It is easy to see that radio is a resilient medium. It battled cinema and television and VCRs and internet streams and it still keeps going and keeps getting stronger. Not the tall head but the long tail of radio. Tall heads are playing classic hits and becoming more removed by the decades they aspire to. But the long tail of radio, under the radar, small audiences, medium audiences is bubbling and crackling with life. While they are bubbling and crackling they are still smaller than the tail head high tower radio groups but their business model has them streets ahead in the ROI game. Station versus station tall heads are bigger than the long tails, but the combined size of the long tail is now creeping up on the big old stations,(I do not have a source yet for this claim other than my own close observations of the growth on small scale radio projects in Europe & USA). This autumn’s edition of Index on Censorship magazine has a focus on radio being back, I would query was it ever away? It’s just the definition of who is radio and what is radio that is being reinterpreted. Have a read of it yourself.

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special edition podcast from Index on Censorship about radio.

The retro medium of radio is back, as we explore in the autumn issue of Index on Censorship magazine 2017, which is excellent news for the delivery of well, news.

“The new rise of radio allows more opportunities to discuss and debate than ever before, but we must also fight for radio stations to be unbound from state control and to be able to broadcast news freely,” Index on Censorship magazine Editor Rachael Jolley writes in the new issue.

Listen to a radio show, and you might be provoked, informed or excited about a new subject. But in listening you are doing something that is a little out of fashion, contemplating what others are saying, not tweeting some angry instant response, or even just posting the first thought that comes into your head.

After many predictions of its death, radio is on the rise again, its audience is growing across various age groups and various countries including the US and UK, and part of the reason might be because we are all a bit tired of transmitting constantly. Instead we appear to be happier to settle down and listen to radio and, particularly its news programmes, once again, argued Jolley.

We report that in the summer of 2017, around 48.2 million people in Britain listened to the radio at least once a week, up 0.9% from 2016. And in 2017 across the Atlantic, the USA is seeing a surge in listeners for news and talk radio. Of particular interest is the steady growth in those who listen to the radio for news in the 18 – 35 age group. “Radio was thought to be going out of fashion as new technologies elbowed it out of the way, but instead it’s back and gathering new audiences. Part of the reason might be growing awareness that someone’s ramblings are not necessarily a reliable source of information.”

Our special report on radio and its impact in 2017 includes a report from Laura Silvia Battaglia in Mosul on the radio station that is giving a voice to the residents of the city, while Claire Kopsky interviews people behind “radio boats”, which are broadcasting information on cholera in the Central African Republic in a bid to educate the population about the disease. We report on how Somali radio journalists receive threats from Al-Shabab for doing their jobs. “I check underneath my wheels, but normally they put bombs under the seat in your car,” says radio reporter Marwan Mayow Hussein.

Then there are the stories of radio proving a perfect outlet for people to share their most private inner thoughts and experiences, as radio star Wana Udobang writes about from a Nigerian context and best-selling author Xinran remembers back in China.

“Part of the increased popularity of radio is that it’s managed to evolve and we explore how podcasts are being made in some of the least likely – and most censored – places, such as China, and smuggled into North Korea.” The magazine also have a handy guide on making your own podcasts, for those with an idea.

But radio’s ability to reach the masses also means that this powerful tool can get into the wrong hands. Then there’s Rwanda, which two decades ago saw the airwaves being monopolised by voices promoting genocide. The country has moved on a lot, but radio there is still far from free. Veteran reporter Graham Holliday who has covered the country reports on the latest challenges.

And there’s interviews with BBC World Service English director Mary Hockaday, pirate radio DJ Allan Brando, Hong Kong broadcaster Hugh Chiverton and science presenter Robin Ince.

Outside the special report on radio, the magazine publishes a special investigation into the dangers faced by journalists in Mexico, by our special correspondent Duncan Tucker, who looks at how many reporters have been murdered since 2000, as 2017 looks to record the most killings for a decade.

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Th!nking Rad!o

What is THINK!NG RADIO? An experiment in curation of podcasts for audiences. With most programmes sourced from university campuses or covering content being studied at 3rd level. Comments are open and suggestions and observations are welcome.

Going for gold

Rick O’Shea & Will Leahy are going to present live shows on RTE Gold from next month.

in a Facebook post Rick said

A little bit of news here for you on Facebook – I have a new job.

As announced today this Sunday October 15th marks my last ever show on RTÉ 2fm after 16 years here.

Before you all start gnashing teeth and weeping uncontrollably (I can hear you already from here, I really can) this is brilliant, exciting news.

I’m moving on to be a central part of RTE’s continuing development of our long-standing digital radio channels and I’m going to be back live on the radio 5 days a week in the afternoons playing music I genuinely like and love, this time as part of the first ever live weekday schedule on RTÉ Gold.

More details about that at the end.

