Written by siloo
Monday, 03 October 2011 21:19
Is Dundalk FM a commercial radio. If not, what is the difference?
Dundalk FM is a not-for-profit community radio station serving Dundalk and surrounding areas. It is run by community groups and individual volunteers with the support of staff employed through the POBAL Community Services Programme and placements from the Central CE Scheme.
Dundalk FM is on air from 8.00 am every morning until 12.00 am midnight (until 2.00 am on Friday and Saturday nights).
A voluntary board meets monthly to ensure that the station is run according to our mission, vision and values and to oversee the finances. The board consists of experienced and professional community development workers, broadcasters, financial, technical, sales and marketing representatives elected at the company's AGM each Autumn.
What can I expect to hear on Dundalk FM?
The station’s output is 55% music, 45% speech.
20% news and current affairs.
20% specialised speech programming.
50% speciality and general music.
25% of our music output is Irish.
Our local presenters bring their diverse music, sports, current affairs, religious, arts, youth, women’s, education, literature, hobbies and language programmes to listeners in Dundalk and on the Internet.
How do I get a show on Dundalk FM?
Dundalk FM is always looking for creative volunteers, and we want to hear your ideas for a radio show you'd like to host.
Register for our next Learn about Radio course and you will be brought up to speed on presenting, interviewing, working the sound desk and getting to know other volunteers. Then send in a programme proposal and a five minute demo. After we receive your application, you will be asked to meet the programme and technical committee to go through your application and listen to your demo. New programmes are typically given 13 weeks 'probation' and reviewed thereafter. Presenters are fully supported by other volunteers and staff.
Every programmer must be a current Dundalk FM member. Membership requires a €30 minimum yearly contribution.
How can I or my band play live on the air? How can I get an interview?
All live performances and interviews on Dundalk FM are booked through presenters. Please contact us as far in advance as possible, preferably at least two weeks in advance.
How can I get my community event publicised?
Phone, email or call in with your community notice. If it is a charity fund-raiser there is no charge – we will air it on the community notices and invite a representative to talk about the event on one of our shows. Events that have a publicity/advertising budget can avail of our favourable community advertising rates.
Can I buy advertising slots on Dundalk FM? Sponsor a programme?
We can advertise for up to six minutes per hour and have affordable radio campaigns for Dundalk traders. You can sponsor a programme for €10 an hour. Sponsorship is an affordable way to extend your marketing euros and reach an audience of extremely loyal listeners who have a keen interest in local current affairs, sports and a variety of music programmes.
What is Dundalk FM's area broadcast range?
Dundalk FM broadcasts to a radius of approximately 5 miles.
I like listening to the station and value the service. Can I make a contribution?
Yes, you can become a member and pay an annual membership fee.
You can buy a monthly draw ticket.
You could make a donation.
Questions? E-mail manager Alan Byrne -
Last Updated on Monday, 03 October 2011 22:21