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 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 DAD’s archive, initiate cross-disciplinary conversation and further support and connect with a wealth of artists & local people as part of DAD’s ongoing mission to nurture arts & culture-led community resilience.

This project comes at a crucial time for DCR, 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 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 Dover-born artists Louisa Love and Louise Webb. During this pilot period, they will be undertaking radio presenter training with DCR and using the DAD-DCR collaboration as a platform for gathering interest, conversation and ‘taster’ content 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: DAD is inviting contributions to DAD RADIO from all members of the Dover community and local area.

Contributions could take the form of sound or voice recordings, audio compositions, original music, poetry, spoken word, writings, readings, recorded performances or podcast extracts. We are keen 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.

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

For any enquiries about DAD RADIO please contact us via email at

Where & when to listen: 30-minute DAD RADIO broadcasts commenced on Friday 9th April 2021 and air weekly on Fridays at 7-7.30pm & Mondays at 9-9.30am. You can listen live via as well as through TuneIn and Radio Garden apps/websites.

Listen back to the archive of DAD RADIO episodes via the updates connected to this page or on Mixcloud here


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 Fund.

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