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The Shine series by Kelly Martin


Girlboss Radio is back

Tune in to the weekly podcast on iTunes and stitcher and others later. Having been on a break since December 2016 this includes the period since April 2017 when Netflix released the TV version of the book about Sophia Amoruso and the making of the Nasty Gal company.

How Inclusive Is Community Media, Really?

Sally Kane, CEO of the National Federation Community Broadcasters, has a question for community media: How inclusive are we, really? That’s the jumping off point for our conversation with Sally and her colleague Ernesto Aguilar, as they report back from the NFCB 2017 Conference, held in Denver, CO July 17 – 19. We discuss the value of focusing on what’s working in community media, as opposed to what’s not, creating a platform for true community voices, and embracing young generations of new community media leaders.

RTE Radio 1 & 2FM schedules winter 2006

The new weekday schedules for RTÉ Radio 1 and RTÉ 2fm from September 2006 are detailed below. (Changes are in bold)

RTÉ Radio 1

Monday to Friday

05.30 – 07.00 – Rising Time with Maxi

07.00 – 09.00 – Morning Ireland

09.00 – 10.00 – The Tubridy Show

10.00 – 12.00 – Today with Pat Kenny

12.00 – 13.00 – Ronan Collins

13.00 – 13.45 – News At One

13.45 – 15.00 – Liveline with Joe Duffy (extended by 15 minutes)

15.00 – 17.00 – Afternoon Ireland with Derek Mooney (working title)

17.00 – 20.00 – Drivetime (working title) A three hour strand


17.00 – 18.30 – Drivetime (a new current affairs programme)

18.30 – 19.00 – Drivetime Sport with Des Cahill

19.00 – 20.00 – Drivetime Express with Dave Fanning

20.00 – 21.00 – Features/Documentaries/Drama

21.00 – 22.00 – Music Features

22.00 – 23.00 – Tonight with Vincent Browne

23.00 – 00.00 – Nightlines

00.00 – 02.00 – Late Date with John Creedon

02.00 – 05.30 – Through The Night


RTÉ 2fm

Monday to Friday

06.00 – 07.00 – Dave Redmond

07.00 – 09.00 – Marty In The Morning

09.00 – 12.00 – The Gerry Ryan Show

12.00 – 14.00 – Nikki Hayes

14.00 – 16.00 – Larry Gogan

16.00 – 18.00 – Ruth Scott

18.00 – 21.00 – Rick O’Shea

21.00 – 24.00 – Damien Farrelly

Longer news and information bulletins throughout the day at 1, 4 and 7pm.

Friday nights at 7pm will include Avril Hoare’s new Here Comes The Weekend programme.

The weekend schedule remains unchanged apart from a new Dave Fanning Show at 7pm on Sundays.

source SuperannRTE blog

Total Eclipse of the Radio

Sky & Telescope / Leah Tiscione

With today’s (Monday August 21st) northern hemisphere total eclipse of the sun happening some radio stations will consider playing the Bonnie Tyler classic Total Eclipse Of The Heart. Remember don’t look directly at the sun as it will blind you.

Other more serious radio people will be experimenting how an eclipse (where nighttime happens during the day) will affect the radio bands.

In 1999 there was a total eclipse that touched Cornwall in the UK. At the time the Radio Communication Research Unit through promotions got 1700 people involved is a massive open experiment getting radio listeners to tune to 639KHz Radio La Coruna.

A paper on the experiments is available from RADIO AND THE 1999 UK TOTAL SOLAR ECLIPSE.

Today’s eclipse will cast a shadow around 18:30UTC and has a total eclipse around Oregon, Idaho, Wyoming, Nebraska, northeastern Kansas, Missouri, Southern Illinois, Western Kentucky, Tennessee, Southwestern North Carolina, northeastern Georgia, South Carolina.

If you are not on this path or shadow you might be able to tune in to a radio over the internet using Web based SDR. Try SDR.HU where there are a few northern hemisphere radios. This receive station ( is in Kansas City which is north east as you can get in Kansas.

If you want to take part in the experiments today see American Radio Relay League invite page and Sky & Telescope invite here.

Blast FM

When I heard there was a radio station in Belfast called Blast FM I did think it was a tongue in cheek. When I heard their antenna was on top on the most bombed hotel in Europe (The Europa) then I knew it was tongue in cheek.

Broadcasting to the Students and Youth market in Belfast Blast is on 106.4FM and in a volunteer based community station.

From their about page

Blast 106 is licensed by the national regulator (Ofcom) to broadcast across Greater Belfast on 106.4FM – an area of 80km2.

Although you may not realise it from the quality of our broadcasting, Blast 106 is volunteer-led and provides a variety of opportunities for people to get involved in the operation of the station. Whether that is behind the mic or behind the scenes – every volunteer contributes to the life of our station and the life of our community. We provide a structured and professional Induction & Training Programme for all volunteers and a Mentor is appointed for those new volunteers who wish to broadcast. We also provide schools placements in March and November each year.

The station had a licence breach case in 2013 which ended up being sorted in the courts in Belfast with the station getting its licence extended.

Feat. Station: Union JACK

Part of the 2nd multiplex DAB in the UK Union JACK broadcasts on DAB+ in 24 kbit/s Stereo HE-AAC v2. Also online and therefore available in an app

What they say about themselves

Union JACK is the home of the Best of British. We’re all about playing the Best of British – music, comedy and general nonsense.

We’re the only radio station in the universe that plays just British music. Oh, and did we mention you pick every ruddy song that plays? Snazzy.

Launched just under 1 year ago they turn 1 on September 9th 2017.

Launch Sequence

They opened with Good Morning Britain by Aztec Camera

Twenty years and a loaded gun
Funerals, fear and the war ain’t won
Paddy’s just a figure of fun
It lightens up the danger.
And a corporal sneers at a catholic boy
And he eyes his gun like a rich man’s toy
He’s killing more than celtic joy
Death is not a stranger.

The Luxembourg Effect

80 years ago Radio Luxembourg transmitted on 252KHz now home to RTE Radio 1.

But the power of Luxembourg unlike RTE was heating up the ionosphere causing what radio scientists call the Luxembourg Effect.

This is where signals mix in the ionosphere and carry the weaker and further away signal on the back of the strong signal.

Luxembourg Effect Research is still happening to this day into how this radio frequency trick can happen and how it can be exploited.

International Lighthouse & Lightship Weekend

After Radio Caroline, Manx Radio & BBC Essex remembered the Marine Offences Act 50 years on from a Lightship on Monday it is now International Lighthouse & Lightship Weekend!

via IRTS News

Plans are in full swing for next weekend Saturday 19th August and Sunday 20th August. Make sure you mark next weekend on your calender for the following event. We have a good number of clubs in Ireland planning to take part in the International Lighthouse & Lightship Weekend this year.
With over 378 stations being set up in 41 countries around the world, this event coincides with International Lighthouse Heritage Weekend and is intended to raise the profile of lighthouses, lightvessels and other navigational aids, promoting maritime heritage. Details of which can be found at and at

Hook Lighthouse – Fran Byrne