This Week In Radio 18/9/2021

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

Hears what happened

There’s a new station on the FM band today as freedom FM starts broadcasting. The station will broadcast to Dublin, Cork, Limerick and Galway for the next 30 days after being granted a temporary licence from the BAI. we spoke to station founder Sean power ahead of the stations launch so click the link to read the piece.

Read our interview with Sean here

East Coast FM’s Declan Meehan, RTÉ Lyric fm’s George Hamilton, C103’s Patricia Messinger and BBC Radio Ulster/Q Radio’s Stephen Clements RIP are all now members of the IMRO Hall of Fame. They were awarded plaques on Wednesday at an event that was streamed online.

IMRO radio awards logo

Watch the event here

Also this week RTÉ has some radio sponsorships to sell. Both Today with Claire Byrne on Radio 1 and seven day sport on 2FM are now available for sponsorship. The today show can be yours for the next year at a cost of €350,000, and 2FM sports is dirt cheap at just €150,000

Learn more here

Jingle Review

As mentioned last week, RTÉ radio 1 has new imaging for news and some other shows. That means one thing, it’s time for another Jingle Review.

I like the sound of the new sonic logo and the orchestra did a great job on it. What really will make or break this package though is how presenters use it long term. I’ve heard presenters talking over the sonic Logo a few times this week but that comes with getting use to it.

Considering the fact that Radio 1 hasn’t really had imaging like this before, it’s understandable it will take presenters time to get use to. When they do start to get it right consistently though it’s going to sound great. All in all a fantastic package.

Quick Bits

Irish music month is next month🎉

Seán Ó hÉanaigh has retired from RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta.

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 4/9/2021, the busiest week yet!

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

Here’s what happened

Beat 102 103 have warned listeners about a fake Beat social media account trying to scam people. It seems this is a new tactic commonly used by scammers when stations are running competitions. I had a recent experience with a Fake 2FM account telling me I won a telly, interesting as the real 2FM was giving away a telly at the time too. Beat was giving away €1,000 but we don’t know if this info was being used by the fake account. Beat asked it’s listeners to request a call if ever contacted by Beat on social media and said they would happily call to prove it’s actually them. Something stations need to be aware of.

Read Beats real warning post

The shortlist for the IMRO Awards has been announced. The event takes place virtually again this year and will be held on the 1st of October. Good luck to everyone who made the shortlist.

Get the details here

The former head of RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta, EDEL Ní Chuireáin. Retired this week after 39 years. EDEL has been managing the Donegal service since 2017. There’s a lovely article on this that’s well worth a read.

Read the story on Donegal Daily

So much radio news

So much happened this week we’ll just keep going.

Let’s go

The death has been announced of Sunshine Radio founder Robbie Robinson aka Robbie Dale. Many have paid tribute to Robbie and there’s a good roundup on Radio Today. May he rest in peace

Read the story on Radio Today

Christmas FM confirmed their 2021 charity partner this week. The station will be raising funds for Barnardos when it goes on air later this year. The station has been fairly active on social media recently so go check them out.

Check them out here

Vinny and Aoibhin have taken over hosting breakfast on WLR. Vinny recently moved from sister station Beat which got a new breakfast show itself last week. The two presenters chatted to Radio Today after their first show so you can read that below.

Read the interview on Radio Today

Bonus Quick bits

So much happened this week we’re just going to give you some other quick bits. Links you can click without any babble from us.

We got a small update from JNLR this week. We get a full report in december

Suzanne Kane has joined 98fm to host a new show on the station

Dundalk FM are hosting a number of radio production workshops over the next month

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 29/5/2021

Lots happens in the radio industry each week so hears a summery of the week we just enjoyed.

Hears what happened

The owner of stations like FM104 in Dublin and 96fm in Cork have confirmed a €7 million loss in there latest accounts. Wireless Group also gave information on some of there costs as well as other interesting business insights.

Read the story here on the Irish times

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This Week In Radio 31/10/2020

Lots happens in the radio industry each weak so hears a summery of the week we just enjoyed.

Here’s what happened

The traditional Liveline Christmas Eve outside broadcast has been cancelled. Plans are underway for a special show to take the place of the outside broadcast this year.

Read the story on Radio Today

Offaly county councel have granted RTE planning permission to remove there existing medium wave transmitter in the county and replace it with a new communication tower. the Ballycommon mast can now be replaced as long as RTE meat 9 conditions

Read the story on Offaly Express

It might be Halloween but Iradio launched a Christmas stream this week. The station can be heard on the Radioplayer app. You can also listen on Alexa.

Read the story on Radio Today

And that is the summery for this weak. Come back to radio land next week for more radio news📻

This week in radio, IMRO Awards edition

Lots happens in the radio industry every week but last night was IMRO night so I’m changing up the intro.😂

Here’s how it all went down

  • Those who applied got a very nice email with a link to view the stream and with it came some small bits of handy info. Test card at 7:00pm and show start at 7:30pm. Excitement could now begin
  • The time arrived and we all had a bit of a moment when the test card didn’t show up on time, but we didn’t have long to wait and when that test card appeared you could hear an Audible sigh of relief in every radio station in the country.
  • Then show time came and any notion I had of being able to tweet live info as the event unfolded went out the window. The set was bright and colourful. It honestly looked amazing.
  • It was now time for the opening monologue which was absolutely fantastic. Radio joke after radio joke made every station CEO a bit nervous. It was really brilliant.
  • the President popped in to say hello.
  • And then just as we got to the speach from the chair of IMRO, the sound died. Everyone including us then made the same comment about sound dying at a radio event and a funny sense of pride was felt by all.
  • The super team at IMRO got things sorted quick though and after a fewspeeches we went straight into the award giving.
  • Now I can’t possibly summarise every award here but the fine people at Radio Today have done that so click here to read that.
  • We flew through the awards and sprinkled amungst them we got treated to some guest appearances and musical performances. Bosco and Gavin James were there for example. It really was great seeing such appreciation for radio.
  • And before we knew it we were coming to the end. Everyone had got there awards, Gavin James had rushed off to the Late Late show and a good time was had by all.

Congratulations to all the winners and thank you to everyone involved in making last night happen.

On a personal note, I remember being about 14 or 15 and following the then PPI Awards with excitement. Now I’m 19, studying radio broadcasting and I got the pleasure of watching the event and talking about it here on Radio Land. Radio is still cool and it does still inspire so to all the radio people that read this I just want to say thank you and keep doing what your doing.

And that is the summery for this weak. Come back to radio land next week for more radio news📻