This week in radio 12/11/2022 (yo Bauer, why you gotta buy a radio station on the same week as the JNLR’s? That’s too much radio news for one week)

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

Here’s what happened

Red FM logo

The rumours are true! Bauer have agreed a deal to buy Cork’s Red FM.

The deal is subject to regulatory approval, but if everything goes to plan Bauer will then be owners of Red FM, 98FM, Spin 1038, Spin South West, Today FM, and Newstalk.

What does this mean in practice though. There are a number of safe bets, and also lots of things we can have fun speculating about.

Safe bets

  • Red FM will become part of Goloud. Goloud is the app housing all of Bauers audio content, so Red FM will certainly become part of that platform.
  • Cash machine is on its way. The cash machine is a premium rate text to play game that’s aired across Bauers network of stations. It’s almost certain to make its way to Cork if this deal goes through. This may result in cash amounts up for grabs increasing across the network, but we’ll need to wait and see. The Cork market has previously had a similar format called Cash Call, but that hasn’t really been around since the former UTV network became Wireless Group.
  • Red FM sport is about to get the Off The Ball treatment. It will be interesting to see where this leaves brands like The Big Red Bench, It might become part of OTB, it might get sent to the sideline never to be seen again. No matter what though it’s safe to assume Red FM will develope a tighter relationship with OTB.

While obviously all this is speculation, these all seem like relatively obvious things to expect from Bauer in this case.

There are still lots of questions though. Is The Neil Prendeville Show going to face the same treatment as Dublin Talks and just get axed? Will we start seeing networked shows across the station? Could the Red FM brand become an extension of Spin South West? That’s only the start of it. From the Today FM/Newstalk studios in cork to the RedExtra brand, who knows what potentially huge changes might be on the horizon.

No matter what way you look at it, there are some crazy times ahead for a market that really hasn’t changed much in recent years. It’s the biggest change in Cork since KC joined 96FM from Red, and arguably the impact of this Bauer move will be bigger.

What are your thoughts? Is this a good or bad deal? What do you expect to change? Go let us know over on our Instagram story now.

Read the story here


Usually this would be our top story, but it’s just been a crazy week in the radio world. Anyway, New JNLR numbers were released this week, so it’s time to find out who’s going up and down.

As always we don’t have the time to cover all stations, but we’ll include links you can use at the end if you want more details.

Radio 1 Logo

In general this wasn’t a great book for Radio 1. Nothing has changed massively at the station, but it seems they are suffering a loss in listeners that until now was only seen in the afternoons.

  • 451,000 are listening to Morning Ireland, that’s down a huge 22,000 in a single book
  • Tubridy has an audience of 344,000 he’s down from 369,000
  • Claire Byrne now sits at 331,000 listeners, she’s down 19,000
  • The big news here though is Ray darcy’s show continuing it’s massive decline. the show is down 18,000 to 179,000

It’s unclear what’s going wrong here, but clearly there was either an over estimation in the last book or radio 1 has started to drop listeners.

What’s clear though is Ray Darcy is having trouble, and RTÉ have noticed. The head of RTÉ Radio 1 spoke about the show to the Independant.

“We changed the production team on it in the last while. It has one of the best series producers and also one of the best new producers. We got two new superb researchers so what we would be more looking at is the structure of the programme rather than the content. That’s where we think we probably have to go with it.”

head of RTÉ Radio 1 Peter Woods

If this continues for another book some tough decisions will need to be made.

2FM Logo

2FM had more of a mixed bag, rather than dropping huge listeners like Radio 1, shows that you might expect to have seen growth have remained the same.

  • 2FM breakfast is up 1,000 with listenership of 124,000
  • Jennifer Zamparelli has 131,000 listeners, that’s down 7,000
  • It’s the same story for Tracey Clifford, she’s now at 120,000 after also dropping 7,000
  • The 2 Johnnies have had no change this book staying on 122,000

2FM isn’t facing the same disaster that Radio 1 saw this book, but they would probably have been hoping for better. This isn’t really too bad for now as long as it doesn’t become a trend.

