Ireland first independent radio station 1988

St Ita’s Hospital Radio was the first radio station in Ireland to receive one of the new broadcast licenses when the Minister for Communications of the day (Ray Burke) introduced the broadcasting bill in 1988. St. Ita’s is part of the Irish Hospital Radio Network and in 2017 will be broadcasting for 34 years.

Still broadcasting from the hospital the station can be heard locally on 89.5FM and also online.

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8radio submits expression of interest to BAI

This week 8radio submitted their expression of interest in an FM licence to the BAI. 8radio thanked their listeners on their facebook page.

Previously 8radio said of the call for submissions welcomes the decision of the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI) to seek expressions of interest in new FM Radio licences. believes that it has developed a significant niche in the Radio market and that a permanent multi-city FM licence coupled with an appropriate business and regulatory model can deliver a strong and sustainable radio station. Our expression of interest will be lodged with the BAI this week and to help us, we’d love it if you filled out our 1 minute survey so we can show the BAI that you’re real people with good taste!

Wired FM offers free media course to marginalised groups

Limerick’s student radio station, Wired FM, will run a QQI Level 3 media expression course starting this September with the aim of “supporting the voices of marginalised groups” and giving them the skills to make radio that empowers.

The course will enable participants to get to grips with how the media works and to get involved in radio that makes a difference. The course is open to people who identify as being part of a minority group. No specific prior knowledge is required, but the course is particularly suited to people with an interest in community and social issues.

According to Wired FM Station Manager Ray Burke: “The course would also suit those considering volunteering with community radio stations and those who wish to build their confidence in communicating, as well as gaining an understanding of how media production works”.

More details from Mary Immaculate College

Fáilte Kinvara Community Radio

Ireland’s newest radio station takes to the air this Saturday 12 noon.

Kinvara Community Radio is a local initiative to set up a live-streaming as well as FM broadcast radio station serving Kinvara environs as well as ‘Kinvara worldwide’ – interested listeners outside the limited broadcast area. The idea and ideals of community radio are to give voice and access to local people, and to serve local interests that are not served by other media.

From the 5th of August Kinvara FM will be broadcasting over the airwaves on 92.4 fm every Saturday and Sunday. Their followers around the world can stream the station live on the internet at