This Week In Radio 28/5/2022

Lots happens in the radio industry each week so here’s a summary of the week we just enjoyed.

Here’s What Happened

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The 96FM Giving For Living Radiothon is back for 2022. The event, which raises money for cork Cancer services, returned on Thursday and will run until this evening.

The 2022 event is raising money for

  • The Mercy Hospital foundation
  • Marymount
  • The CUH
  • Cork Arc Cancer support house
  • Breakthrough cancer research

The event always raises loads of money for some great causes, and also creates some fantastic radio along the way.

Best wishes to everyone involved, hopefully this year will be another massive success.

Click here to learn more or donate

Claire Byrne has stepped down from her TV show in order to focus on her radio gig. Claire has hosted Today with Claire Byrne on Radio 1, replacing Sean o’ Rourke in the slot from 2020.

She’s been hosting Claire Byrne Live on RTÉ One Television since 2015, but now that show is ending to allow Claire to focus on her Radio 1 job. RTE are developing ideas for a new show, so it will be interesting to see what replaces it.

This news didn’t really come as a surprise for those of us who follow the industry. Claire has been very honest in the past, explaining how she felt she wasn’t spending enough time with her family. she spoke about how she knew she was in a very privileged position, but also that she found her two jobs exhausting.

Hopefully Claire is able to manage things a bit better now and hopefully we get a great new show replacing Claire Byrne Live on TV.

Read Claire speaking about work life balance here

Read the RTÉ press release here

Finally this week, I wanted to share an article from the Irish Times. Usually something like this might end up in quick bits, but there’s simply too much information here for that.

We’ve talked many times about the debate surrounding Irish music on Irish radio. But many still comment on the issue. We got an Irish Times article on the subject this week and we learned a lot from it.

  • We got an insight into IMRO royalty payments
  • We heard about the breakdown of airplay for signed artists versus independent artists
  • And we got interesting perspectives from those in both the music and radio industry.

I’d highly recommend having a read of the article linked below. Somehow I think this is a debate that will be continuing for years to come.

Read the article here

Quick Bits

Radio Land transparency update

Pj Coogan from 96FM talks about the culture that made him

The climate change sound and vision round that we reported on recently has now opened

An Irish radio presenter Nuala McGovern has joined the BBC World Service

Irelands Eurovision entry Brooke Scullion has spoken more about how radio needs to support Irelands Eurovision efforts

RTE Lyric FM will have its own stage at this years bloom garden festival

Speaking of Lyric, weather as well as traffic updates are now up for sponsorship

And that’s the summary for this week. Come back to radio land next week for more radio news📻 and be sure to follow us on Twitter and Instagram for extra stories.