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Thank you to every one who has voted for DCR  but as you may have noticed we still have ac long way to go and not much time left. If you have not yet voted for us may we ask you to certainly consider doimg so and if you can influence anyone else in  voting we ask you to start influencing . Please help DCR97.4fm  join the Co-operative Revolution by voting for us on their Revolution Site, if we win our region we would gain £5,000 which we would put towards purchasing new equipment to refurbish Studio 2 which is used to train the younger members of the community and where they also produce their programmes for broadcast.

SAVE IT WITH FLOWERS-Hands Off Our Hospice Walk

Save it with Flowers

The Rose has a name : it is called  JUST FOR YOU and is a Hybrid Tea Rose.

It was planted by Sybil in memory of her late husband and this is a picture of the very first bloom

The Cowal Community is being urged to show their support in the fight against the closure of Cowal Hospice in this latest initiative, which is hoped to show once and for all how the Cowall Community feels.                                                                                                                           “ Help To Bring Back The Dignity And Calm”  is what the posters advertising the Walk ask.  The Organises are asking for as many people as possible to gather at 10.30am on Saturday 16th April in the Castle Gardens bringing a Flower with them and a small written message of support, to be carried with them on the walk to the Stadium. It is hoped the messages will be left on the steps of  CowalHospice.  .                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               This is the most visual demonstration, to date, in the fight against the closure of Cowal Hospice and the Organises are praying for a large turnout that will grab the attention of the Media proving just how important this issue is to the people of Cowal.                                                                                                                                                                                                                               

  Every day this week members of the Community will be visiting the Studio Loft of Dunoon Community Radio between 5.00pm and 7.00pm to put forward their personal view of why we need the Cowal Hospice we also invite listeners to let us know how they feel and even come up to the Studio at the Argyll Business Centre above Remax in Argyll Street to share their views.            

 Tonight Sybil Baldwin, one of the Organisers of the walk came in and spoke to us in a very frank chat and told us why the C0wal Hospice meant so much to her and how preparations for the walk were progressing,  she mentioned that they were looking for pipers to lead the walk from the Castle Gardens to the Stadium and would be grateful if any pipers who were available could contact her.      The organisers of the walk are also hoping to take the protest to NHS Highland in Inverness and a coach and fuel have been donated for this purpose.  If you would like to contact Sybil her phone contact number is 07887798078 there is also the                                          Save Cowal Hospice Facebook or E-mail at : 

If you wish to help out on Saturday by playing the pipes (or any other instrument) to lead the parade, helping Marshall or by lending yellow jackets please call Sybil on the above number.



The Digital switchover is coming to Cowal on the 11th May 2011 so now is the time to check you are ready for the switchover or you may not be able to watch some of your favourite programmes. If you need any assistance or you know somebody else that does click on the banner to go to the help scheme website for information or call 0800 4085900, lines are open Monday – Friday 8am – 8pm and 8am – 6pm Saturday and Sunday . You may be eligible for additional help if you are aged 75 or over, are entitled to certain allowances, have lived in a care home for 6 months or more or are registered blind or partially sighted.


 Mud Divers and AKs Team Buddy Mollox play in the final Buddy Mollox from Port Glasgow (in the orange) where the eventual winners.

 Yippee Ki-Yay from Dunoon where the winners in the mixed final beating the favourites 2 time World Champions from Belgium.


The glorious weather continued on Saturday, but this brought a wee problem for the organisers of the Raft Race at Benmore as there was no water in the burn so the race was moved to Loch Eck, but this certainly did not dampen any of the fun.

DCR at Benmore Raft Race
Winners Joe Grant and Elvis the Duck

Race underway

Theres some more pictures on the Roadshow page


The 15th of May is nearly here which means its nearly time for the DCR Quiz night in the Burgh Hall .  Apart from the Quiz there will be stand up bingo, a raffle, licensed bar, food and this wonderful cake which has been kindly donated by Blacks of Dunoon

 Kims Cake 

To have a look at the cake just pop along  to Blacks in Argyll Street where it will be till the weekend. So if you want to try and win a piece of cake or just have a laugh don’t worry if your not in a team, just come along and watch the shenanigans with the presenters. All for a small donation on the door



Website Undergoing Upgrade

Some of you may have noticed a few changes to the website as well as a few gremlins ‘AAAA’. We are upgrading the site at the moment to add some features and increase security.  So please bear with us and we will have normal service resumed shortly.

