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This Week In Radio 4/12/2021

Lots happens in the radio industry each week so here’s a summary of the week we just enjoyed.

Here’s what happened

2FM is looking for a new entertainment news sponsor. The station airs a one minute live hourly entertainment update between 9:00 and 4:00. These segments are generally hosted by Lottie Ryan with each one minute segment containing three stories.

The RTÉ 2fm orange and white logo

So, how much does it cost to be mentioned alongside all the biggest actor’s, singers and Tik Tok Stars? Well, let me tell you.

  • For €40,000 you can sponsor the entertainment news for three months. That’s enough to buy 160,000 Sugar Ring doughnut’s in Tesco at a cost of a euro for a 4 pack, delivery not included.
  • If you want to get mentioned with the celebs for 6 months, that will set you back €70,000. Now in Tesco, you could get 105,000 bottles of 7Up Free lemon and lime for that price, at a cost of €4 for a six pack. The problem is the bottles are only 330 ml though, and again, delivery’s not included. I’m more of a Fanta man myself anyway so I think I’ll pass.
  • Finally you could go all in and sponsor the entertainment news for a year. That would set you back a respectable €120,000. Okay, here’s where the leaving cert maths kicks in. In Tesco you could buy 28,639 12 packs of Tayto for that price, this is at a cost of €4.19 per 12 pack. That works out at 343,668 individual packs, with a bill coming to a total of €119,997.41. You would get €2.59 back in change, but unfortunately delivery wasn’t included and our change doesn’t cover the delivery fee.At this point I think we’ll just need to abandon the whole plan and just consider buying the sponsorship instead.

For more details you can check out the sponsorship page here

The Team over at The Journal polled their readers this week, asking when is it okay for stations to play Christmas Songs.

I don’t want to spoil the integrity of the poll by just publishing the results here but it’s fair to say there is clearly a date that a majority agree on. Click the link below to cast your vote and see the results.

See the latest results and vote for yourself here

Finally this week, there was a lovely story on Donegal News about a 76 year old man who is loving life with his weekly internet radio show. Hugh McLean, who turns 77 on Christmas Day hosts his show from a home studio and has lots of fans from all over the world.

You can read the heartwarming story here

Quick Bits

Adrian Kennedy has taken over Niall Boylans slot on Classic Hits one night a week. The show has also been renamed from Niall Boylan at night to Late night Live

Dave Fanning has said he may leave 2FM and go to a digital station or podcast

Beat 102 103 had a winner on ChaRadio this week with the station giving away €1380

Joel Corry now has a show on Spin

New awards have been announced for irish podcasters

2FM lost their text line for a bit this week

RTE have announced their Christmas lineup on TV and radio

And that’s the summary for this week. Come back to radio land next week for more radio news📻 and be sure to follow us on Twitter and Instagram for extra stories.

This Week In Radio 27/11/2021

Lots happens in the radio industry each week so here’s a summary of the week we just enjoyed.

Here’s what happened

Christmas FM returns to the FM band tomorrow to bring us all the magic of Christmas. The station, which has been broadcasting online since the start of November is raising money for Barnardos this Year.

All the frequencies can be found by clicking here!!!

Or, you could use our humble little listen page.

The station will be on air with live presenters until the 27th of December.

Read the story here

The Government have said this week that they are closely monitoring the financial position of RTÉ. The public service broadcaster might have made nice money with last nights toy show, but their generally really struggling to stay afloat.

Questions were also asked around the pay of RTE’s Irish Language staff with it being confirmed that a review of pay grades is underway. There’s a lot of back and fourth here so I’d recommend reading the article attached below as that gives good detail on everything that was said.

Read the story here

Finally this week, student radio station Juice FM Cork celebrated its 7th birthday on air. The station serves as a training ground for the broadcasters of tomorrow who present shows on the station as part of CSN College’s Radio Broadcasting course’s.

I myself started radio Land while doing the CSN course and I can honestly say it was a fantastic experience. if your looking to start a career in the radio industry there really is no better way to do it.

Well done to everyone involved in the birthday celebrations and wishing you all the best for the next 7 years😊

Get course details here

Quick bits

Details were announced this week of the RTÉ 2FM Christmas Appeal for the ISPCC

Louise Morrissey has joined Tipp FM

Main dates have been announced for the RTÉ Choice Music Prize

The fine people over at Radio Today Ireland are giving away free wallplanners, why not get yours.?

And that’s the summary for this week. Come back to radio land next week for more radio news📻 and be sure to follow us on Twitter and Instagram for extra stories.