Today FM Logo

Basically everyone’s down on today FM except relative newcomer Ray Foley

  • Breakfast is down 2,000 and now has 199,000
  • Dermot & Dave are down 5,000 now slipping beneath 200,000 at 198,000 listeners
  • Pamela Joyce has dropped 4,000 and now sits at 130,000
  • Matt Cooper has lost a scary 10,000 listeners and now has 164,000
  • The big news is Ray though, he’s crushing his slot and is now up 6,000 to 149,000

Fair play Ray, that’s good going

Newstalk logo

Newstalk also had a mixed bag, but nothing too disastrous. Some shows are up, some are down, so everything all kind of evens out.

  • Newstalk Breakfast with Ciara Kelly and Shane Coleman is up 1,000 and now has an audience of 147,000
  • 177,000 tune in for Pat Kenny, that’s down 7,000
  • Lunchtime Live is down 3,000 to 108,000, so not a massive drop, but a drop all the same.
  • Moncrieff now has 90,000, he’s up 3,000.
  • The Hard Shoulder is up 1,000 and sits at 156,000.

Really mixed bags for Bauer stations this time, but it could be worse. It’s not a Radio 1 style catastrophe which is a good thing I guess.


It’s hard to know what to think this time around as it really could have gone better if we’re honest. We can only hope for an improvement in the next book.

Check out the links below for more details.

Radio Today



Eoghan in the 2FM studios before the drama hit

The boss at 2FM has spoken about Eoghan McDermott’s future on the station, as well as a number of recent goings on for station presenters.

Eoghan McDermott left 2FM in February 2021, after aligations were made against him. The person who made those aligations later retracted them in a legal letter, and Eoghan has now began rebuilding his career following the incident.

He has recently returned to naration duties on Love Island Australia, so naturally enough the question came up about a possable return to 2FM. RTÉ 2fm boss Dan Healy spoke about that this week, saying that at least for now the 2FM schedual is locked down.

“His contract ran out with us at that time and the schedule is now locked down. The station is now moving in a certain direction with talent like the 2 Johnnies, the Breakfast Show trio Doireann Garrihy, Donncha O’Callaghan and Carl Mullen alongside Jen Zamparelli and Tracy Clifford. I don’t see this schedule moving. I think we made the right decisions with regards to the talent. We have a really nice, strong daytime schedule,”

RTÉ 2fm boss Dan Healy

It will be interesting to see if another station does take Eoghan on in the next while, but it looks like 2FM is out of the picture at least for now.

Dan also addressed other stuff this week including a challenge finding male presenters, as well as Lottie Ryan being disapointed after not getting the hosting job for Dancing With The Stars.

You can read all that below

Read the story here.

Quick Bits

RTÉ newsreader Kasia Czernik is seeking €300,000 after she received inappropriate texts from a colleague

Production company Turnip + Duck have won the Society Award at the NCBI Vision Awards for their RTEJr Radio podcast Maddie + Triggs. (disclosure, I work for NCBI but had no involvement in any of these projects)

Today FM switched to music for a bit due to a fire alarm activation at the studios

The Christmas FM song contest is back

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.

This Week In Radio 5/11/2022 (sponsorships and fireworks)

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

Here’s what Happened

An RTÉ promotional image promoting the sponsorship opportunity for 7 day sport

It’s the biggest sports sponsorship in Irish radio, and it’s now up for grabs. For the first time in 6 years, RTÉ are looking for a new sponsor for sports update on Radio 1.

The sponsorship has a 12 month rate card value of €1,340,625, so it’s clear that the brand who’s sponsoring the sport will need some cash to get the deal. How much is RTÉ looking for you might ask? Well, here’s how much it all costs.

  • If you want the sponsorship for 3 months, that will set you back a cool €110,000.
  • If you want to go up to 6 months, you’ll need €180,000 in the bank to do so
  • What if you want the whole year though? Every scrum, every tackle, every kick, every punch. That will be costing you a massive €300,000. That’s no small chunk of change.

It’s crazy to think how much money is involved in these deals, but at the same time a deal this large can instantly turn a brand into a household name. For many brands that’s a priceless oppertunity.

It will be interesting to see who takes over as sponsor, but we won’t need to wait long. The current deal ends in January 2023, so we’ll know soon enough.

Read the details here

Aviva insurance logo

While RTÉ is looking for a sponsor, Newstalk is after securing a new 12 month deal for the Pat Kenny Show.

Aviva insurance has come on board as the shows new sponsor, with a 12 month deal brokered by Core. The deal includes in show stings, but it also gives Avviva promotion through Social Media and digital display advertising.

