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This Week In Radio 18/12/2021

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

Here’s what happened

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The CEO of Radiocentre has been announced. Ciaran Cunningham will manage the new project which is a collaboration between RTÉ and the IBI. Radiocentre is replacing Choose Radio and will aim to grow revenue in ireland’s radio industry. The very best of luck to Ciaran in his new role from us here at Radio Land.

John Purcell tells us about Radiocentre here

Get to know Ciaran Cunningham here

Peter Smyth who is the CEO of IRS+, said in a piece for AdWorld this week that he thinks radio has a strong future in the new year. He gives some really interesting insight to support this idea so I would certainly recommend giving the article a read.

Check it out here

Finally this week just a small update on Radio Land itself. Next Saturday is Christmas Day so as a result, we’re taking a Christmas break. Christmas Day will also be the final Saturday of the year. But don’t worry we will see you here on Radio Land before the year is out.

  • We’ll have a list of 2021’s biggest stories coming out on New Year’s Eve.
  • We’ll be back with a regular post on New Year’s Day
  • We’ll keep you up to date on any major radio news VIA Twitter over the break so do go follow us there to stay in the loop.

Thank you so much for supporting Radio Land this year and we hope to be giving you all the radio news again in 2022. Have a happy Christmas and new year🎉

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Quick Bits

Update on the legal dispute between Joe Costello and RTÉ

Red FM is getting a new phone number for the new year. They’re switching from an 1850 number to a 0818 number. (We don’t have a link to another source but you can trust us)

RTE are promoting RTÉ gold as great listening for Christmas night

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 11/12/2021 (with loads of JNLR numbers)

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

Here’s what happened

We got a new set of JNLR figure’s this week and there were some interesting stats hidden among all the numbers.

unfortunately, stations haven’t generally made raw data available so there’s a lot of different sources getting used. For each stat below, the corresponding source is provided. Feel free to go through all the sources in order to get a bigger picture.

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  • It wasn’t a great day for the team at 2FM Breakfast. According to Goss, 2FM breakfast has dropped from 126,000 listeners to 103,000. This puts them close to dipping below 100,000. There have been a lot of recent changes to this show but if this trend doesn’t reverse more changes may need to be considered. (Source)
  • While not as big a drop, the same article tells us that the Jennifer Zamparelli Show has also lost listeners. The show has fallen from 152,000 to 140,000. This is a drop of 12,000 compared to the 23,000 lost on breakfast. This suggests that part of the loss is emanating from the weaker breakfast performance. (Source)
  • While Tracy Clifford has also lost listeners, the drop isn’t nearly as severe. Again according to Goss, the show is down from 130,000 to 128,000. A loss of just 2,000. (Source)
  • Defying the odds on weekdays though, fair play to Jenny Greene. her drivetime show has increased from 113,000 to 122,000. An increase of a very respectable 9,000 listeners. (Same source again)

2FM also lost listeners to some weekend shows. The Goss Article has also done a great job at providing those so check them out here

” These are early days for our new Breakfast Show and the chemistry between Doireann, Donncha and Carl is infectious, and we are looking forward to seeing their audience grow over the next few months.”

Dan Healy, Head of RTÉ Radio Strategy
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Things might not have been great on 2fm but Radio 1 also had a bad day. Thanks again to Goss for providing way more detail than the RTÉ press release.

  • 491,000 became 450,000 at morning Ireland. While the show is still irelands biggest, that’s a serious drop. (Source)
  • Tubridy lost listeners too with his show dropping from 381,000 to 359,000. (Same Source)
  • Some people must have missed joe telling them to wash there hands as LiveLine lost a huge chunk of listeners. The show is down from 404,000 to 346,000. That’s a drop of 58,000 listeners. (It’s same source again)

You can get more Radio 1 numbers from the Journal here

“This is a consolidation for Radio 1. The book reflects how well the changes we made in the schedule last year have played out, with strong performances for Claire Byrne, Sarah McInerney and Cormac Ó hEadhra, Katie Hannon, Brendan O’Connor and Bryan Dobson on the News at One.”

Peter Woods, Head of RTÉ Radio 1
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Today FM were happy with there results as they are now Ireland’s 2nd biggest station.

The station also had a good performance at weekend’s which they’ll tell you about on their website here

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As for Newstalk, they did relatively okay even though some shows did have big losses.

  • Newstalk Breakfast had a good year and are now up 17,000 for a total listenership of 137,000 (source)
  • Pat Kenny has had a very nice jump in listeners as he’s now got 183,000. That’s up 28,000 from last year (Source)
  • Lunchtime Live is also seeing gains with an extra 10,000 listeners.That show now has a total of (112,000 listeners (Source)
  • There were big losses as well on the Newstalk schedule though as there are now 20,000 less people tuning into Moncrieff with a total of 76,000 (source)
  • It’s even worse at The Hard Shoulder which has lost 31,000 listeners and now stands at a total of 146,000. Still a respectable number but certainly not ideal (Source)

The station had some nice gains on weekends too and The Journal do a great job covering those. Check them out here

“We are delighted to see Newstalk make significant audience gains in the latest results. It clearly shows there is a demand for talk radio that engages, entertains and provides a clear alternative to RTE Radio 1.”

Newstalk managing editor Patricia Monahan

Outside of individual station performances the interesting stat for me was that 450,000 people listen to radio on a digital device daily. That will be an interesting stat to watch going forward as more people get smart speakers and similar devices. (Source)

Unfortunately, I am just one man and I’m not going to be able to provide info for every single station. I’d love to, but it’s not humanly possible.

What I will do is provide a number of sources for you below that can hopefully help you find what your looking for.

Radio Today

The Journal

Today FM

The Irish Times

Classic Hits

RTE Press Centre


In other news

Brian O’Donovan has been announced as RTE’s new work and technology corespondent. He will be working across digital, TV and radio when he takes up the new role in February.

The COVID-19 pandemic has led to a complete reimagining of how we all work and technology has allowed us to make these major transitions. As people navigate their way through the ‘new normal’, I am excited to be taking on the role of Work and Technology Correspondent, a position that will be at the centre of RTÉ’s coverage of our changing world.”

Brian’s statement from RTÉ Press release

Read the story here

Finally this week, Mairead Ronan has finished hosting her Today FM show. In her final links, she spoke about the importance of focusing on what made her happy – her family. Very best of luck to her from us at Radio Land.

Read the story here

Quick Bits

Irish YouTuber totally Not Mark has found himself at the centre of a copyright dispute which threatens the fair dealing defence relied on by many Irish radio stations there have been updates posted here (update: both videos have been made private since publication of this article)

98FM’s dame Stuffy is in the Last Singer Standing Final Tonight on RTÉ One

A Radio Land poll found that 52% of people thought they would listen to more radio as a result of storm Barra

In case your wondering, our sister service Irish Media Beat found that the number was 46% for TV

The 2FM audience voted this week for an award in the Junk Kouture competition

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 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.

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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

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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.