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.

UPˢᵗʳᵉᵃᵐ manages the Mixcloud uploads for United DJs

  • Mike Read's I Write The Songs - Wednesday 30th September 2020
  • Ken Michaels' Beatles Show - Wednesday 30th September 2020
  • Mike Knight - Wednesday 30th September 2020
  • PETER ANTONY DRIVE-IN - Wednesday 30th September 2020
  • TONY PRINCE / TONY PRINCE SHOW - Wednesday 30th September 2020
  • MAX MCGILL SHOW (USA) - Wednesday 30th September 2020
  • Stuart Busby - Wednesday 30th September 2020
  • Bob Lawrence - Wednesday 30th September 2020
  • Mike Read's Breakfast Show - Wednesday 30th September 2020
  • Barry Upton - United DJs of Thailand - Wednesday 30th September 2020
  • Max McGill - Wednesday 30th September 2020
  • Paul Newman Soul Sensations - Wednesday 30th September 2020
  • Mike Read's I Write The Songs - Wednesday 30th September 2020
  • Peter Roberts' Motown Hour - Tuesday 29th September 2020
  • Shaun Tilley's Radio Luxembourg Years - Tuesday 29th September 2020
  • Born Under A Bad Sign John Kereiff - Tuesday 29th September 2020
  • Kid Jensen Jensen's Dimensions - Tuesday 29th September 2020
  • PETER ANTONY DRIVE-IN - Tuesday 29th September 2020
  • MAX MCGILL SHOW (USA) - Tuesday 29th September 2020
  • TONY PRINCE / TONY PRINCE SHOW - Tuesday 29th September 2020
  • Stuart Busby - Tuesday 29th September 2020
  • Bob Lawrence - Tuesday 29th September 2020
  • Mike Read's Breakfast Show - Tuesday 29th September 2020
  • James Ross in Hong Kong - Tuesday 29th September 2020

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UPˢᵗʳᵉᵃᵐ is now available for radio stations looking for an automatic uploader of programmes to the cloud. 

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The service costs €1 per day. Think of it as an extra pair of hands or an intern that costs little to nothing (without the exploitation!!!!). 


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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.

8Radio Joins Cork DAB Trial

8Radio Joins Cork DAB Trial

Listeners to DAB in Cork will have even more choice from this weekend when Ireland’s alternative music station, 8Radio, launches with a blend of ‘quality new music and forgotten gems’.

Digital Radio took a big step forward in the summer with the launch of the Ireland’s first small-scale DAB trial. The multiplex, operated by éirdab, serves a population of a quarter of a million people in and around the city of Cork, adopting new technology that makes it more affordable for new stations to broadcast on DAB.

Since launch, two of Ireland’s leading Christian broadcasters, Radio Maria and UCB Ireland, have been broadcasting on the trial. Now 8Radio is set to join them.

8Radio Founder, Simon Maher, sees this as a major milestone in the development of his station: “We’re delighted to be part of the Cork DAB trial. It’s a great opportunity for us to extend our reach into such a music loving city and I’m confident that this is just the beginning for a whole range of quality niche broadcasting being available through terrestrial platforms.”

Éirdab’s Head of Content, John Evington, says the primary objective of the trial is to demonstrate the potential of DAB in radically extending listener choice: “It’s our aim to enrich the listening experience by carrying services that complement, rather than competing with, the existing stations broadcasting to Cork. 8Radio is a wonderful addition to our ‘ecosystem’ of new formats and alternative music fans are going to love it!”

8Radio joins the multiplex at midnight on Friday 19th October and will be on-air every weekend until Sunday 18th November. Listeners in Cork can receive the new service by simply running an ‘autoscan’ on their DAB set.

Podcast – Baldoyle Training Centre

A podcast made for Baldoyle Training Centre (May 2018)

Baldoyle Training Centre forms part of the Dublin and Dun Laoghaire Education and Training Board (DDLETB) – This podcast highlights some of the courses on offer at the training centre. Podcasts are a great way to explore in a deeper conversational way how things work.

Podcasts can be delivered as pure sound or in a video for social media delivery.