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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.
Level 3 Precaution and Control Measures
We are reducing social contact at the station.
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.|
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.
|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.
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 https://www2.hse.ie/conditions/coronavirus/coronavirus.html for up-to-date advice, description of symptoms, etc.
Dundalk 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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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 email@example.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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
New Daytime Presenters
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|
Volunteer Involvement and Training
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.
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|
|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|
Volunteer Involvement and Training
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.
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 email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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?