Local radio listeners will have more choice as to what stations they listen to if they switch on the radio come this Friday, as Spirit Radio is launched in the area.
The station currently broadcasts in Dublin, Limerick, Cork, Galway and Waterford.
Now, listeners will be able to tune into the station from Dundalk this Friday. The plan to bring Spirit Radio to Dundalk has been in the mind of the station’s Chief Executive for over five years.
“In 2006 and 2007 Spirit Radio had the opportunity to broadcast in Dundalk on a temporary licence,” Rob Clarke told the Dundalk Democrat this week.
“It was at that time that the team forged friendships with people in Dundalk, people like Fr Gerry Campbell, and Pastor Hassan Boyle at Grace Christian Fellowship and Tom McGuinness, owner and director of Horseware.
Rob explained that the radio sations wants to help people to think positively about life and provide Christian values and positive examples.
“One lady wrote and said she had been in business for twenty years and had become very hard but listening to Spirit Radio had made her heart start to soften again,” he stated.
“At a time when people are stretched financially, unemployment is high and suicide rates are rising the team at Spirit Radio hope to bring a message of hope and inspiration.”
Rob also noted that the station supported the Dundalk Battle of the Bands a few years ago, saying “I was amazed to see the depth of musical talent amongst the young people there.”
This experience led him to believe that Spirit Radio should have a more permanent basis.
“We knew then that if we had the chance we would want to bring Spirit Radio permanently to Dundalk,” he explained. @Now 5 years later we have the chance to do just that.”
The 90.4FM transmission will reach the town and Dundalk and surrounding areas. Beyond that the 549 Medium Wave, reaches extensively across Louth, Down, Monaghan and most of the northern half of the island.