That doesn’t mean though that it’s not hard to move on from the longest gig I’ve ever had, a place where I learned how to do this bloody job properly, and a spot where I made some genuine friends.

To give you some idea of where it fits in my working life I was 28 when I joined, I’m now 44 – I’ve spent 3 times as long here as I did at my previous longest job and almost 2/3 of my entire working life.

I started as pretty much the youngest person on the schedule in a room with desks occupied by Tony Fenton, Gareth O’Callaghan, Dusty Rhodes, Larry Gogan, Dave Fanning, Ruth Scott, Aidan Leonard and Gerry Ryan and now I leave 5 or 6 complete schedule changes down the line as, well, one of the more experienced staff… *ahem*

Time passes much faster than you think.

2001 seems like, if not yesterday, certainly a couple of years ago.

This is an astonishing, boggling job that has, over the years seen me do live radio shows in pretty much every county in Ireland and from San Francisco to Glasgow to Boston to Austria to Malta, interview Daniel Craig about James Bond, do One Direction’s first Irish radio interview, have Dave Grohl accidentally announce the Foo Fighters were headlining Slane, saw me onstage in front of 100,000 people in the Phoenix Park in a chicken suit, broadcast from dozens of festivals, ploughing championships, beach tours and 10,000 other tiny moments that are lost in the mists of time…

Actually, it’s not a job. It’s a brilliant, challenging hobby with a salary that seems to have, mostly at least, been fun for everyone who listened too.

It’s impossible to say goodbye to all of this though without saying goodbye to the show I do now.

Believe it or not Cormac Battle and I were thrown together 7 years ago, not really knowing each other terribly well at the time, and we’ve spent every working day since to the point now where we’re essentially an old married couple. Our on-air partnership may be finishing, for now, and Cormac will be staying in 2FM, but our real life friendship won’t be coming to an end.

If only because neither of us really likes other people very much and who else would put up with us?

As to what happens next, I’m going back to daytime radio, where I belong, to RTE Gold, along with the brilliant Will Leahy who’ll be doing the new breakfast show every day 7-10am

If you ever listened to 2FM from the 90s to about 2010 then things over there are going to sound awfully familiar. You’ll be able to listen on the RTE Radio Player app (or whatever app you use to listen to radio), through the RTE Gold website, on your Digital DAB radio or in the radio channels on your Virgin or Eir TV box.

Spread the word 😉

This hasn’t been an easy decision to make, it’s been a hard one, but it’s rare enough that you get a chance in this job to take over a greenfield site on a project that’s becoming something more and more exciting here in RTE.

I start live every weekday on RTE Gold 3-6pm from Monday November 6th.

You won’t be hearing less of me from now on, you’ll be hearing more. I’ve been made an offer I can’t refuse…

Thanks for listening.

R x

DCFM & Alone announce a new media partnership

ALONE, the charity that supports older people to age at home, are delighted to announce a new media partnership with Dublin City FM. This alliance will support the work of ALONE, as it aims to raise awareness of issues facing older people living in Ireland.

This new move will see ALONE’s work receive increased media presence, emphasising the issues concerning older people. ALONE provides services including Support Coordination, Befriending, Housing Support and campaigns on topics such as housing, poor services and more, which offer vital support to older people in Ireland. This new partnership will aim to improve awareness of this work and opportunities for public and recipient involvement.

Seán Moynihan, CEO of ALONE, commented, “We are delighted to begin this new partnership with Dublin City FM. It points to the prevalence of issues facing older people and highlights the importance of ALONE’s work as we fight to combat these. By partnering with us, Dublin City FM recognise these issues and I look forward to seeing how our work together can ultimately help older people.”

He continued, “This alliance will greatly help to communicate ALONE’s services and messages to the public, bringing such issues of homelessness, loneliness and lack of supports to the forefront of listeners’ awareness. This is of increasing importance as Ireland faces a rapidly growing older demographic.”

CEO of Dublin City FM, Mick Hanley, spoke on the new partnership, “Dublin City FM is excited to embark on this new partnership with ALONE. We greatly appreciate the work they have achieved and hope to support this work, and further the benefit to older people in Dublin. The issues that ALONE campaigns for are central to our society, deserving of attention and action. Together, Dublin City FM aims to be a part of this action.”

For those who have concerns about their own wellbeing, or the wellbeing of an older person in the community, ALONE can be contacted on (01) 679 1032. For more information about ALONE visit

Podcast Services

From 2005-2012 I recorded, edited and sometimes voiced the RaboDirect Podcast Series.

Pioneering Podcasting in Ireland since 2004 I won a Netvisionary Award from the Irish Internet Association for Podcasting Services in 2006. I went on to win 2 more Podcasting awards with The Sodshow radio programme I edited & presented on Dublin City FM from 2011 to 2016.

