7.00 pm Sound Desk Training
Oct 5 & 12 2-day Radio Course for New Presenters. 9.30 am – 3.30 pm. Cost €95.00
23 3.00 pm Outside Broadcast Technical Training
Nov 14 7.00 pm Information Evening for New Volunteers
Dec 2 7.00 pm Sound Desk Training
20 Christmas Fundraiser, Lisdoo

Programming News

  • Our Dundalk FC match commentary team are just back from commentating on FC Riga, Qarabag and Slovan Bratislava and are looking forward to broadcasting from the Unite the Union Champions Cup, a two-legged play off (home and away) between the winners of the Northern Ireland Football League and the League of Ireland in November. Thanks to the presenters for their understanding for programmes that are cancelled due to soccer matches especially Heart of the Matter, Rock Steady Rhythms and An Alternative Ireland. Build up with Bellew is the new pre match show and thanks to Orla Crilly, Ciaran Callan and Neil McArdle (Bratislava) for sending us interviews and for speaking to us live on air. A first for Dundalk FM – we took a live feed from Derry’s Community Radio Station – Drive 105 for the Derry v Dundalk match from the Ryan McBride Brandywell Stadium on 5th July. For the FAI Cup match on August 23rd we will do the same. Many thanks to Kevin Moore, Dee Curran, Colin Greene and Eddie Seydak from Drive 105 for organising this for us.
  • During the summer time we had OB’s from the Quay Celtic Pitch for the Motor Neuron Disease Fundraiser, we had a wonderful music team at Vantastival and we did our annual OBs from Dundalk Pride and the Rehab Hub Coffee Morning.
  • Welcome back after the summer break to Dundalk Lions Club – at your service, Conversations with Dundalk Toastmasters and the Health and Well Being show.
  • Welcome to our new Drive Time presenters – John Englishby and Cathal McCooey.
  • Recently introduced Shows: Saturday Night 80’s (Andy McKenna), Automatic Pilot (International Poetry show with Alan Byrne), Roots and Boots (Kerry Fearon), Saturday Night (David Larkin), Ready, Steady…Go! Series II (Marissa Lucchesi) and ABC of Music with Philip O’Brien.
  • New Spotlight Shows aired were by Sandra de la Cruz (Saber), Anita Guest (One Direction) and Alan Byrne (Buddy Rich).
  • 27 members are taking part in the new Alpha Beats Series I. 1 x presenter – 1 x letter – 1 x hour. Show are on at 3pm and 4pm each Sunday. To see the schedule of presenters, listen again to shows and to check their running orders see www.dundalkfm.com/listen-again-on-dundalk-fm/. The draw for the second series will take place on Friday 25th October during Drive Time. We are looking for all new presenters for this round and then for Series III starting in February 2020 – all presenters can put their names into the hat!
  • Programme and Technical Meetings are on the first Tuesday at 4.30pm and we welcome new programme proposals which are accompanied by a 5 minute demo.

Volunteer Involvement and Training

  • The next Information Evening will be on Thursday 12th September at 7pm. Please pass on this invite to anyone who would like find out how to join us.
  • The closing date for the next round of Sound and Vision is November 8th. There will be a Radio Documentary Workshop on Wednesday 25th September 2019 at 7.15 pm.
  • If you want to brush up on your Sound Desk and Audio Editing Skills then we have training on Monday 30th September and Monday 2nd December at 7pm.
  • There were 5 people at the OB Training on Wednesday 19th June, so we will run another workshop on Wednesday 23rd October at 3.00 pm.
  • This year the Craol Training Féile will take place on Friday 18th and Saturday 19th October in the Springfield Hotel, Leixlip. I will send out a text closer to the time about attendance at the event.
  • Pat Hamilton and Pat Byrne attended a CRAOL QQI CPD Training event in August.
  • Craol are collecting stories that best illustrate the social benefit that community radio stations generate. At Dundalk FM, we have great stories to tell and if you would like to share your story with other Craol stations, please let me know so we can document and record this important piece of modern CR History.
  • We will shortly be rolling out a Department of Justice funded Training Project with the aim of promoting diversity on air and off air.

Station News

  • VACANCY – we will be sending out notice for a full time position with the station during the next week.
  • Our Flag Day on August 8th raised €204.00 Thank you to the members who gave their time to collect donations on the streets.
  • Equipment – Louth County Council have awarded the station €1,695 as part of the Community Enhancement Programme. This will go towards IT and Studio Equipment. We are finalising the purchase of new digital broadcast equipment and installation will take place in September/October.
  • June, July and August photo additions to the History of Community Radio webpage can be found here https://www.dundalkfm.com/about-us/dundalks-community-radio-history-book/
  • Don’t forget about our Suggestion Box and Volunteer of the Month Nomination Forms.
  • News is played on the hour during the week. Community Notices are played on the hour at the weekend. After 6pm the news is 2 minutes in duration.
  • If a song finishes before the news then you can play out a range of show promos. They are in the Timed Promos in Today’s Ad’s Folder.

If you have suggestions for station or would like to get more involved in OB’s, training or fundraising please let me know. The next update will be circulated in December 2019.

Finally, we are collecting Membership for 2019/2020 at present. The fee is €30 and members who pay on or before September 1st are entitled to vote at the AGM.

Alan

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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

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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
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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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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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