The value of the deal isn’t known, but considering that Pat Kenny has 184,000 listeners according to the most recent JNLR numbers it’s safe to assume this will bring a nice boost forNewstalk.

“It is great to be partnering with such a premium brand as Aviva. It is a natural fit for Newstalk, and The Pat Kenny Show and we are delighted to work with Declan and the Aviva team on delivering strong success with this sponsorship,”

Patricia Monahan, managing editor at Newstalk

Deals like this show that the Irish radio industry is still moving along nicely. Hopefully we see more brands embrace the medium of radio over the next few months.

Read the story here

Cork’s Red FM logo

Finally this week, Corks Red FM created some controversy on social media after posting an uncensored picture of a deceased dog.

The image had been sent to the station by a listener, who says the dog died as a result of being frightened by Fireworks. RedFM posted the picture in a Facebook post along with the story as told by the listener.

The image has since been removed, with just the text from the post remaining.



“Dear Neil, I was listening to that man Con today talking about that Bijon Friese who bolted because of the fireworks.

Well, my 14-year-old collie Misty was terrified last night, so we brought her into the living room. She was jumping from the chairs to try to get out of the window and knocked the TV over. So I decided, reluctantly, to put her out in the back garden with the other dogs who were not afraid of the fireworks, hoping that they would calm her down.

This is how I found her this morning, frightened to death.

“I really wish people would think twice before setting off fireworks, I’m having to bury my poor Misty, after 14 happy years.”

Call: 0818 104 106
Text/WhatsApp: 086 8 104 106

Facebook post from Cork’s Red FM

The responses to this really had 3 categories. One group saw the advantages of the post as it was raising awareness, another were critical of the dog owners actions, and others were critical of Red FM for posting the graphic picture.

Red FM haven’t responded to a request for comment at time of writing.

How do you feel on this issue? Do you think Red FM were right to post the uncensored image to raise awareness? Or was posting it inappropriate? Go vote on our Instagram story now to have your say.

Vote on our story now

Check out Red FM’s Facebook post here

Quick Bits

Dave Fanning has criticised RTÉ for retiring staff at 65, he calls it rediculas

RadioCentre Ireland have published new numbers on revenue in the radio industry

The Crappy Quiz has a new host

The shortlist has been announced for the radio 1 folk awards

Rte radio documentary #JusticeForNoor has been nominated for a rose door award

10 newly qualified journalists have got job placements in the radio industry

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.

This week in Radio 8/10/2022 (what a week)

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

Here’s what happened

IMRO Awards 2022 logo

Last night was the night that brings the whole radio industry to one big party, that’s right, last night was the IMRO Radio Awards.

I launched Radio Land on the night of the 2020 IMRO’s, so the site is now Two years old. Time flies when your having fun.

Anyway, enough about Radio Land. Who won stuff this year?

  • WLR have won local station of the year once again, making it their……wait for it….. 4th year in a row🎉 if your winning one of the biggest awards every year then your clearly doing something right. Well done WLR.
  • Red FM are the music station of the year this year. They have also won this award previously. people clearly still love music on Air, so well done to Red FM.
  • Finally in the big three category’s, Today FM won full service station of the year. Today FM have had a schedule shakeup recently so they’ll be delighted with this endorsement. Congratulations to all involved.

Well done to everyone who has played a part in making radio great over the last year. You can read a full list of winners in all categories by clicking the link below.

Notable Twitter Moments

We unfortunately weren’t at the event, so we were left to join the fun at home from Twitter. But as usual Twitter didn’t disappoint. Here are some of the key points from Twitter over the course of the night.

  • Newstalk need to give their social media team a raise. We teased them a bit, but they had tweets of their wins up before the IMRO Awards account at times. They even included fancy graphics. So the gold for fastest social media team goes to Newstalk🏆
  • Everything was so civilised that someone had to get salty. Lord Bill Badbody tweeted “Disgusted at #IMR022 for not awarding my radio showÉireann Your Views again this year. Obvious bias against radio hosts who tell it like it is. They’ll pay for this. Every single one of those bastards.”. Thankfully it was only an account from Waterford wispers having a bit of fun. So to Lord Bill Badbody, congratulations on winning gold for best salty tweet🏆
  • The gold for looking for a pay raise has to go to Ross Broun of Corks 96FM, he reminded his employer that he hadn’t yet signed his new contract, he pointed out that he could go national, and encouraged stations to get in touch. Ross might indeed get a raise though as he then went on to actually win a real gold award. Congratulations Ross🏆

It really was a fun night on Twitter, and I hope everyone at the event had a blast too.

