From March 2021, DAD is delighted to begin piloting a partnership with Dover Community Radio (DCR) in the form of DAD RADIO, a new radio segment dedicated to showcasing experimental sound art & music, poetry, spoken word and local conversation. Through co-authored radio programming, DAD RADIO looks to create an open, discursive and inclusive platform for Dover’s community and DAD’s wide-reaching network of creative practitioners.

DAD RADIO presents a fitting new form of ‘home’ and creative thinking for DAD as it continues to evolve in its nomadic, multi-voiced structure – opening up new ways to share our archive, initiate cross-disciplinary conversation and further support and connect with a wealth of artists & local people as part of our ongoing mission to nurture arts & culture-led community resilience.

This project comes at a crucial time for Dover Community Radio, as it looks to broaden its output and pool of radio contributors as part of its move towards launching on FM radio. Through this new partnership, DAD is keen to work with DCR and its existing team of volunteer presenters to nurture new connections, ideas and discussions that bring increased attention & possibility to DCR as a long-term local platform.

DAD RADIO is curated by sound artist/DAD director Louisa Love and artist Louise Webb. During this pilot period, they will be undertaking radio training with DCR and using the DAD-DCR collaboration as a platform for gathering interest, conversation and ‘taster’ content from artists & local people for an introductory series of themed broadcasts exploring topics of relevance to Dover, its stories and the lives of its residents.

Image: Dinah Bird & Jean-Philippe Renoult research communication lines between Dover and France, South Foreland Lighthouse, 2019 | The Straight Line 


How to contribute: during this piloting stage, DAD will be inviting contributions of short ‘taster’ audio content of up to 5 mins duration for DAD RADIO. We are open to a variety of content connected to or inspired by Dover.

Contributions could take the form of sound recordings, audio compositions, original music, poetry, spoken word, writings, readings, recorded performances or podcast extracts. We will also be looking to programme guest-hosted segments and welcome expressions of interest from those who are interested to lead/produce a show, audio work, playlist, interview or discussion focused around a relevant theme or question of interest.

Details about how to submit contributions to DAD RADIO can be found here.

For any enquiries please contact Louisa Love via email at

Where & when to listen: 30-minute DAD RADIO broadcasts will commence on Friday 9th April 2021, airing Fridays at 7pm & Mondays at 9am. You can listen via as well as through the TuneIn and Radio Garden apps/websites.

Look out for updates via our DAD social media: Facebook | Instagram | Twitter

Training opportunities: Dover Community Radio is always keen to hear from anyone interested in joining its voluntary presenter team or supporting its behind-the-scenes operations (including promotions, fundraising and technical running), and offers a range of opportunities for local people to gain training & experience in radio broadcasting.

DAD and DCR are keen to identify new contributors who would like to bring new ideas to DCR, and particularly encourage women & young people to get involved. For more information and to express interest, contact DCR via email at

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Dover Community Radio (DCR) is a wholly voluntary CIC established to provide a form of unifying platform for the wider Dover area by means of an interactive radio station, to encourage a sense of community, to invite the sharing of information, to provide experience and training opportunities and to positively promote White Cliffs Country. 

Operating online since 2010, DCR has worked together with many local organisations, Administrative, Social and Volunteer, supporting them both On Air and in person, at events. In early Summer 2020 DCR was given an FM frequency by OFCOM. 

DCR focuses on producing dedicated programming 7 days a week, encouraging contribution from local musicians, poets & writers alike, continually reviewing and broadening its output schedule whilst always looking to recruit new volunteers as part of the move toward an FM launch.

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The DAD RADIO pilot is made possible thanks to support from Kent County Council’s Arts Investment Fund and the Dover Big Local Community Chest fund.



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