Initially hoping to pursue acting and then music, Hazel Lake has managed to carve out a career combining her love for Irish music and radio by working as Production Manager in Dublin City FM. -
“My mother wouldn’t let me move up to Dublin because I was too young. When I was 19 I finally moved up then and went to Coláiste Dhúlaigh to do sound Production and communications,” Hazel said.
“I got involved with Ciarán Black who does the Battle of the Bands. We then started doing King Kong Radio which was on RTE 2XM – which isn’t exactly radio as its digital.”
“We recorded the bands live and did interviews with them as well at the venue and we made a radio show out of that. I was doing that for a long time.”
Hazel became involved with Dublin City FM through a Tús scheme six years ago. When the 12-month scheme finished, she stayed on as a volunteer. She took her current post two years ago.
“It is quite creative in ways. You have to be on your feet the whole time. We don’t have a talent pool, we can’t hire a group of people. Generally it’s making sure that noting goes to dead air.”
“It is only myself that is here full-time. Even after hours, you might get a phonecall saying there’s something wrong at the station, maybe the power has tripped. You need to be okay with getting a call at 2 o’clock in the morning when there is something wrong with the computer.”
In the future, she said, the station will be relocating to a new premises by the end of 2020.
“As a community station, you can’t scale up too much. We can’t become commercial but it would be great if we had the same listenership.”