Lots happens in the radio industry each week so here’s a summary of the week we just enjoyed.
Here’s What Happened
This years IMRO nominations were announced this week, and we got confirmation on some of the event details.
The event is returning to the Lyrath Estate in Kilkenny, and will take place on Friday the 7th of October. Dermot Whelan will be back on hosting duties, as 41 award winners are announced.
The event hashtag was trending throughout the day on Tuesday as people celebrated their award nominations and congratulated each other. It’s clear that people are all looking forward to the event next month.
The hall of fame inductees will be revealed in a separate event on the 13th of September, so we’ll have loads of IMRO Awards news over the next while here on Radio Land.
Congratulations to everyone who made the shortlist, and for those who didn’t just keep at it. For the list of nominations check out the link below.
An Uplift petition calling for radio stations to stop giving a voice to climate change deniers has gained nearly 500 signatures.
The petition, started by Angela Deegan is to be sent to RTÉ, Newstalk, Today FM and Radio Nova. It argues that ”It is unacceptable and dangerous at this stage of the scientific understanding of the climate emergency to indulge climate deniers”.
The petition has a target of 500 signatures and looks to be on its way to reaching that goal.
It’s an interesting argument as on one hand you can argue (as the petition does) that giving a voice to so called climate deniers is dangerous, while on the other hand some might argue that banning a specific view from radio is equally dangerous and a slippery slope.
RTE have publicly spoken in the past about criticism of their climate change coverage so this is far from a new conversation, but it’s one that’s become more common in recent months following the unusually warm weather Ireland experienced during the summer.
The petition is linked below so feel free to sign if you wish, it will be interesting to see if any stations want to respond to the criticism over the coming days.
Finally this week, the Bauer cash machine has given away its biggest ever prize of €78,106.97.
The cash machine which airs across Bauer’s network of radio stations requires people to send a premium rate text to enter, and if they call you back you must answer within 5 rings, and give the exact cash amount down to the cent.
Leigh Gamell was the latest winner to win big, he spoke about his win, explaining how he worried the next morning that it had all been a dream.
“two minutes before I was talking to the wife and said wouldn’t it be some great craic to win that, and I literally got the phone call after that.”Leigh Gamell speaking to Ed and Valerie on Spin south Wests Fully Charged
Congratulations Leigh from us at Radio Land. Hope you enjoy the winnings.