This week in Radio 24/9/2022 (no accepting cookies on the radio)

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

Here’s What Happened

Radio centre  logo

Radiocentre Ireland are running a new ad campaign to tell people about the effectiveness of radio ads.

The ad campaign will of course be heard on radio, but it will also be seen and heard on digital platforms, social media and on outdoor advertising billboards.

The ads all attempt to highlight the advantages of radio when compared to other advertising methods, in particular targeting tech companies.

One ad is interrupted by a voice asking someone to allow cookies, and another speaks about how radio is the original influencer with over 3.6 million real followers.

It’s interesting to see Radiocentre using one type of advertising to promote another type of advertising, but it might just work. We’ll need to wait and see.

“If radio was invented as a new piece of technology today, we would all be in awe of its reach, engagement, and ad effectiveness,”

Ciaran Cunningham, CEO of Radiocentre Ireland

Read the story here

Freedom fm studio
Check out the Freedom FM studio. That’s a lot of lights!

Freedom FM are back on the FM band with another 30 day licence from the BAI.

This time they have 8 transmitters up and running covering many areas of the country. You can see the stations broadcast areas and frequencies on the map below.

Freedom FM broadcast area map. The stations frequencies are in text below

It’s interesting to see them going on the FM band two years in a row. As the likes of Christmas FM have shown a temporary licence like this can be very effective, so who knows what the future has in store for the station.

Best of luck to all involved from us here at Radio Land.


Cork City: 106.7 FM
Limerick City: 105.5 FM
Galway City: 87.9 FM
Kildare County: 88.1 FM
Wicklow County: 99.5 FM
North Cork County: 87.7 FM
Wexford/South East: 103.8 FM

Read the story here

We spoke to Freedom FMs founder last year so you can read that here

2FM’s Tara Kumar

Finally this week, Tara Kumar has announced she’s leaving 2FM in order to focus on her career in London.

Tara announced the move on Instagram where she spoke about how music was her first love. She had presented 2FM’s new music show Sunday to Thursdays on the station, so that slot is now up for grabs.

It will be interesting to see who takes over on 2FM, with an announcement reportedly set to be made about this in the next few weeks.

“We are very sad Tara is leaving 2FM and yet very excited for her as she makes her way in London. Tara’s show on 2FM was a must-listen for anyone curious about new and good music. Tara is a taste-maker and will fly wherever she is.”

Head of RTÉ 2FM, Dan Healy

Very best of luck Tara from us at Radio Land

Read the story here

Quick Bits

The BAI have announced new Sound and Vision rounds

Over 100 people from across the broadcast industry took part in a climate literacy course this week

RTE received 9 complaints around the LiveLine Dublin Pride incident

The winners were announced at the Irish Podcast Awards

The Independent had a review of Off The Ball this week

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 10/9/2022 (look who’s got a fancy new studio)

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

Here’s What Happened

A picture of the new WLR studio

WLR in Waterford have started using an all new studio. The redesigned studio uses the latest equipment, and appears to be loaded with LED’s for visual radio capability.

The studio looks a bit like the LBC studios in London, just much smaller. It’s futuristic look will likely work well for social media videos, something that’s required more and more in radio these days.

Another photo of the new WLR studio. It’s got a lot of LED lights, mixed with some natural lighting
Very modern look for the new studio
Photo of the LBC studio for reference
LBC are Similar but seem to be a bit bigger
Photo of the WLR studio, with 3 seats for guests
Plenty of room for guests too

Two out of the six studios are now up and running, and WLR plan to complete the project early next year.

It’s great to see stations investing heavily in infrastructure that can help them compete in the digital world. hopefully these new studios serve WLR well over the next few years.

You can see a video of the new studio here

Read about the new studio here

RTE presenter Bláthnaid Ní Chofaigh has withdrawn a sexual harassment case that she had taken at the Workplace Relations Commission against the broadcaster.

The case was reportedly related to an incident in July 2019, but Ní Chofaigh has now said in a statement read by her barrister that she “withdraws her allegation of discrimination by the respondent”.

Bláthnaid’s barrister Claire Bruton said “The parties confirm they are both satisfied to have reached agreement to draw a line in the sand and move on from these matters in light of their ongoing working relationship,”

No compensation was paid arising out of the incident, and Ní Chofaigh, again speaking through her barrister, said she “accepts the outcome of the RTÉ investigation processes in respect of all matters,”

The WRC had previously told the press not to report names of those alleged to be involved, following a request from RTÉ.

You can read the story here

Finally this week, it’s time to talk about the freedom of the press.

