West Dublin Access Radio first appeared on air under a temporary licence as BAAR – Ballyfermot Area Access Radio – in May 2003. They were later awarded a five year full-time community licence and commenced broadcasting on 96.0MHz FM in September 2004.
The station was run by Ballyfermot Community Association and broadcast from Ballyfermot Community Civic Centre.
Programming included news, current affairs and sport, with special interest programmes also playing a part.
In November 2004 the station ceased abruptly, with the following message appearing on their Facebook feed.
Due to circumstances beyond our control, West Dublin Access Radio has been taken off air for the foreseeable future. We want to thank everyone who volunteered both past and present and community groups who supported us over the years.
Hopefully we can get back on air soon and will go from strength to strength but for now take care.
About Us from the station website…
Our motto is simple: our community is our station. And that community is made up of a number of communities in west Dublin; Ballyfermot, Bluebell, Chapelizod, Clondalkin, Inchicore and Palmerstown.
We pride ourselves on how much all these communities are part of West Dublin Access Radio. This website is another way that people can use the station and become a part of what we do.
It also gives us a way to reach out to the members of our communities that are scattered across the globe who can now use this website to catch up on what’s happening back home on their road, in their local, or to check on how their local club is doing; essentially, a homepage from home. And families can make contact across the miles using our message board. Sometimes people dismiss community radio as glorified amateur radio where people indulge their passion for broadcasting while ignoring what community radio is supposed to be about. It’s not like that at West Dublin Access Radio. There is huge involvement from the many sectors of our community in our programme making and the running of the station.
Helping all our programme makers are members of our staff who are highly trained and hold recognised qualifications in media. This is a potent blend of community passion and media experience that takes us out of the realm of amateur radio.
Our station name is punctuated by the word ‘Access’ and our schedule is punctuated with groups of people and organisations that elsewhere would seldom get five minutes of airtime; much less the chance to produce and present a daily radio programme. People with intellectual difficulties from the Menni organisation, as well as older members of our communities produce and broadcast their own programmes on a daily basis. We have time dedicated to the Irish language, we provide access and training to transition year students from local schools and we actively promote local bands and performing artists who, in some cases, go on to produce programmes that provide yet another platform for the arts. This is what makes West Dublin Access Radio such a success at being a community station.
West Dublin Access Radio sounds like no other radio station! Nor do we want to. Our station sounds just like the communities that make up our part of west Dublin. The more that local groups and organisations and individuals from these parts become part of West Dublin Access Radio, the more we will sound like West Dublin Access Radio.