This Week In Radio 27/5/2023 (a studio dispute hits the high court)

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

Here’s What Happened

Corks Red FM

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.

Read the story here

RTE Archives logo

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.

Read the story here

Giving for living Radiothon logo

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.

Visit the Radiothon website here

Quick Bits

RTE broadcaster Sarah McInerney had scammers access her bank account following a text scam

A study from Radiocentre Ireland has found that people have a delayed response to radio ads, but they are effective

Patrick Kielty will reportedly host his BBC show from Belfast when he takes on the Late Late

The RTÉ 2FM Music & Audio Production Diploma Scholarship is back

Block Rockin’ Beats host Declan pierce has launched his own record label

weather forecaster Joanna Donnelly had an insurance battle over damage to her home

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.