January 2017 I started the Mental Wealth Radio Show on Dublin City FM. I firmly believe that Podcasting and Radio and a mix of both are perfect to get your message across.

From Podcasts to Radio Stations, Radio is still the best storytelling medium. Consider Radio (and yes that includes Podcasts) in your marketing plan.

It’s Fran again… FM Subcarrier Broadcasting

from the comments under the video


Max Zomboni found this article about PRN.

Published: May 21, 1981

The Physicians Radio Network, a round-the-clock service sponsored by several giant pharmaceutical companies, will discontinue broadcasts on May 31.

In 1974, Visual Information Systems, a division of the Republic Corporation, initiated the station exclusively for doctors – it currently reaches 80,000 physicians in 69 cities. Jay E. Raeben, president of Visual Information, said that his company had ”failed to persuade enough of the industry that the radio was a medium important to use.”

Transmitting on an FM sideband frequency, or subchannel, which could not be picked up on a standard radio dial, the network permitted doctors to communicate among themselves, more freely perhaps than might be possible before a listening lay public. This feature, however, contributed to the station’s downfall. The necessary special receivers were distributed to doctors upon request and without charge. Mr. Raeben said that the cost of manufacturing and mailing such equipment had diminished revenues substantially. Used by Advertisers

Physicians rank as the profession most vigorously sought by adverstisers, because their prescriptions largely determine the profits of billion-dollar drug companies.

”Surveys show that P.R.N. affected sales very positively, especially as it impacted new products,” said Robert E. Devinna, director of advertising for Roche Laboratories, one of the sponsoring companies. Eight minutes of every hour on the air are devoted to advertising. Programming focused on scientific breakthroughs and significant operations, such as the recent surgery on the Pope.

”P.R.N. rarely announces new drugs,” said Mr. Raeben, who also acts as managing director of the station. ”We made a very considerable effort to insure that programming was not in the interest of the advertisers.” If a new drug were announced, it would have to be newsworthy in itself, he asserted. May Turn to Journals

Mr. Devinna of Roche Laboratories thinks that some of the major drug companies that advertised on the network will probably turn more to medical journals now. He views this as ”shortsightedness of the marketing industry,” and added, ”Traditional advertising channels are cluttered – it’s a shame to see P.R.N. die.”

The end of Physicians Radio Network will apparently not work any great hardship on its originator. ”Republic Corporation does not expect to lose any money due to the termination of P.R.N.,” Rembrandt P. Lane, an executive vice president, said

He said that Republic had tried unsuccessfully to sell the station, which had, in fact, been profitable for the last three years. ”P.R.N. is a very small investment by a division of Republic Corporation,” Mr. Lane said, ”having a limited marketplace – and the 80,000 subscribing doctors paid nothing for the service or the radio.”

Mr. Lane declined to specify the operating expenses of the network, or Republic’s initial investment.

Joe King BTS inducted into IMRO Hall of Fame

Broadcast Technical Services CEO Joe King inducted into IMRO Radio Awards Hall of Fame.

Dublin September 22nd at the office of the BAI in Dublin BTS chief executive Joe King was inducted as a new member into the radio industries IMRO Radio Awards Hall of Fame.

King founded BTS in 1990 building on his experience of Broadcast Engineering. BTS has grown to be the number one Irish based broadcast engineering service over the last 27 years.

With engineering interests in National and Local Radio across Ireland BTS has grown in Europe, Middle East & Africa where its experience in assisting clients make the very best radio from transmission to studio.

Speaking about the award Mr. King said “I am immensely humbled by this accolade, often the well known household names of broadcasting are inducted, it was a wonderful surprise and honour to be told that as a broadcast engineer I was to be inducted into the IMRO Hall of Fame.”

The IMRO Radio Awards committee (formerly the PPI Awards) in conjunction with the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI) inducts a select few members each year for their contributions to Irish broadcasting and for the achievements of the inductees across their careers.

Previous inductees include Irish Broadcasters Aine Lawlor, Gay Byrne, Gerry Ryan, Larry Gogan, Dave Fanning, Ronan O’Rahilly, Tony Fenton, Mario Rosenstock and Marian Finucane.

On the significance of the award Mr. King said “To be recognised among peers in the industry and awarded this high honour alongside other greats of Irish broadcasting is extremely flattering. Engineering is the back office, or snow-capped windswept mountain top, part of the operation and we are the people that keep the show on the road in all weathers. Radio is a tough business in Ireland but always rewarding, because if you love radio, that is passion that drives us.”

The award was presented by IMRO Chairman Eleanor McEvoy at a ceremony in The BAI offices in Dublin on Friday 22nd September and the induction will be completed at this years IMRO Radio Awards in Kilkenny on October 6th.

BTS staff would like to take this opportunity to congratulate it’s CEO on receiving this award and for his continued dedication and contribution to Irish broadcasting North and South and overseas.