Again, well done to everyone and thanks for making radio such an awesome little industry. I guess we’ll see you all again next year🎉

Read the full winners list here

BAI Logo

The BAI have rejected a number of complaints surrounding the Russia/Ukraine conflict. They also rejected complaints from the owner of a public sector news magazine.

Let’s start with the Russia and Ukraine stuff. Complaints were lodged against Prime Time, Brendon O Connor, and the Pat Kenny show. The exact details of the respective complaints differed, but all felt there was bias within the broadcasts.

The BAI rejected all of these complaints saying.

  • In relation to Prime Time “there was no evidence of the Prime Time presenter attempting to “nudge” guests into stating that NATO should become involved in the conflict”
  • Regarding Pat Kenny, “There was no evidence of any contempt in the presenter’s voice and the broadcast content did not support the complainant’s view that the broadcast could be described as racist,” the BAI also pointed out here that use of terms such as “the Russians” were common terms in the shows context
  • The complaint about Brendan O Connor took issue with some of the Russian talking points being argued on the show. The BAI rejected this too however. They said ‘discussion in general was managed appropriately by the presenter, who put forward suggestions and counter arguments to elicit responses from the panel and that the audience was not misled on the subject under discussion”.

The other set of complaints made related to a public sector news magazine. The Magazine was heavily criticised on LiveLine, leading to the owner lodging a complaint with the BAI about the broadcasts.

The problem here was that the complainant, John Hogan, claimed that joe Duffy shared his own views in the show as he “rang gongs like a game show host”. There’s quite a lot to this actually so I’d recommend reading the article linked below for the full details.

While the BAI did ultimately reject the complaints, they did agree that the show was very negative towards the magazine. They pointed out that this was often the case with shows where conversations are caller driven, and they also noted RTEs attempts to get someone from the magazine on the show.

As I said there’s a lot to this story, so if you want more details you can check out the linked article. That article also covers some other complaints that we didn’t discuss here.

Read more details here

GAA Logo, the logo is white on a blue background, the letters GAA sit above text that reads where we all belong

Finally this week, a deal between the GAA and the IBI has resulted in a community station in Kilkenny no longer being allowed broadcast GAA matches.

Community Radio Kilkenny City (CRKC) had always carried extensive GAA coverage, but they have been told to curtail this with immediate effect. The reason for this is that the deal with the IBI (independant broadcasters of ireland) has resulted in commercial broadcaster KCLR having exclusive GAA rights.

This has a number of repercussions for CRKC, as not only will they risk losing loyalGAA listeners, but they will also lose those commercial sponsorships that might cover a lot of costs.

Understandably, the station is not too impressed with this new deal.

On behalf of itself and its listenership, Community Radio Kilkenny City is extremely disappointed by the position it is placed in by the GAA/IBI agreement. Community Radio Kilkenny City will continue to provide extensive reports of Kilkenny GAA games on Sunday and Monday evenings, and we will also continue to provide extensive sports coverage on our other weekend sport (and music) programmes. The same level of restrictive coverage will also apply to Community Radio Kilkenny City in relation to Kilkenny intercounty games at all levels. Since Community Radio Kilkenny City commenced full time broadcasting five years ago, the station has given unrivalled coverage to club games at all levels in Kilkenny. The same applied to the inter-county scene plus schools and colleges games. It is worth noting that Community Radio Kilkenny City was often the only Kilkenny broadcast media outlet at many of those games. Community Radio Kilkenny City is proud of what it has achieved to date, and more especially as all the Sports Team work as volunteers. Community Radio Kilkenny City is fortunate also to be able to call on numerous other volunteers around Kilkenny who provide match reports on a regular basis.

Statement from CRKC, source Kilkenny People

There are literally so many possable reactions to this story. Is this the IBI screwing over community stations? Is the GAA being perfectly reasonable by following the audience and the money, should exclusivity deals for a national sport like GAA be banned? There are so many possable ways to look at this. Go vote on our Instagram story now and tell us what you think.

