This Week In Radio 25/9/2021

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

Here’s what happened

It only took 79 weeks. Corks Red FM have given away €8,700 after the 7:45 secret sound was won. Congratulations to Rosarie on the big win.

Listen to the win here

Learning Waves put out a great piece on sponsorships during the week. It provides great insight into how brands are looking at radio sponsorship during the pandemic. Lots of interesting information so well worth a read.

Read the piece here

Finally this week, a happy radio story. Earlier in the week we posted a story showing the true power of radio and how much it can mean to people. Great seeing some good news once in a while.

Read the story here

Quick bits

A radio reunion that led to a proposal

Listen to the new sound of RTÉ Radio 1

Could you be a spini? Spin is hiring

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.

A happy radio story

It all started with a Reddit post. A few days ago, Someone posted in the r/Ireland subreddit asking for some help. What happened next is a story of kindness, family and the power of radio in peoples lives.

The original Reddit post ( I’m hoping someone can help me hear my mammys voice again)

This is an absolute long shot I know but I’ll cut a long story short. My mother passed away when I was 17. In 2008 Today FM ran a thingy where you text in a wish you’d love to come true. At the time my mam was very ill and needed some cheering up. At that time Paddy Casey had done a version of John Lennons ‘Woman’ so I thought it’d be nice if I could arrange for myself and Paddy to sing this to her. Fast forward a few months myself and my sister went to Dublin and went on the Ray D’Arcy show. We talked to mam and I sang with Paddy. Horribly mind you but I sang none the less. They gave me a CD of it and I had it for years and years.

My dear wife got rid of the CD player I kept it in, not knowing the CD was in it. Anyway, my daughters never met their nanny (this has just set me off and I’m bawling now) and I’d love them to hear her voice. anyway I emailed and called the radio station but no joy.

Any chance anyone would no how I could get that audio back? It’s a million to one shot but anyway I said I’d try. She told me on the recording that she loves me and it’s mean the world for me to get that love back.

Thanks in advance!


Following this post, Reddit got to work. After many comments and upvotes someone suggested getting in touch with Bauer Media. After a few days waiting we got an update from the original poster.

Update post (Got to hear Mammy’s voice again!)

Just wanted to update everyone and say a huge thank you to everyone who pitched in to help me find the mp3 of my mam from Today FM in 2008. Mad to think that stuff is kept somewhere for that long! Again, big big thanks to everyone. I can’t wait to have my daughters hear their nanny’s voice! Much love ❤️


How awesome is that? basically when the poster got in touch with Bauer, they got in touch with Chris. Chris did a bit of searching and eventually the recording was found.

Radio Land spoke to the original poster who wanted to publicly thank Chris from Bauer.

I can’t state enough how grateful I am for his help. The fact he was reaching out to me out of office hours, he really went above and beyond for me and it’s lovely to see there’s good people still out there!

u/kballs on Reddit speaking to Radio Land

Well done Chris from us at Radio Land. Well done for going that extra mile.

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 11/9/2021

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

Here’s what happened

A new education bursary has been set up in memory of RTÉ broadcaster Marian Finucane. The fund will support women financially, helping them to access further education.

“There is a simple basic truth – if you educate a woman, you educate a family: If you educate a man, he gets a job. This has been proven time and time again.”

John Clarke husband of Marian Finucane, via RTÉ News

Read the story here

Everyone has a youthful side, and RTE is no exception. The new schedule for RTÉ Junior radio was published this week and there’s plenty to keep you or the little ones tuning in. You can listen to RTÉ Junior radio using the RTÉ radio player app, on the radio land listen page and by telling Alexa to play RTÉ Junior. It’s so simple a child could do it.

The logo of RTE Junior Radio

Get the new schedule details here

finally this week Rosses Radio has a new home. We reported a few weeks ago about the station having to leave their old premises but now the story has a happy ending. There’s still a lot of work to be done as the new home still needs electricity and broadband but the stations 34 volunteers are working hard to get back on air.

Read the details and check out the Go Fund Me page here

Quick bits

Matt Cooper and Niall Boylan better watch out as stars of gogglebox Ireland want their jobs

RTE Radio 1 has new jingles from today and we’ll bring you all the details on this next week. We want to hear them before passing judgement

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.