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.

This Week In Radio 28/8/2021

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

Here’s what happened

Beat 102 103 launched a new breakfast show this week. Niall Power and Shonagh Lyons host the new show with some segments such as the daily dilemma remaining from the old format. Best of luck to the new Beat breakfast team from us at Radio Land.

Watch the first link of the new show here

1,866, that’s the number of staff employed by RTÉ in 2020. The broadcaster released some stats during the week which give us some interesting insights to pay at the broadcaster. Remember that the below numbers don’t include contractors. Also note the below info is basic salaries only.

  • 117 people are earning big bucks at over €100,000 last year. Breaking that down slightly, 22 staff earned between €150,000 and €250,000, with the other 95 only getting between €100,000 and €150,000.
  • 176 of the staff got between €80,000 and €100,000.
  • 554 people got between €60,000 and €80,000. Not bad, not bad at all.
  • 745 of the staff (the largest group) earned between €40,000 and €60,000, with 274 earning less than €40,000

So there you have it. You can find other interesting stats in the linked article.

A message to RTÉ

I’m available for work! I have many skills and I’m quite affordable relatively speaking. Imagine that as a Tinder bio, anyway. If your interested just use the contact page or just message @davidredmondradio on Instagram.

Get more info about RTE’s stats from The Journal

And finally this week Kilian Pettit is leaving Red FM. Kilian spoke to Radio Land Ahead of his last show tomorrow.

I loved hosting The Late Shift, got to play lots of great music and do some silly skits and bits in between the songs. I’ve got one more show on Sunday morning from 10am, very proud of that show too, most listened to show ever for RedFM on a Sunday. I’ve been nominated for a few IMROs – won a silver last year – so that’s one of my happiest moments. Honestly though the best memories are the funny calls with listeners, from on air workouts to dog weddings – could be anything! I plan to do more film/video work going forward so follow me on Instagram and Twitter @kilianpettit I might pop up on radio again sometime, who knows!

Kilian speaking to Radio Land

Best of luck to Kilian from all at Radio Land.

Follow Kilian’s Instagram

And his Twitter

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 21/8/21

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

Here’s what happened

RTE had their new season launch this week which had a few small radio updates. What’s more interesting on the RTÉ front this week though is that The 2 Johnnies were filling in on 2FM. I had a listen on Monday and Tuesday and I must say they really fit the station format very well. RTE need to look at something more permanent for the lads as they’re a great double act.

Here’s all the new RTÉ TV and radio stuff

Rosses community Radio in Donegal is looking for a new home as the premises they were using is no longer available. Station Director Carol Ann Webb spoke to Donegal News about the issue.

“The station is made possible by the 34 volunteers we have here who are driven by nothing more than their love of radio, love of music and their desire to give something back to the community. As you can imagine, all our hearts are broken by what has happened.”

Carol Ann Webb speaking to Donegal News

Full story and details of how you can help are in the Donegal News article

And finally this week, everyone knows This TikTok song. Well that’s how Every program director might feel for a while as TikTok radio has just launched. With Viral hits hosted by TikTok stars, it could create challenges for traditional stations. The service is operated by SiriusXM.

Read full details from TechCrunch

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.