Lots happens in the radio industry each week so here’s a summary of the week we just enjoyed.
Here’s What Happened
Broadcaster Dave Macardle has secured a temporary High Court injunction allowing him to present his show on Corks Red FM from a Dublin studio.
Dave is the host of the weekday drive time show Dave Mac’s drive, which has been a popular show on Red FM for many years.
Dave claims that it was agreed in his employment contract that he would host from the Red FM studios in Cork 2 days per week, and host from a studio in Dublin the other 3 days. However, Dave says that new management at Red FM want him to host all 5 days from the studios in Cork.
Red FM was recently purchased by Bauer Media Audio Ireland, who also own Newstalk, Today FM, Spin South West, Spin 1038, as well as Dublin station 98FM.
The case is set to return to the court on Monday. The Irish Times wrote an article covering the case in more detail so feel free to check that out below.
RTE Archives have released over 5,000 incredible recordings that they have successfully digitised from fragile acetate discs.
Acetate discs have a metal base coated with lacquer. Sound is directly cut onto them, but they are very fragile due to the layer of lacquer being extremely thin. They also naturally degrade over time, so the fact that RTÉ now have digital versions of these recordings is really quite amazing.
The project was funded by the BAI, or Coimisiún na Meán as it’s now known, and in all took over 3 years. The collection consists of full programmes and news broadcasts, as well as sound effects, inserts, performances, interviews and reports, all created for use in the production of radio programmes. It really is quite mind blowing.
From station launch’s to interviews with historically significant figures, the recordings really do paint an amazing picture and are well worth exploring.
Congratulations to everyone involved in the project. It really is great to see this audio preserved for the long run.
Finally this week, the 96FM and C103 Giving For living Radiothon is taking place. the event has been on air since Thursday, and has been raising money for cancer services in Cork.
The annual event started on Thursday, and as always is running for 3 days. The event is always very successful in cork and last year raised over €383,000 for Corks cancer services.
You can find out details of the event as well as donation information at the link below. I’d also recommend tuning in for a bit today if you get a chance as it truly is fantastic radio.
It’s wonderful to see radio being used for good like this, so best wishes to everyone involved. We’ll share the final amount over on Twitter once it’s announced.
And that’s the summary for this week. Come back to radio land next week for more radio news📻 and be sure to check us out on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn for more fun from the world of radio.