Archive for the ‘Radio’ Category

New research survey on community radio in Ireland

Monday, February 6th, 2012

CRAOL, the Irish community radio organization, has sponsored a survey investigating how the public views the mass media, and exploring their knowledge of community radio. Among the key findings (with both positives and negative implications for the sector): Nearly 80% of all adults in the Republic of Ireland agree that news ...

Austin Airwaves seeks support for its Borneo project

Thursday, September 22nd, 2011

Jim Ellinger of Austin Airwaves does great work supporting community radio near and far. Their most recent project involves supporting the establishment of community radio on the island of Borneo. They're looking for donations of equipment and cash. Check here to see if you can help.

A strategy for Irish broadcasting

Saturday, February 19th, 2011

The BAI has released its , covering the 2011/13 period. Good to see both "ensuring diversity" (in services and content) and "ensuring plurality" among the eight core goals identified, though the community radio sector failed in its efforts to have the three separate strands/sectors reflected at mission statement level (that ...

Intersecting regulatory structures

Monday, May 24th, 2010

For broadcasters, there can often be several different regulatory structures governing the same set of activities - which adds, of course, to the complexity of decision-making by managers and others. I was reminded of this today when I saw this tidbit from Inside Radio (the story itself is behind a pay-wall): AG: ...

Station start-up resources

Sunday, November 22nd, 2009

Many years ago now, I sketched out notes for starting up a community radio station in Ireland, based on my experiences, and in response to queries from many people looking for assistance either with class projects, or real-life station development issues. I haven't had time in recent years to work ...

Weird community radio story of the day

Monday, June 15th, 2009

Has to be this one from Australia about FBi, a community station that ran an 'Ask Richard' campaign, calling on listeners to the the attention of Richard Branson, in the hope that he would donate $1m (AUS) to them. They succeeded in getting his attention - when an (anonymous) woman ...

Following the Irish election, at home and abroad

Sunday, June 7th, 2009

This is the first Irish election in many years where I have not been following the results from the counting centre. I remember in 1987 heading in to see the last few hours of the Galway-West count, as Michael D. regained his seat in the Dáil. There's something special for ...

Opportunities for new community stations in Ireland

Wednesday, September 17th, 2008

The BCI has just issued a call for expressions of interest in new community radio stations, with a deadline of October 23rd. Expressions of Interest are an initial step in which groups encourage the BCI to issue a call for applications for specific stations (usually covering specific areas or audiences). Thus, ...

Ronnie Drew passes

Monday, August 18th, 2008

If ever you go to Dublin town, a hundred years from now... So that line's from Patrick Kavanagh, but it came to mind on hearing of the passing of Ronnie Drew today. The music of Ronnie and the Dubliners has been a constant in my music-focused radio shows, so it's poignant ...

Community radio podcasting in Namibia

Tuesday, August 12th, 2008

Many readers will know that my current research is focused on the ways that community radio stations are grappling with podcasting and similar technologies. I was excited, then, to see this story, about students from Utah Valley College, who travelled to Namibia to help the Katutura community radio station launch ...