You might remember us covering a story previously about Wexford county council threatening to pull advertising from South East Radio. We actually covered it quite a bit, as the story had more twists and turns than a Fair City storyline. Well now it’s emerged that these kinds of pressures might not be isolated just to Wexford.

Transparency International Ireland (TI Ireland, have recommended that the government create a clear code of practice on council advertising, after a survey of local radio stations and print publications led to journalists saying that they had experienced threats to ad revenue if they were seen to be critical of certain local authorities.

I’d highly recommend reading the article linked below on the findings of the survey, the sample size does seem small, but the findings are fascinating.

It will be interesting to see if the government respond to the suggestion of a code of practice, but we’ll just need to wait and see.

Do you think this is a good idea? Go vote on our Instagram story now.

Read the story here

Quick Bits

The RTÉ Radio Player app redesign we reported on previously has now been released

Beat 102 103 and WLR FM have a new CFO

RnaG have a new schedual

Beat have also got an updated weekday lineup

A former independant councillor has spoken about his song getting played on radio

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 20/8/2022 (it’s time for a new breakfast show)

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

Here’s what happened

Shannonside FM logo

There’s a new breakfast show on the way for Shannonside FM.

Susan Smyth announced in a tweet this week that she would be taking over the 7am-9am slot on the station from the 12th of September.

Shannonside broadcast to Longford Leitrim and Roscommon, so Susan will be helping 3 counties to wake up when she takes over the show in a few weeks.

In her tweet announcing the new role she said she was “Super excited about this new role and thrilled to be a part of Irish Media”.

Very best of luck to Susan from us here at Radio land.

Check out the tweet here

What time is it? It’s time for some sponsorship news!!!

RTE are looking for a sponsor for Drivetime time checks. These time checks air during morning ireland, as well as during the station’s Drivetime show.

The sponsorship includes 5 sponsor stings per day, at 6:58, 7:58, and 8:58 during Morning Ireland , and 16:58 and 17:58 during Drivetime. That all adds up to 25 stings each week on Radio 1.

So, how much does it all cost?

Keep in mind that these costs get brands in front of 467,000 people, so this sponsorship will obviously be expensive. The question is, just how expensive?

  • You can get the sponsorship for 3 months at a cost of €100,000. That means beating 6 games on the original version of the Cube. Very doable.
  • If it’s 6 months you want, then €183,000 is what you will be paying. Easy, you can play the 2 grand minute twice a day on 96FM. So if you just won every game, every day, you could afford this in just 46 days, a little over 9 weeks as they don’t do it on weekends. You’d even have a grand left over. Again, very very doable.
  • Finally, if your looking to dive in for the whole year, you can expect to pay a cool €350,000. That’s 35 days of playing 2FM’s Clock Blocker. Ask the questions fast Donncha, no time to hang around.

Messing aside, I don’t think I’ll be affording these any time soon.

It will be interesting to see who ends up taking this sponsorship. It will probably need to be a big brand at those prices.

Read all the details here

Finally this week, 96FM and C103 presenter Elmarie Mawe has announced in a Facebook post that her cancer has returned.

Elmarie has been the presenter of The Arts House for many years, but newsreader Pearse McCarthy has filled in previously as Elmarie faced health struggles. This isn’t the first time she’s faced a cancer recurrence, but as Elmarie says, she has done it before, so she knows she can do it again.

Elmarie is heading for surgery on Wednesday, but she’ll be hosting The Arts House as normal on 96FM tomorrow morning. She’ll have guests in studio, and she’ll be sharing all the arts news just like she always does.

We just want to wish Elmarie the very very best over the next while. It’s no doubt going to be a battle, but everyone’s on her side. Good luck Elmarie👍

Read the Facebook post here

Quick Bits

Would you get a Marty Whelan tattoo? This lad did after losing a bet

PWC Ireland expect the Irish entertainment and media industry to continue to grow

Jaz Keane, host of the Zoo Crew on Spin, has announced he’s moving to Australia

There’s a new male voiceover artist being used for imaging on Irelands Classic Hits Radio

Bauer have launched subscription radio stations in Norway would you subscribe for extra stations here in Ireland? Vote on our insta now

The former boss at Midlands 103 has passed away at the age of 59


If you’ve been impacted by topics raised in this weeks Radio Land, the Irish Cancer Society support line is linked below.

You can find that here

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 13/8/2022 (4 big stories for the price of 3)

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

Here’s What Happened

Photo of someone using RTÉ Radio Player

The RTÉ Radio Player has got a redesign, and it sounds awesome. I say sound’s awesome because as of now I haven’t been able to get the update on my devices, but there’s a page on the RTÉ Website telling us about the new update, so hopefully I can play with it for real soon.

