This Week In Radio 19/3/2022

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

Here’s What Happened

Kclr’s light blue logo

KCLR have launched a Ukrainian information service. The new service aims to provide support and info to those who have arrived in Ireland from Ukraine following the Russian invasion.

The service is being led by Tetiana Kuschyk, who herself arrived in Ireland only recently. Tetiana has previously worked as an interpreter and has qualifications in linguistics, so she’s more than qualified for her new role.

It’s been great to see the media trying to help out with this situation, little things like TheJournal.ie posting information in Ukrainian or the fundraising carried out by so many stations has been great to see.

The team over at Radio Today cover this story in detail so check out their coverage below. Very best of luck Tetiana, welcome to the Irish radio industry.

Read the story here

IRadio launched a new dedicated Irish music stream, following the lead of some other stations such as Today FM.

The ILove Irish station launched just before Paddy’s Day and will have music from loads of Irish artists. it’s available using smart speakers and the IRadio App.

I’d love to know the listenership of services like this as it seems trendy to launch streams of specific genres or decades. it’s obviously good that more Irish Music is getting played, but I think increased airplay for Irish artists on the main stations is also needed in some cases.

Read this story here

Finally this week, Ireland has a new hub for fact checking information. While this isn’t a radio specific story, I think it’s important to be aware of it as disinformation and misinformation are issues on all media platforms.

The new service, known as the EDMO Ireland Hub will be based at DCU, and brings together experienced fact checkers, social media experts and various academics in an attempt to try reduce misinformation and disinformation in Ireland.

We’ve been lucky that radio hasn’t been hit too hard with misinformation, but hopefully this new service will benefit all media outlets going forward. Even though radio hasn’t been hit too hard, I can think of examples of misinformation making it’s way onto the airwaves so this is certainly important.

Read the details here

Quick Bits

Honestly, with it only being a half week, there wasn’t that much interesting stuff happening. Everyone played a few Irish tunes on St Patrick’s Day, not much happened that’s worth chatting about outside of that.

So, only 2 stories in quick bits this week. Hopefully next weeks a bit more interesting. If you have a story to share at any time be sure to email news@radioland.org as we’d love to hear from you.

Cillian Doyle is taking over the Beat Takeover

Christmas FM are supporting the Sound Of Ireland

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 29/01/2022

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

Here’s What Happened

2FM have had a very busy week with the launch of 2FM Rising for 2022, and they announced part of a schedule change yesterday as well.

2FM logo

On Monday the station announced the artists who will be taking part in Rising this year. Each artist receives a €1,000 bursary and is also heavily promoted across the 2FM schedule with airplay of their music and exclusive interviews. It’s great to see Irish music getting the attention it deserves so best wishes to everyone involved and hopefully this opportunity is just the beginning.

2FM weren’t done yet however, they’ve only gone and switched up the schedule. The big news is that a new drive time show is on the way, but we don’t know much about that yet. Here’s all the changes that have been announced so far.

  • Jenny Greene is leaving drive time to host the Greene Room. The new show will air on Sundays to Thursdays at 10PM. Sundays show will be a chill out show, while the rest of the week will be dedicated to Irish music, including Indie and alternative music.
  • Laura Fox at the Weekend will air Saturdays and Sundays from 9AM. The show is going to have a focus on music, giveaways and celebrity stories. Laura has hosted podcasts for RTÉ in the past, including being the co host of RTE’s My First Ride.
  • Laura will also fill in on drive until the new show is ready to go.

A Peak time shake up on national radio is really exciting so I’m really looking forward to seeing how RTÉ play their cards here. there’s a big chance for 2FM to do something very interesting with this one.

Best wishes to those with new shows from us here at Radio Land, and be sure to check back often so you find out who gets Drive Time.

See the schedule changes here

Get the Rising list here

Dave Fanning and Louis Walsh have both spoken this week about radio stations playing more Irish music. Louis said it would help artists recover from the hit they took through Covid, while Dave spoke about how he feels the laws should be changed to force stations to support Irish music.

Interestingly, we asked this question on Instagram during Irish Music Month and I was kind of surprised by the answer. We asked, should stations be required to play 25% Irish music? Though the response was tiny, 60% did vote no.

I’d really like to do this poll with a large sample size at some stage. I’ve seen passionate arguments both ways on this in the industry., so I’d be really interested to see a full breakdown of information on it.

Read the story here

In a separate but very relevant story, 98FM have ditched their Irish music show with immediate effect. John Barker has hosted the show for over a decade, but the show has been going strong since 1989.

Following the announcement, the Irish music industry was understandably not too happy. Industry site GoldenPlec said that “News of the axing will no doubt heighten the feeling within the Irish music community that commercial radio pays little more than lip service to Irish artists”.

It’s almost ironic how big names call for Irish music to get played more, and then an Irish music show gets dropped. What a strange set of events.

