Archive for January, 2008

Using Twitter to promote radio shows

Saturday, January 26th, 2008

I've recently started using Twitter for a number of different radio shows I'm involved with. For those who are interested, you can now follow A Critical Ear and Media Matters show updates via Twitter. There's also my personal Twitter stream, which is somewhat more established (though still rather eclectic in ...

Post-ACE resources

Friday, January 25th, 2008

On last night's show I made mention of an online graphic demonstrating the relative wealth of US presidential candidates. That graphic is available at this post with the large version here showing just what the disparities are. While I'm at it, I misremembered some of the details - Obama is ...

A Critical Ear – 24 January, 2008

Friday, January 25th, 2008

We're now posting this evening's edition of A Critical Ear. It lasts about 90 minutes. Contents: Interworld Radio news headlines (3-4 min) Interworld Radio feature about healthcare services in Zambia (6 min) Discussion of Iran and US foreign policy regarding Iran (30-40 min) Gaza - recent developments and contextJose Padilla (5-10 min) Economic developments in ...

A Critical Ear

Thursday, January 24th, 2008

I'm in the process of building out resources for the radio show I do on WRFU with Robert Naiman, and have registered a domain - which is currently pointing at this site ( So, for those of you arriving here to learn about the show - we're still working on the ...

RTÉ to abandon Medium-wave

Wednesday, January 23rd, 2008

Reports over the past few days that RTÉ is to drop its medium-wave broadcasts from March. In many senses it's not surprising, given that FM has been the dominant band in Ireland, particularly since the decision to license local stations (almost) exclusively on FM (and one can look previously to ...

Continued EU attacks on public service broadcasting

Tuesday, January 15th, 2008

The EU continues its slow assault on public service broadcasting (framed as preventing 'unfair' subvention that might interfere with commercial media operations) with a new consultation process into state aid and public broadcasting. The consultation runs until 10th March, 2008, and responses can be made online.

New ‘youth’ radio service for west of Ireland

Tuesday, January 15th, 2008

i102-104, the group that won the tender for a youth service for the North-West, recently signed their contract with the BCI. The related press release promises us 'contemporary hits' and that the schedule "will also give prominence to new music and more specialist genres such as alternative rock and RnB/urban ...