From April 2021, DAD is delighted to be working in partnership with Dover Community Radio (DCR FM) to create DAD RADIO, a weekly radio segment dedicated to sound art & music, poetry, spoken word and local arts-led conversation. DAD RADIO aims to provide an open, discursive and inclusive platform for Dover’s community and DAD’s wide-reaching network of creative practitioners. The programme is curated & produced by Dover-born artists Louisa Love and Louise Webb.

When & where 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

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


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 for Dover.

Following its 12 week pilot (April – June 2021) funded by Dover Big Local and Kent County Council, DAD RADIO continues on DCR FM until December 2021 as part of DAD’s Digital Festival 2021 thanks to funding from Arts Council England.


CALL FOR CONTRIBUTIONS: 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.


Training opportunities: Dover Community Radio (DCR FM) 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.

DCR 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 as it moves towards live FM broadcasting during 2021. We would particularly like encourage women & young people to get involved. For more information and to express interest, contact DCR via email at


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


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DAD RADIO #17 | Forgotten Dover

DAD Digital Festival writer in residence Simon Bill discusses his exploratory walking and writing practice in Dover and re-charts his ‘Forgotten Dover’ artist-led walk, a highly off-piste tour of some [...]

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DAD RADIO #15 | Between Beacon and Shaft

An hour-long DAD RADIO special presenting the 2013 DAD legacy work 'Entre Phare et Shaft/ Between Beacon and Shaft' by Nicolette Picheral, performed in Dover & Dunkirk with guitarist Colin [...]

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DAD RADIO #14 | (Re)framing Dover

DAD RADIO #14 shares an audio compilation from the Reframing Dover project by MA Narrative Environments students from Central Saint Martins (UAL London), together with music by DAD Digital Festival [...]