Dublin community station ceases broadcasting

Community radio station for the Dublin 10 area, West Dublin Access Radio 96FM has ceased trading and been taken off air.

The station’s FM broadcasts have ceased and its web stream is playing a small number of programme promos on rotation. It is not currently clear if the cessation of broadcasting is solely due to funding issues or if the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland has withdrawn the station’s broadcasting license. Posting on the station’s Facebook page on Monday, WDAR’s Outreach Officer Damien Clarke said:

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.

The Facebook message ended on a hopeful note, saying:

Hopefully we can get back on air soon and will go from strength to strength but for now take care.

However, it appears that since this message was posted, the station’s recent fundraising efforts – including a 48-hour “Radiothon” – have fallen short of requirements and RadioToday has learned that the station is shutting down completely with the loss of 8 full-time equivalent jobs. A volunteer meeting was due to take place this week to discuss how to proceed but it is not now clear if this will be going ahead.

The station is well known to plenty current Irish broadcasters, due to its proximity to Ballyfermot College of Further Education – a well known and respected media college where many of them would have studied. A source told RadioToday.ie this evening that this unfortunate development was not unexpected, with volunteers at the station knowing of its likelihood for “around 2 years”.

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  1. big marty says

    sad another communiy radio station has ceased broadcasting,it happened to us in 2012 icr/fm closed too,marty

  2. Damien Clarke says

    I am writing to inform you of the opening of West Dublin Community Radio. This station will replace WDAR and will be run by the ex-staff and volunteers on a volunteer basis We are planning to go on line/ air on May day.. I Hope all your readers tune in. We are going on line (www.wdcronline.com) We will be going air when we receive the 100 day licence .We are down but not out we will be back bigger and better than ever.

    1. Wynn says

      Wishing you all the very best. I have missed West Dublin Radio. looking forward to tuning in again Wynn

  3. Ashlee says

    Lylani, April 2, Jim Ball announced big and bold on Jocks Journal in early March that he was tainkg over from David Oldfield, well before David Oldfield knew anything about it. Jim sounded very happy to be resigning without notice on his last night. Perhaps he will show up on 2GB on Tuesday, 6th April at 12.07am. If not, something’s gone wrong! The ever so prompt resignation from 2UE may not make it easy to return to the station, but since Melbourne Talk Radio starts up in May he may well be working for them. I think he’ll suit them very well.

  4. […] the doors of WDAR closed for the final time not long before Christmas 2014, Damien and several other employees were left jobless, and as many as 40 volunteers were left with […]

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