OpenFM, Ireland’s trailblazing LGBT community radio initiative, sought to dismantle societal barriers and champion inclusivity through the power of media.
OpenFM aimed to inform, educate and entertain the wider Dublin & Irish community. While opening the minds of the listener by celebrating the culture and diversity of the LGBTQ community.
The vision was audacious: to create Ireland’s first LGBT-themed radio station, a platform that would resonate with and empower the community. The challenge was multi-fold: assemble a dedicated team, secure funding, and navigate the logistical intricacies of broadcasting live from a mobile platform.
Leveraging my background in leadership and project management, I collaborated closely with Emma, a former student and co-founder Liam, to spearhead this monumental project. We embarked on a rigorous 9-month campaign to meticulously curate a team of 100+ volunteers who shared our passion for meaningful communication.
Through this journey, I experienced profound personal growth, harnessing resilience and strategic leadership to drive the initiative. The project became a practical leadership laboratory, with each challenge offering invaluable lessons in team-building, vision alignment, and adaptive leadership.
OpenFM made history, not only by broadcasting live for 24 hours a ay for 30 days, but also by innovatively airing from a double-decker bus during Dublin’s Pride Parade. This unprecedented venture amplified voices, transformed perceptions, and set a precedent for community-led initiatives.
OpenFM’s success underscored the essence of visionary leadership and the impact of a united team with a shared mission. It stands as a testament to the power of belief and the transformative potential of leadership in action.
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