Read the story here

Finally this week, a quick bonus story that didn’t deserve to be relegated to Quick Bits. Huge well done to everyone involved at Christmas FM who raised an amazing €331,515 for Barnardos in 2021. Keep up the great work all and see you on the radio again this Christmas🎄

Read the story here

Quick Bits

There was a big win in the kingdom as Radio Kerry gave away €12,600 on radio bingo

RTE are apparently struggling to get a sponsor for Ray D’arcy

Columb Fogarty, a former Near FM presenter, became the first rough sleeper to die in ireland this year

Radiocentre ireland are going to sponsor the media category at the Cannes Young Lions

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.

The Big Radio Land Review Of The Year

It’s nearly 2022. How did that happen so fast? It feels like 2021 went like a rocket but Believe it or not, a lot of radio stuff happened this year.

In this post we’ll take a look back at the biggest radio stories from each month of the year and reflect on what a crazy time it’s been for our little industry.

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Let’s begin with January, anyone fancy a bit of networking?

A new year and a new networked show, 96FM and Live95 began networking there evening show back in January. When reporting on the story at the time all we had was a job listing but Shane bucks quickly brought the networked show to reality,

Read that story here

It’s February, or should I say Februar, that’s February in German

It feels like forever ago but bauers deal to buy Communicorp was done in February this year. This is still an ongoing story as we will likely see more changes in 2022, but it all began back in February of this year.

Read that story here

The third month was March, you know by swapping around those letters you can make the word charm?

Classic hits and Nova announced in March that they would be swapping breakfast shows. Classic hits listeners universally didn’t approve of this and things went quiet for a while, but the swap took effect in April and has remained since.

Read the story here

In April it was decided that Dublin no longer talks

The 98FM show Dublin Talks was replaced with a music show this month. the shows presenter’s Adrian Kennedy and Jeremy Dixon have since moved on to new projects. We’ll still need to wait and see if Bauer make more of these decisions in 2022, but its certainly an interesting one to watch.

Read this story here

We also lost RTÉ on DAB this month. This put an end to legal DAB in Ireland.

You can find that story right here

Nobody was making money in may

Wireless group announced a loss of €7 million in may, with their accounts giving us a few interesting insights. All we can really do is hope that stuff stabilises financially in the next while as it’s a tough time for the industry.

2FM also prepared to launch their new breakfast show back in may, crazy to think it’s been on air for months already.

You can read both those stories here

We’re very very sorry, but it’s june

FM104 apologised in june after making fun of a child in their kids in the car segment. an important reminder to treat others like you’d like to be treated.

That story can be found here

It’s July, and nobodies watching the road!

AA Roadwatch ended traffic reports for radio in July. it’s a shame that such a valuable public service was discontinued as it seems now many more stations are just relying on listeners for traffic updates. Call or text when safe to do so I suppose.

Surely this is an area some insurance company or car manufacturer could help out with? It’s insane that some stations are now without traffic updates, what a world.

Read that story here

RTE gave us some staff pay info back in august

We got some really interesting numbers back in august about staff pay at RTÉ. It’ll be interesting to see if those wages hold in the years to come as budget cuts sadly seem inevitable.

Read that story here

Let’s be happy for one month at least

We had a nice happy radio story back in September, I’m not going to be able to do it justice here so I’ll just direct you to our post about it at the time.

Here’s a happy radio story

It was a month of awards and rebrands in October

We started October with another online IMRO Awards. Lots of stations and presenters got recognised so you can see all the details on that with the link below.

All your IMRO info is right here

October also saw the announcement that Choose Radio was to become Radiocentre. We have yet to see any big news from Radiocentre since rebranding so this is certainly worth keeping an eye on in the new year.

We learn all about Radiocentre here

It was made clear how tough it’s been for stations in November

In November, The Committee on Tourism, Culture, Arts, Sport and Media was told by John Purcell just how hard the pandemic has been on radio stations.

He said among other things that some stations were at times just a week away from shutting down. A scary thought considering how important radio is to people during the pandemic.

This really shows just how important funding from the likes of sound and vision can be in keeping stations on air.

You can read all about it and watch it here

Finally came December, the month of Christmas, but more importantly JNLR numbers

It took a while but they finally came. We got new JNLR numbers in December after a long pandemic induced break. it wasn’t a great time for RTÉ but in general most stations seemed happy.

I’ll personally be really interested to see how networked shows perform in 2022 as well as seeing if 2FM make any changes following their drop in listeners. So much to look forward to.

Get all your JNLR details here

What a year it’s been

Thank you so much for checking out Radio Land in 2021. Radio is always changing and we hope to continue informing you in the new year.

We would really appreciate if you gave us a follow on Twitter or a like on Facebook. This really helps us out a lot and helps you stay up to date with the radio industry.

We’ll be back with a regular post tomorrow so we hope you’ll join us then for another year in radio📻

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

Picture of Ciaran Cunningham

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 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.