Celtic Music Radio

Today’s featured station is Celtic Music Radio. OFCOM licensed in Glasgow the station has a long history beginning with a failed licence attempt in 2005. A string of RSL broadcasts followed and then it was successful in gaining a Medium Wave community radio licence in 2007. In 2012 they were awarded an FM licence and switched from MW to FM in 2014.

The station are well connected to their musical community through various festivals and fundraisers.

Their RadioPlayer feed appears to be down (or geo blocked to me) but you can tune is here on TuneIn.

Newstalk unreserved apology for George Hook’s comments

Update 15/09/2017: George Hook suspended from duties at Newstalk

Newstalk issued an unreserved apology for George Hook’s comments about rape on the station on Friday.

Managing Editor, Patricia Monahan said that comments made were “totally wrong and inappropriate and should never have been made.”

George Hook has apologised for his comments. He said:

“I wish to apologise unreservedly for comments I made about rape on my radio programme on Newstalk yesterday (Friday). It was unacceptable to suggest in any way that blame could be attributed to victims of rape. I apologise for the comments which caused hurt and offence, and for this I am truly sorry.”

Head of the Dublin Rape Crisis Centre Noeline Blackwell, called for editors and journalists to collaborate with the organisation after the controversial remarks by George Hook about a trial in Britain.

Bryan Dobson moves from TV back to radio

RTE Newscaster Bryan Dobson is to move from flagship TV news (Six One) to flagship radio news (Morning Ireland).

Dobson who began his broadcasting career with Radio Nova in the 1980s started presenting the RTÉ Six One news in 1996.

He is no stranger to radio and morning Ireland as a twitter search will show. He has presented stints on Morning Ireland in August each year.

The very best of luck to Mr. Dobson as he returns to radio full time!

see if you can spot Bryan in this Radio Nova poster.

hankering for HF

If you miss the sounds of those old giants of shortwave like VOA, Radio Moscow et al, here is a site to pump your cans with sounds of powerful stations that traded their international diplomacy in a currency that was measured in kilowatts by the hundred.

The Shortwave Archive is gathering old recordings of large and small, regular and wonderful radio stations of the 1.6 to 30MHz bands. Enjoy.

a short RTE wave for All Ireland Finals on Shortwave

There has been no announcement from RTE about where to hear the All Ireland hurling and football finals this year.

since the mid 1990s RTE has rented transmitter space to broadcast our national games across the continent of Africa.

Last year’s All Ireland hurling final was broadcast from 1300-1700 on 15320KHz with an impressive 250 kW from South Africa.

update: 03/09/2017 game time. No sign of RTE on 31m or 19m markers are to last years locations.