What’s in the new update

  • All the normal stuff from the old player seems to be there. It says 7 day listen back, clips of shows ETC. So all that sounds good, looks like we’re not losing stuff
  • Siri shortcut integrations, for smart home nerds like me this can be a big deal so it’s great to see. Might be irrelevant to most users but I appreciate it.
  • Podcasts, at long last we have podcasts in the app. For ages if you wanted to listen to RTEs podcasts you either needed RTÉ.Ie/podcasts or a podcast specific app. Now you can listen in Radioplayer, making it more of an audio hub full of content. Bit late, but better late than never. I’m on board.
  • offline listening, now I can listen to podcasts in my Nans house. Thanks RTÉ
  • Recently played music, with links to purchase music for IOS users. Again this is a better late than never feature for me, but ultimately good to see. This was a frustration of mine with Radio Player for quite a while.
  • The news briefing feature lets you listen to the latest news when it suits you. I really like this feature I must admit so it’s great to see it making the leap from smart speakers to mobile devices. As long as it’s updated consistently this will be great.

Ultimately I think this has the potential to be a great update. Radio Player hasn’t received a big update in all the years I’ve been using it, so it’s great to see it catching up with the likes of GoLoud, Irish Radioplayer, and BBC sounds. Hopefully development continues into the future.

I really hope this doesn’t let me down when its released. And with a bit of luck it will be out soon.

Read the details here

Radio is still making money!!!

We can all breathe a sigh of relief. The latest findings from Radiocentre seem to indicate that radio continues to recover well from the pandemic.

  • From January to June, the radio industry made €74.2 million in revenue. That’s up 18% on last year. This was made up by a 22% growth in q1, and 14% growth in q2
  • €60 million came from traditional spot revenue, that’s up 16%
  • sponsorships and branded content partnerships also performed well. They brought in €12.9 million which is an increase of 21%
  • Digital revenue is fastest growing as you might expect. Digital revenue is still small comparatively at €2.3 million, but that’s a 50% increase. The big question is, how much of the digital pot came from Harvey Norman. They had sponsorships on RTÉ Gold and Back garden Festival in the period, and they’ve now come on board with Talksport Ireland. Go Harvey Go, I guess

It’s great to see things recovering so well. There’s a long road ahead for sure on the digital side in particular, but ultimately this is good news.

Read the story here

In other news this week, we got sound and vision awards🎉 the BAI announced the allocation of €6 million in funding, to be split between a number of TV and Radio projects.

Here are some of the big projects getting funded on the radio side.

  • Cad déarfá le Gaillimh is a magazine style Irish language show for Galway Bay FM. It’s going to air weekly and is being made in partnership with NUI Galway. The project received €20,833 from the BAI
  • Changemakers is a Red FM production and has been awarded €12,204. This programme will speak to businesses trying to make cork a greater place.
  • The gigantic Joke is being made for RTÉ JR Radio by Daniel Gillick. There are 10 episodes with each being 10 minutes. The production has been awarded €8,026

It’s great to see good content getting funded by the BAI. I look forward to hearing and seeing this content on air soon.

Find out about all the radio and TV projects that got funding here

Bonus Big Story

It’s been a busy week so we’ve got an extra big story.

Spin 1038 have announced the new hosts of their breakfast show, following the departure of Graham and Nathan.

They are going for a triple header breakfast show a bit like 2FM and Red FM, with Emma Nolan, Dave Hammond and Aisling Bonner getting the gig.

They haven’t explicitly said this, but it would seem they are dropping the Fully Charged branding in favour of Spin Breakfast which is also interesting.

“From the moment they first hit a studio together, it was amazing to hear this authentic chemistry light up the mics – the kind that only best friends have. Their positive and energetic attitude is the perfect formula for breakfast radio, and we cannot wait for our SPIN audience to hear them in action every morning.”

James Brownlow, Managing Editor of Music & Entertainment

It will be interesting to see how this new show goes, and if this trend of triple header breakfast shows continues.

Best of luck to the new team from us at Radio Land. Looking forward to hearing the new show.

All the details can be found here

Quick Bits

Joe Duffy got stung by a weever fish this week

A number of programs are Taking place on TV and radio to mark 100 years since the death of Michael Collins

News Corp, parent company of wireless Group, has had a boost in profits

The Today FM Sound Garden is returning to electric picnic

The Journalism Awards will take place on the 17th of November

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.