DCR Team


Come and join in the fun at the Dunoon Community Radio quiz night to help raise much needed funds for the radio. Licensed bar, raffle, music, meet the presenters and a chance to win our magnificent trophy. On Saturday 15th May 2010 at the Burgh Hall, starting at 7pm. The cost is £10 per team which can consist of 1 (if you are feeling very clever) to 4 players. To download your form click here Entry Form for DCR Quiz Night or pick it from Remax, Gibsons, Bells Outfitters or the Observer Office. For more information please email or text 0775 1236995.

Dunoon Community Radio Spreading Across The World

Since going live broadcasting from our wee corridor here in The Penthouse Suite of the Argyll Business Centre visitors to the Website have asked mainly one question “When can we listen to DCR on line?”.

It is with great satisfaction that we are able to announce that with the help of our good friends at The Dunoon Observer and Argyllshire Standard you can now listen in.

The Observer has just launched their new website and has added many features including up to date news, forums, Dunoon Webcam and from 6pm today they will be streaming our live radio broadcasts on our behalf.
To listen in, click below to enter the Home page of the Dunoon Observer then click on the DCR play button.
You will be able to hear us right around the world whenever we are broadcasting, Celtic Music Radio will not be available but just click onto their site if you wish to hear them when we are not on. For details of the when and what is on go the programme schedule.

Listen Live at


Want to get in touch with Dunoon Community Radio but don’t use text or email we now have post boxes around the town courtesy with our good friends. So if you have a request, a suggestion, a comment or a pattern for our Person to Person Appeal for Uganda you can drop it into one of our post Boxes located in Remax, The Observer Shop, Gibson’s, Highland Stores or Bell’s of Dunoon.   Please write out your information before hand as pens and paper are not provided.

Suggestion Box in Remax Shop


Everyone involved in the Coffee morning would like to thank all that came and supported this event and helped them to raise over £1000 for the two Charities

The Ladies from Innellan and Toward Churches along with their friends will be holding a coffee morning in Innellan Village Hall on Saturday 30th January 2010 to raise funds for God’s Littlest Angels which is an orphanage in Haiti’s Kenscoff mountains not far from the capital Port-au-Prince. As Scottish nurse Susan Westwood who has been working at the orphange since 2008 explained they are expecting an influx of orphans after the earthquake and will take as many as they can. They are also expecting other people to come to them for help as they realise the orphange has some medical supplies and nurses. However, food, water and fuel is already strictly rationed so they are in desperate need of supplies. The other charity they hope to raise funds for is Mary’s Meals which was started by two brothers in Dalmally. They provide meals for children to enable them to attend school and gain an education in many of the worlds poorest countries. Their scheme in Haiti was providing meals for around 5,000 pupils daily before the earthquake this has now risen to over 12,000 many of them in Cite Soleil which is the slum area of Port-au-Prince.
Please come along to Innellan Village Hall between 10.30am and 12 noon and enjoy a coffee or tea and a cream scone for £2.50 (or more if you wish)

Our own Victor and Kim will also be there helping to serve coffee.

For further information on both organisations go to and


Douglas and Victor Broadcasting

Here’s Douglas and Victor live on air with their Christmas decorations.

We would like to wish all our listeners and internet viewers a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year and thank everyone for their support which has enabled us to get on air for our first Christmas broadcast.


We have 2 tickets for this years IRN BRU CARNIVAL courtesy of our friends at the Park Weekly News. To win the tickets tell us At which Glasgow venue is the Irn Bru Carnival taking place from the 18th December 2009 till the 10th January 2010? You can text us on 07751236995 or email us on or drop your answer in our post box located in Remax office.

The winner will be announced on Monday night and invited to the studio on Tuesday to collect their tickets.


1st DECEMBER 2009 ON 97.4 FM


At long last, we are very pleased to announce that Dunoon Community Radio will make its first offical live ‘On Air’ broadcast on Tuesday 1st December.
To begin with we will be broadcasting between 6pm and 10pm every midweek evening, and longer at the weekend. This will increase as volunteers are trained and more come on board. As we finalise details they will be published here.

No Fuss to Start

We have decided that the inaugural broadcast will not be accompanied by a fanfare of publicity, media hype, celebrity apperances and fireworks. This is mainly due to the lack of space but we are sure the presenters will make enough noise themselves.

