Future of Media Commission

In January 2021 the Future of Media Commission sought submissions for interested people to shape the future landscape of media in Ireland and from Irish people aboard. 750 submissions were made which is an outstanding number of connections made.

Myself and John Walsh made a submission which calls for the opening up of spectrum to new uses to breathe some life into the grassroots of radio.

Here is a copy of our submission A new community media model from the ground up.

In conclusion we call for the following action points to be addressed as they are essential to a new grassroots public media model:

  1. Foster and grow micro and niche services for underserved groups.
  2. Deregulate spectrum to grow diversity of use.
  3. Incentivise use of unused spectrum for hyper-local media.
  4. Establish and fund a national network of community media hubs.
  5. Develop core-funding model for such community media and hubs.
  6. Abolish broadcasting levy for community and institutional stations.
  7. Streamline licencing process to facilitate alternative media uses.
  8. Scrap Section 71 fees for content licences.
  9. Roll out media literacy training to deliver ready to use practical media skills.

Athlone Calling

The first high power transmitting station in Ireland was officially opened by Taoiseach Eamon de Valera in Moydrum, Athlone in 1933. This radio documentary goes back in time to tell the stories about the history of the transmitter in Athlone, memories of locals when radio was called wireless, to the current days when community members make an effort to preserve the site as our national and technical heritage, a site that is still home to the old Marconi’s equipment.

Script: Gearoid O’Brien
Narrator: Phillip Gillen
Produced and edited by Irena Cvetkovic

Contributors: Jim Kearns, Tommy Mollen, Martin Hanley, Margaret Franklin, Geoffrey Foy, Carmel Feeney, Alan Shaw, Ciaran Mollooly and St Mary’s Active Age Group.

This programme was made with the support of the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland

An Athlone Community Radio production

National Community Radio Day

June 19th NCRD 2020 from Community Radio Ireland was hosted by 92.5 Phoenix FM. It was a four hour broadcast that really captured the vibrancy that is the buzz of Community Radio during Covid19 lock down.

The day’s broadcast was streamed in uncompressed audio to participating CRAOL stations around Ireland for simulcasting. The stream was provided by Broadcast Technical Services.

Two reports were launched on the day highlighting Social Benefit outcomes within Community Radio and the communities they serve.

Community Radio – Delivering Social Benefit’, as part of its Community Media Action Plan. The publication of the report marks National Community Radio Day and was commissioned by the BAI, supported by Community Radio Ireland (CRAOL) and undertaken by Nexus Research Cooperative.

The report examines the development and implementation of an evaluation methodology that addresses the statutory requirement for community media to deliver a social benefit to the community it serves. It is an abridged version of two reports: ‘Assessing the Benefit of Community Radio, A Toolkit for Community Radio’; and, ‘Introducing a Social Benefit Approach to Community Radio – A Compendium of Stories’, both published by the BAI and CRAOL.

A poem was commissioned for the NCRD 2020. Written by Frank Phelan ‘The Story of We’ is a sharp take on the value that community media is to every community that fosters the medium.

The Story of We – by Frank Phelan

Radio Numbers Up

On Thursday 27th February I gave a talk to Raidio Na Life on radio numbers and the youth audience.

Radio Numbers Up

Download the slide deck.

It reminded me of a paper I wrote in 2017 on THE AUDIO LISTENING HABITS OF GENERATION Y&Z.

Radio has adapted from long wave to short wave to medium wave to FM in the 80s. Radio has moved with the technology advances when available, but now radio is blocked from the device by the makers of the device. Radio’s way back into to the smartphone is via streaming, but now the competition isn’t the 20 local market stations on the regulated radio band but tens of thousands of stations from all over the world, podcasts and streaming music services.

Audience changes its relationship with radio when the equipment changes.

The research was a focus group of 5 people in the ages covering generation Y&Z. It throws up some interesting ideas on media consumption of the youth of today.

Radio Numbers Up

radio, more important than radio

I don’t share enough here on the blog. Social media (micro blogs) get most of my quick thoughts (quips). Today I share the InRadio podcast and in particular this episode.

With the microphones reversed, the regular presenter of the podcast is interviewed on radio about radio. We hear what got Dom Chambers started in radio and his path to Community Radio.

Also the core message which I decode as, radio is more important than radio. That people who love radio have an opportunity to use the platform to make this world a better place. And if you are thinking of starting right about now the timing could not have been better.

Radio is much easier to make that video. The radio industry is going through changes that is leaving an empty pitch for a whole new football match. Commercial local radio is becoming national radio with big brands. Community Radio is growing fast. Also community radio can scale to fill these gaps local radio left because community radio has a funding model that is non commercial.

Have a listen to my podcast of the week, no month. InRadio with Dom Chambers.

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  • Groove Control with Paul Ankrah in Ghana - Friday 16th April 2021
  • TONY PRINCE SHOW - Monday 01st July 2019
  • Stuart Busby Show - Wednesday 15th January 2020
  • Ken Michaels' Beatles Show - Wednesday 15th January 2020
  • TONY PRINCE / TONY PRINCE SHOW - Wednesday 15th January 2020
  • Mike Knight - Wednesday 15th January 2020
  • The Motown Hour with Pete Roberts - Wednesday 15th January 2020
  • PETER ANTONY DRIVE-IN - Wednesday 15th January 2020
  • MAX MCGILL SHOW (USA) - Wednesday 15th January 2020
  • TATES GALLERY WITH SIMON TATE - Friday 23rd August 2019
  • PETER ANTONY DRIVE-IN - Thursday 30th May 2019
  • THE MIKE READ BREAKFAST SHOW - Wednesday 27th March 2019 Part 2
  • PETER ANTONY DRIVE-IN - Monday 01st July 2019
  • TONY PRINCE SHOW - Monday 08th April 2019 Part 2
  • EMPEROR ROSKO ROSKO’S COAST TO COAST COUNTRY - Tuesday 26th March 2019 Part 1
  • ALTON ANDREWS SHOW - Wednesday 24th April 2019
  • LES ADAMS SOUL FUNKTION - Sunday 07th April 2019 Part 1
  • EMPEROR ROSKO ROSKO’S L.A. CONNECTION - Monday 15th April 2019 Part 2
  • THE MIKE READ BREAKFAST SHOW - Thursday 08th August 2019
  • FREDDY CANNON’S NASHVILLE SHOW - Friday 24th May 2019
  • ROGER MCCORMICK – SYMPHONICA Part 2
  • BOB LAWRENCE SHOW - Wednesday 27th March 2019 Part 2
  • FREDDY CANNON’S NASHVILLE SHOW - Friday 05th April 2019 Part 2
  • PETER ANTONY DRIVE-IN - Monday 08th April 2019 Part 1

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    The Death Of The Personality DJ

    Everything has changed for listeners. But that doesn’t mean that personality radio should be dead. Delivery has changed so much, that radio need not be mostly about the music. Music can now be delivered better in other ways. So that leaves the bits in between music, around the music, without the music. The mediated music parts. It is “Media” after all and self curated is not mediated. So radio has space to reinvent. This does not mean bringing it back as it was in the past (but aspects can be reused, I doesn’t need to be confined to anywhere just because it is old). Reinvent Radio. New Radio. Different Radio. Better Radio. Improved Radio. Compelling Radio. When it is compelling it will be listened to.