HOW TO VOLUNTEER
A group of around 90 volunteers who either live or work in the Dublin 15 area are involved in 92.5 Phoenix FM and perform a variety of jobs from broadcasting and research to fundraising and administration. We offer you the chance to join our project and to develop skills in broadcasting. New volunteers are always welcome.
If you are interested in getting involved email us your CV to volunteer(at)phoenixfm.ie along with a completed Volunteer Application Form.
If you have an idea for a programme you can also work on our Programme Proposal Form. This option is applicable if you already have radio experience. Please also attach a demo of your previous work.
VOLUNTEER ROLES WITH 92.5 PHOENIX FM
A project of this size requires a lot of support people. These people perform a variety of jobs e.g. book-keeping, reception, training, fundraising, sponsorship & advertising sales. Without their work, the station would cease to exist.
Producing programs for the large number of communities in Dublin 15 requires a huge amount of information gathering. Without the help of numerous more local people, the station can not provide the level of service necessary for the people of the area. Those of you who are already involved in activities within the area are perfectly placed to fill this role. If you feel you could help with providing or gathering some of this information, then maybe you would like to join one of our production teams.
Do you like talking to people? Are you interested in finding out about what they do and why they do it? Then maybe you would be interested in being a presenter on the station. You will work with a production team to arrange and conduct interviews with various people in the local communities for broadcast on the station.
If you have an idea for a programme and the previous experience mentioned on the How to Volunteer page then you can download the Programme Proposal Form and email it to our Programming Coordinator, Iain O’Connor at iainoconnor(at)phoenixfm.ie.
COMMUNITY RADIO ETHOS
Where does the community radio ethos of 92.5 Phoenix FM come from?
1. Community radio
Community radio provides us with a tool to increase awareness of the community’s potential to actively participate in the social, economic and cultural development of our area
2. Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI) Community Radio Policy
“A community radio station is characterised by its ownership and programming and the community it is authorised to serve. It is owned and controlled by a not for-profit organisation whose structure provides for membership, management, operation and programming primarily by members of the community at large. Its programming should be based on community access and should reflect the special interests and needs of the listenership it is licensed to serve.”
3. The aim of Phoenix FM is to
Operate, manage, and run a not-for-profit community radio station whose management and programming is based on community access and participation. Programmes will reflect the special interests and needs of the listenership of the Dublin 15 Community that it is licensed to serve, and will be in line with the community ethos of the BCI licence and the AMARC charter
4. What our licence application said
Phoenix FM will present programmes, which will reflect the richness of diversity in terms of special interests and activities in the communities of Dublin 15. Integral to all policy decisions and to the construction of programme schedules will be the need to reflect the social, socio-economic, cultural and demographic realities of the community served by the franchise area.
Our programming will be predomininantly talk-based, with a 70% speech content and 30% music content in any one weekly schedule.
Programme material will whenever possible, be sourced within Dublin 15, as will production, technical and presentation personnel. Our programme service will be developed as a communication network for the various voluntary groups in Dublin 15
(With BAI approval, Phoenix FM has since changed its speech/music ratio to 60/40)
5. What our BAI licence Contract says
The programmes broadcast by the Contractor shall at all times be such as in the opinion of the Commission:
- are of high general standard;
- are of a high quality transmission;
- are based on community access;
- reflect the special interests and the needs of the listeners in the Specified Area whom it is licensed to serve; and
- add to the diversity of programming already in existence in the Specified Area.
6. What our Business Plan to CSP Pobal says
Summarise the activities which your community service/enterprise will undertake:
Develop the full potential of the station as a community facility for the Dublin 15 community
Build the capacity of the organisation to further develop its volunteer base
Specifically focus on a number of target groups such as disadvantaged youth, older people, people with disabilities, travellers and communities in the Rapid area
- Develop a wider understanding of the potential of community radio in supporting target groups
- Raise awareness of participation and accessibility by all community groups in their radio station
- Develop and implement outreach projects (awareness/access/training) to improve social inclusion
- Collaborate with a range of key stakeholders, including the V&S sector, Garda, Drugs Task Force
- Work with Fingal Volunteer Centre (Blanchardstown) to develop policies and procedures for volunteers
- Design and develop a website as an awareness raising and communication tool
- Design training & educational programmes for socially excluded groups, such as disadvantaged youth, Travellers and ethnic minorities, in order to support them to develop and produce their own programmes
- Develop outside broadcast facilities