Mainstream commercial radio has long dominated Dublin’s FM band. A small section of alternative and pirate radio stations such as Radio Nova, Jazz FM, and Power FM offered a satisfying substitute for predictable playlists, colourless content and advert overkill. While the major pirate stations have all but disappeared over the last ten years, following massive clampdowns or burnout, the advent of Internet Radio and podcasting has brought about a rock steady recovery for alternative stations. Dublin is once again all ears.
Dublin Digital Radio (DDR) launched as “a platform for groups that are underrepresented in current mainstream media”. With a diverse, sturdy schedule, consistently promoted via killer illustrated artwork (by Aoife Davis), they are on a musical mission to “break the mould with the medium of radio” and 9 months in, have succeeded in acquiring audiences and harnessing diverse hosts.
DDR do not want to be a clique, a boy’s club or to be stifled by genres or bureaucracy. The station was founded by four, but is maintained by the solid gold volunteers who continuously contribute valuable time and manpower.
We sat down with DDR founders Brian, Simon, Sean, and Breen and some of their regular hosts at Jigsaw (DDR’s physical and spiritual home) to hear more about the Dublin Digital Radio story. Read more on thelocal.ie