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Dublin Community Radio

Dublin Community Radio


Dublin’s First Independent Local Community Broadcasting Service

This station started life as Downtown Community Radio in 1979 from the YMCA in Ringsend broadcasting on 963kHz. Later, using a bigger AM transmitter, they changed name to Dublin Community Radio when it operated from the back of the home of founder Joe King at 20 Lr Grand Canal Street. It eventually ended up in Lower Gardiner Street when Joe teamed up with Sean Clancy (who died in 1996).

While at this location, Dublin Community Radio used an FM link to the old ARD AM TX site in (what was then) the Crofton Airport Hotel.

We had a discussion type of studio with a control room raised 18″ and a large window so we could look down on the presenters and guests.

Joe King

Dublin Community Radio was the first ‘true’ community service in the city. One of the station’s many programmes was a Law Advice programme in association with Trinity College Law students Department. DCR were the first station to do such a programme giving advice on legal matters…

We also recorded programmes in communities around Dublin, and broadcast live from some community events (transformer on P&T public phone box). I also produced programmes on homeless people. Most were edited and broadcast in the evenings.

Joe King

Dublin Community Radio was a real pioneering effort put together by many hard working guys. At that time, most – if not all – of the stations never did real community-type programmes, as in dealing with issues in various communities. It was only later that other community radio type stations came along. And when DCR sounded like all the rest, Joe pulled the plug in 1982, but to this day the station still means a lot to those involved – the first to produce true community programming for Dublin city.

Information resource:- With thanks to Joe King

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