This is National Volunteer Week and as a community and voluntary organisation Dundalk FM would like to send their support and well wishes to all the volunteers in Dundalk and surrounding areas that give up their time to give something back to the community.
In Ireland, each week there are over 2,000 volunteer broadcasters on 43 community radio stations.
You can find about the community radio movement in the country by logging on to craol.ie that’s the Community Radio Forum of Ireland which was set up to promote the non profit radio sector and lobby for more community radio stations in the country.
All these stations are run and owned by their local community – for their local community.
Here at Dundalk FM, we would like to hear from Community Groups whose members would like to apply to do their own weekly or monthly show.
If there is a Community Event taking place this summer let us know so we can publicise it on our Community Notice Board for FREE and with your help we can do a LIVE Outside Broadcast.
We have ongoing vacancies as researchers, presenters, producers and sound desk operators and full training is provided. Our annual membership fee is €30.
Do Good Feel Good: Volunteer Leadership Seminar – Tuesday 16th May
Bellingham Castle, 11am – 1pm
Sometimes it’s not just about doing good – it’s about knowing you are doing good – and that’s what makes us feel good. The Do Good Feel Good Volunteer Leadership Seminar provides volunteer leaders with the space to step back, consider best practice in volunteer management and have some fun!
This event is FREE, but pre-booking is essential. Closing date for booking is Tuesday, May 9th. Register for your ticket at https://louthvolunteercentreseminar.eventbrite.ie
Open Day – Thursday 18th May
– 10am – 1pm – Louth Volunteer Centre, Drogheda
– 10am – 1pm – Dundalk County Council Offices
– 10am – 1pm – Ardee Library
The sudden death of our esteemed employee and colleague Vanessa Ryan R.I.P came as a great shock to us all when the news broke on Friday morning last. Vanessa joined Dundalk FM as a volunteer in 2003 and presented a weekly programme entitled ‘Time Detectives’ each Saturday lunchtime at 12pm. Vanessa’s background in Archaeology gave her the opportunity to talk to national and international experts and to educate listeners about the wealth and varied history of North County Louth. Vanessa helped to progress the development of local radio documentaries with two successful BAI Sound and Vision applications – ‘Louthiana’ and ‘Geo-Archaeological – Changing Legends to Facts’. Vanessa joined the station as Advertising Manager in June 2015. With Dundalk F.M she demonstrated a wide range of skills and set targets which will be very difficult to follow.
Her excellent written and verbal communication skills , her ability to work independently , her skill at multi-tasking effectively and her pleasant personality made her the ideal “face on the road” for Dundalk F.M. Her ability to communicate effectively with Advertisers saw an increase in Revenue and most of her new business customers continued to advertise with the station. She served diligently as a Member of the Finance Committee on Dundalk F.M.
In the office her honesty and integrity in her financial dealings with Dundalk F.M were exceptional and she presented an engaging presence in following up Advertising arrears. Her value as a friend among her colleagues was obvious to all and the staff were heartbroken when they heard of her unexpected passing. Vanessa had also contributed many hours as a researcher for well documented articles from an early age. Her education shone through like a beacon and any project she was associated with was flawless, indeed such was her professionalism and pursuit of excellence that many projects were enhanced greatly by her contributions as a researcher, producer or presenter. She had an excellent rapport with the many constituents served by Dundalk F.M including clients, Directors, Volunteers other staff members and also with all our listeners.
Her recent decision to follow in her father’s footsteps in local politics had just been announced recently and no doubt Jim would have been delighted to see Vanessa follow his example and serve her local electorate with the same dedication and passion at all times.
While we here in Dundalk F.M will miss her presence terribly her family will have to continue on without that smiling face greeting them on a daily basis. Both her daughters, Isabella and Ayda, her parents Jim and Ann, sister Carol, brothers John and partner Ciara and Stephen and partner Stephanie, husband Florian, mother-in-law Myrian, father-in-law Didier, brother-in-law Stephen, nieces Rosie and Phoebe, aunts, uncles, relatives and friends will find a huge void in their lives following her sudden passing.
The Board of Directors, Staff, and Volunteers of Dundalk F.M have lost not only an employee but a valued friend and colleague and all connected with Dundalk FM offer sincere condolences to the family. Vanessa’s influence on broadening the diversity of programming available on Dundalk’s community radio service is treasured. She made her father proud with her knowledge and presentation style when she stood in for him as presenter of Classics Sounds. A local history programme about the townlands of County Louth ‘From the Border to the Boyne’ featured an episode in which Vanessa explained the importance of the Knights Templar. Vanessa will remain part of the fabric of Community Radio in the memories of the many friends she had at the station and through the audio archives of her programmes.
Dundalk FM is a community owned and run radio station and we need volunteers for a range of broadcasting duties – recording, editing, presenting, outside broadcasting…call in for a chat or sign up as a member. Member Application Form 2015
€169 (€50 for Students, Social Welfare and Over 65’s)
Course Description – Overview
This course aims to empower and enthuse learners to express themselves through broadcast media, including a practical introduction to the use of radio as a medium for expression and the importance of active engagement with media.
Learners will be able to:
identify the various media outlets available to them and the barriers to media expression
understand the various techniques and production approaches that are used by the media
use recording and IT equipment for media expression
work in teams to prepare and record a short radio programme
explore how audiences are targeted and use media
Course Content/Specific Outcomes:
Learners will be able to :
Identify a limited range of programme formats and production features
Identify the audience segments targeted by familiar television or radio programmes to include differentiation by age and gender
Describe alternative production elements, to include storyboards, programme running orders, voice-overs or presentation links, for familiar television or radio programmes
Use a limited range of technical language appropriate to recording for radio or television production
Use storyboards or programme running orders to describe short sequences or programme structures
Prepare a short programme for radio or television, to include developing a production plan, identifying team members and roles, preparing storyboards or programme running orders and scripts.
Use recording equipment correctly to make a short programme.
Examine familiar television or radio programmes to include production methods and alternative ways of approaching their production
Apply appropriate health, safety and personal hygiene procedures in television or radio production.
Demonstrate the application of communications, team working and quality awareness in a television or radio production environment.
Duration, Time & Venue of the Course:
The course consists of 31 hours class contact time. The emphasis throughout is on practical skills for media expression, with participants producing a number of pieces that reflect their learning during class time.
Start Date:Saturday 16 May for 3 Saturdays. 9.30am – 4.00pm
Venue: Dundalk FM, Partnership Court
This course is open to anybody, no specific prior knowledge is required. It is particularly suited to community radio contributors, Transition year students, or members of community groups. It is also suited to those considering volunteering with Community Radio stations, those who wish to build their confidence in communicating, and those wishing to gain a basic understanding of how the media production process works.
How is the Course Assessed?
The course is assessed by Portfolio. This Portfolio, containing 5 pieces of work (as outlined in the assessment brief above) carried out during the course.
This course is a nationally accredited course leading to a QQI Level 3 Media Expression (Minor Award) on the National Framework of Qualifications.
Following on from completion of the Level 3 in Media Expression learners may wish to complete the FETAC Level 4 in Community Radio and/or the Craol Short Course in Media Literacy.
Details of Training Provider:
The course is offered by CRAOL – The Community Radio Forum of Ireland and delivered locally by Community Radio Stations in your area.
Craol is a quality assured training provider registered with FETAC. See www.craol.ie for details.