This Week in Radio 16/10/2021

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

Here’s what happened

RTE and the IBI announced a new partnership this week with the creation of Radiocentre ireland. Radiocentre will aim to promote radio advertising to attempt to grow revenue within the industry. We spoke to the Chair of the Radiocentre board John Purcell and he told us all the details.

Read our chat with John here to learn everything about Radiocentre

The budget took place this week but honestly there’s not a whole lot in it from a radio point of view. There are a few interesting bits related to broadcasting in general though so here’s what we got.

  • TG4 got a boost of €4.2 million. Worth noting that this amount was rounded to 4 million for the main budget speech but it’s actually 4.2 million.
  • €5.5 million is being spent to establish the new Media Commission. The Media Commission will replace the BAI and will also be responsible for regulating online services such as Netflix and YouTube.
  • Funding for Screen Ireland is being increased by €6.7 million. This brings total funding to 36.7 million. While screen ireland primarily fund film projects they also fund TV Dramas.

And that’s basically that. It will Be really interesting to see how this Media Commission stuff goes.

Watch the budget speech here. (if your on the website just click the play butten above

Finally this week, Juice Cork returned to the airwaves. The station will broadcast from CSN College every Thursday on 88.7 FM In Cork and you can also listen through the radio Land Listen Page. Best of luck to all the new students taking to the airwaves.

Read the full story here

Quick Bits

Great news for RTÉ at New York Radio Awards

Newstalk has announced a new podcast

There’s been a major Leak in regards to the findings of the future of media commission. I won’t have time to fully fact check everything now so expect an update next week.


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.

IMRO Awards Recap with a sprinkling of non IMRO related radio news

One year ago today, on October 2nd 2020, Radio Land Launched to keep irelands radio industry up to date with all the industry news. It’s fitting then that today we recap one of the biggest events in the Irish radio calendar. Last night was the IMRO Radio Awards, and here’s what happened.

The big winners

  • Local station of the year went to WLR in Waterford. It’s the third year in a row they took home this award. Congratulations WLR
  • Spin 1038 in Dublin was the music station of the year award winner. Congratulations Spin
  • The full service station of the year this year is BBC Radio Ulster. Gwan the Beeb

Who else won stuff?

There was a total of 41 awards so who won what? The fine people at Radio Today compiled a handy list so you can take a look here.

Here’s some of the amazing work that was awarded last night

  • 98FM in Dublin won the award for best imaging. The stations current package was created by Wisebuddah and you can listen to it here.
  • RTE won best podcast with GunPlot. You can listen to that here on apple podcasts.
  • Best documentary also went to RTÉ. A Very Irish Coup tells the story of how some very clever Irish people outsmarted the bookies. You can listen to that fantastic show with the Doc On One app.

There was loads of fantastic content awarded last night so go and enjoy it. You won’t be disappointed.

Did other non IMRO stuff happen this week?

Other stuff happened this week too so here’s a quick summary of what went on.

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 14/8/2021

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

Here’s what happened

Does the radio industry need to rethink drivetime? with more and more people working from home, how do drivetime news shows like those on Radio 1 , Newstalk and TodayFM need to adapt? That question is asked in an interesting article for the Irish Times this week. What do you think can be done to evolve news shows for this new normal? Let us know on our Twitter.

Read the article here

RTE are reportedly suffering a brain drain of Irish language speakers. Following the redundancy scheme offered to try reduce costs, many Irish speakers apparently left and this is causing difficulties for management. I got an O2 in ordinary level Irish for the leaving cert so I might be able to read the news if they provide it in sraith pictiúr form. I’d probably need six months coaching for each Bulletin but look, it’s an option.

Read the story here

And finally this week we want to say thanks. Radio Land launched in October last year so we aren’t even a year in yet, but this week you helped us hit two big milestones. Not only did the website hit a thousand lifetime views this week but we also crossed the 100 followers mark on Instagram. if you have visited just once or come back each week, thanks so much and hopefully we can keep the industry up to date going forward.

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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 24/7/2021

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

Here’s what happened

Rte were in court this week where they requested that legal action taken against them by politician Joe Costello be struck out. According to the Irish Times, Counsel for Joe Costello accepted the case is ‘novel’ but rejected suggestion it was bound to fail

Read the full report from The Irish Times here

In other RTÉ news, Ray Darcy is looking for a sponsor for his show on Radio 1. So how much does it cost?

  • 3 months sponsorship is €80,000
  • You can get 6 months for €135,000
  • And a whole 12 months of Ray Darcy sponsorship can be all yours for €220,000

I don’t really think I can afford to sponsor Ray this time.

Get all the details here

Finally this week Bauer stations ran a networked competition to give away €30,000 this week. They did the same thing with €20,000 the week before. The competition is a standard text to win with entries costing €2.50

Here are the contest details

And that is the summery 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.