Go vote in our poll here

Read the story here

Quick Bits

The IBI have called for the broadcast levy to be scrapped

2FM breakfast presenter Doireann Garrihy is taking over hosting Dancing With The Stars

Radio Nova’s PJ Gallagher and Jim McCabe are doing a charity random cycle

Spin has a new weekend schedual

A number of broadcast contract renewals are being fast tracked

Lyric FM is celebrating Black History Month

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.

This Week in Radio 3/9/2022 (Awards, Climate and cash)

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

Here’s What Happened

IMRO awards logo

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.

Check out all the details here

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.

Read or sign the petition here

RTEs statement on climate change can be found here

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.

Read the story here, keep in mind that this is a networked competition and isn’t only on Spin South West. Radio Today didn’t mention that in this article

Quick Bits

RTE is looking for its next head of news and current affairs

The Spinnies from Spin 1038 had a look around the radio studios at ⁨Coláiste Dhúlaigh⁩ this week

Beat 102 103 has launched its Solas School for Life campaign to get young people to #GoOrangeForSolas

Today FM’s sound garden lineup has been announced

Qradio’s spin to win has had another £10,000 winner

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.

This Week In Radio 30/7/2022 (It’s JNLR time Again)

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

Here’s What Happened

It’s that time again!!! This week we got the latest JNLR listenership numbers, so it’s time to see who’s up and who’s down.

Had enough JNLR stuff already this week? Click here to skip it👇

Radio 1 has had a mixed bag this time around. Some shows are up, and some are down, it probably all equals out really. The good news for RTÉ here is really the weekend schedual where they have seen some very healthy growth.

It seems they’re having some issues with weekday afternoons, which we’ll discuss more in a minute, but first let’s look at the numbers.

  • Morning Ireland is up 14,000 for a very healthy 473,000 listeners, compared with 4,59,000 back in February
  • Tubridy has also gained listeners even if it is a smaller jump. He’s now at 3,69,000 compared to 366,000, a jump of 3,000
  • Claire Byrne has hit 350,000 listeners which is an increase of 4,000
  • LiveLine continues its decline, and it’s going fast too. Joe now stands at 332,000, that’s down another 11,000, bringing his total losses in the last 3 books to a huge 72,000
  • Ray Darcy is really not having a good time either as he now sits at 197,000. This is the slots lowest number since Ray took the slot in 2015, so surely serious questions are going to be asked here.
  • Thankfully for radio 1 the losses are just for the middle of the day, as drive time is up 1,000 to 216,000

So all in all a mixed bag. Head of Radio 1 Peter Woods spoke to the Irish Times about the numbers, and it’s clear that he has some concerns about the afternoons.

“We are not 100 per cent sure on the afternoons, but we have seen a drift off from the end of News at One, and that peters out at the end as well, It’s hard to see what is happening and it’s hard to see where those listeners are going.”

Head of Radio 1 Peter Woods

He also hinted that they’ll be taking a closer look at the situation after the next book in the autumn.

This could bring a lot of changes, but if this continues for another book I wouldn’t be surprised to see Ray getting replaced by the likes of Kathryn Thomas or Brendan O’Connor. Interesting times ahead.

Radio 1 had a great run at the weekend, so you can check out the Irish Times link for more on that.

Read that here

Last time we spoke about 2FMs listener numbers, they’d just hired the 2 Johnnies, and a major TV campaign was on air promoting 2FM rising. It doesn’t seem like this has given 2FM any insane boost in listeners, but at the same time important shows are growing.

  • 2FM breakfast now has 123,000 which is an increase of 9,000-12,000. The only major change to the show in the last while has been Clock Blockers, so maybe a chance to win €10,000 is bringing in new listeners. (Note, there seems to be two sets of numbers available here so there was obviously an error at some point, the show definitely has 123,000 listeners which is an increase, but the extent of the gains has some small variation across reports. We will update article once we establish the correct info.
  • Jennifer Zamparelli has 138,000 listeners which is down 3,000. It’s still an okay number though, not catastrophic.
  • Tracey is down 2,000 and now has 127,000 listeners. Again, not catastrophic but certainly not ideal.
  • The 2 Johnnies have 122,000 listeners which is a good place to start, it will be more interesting to look at this in autumn when we can start looking at trends

I think 2FM will be fun to watch over the next while as they seem to be at the start of a new strategy. It will probably take time before we see anything extremely interesting but these numbers will be useful to compare in autumn.