This Week In Radio 20/11/2021

Lots happens in the radio industry each week so here’s a summary of the week we just enjoyed.

Here’s what happened

The BAI this week announced the lucky broadcasters that will receive funding in the latest round of the sound and vision scheme. the scheme provides funding for both TV and radio projects

BAI Logo

You can see all the funding allocated by clicking the link below but here are a few examples of content that we can expect in the next little while.

  • RnaG50 will be broadcast on RTÉ One TV and will tell the story of Raidió na Gaeltachta. This will coincide with the stations 50th birthday. (Recommended funding: €240,120)
  • A three part documentary series for RTÉ Radio 1 called My Passion, My Power is being produced by Aoife Kavanagh (recommended funding: €15,710)
  • The Comedy Catch Up with Chris Kent is on its way to Red FM. There will be 30 segments created each 5 minutes in length but we don’t have much detail other than that at this stage. (Recommended Funding: €8,361)

You can get the details of all the funding recommendations right here.

A meeting of the Committee on Tourism, Culture, Arts, Sport and Media was told this week that many radio station’s are really struggling through the covid-19 pandemic. John Purcell, the head of the IBI told the committee that many members came critically close to shutting stations.

This is never a good thing to hear but it does show how vulnerable the radio industry is at the moment. It’s really hard to say what 2022 will look like especially considering we’re now seeing new Covid restrictions, but all we can do is hope for the best.

Watch the proceedings from the Committee meeting here

Finally this week, some slightly lighter news. RTE 2FM gave away €2,000 in a game of Jinx. If I may say so it was a very tough game as well so fair play.

WOWEE Thanks soooo much guys I am absolutely buzzin I am so delighted can’t believe that happened! thank you so so much!

Kate’s Instagram comment after her win (@katecullen96)

Congrats Kate from us at Radio Land and hope you enjoy the money.

Watch the impressive moment here

Quick Bits

Students from Letterkenny made their debut on RTEjr radio this morning

Ireland has new copyright laws that you should be aware of

Applications are now open for the BAI sponsorship programme 2022

Here are all the winners from the RTÉ radio 1 Folk awards. Highlights air tonight on RTÉ One TV at 10:50

A community station in Mayo has been granted another 100 day broadcast licence

RTE have revealed their 2022 rate card

And that’s the summary for this week. Come back to radio land next week for more radio news📻 and be sure to follow us on Twitter and Instagram for extra stories.

Committee meeting on The Challenges Facing the Broadcasting Sector as a Result of COVID-19

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The Committee on Tourism, Culture, Arts, Sport and Media yesterday heard from John Purcell who spoke about the difficulties facing broadcasting as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.

You can watch the proceedings below or if you don’t have 90 minutes to burn you can read this summary from the team over at The Journal.

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We’ll have your radio news roundup as usual here on Saturday so check back then for all the latest.

This Week in Radio 13/11/2021

Lots happens in the radio industry each week so here’s a summary of the week we just enjoyed.

Here’s what happened

The chief executive of Wexford county council has been accused of threatening to pull sponsorship from South east Radio in response to coverage he didn’t like. It gets worse though, The BAI also apparently issued a compliance notice to South East Radio for not recording the show in question.

Logo of South East Radio

This is a critically important story so I would highly recommend reading the Irish Times or RTÉ coverage of these events. they both provide fantastic detail on how everything unfolded so be sure to check out the links below.

Get the details from the Irish Times

Get the details from RTÉ

Mairead Ronan has announced she’s leaving her lunchtime show on Today FM. She’s been in the slot since September 2019 after replacing Muireann O’Connell. It’s unclear at this stage who will be taking over the slot but it will be interesting as this will be the first major decision taken since Bauer acquired the station.

Read the story here

Supercharged with Anna Geary on RTÉ Radio 1 needs a sponsor. More details on the show have now been confirmed including it Sunday evening slot. The show will air for an hour between 6:30 and7:30 each week and will also exist as a podcast.

The show will be on air for 6 weeks and will cover a wide variety of health related topics. The listed sponsorship fee is a cool €60,000 which unfortunately I can’t afford.

Get all the details here

Quick Bits

Former 2FM breakfast presenter Keith Walsh called RTÉ toxic this week saying he didn’t feel appreciated

Meanwhile the current 2FM breakfast team were singing a song of appreciation to their producer

Applications opened for the New york Radio Awards

A community station in Clare is struggling financially

The RTE Radio 1 Folk Awards are live Tuesday at 8pm

And that’s the summary for this week. Come back to radio land next week for more radio news📻 and be sure to follow us on Twitter and Instagram for extra stories.