Where we Will do it From
We are very pleased to tell you that, after much negotiation we have secured the use of a Luxury Penthouse, we wish! To be honest it is more of a very posh loft conversion, well actually it’s the corridor of a very posh loft conversion in the Argyll Business Centre situated above RE/MAXs’ office.
Douglas and Victor have been put on strict diet, so should they be joined at the broadcasting desk by slim ones like Tony, Andy and Fiona there will be room for everyone.
Due to the size of the corridor and in consideration to the other business’s we will be unable to have people ‘dropping in’ to the studio, however, please do not let this deter you in contacting us if you wish to volunteer, make a request or know of an item that you think we should be broadcasting. Just drop us an email

To The Rescue
All this has come about thanks to the generosity of Marco Pellici, who on learning that we were in danger of losing our Ofcom Radio Licence; as we had not been able to secure premises, came to the rescue and gave us this space without which , truthfully we would not be going on air.
Once we had the studio sorted Gibson’s did a stirling job racing against the clock to install equipment into our transmitter site. We must also say a big thank you to Head Teacher Sylvia McQuarry and Janitor Callum at Dunoon Primary School for their assitance and paitence. Dick Walsh for his calm and quick reaction in a crisis and for all the folk within Argyll and Bute Council who helped out.

But Last of All,
The BIGGEST thank you, is to you for staying with us and supporting Dunoon Community Radio over the last few years with your comments, ideas and more recently your input through the web site.
To those folk have talked to at our roadshows, lectures and as invited guests speaking to various groups and organisations.We have taken on-board your comments of the kind of radio you wish to listen to and are sure you will keep us on the right tracks.
To the Dunoon Observer and Argyllshire Standard who have chronicled our progress over the last few years and kept the public aware of us, we thank you.
We hope that many of you will join us here at Dunoon Community Radio as volunteers either as individuals or a group. Remember the only qualification required is you enjoy listening to the radio! We look forward to meeting up with you in the future to join us on this adventure that is Dunoon Community Radio.

Get Ready To Tune In On 97.4FM

Congratulations to LIZ LANSBURGH who won our recent competition to guess what our frequency would be. We hope she will be able to join us live on air when we start broadcasting to receive her prize of a pair of Cinema Tickets, kindly donated by Studio Cinema, DVD’s, CD’s and other goodies.
To find out when this will be, and when you can hear us, watch this space!

Royal National Mod Returns to Dunoon

it was announced today at the Mod in Oban, that Dunoon have been successful in their bid to host the 2012 Mod. The event has always been a success when held in Dunoon and it is great to hear it will be returning. Keep an eye on here or in the local newspaper for information on how to get involved as the work will be starting soon!

Royal National Mod

The 2009 Royal National Mod got under way in Oban on Friday night with the opening ceremony attended by various dignatries including Culture Secretary Mike Russell. The competitions began on Saturday with fiddlers, pipers and children; and I am pleased to report that 2 of Cowals youngsters where successful with Arlene Mackecknie from Strachur winning the Bronze Badge in the Fiddle Open under 13 playing a slow gaelic air and march, strathspey reel competition. While Iona Cairns from Dunoon Grammar School also won a Bronze Badge in the Sabhal Mor Ostaig Silver Medal Poetry Recitation for under 13 learners.


Local fundraiser Helen Smith and her excellent Fundraising Team; who last year raised £2445 for the Breast Cancer Care Charity are looking to better that this year with the help of local artist Cecil O’Bree.
Cecil, whose art is highly sought after, is to donate an original piece of his art to assist Helen and her team in their fundraising. the lovely picture is seen below.

Cecil O'Brees painting

A repeat of last years very popular Table Top Sale will take place in the function suite above Sinbad’s Bar on Saturday 3rd October between 12 noon and 4pm. And then on Saturday 17th October from 7.30pm until 1am there will be a “Pink Party” at the same venue. To make sure everyone has a good time Dunoon Community Radio will be there to preside over the fun, game and shananigans.

The Sun Came Out

The sun shone well at least it stayed dry, with all the rain we have been having recently, there was lots of crossed fingers and prayers on the run up to Cowal Games starting with our Roadshow on Saturday the 22nd we even managed some sun though it did get a bit blustery at times. With a good mix of entertainment it certainly seemed to keep the audience happy. Then came Kirn Gala on Wednesday, rain all morning looked ominous but the weather reporters did get it right and at 3.30pm it started to brighten up and a couple of light showers later on failed to dampen the mood. Then it was the time for Cowal Games, history states that if it is dry for Rothesay it will be wet for Cowal so thinks weren’t looking good, however, the morning was dry although the afternoon did bring showers interspersed with bright spells of sun. Reports on the Argyll Gardens Roadshow and Kirn Gala are on the Roadshows page, some pictures from Cowal Games are on the Cowal Games Page

Councillor Dick Walsh and Tina Stark lend Douglas a hand at Kirn GalaDick Walsh & Tina Stark Kirn09