RTE radio’s numbers can be found in detail here

Newstalk is doing very well with most shows gaining listeners. Any losses are small and it doesn’t seem the station has any major downward trends. That said, a few numbers from their press release might throw people slightly. Instead of comparing book to book, they went from year to year. They were very transparent about this in fairness, but we’ll stick to going book by book so it’s easier to compare with other stations.

  • Newstalk Breakfast has reached 146,000, that’s up 8,000 from 138,000 back in February
  • Pat hasn’t budged, he’s still got 148,000 listeners which is the same as last book
  • Lunchtime live is down 3,000 and now sits at 111,000
  • Moncrieff now has 88,000 listeners that’s up 11,000. This is a good continuation of a recovery we first saw in the last book.
  • The hard shoulder is also up. The show gained 4,000 and now sits at 155,000

Really not bad. Newstalk only really had a miner drop with Lunchtime Live, and at least for now that’s not a trend. There is the risk of news exhaustion hurting the station slightly in the future but they seem to have avoided this for the most part so far.

Check out all the details from Newstalk here

Today FM have made changes recently and all seems relatively okay. They are still well ahead of 2FM and that looks unlikely to change anytime soon.

The problem is they have changed so much that any comparisons to previous books are basically irrelevant. For now we’re just going to share numbers without comparisons, and we’ll get more accurate trends in a few months time. All in all things seem healthy though.

  • Ian Dempsey has 201,000 listeners or as Today FM put it, more than 200,000
  • Dermot & Dave bring in 203,000 listeners. It will be interesting to see if they can stay above that 200,000 line
  • 143,000 listen to Ray Foely. that’s a big jump for him after years at RedFM, so I’m sure he’s happy enough
  • Pamela Joyce is entertaining 134,000, as of now there’s 7,000 between her and Tracey over on 2FM so she’ll be trying hard to maintain that lead.
  • 174,000 tune into Matt Cooper at drive time

Generally these are very healthy numbers, we’ll need to wait and see how things go over the next while but it doesn’t look like Bauer will be crying anytime soon.

Today FMs numbers are here

Other stations

Unfortunately I’m not going to be able to cover every station as much as I’d love to. Here are links to a number of JNLR articles so you can hopefully find what your looking for.

I’d also recommend having a look at the JNLR hashtag on Twitter. some presenters share their numbers using that hashtag so it might be worth a look.



Radio Today

Business Plus

The Independant

Overall everything seems to be remaining stable. For those of you who got good results congratulations, and for those who didn’t don’t be too hard on yourself. Every book tells a different story, so everyone will have another chance to impress in 3 months. Keep doing your best and you’ll do just fine.

In other news

TalkSport have secured Irish broadcast rights for the premier League. The new 3 year deal covers the 2022/23, 2023/24 and 2024/25 seasons.

Talksport is available in the apps of all the Irish wireless group stations, and Irish coverage is usually produced from the 96FM studios in Cork. It will be interesting to see how the sports broadcast space evolves in Irish radio, as if Talksport or OTB took GAA radio rights for example things might change drastically.

For now though, Urban Media are selling sponsorship and advertising packages for the premier League coverage, trying to make some of the money back.

Read the story here

Finally this week, the BAI have announced a €2 million sound and vision round for Irish language projects.

This round is funded by the department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport, and Media, and is open to independent producers of television and radio projects.

In order to increase gender equality in the broadcast industry, this round requires that at least 50% of the actors or contributors on projects be women, and at least 50% of the creative team must be female also.

Any extra funding going into public service content production is a good thing for the industry, so hopefully we see more of this going forward.

The BAI point out that they will continue to allocate between 20% and 25% of funding towards Irish language projects in regular sound and vision rounds also, so we should certainly see and hear more Gaeilge on air over the next while.

The Irish language really gives you a great advantage in media, so I might need to re download Duolingo and get that skill back😂

You can get more info here

Quick Bits

RTE JR Radio has been nominated in a number of categories at the Irish Podcast Awards

96FMs best of Cork Awards are back, and voting is now open

Bauer is getting a new People and Culture director who will work across all European operations

A former RTE journalist for RnaG was sentenced this week for the sexual assault of a woman while she slept

RTE Radio 1 has some new shows for the summer

MEP Clare Daly says she has felt mischievously misrepresented by the establishment media


If you’ve been affected by any of the topics discussed in this weeks radio land, you can visit the HSE website linked below for information and support

HSE info on rape and sexual assault

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