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 mixed day for RTÉ

Tuesday, June 21st, 2011

Two rather different news stories featuring RTÉ today. The first, their triumph at the New York Festivals Radio Program and Promotion Awards (and isn't that a mouthful), where they were named Broadcaster of the year, as well as being recognized in 17 different categories, including one of only three Grand ...

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: ...

19% of US radio newsrooms still don’t do any digital editing

Saturday, May 22nd, 2010

That's the implication of this report from RTDNA/Hofstra University. And a significantly larger portion seem to not be wholly digital in their capture/production process.

AFL-CIO weighs in on broadcast royalties

Wednesday, December 2nd, 2009

The AFL-CIO has come out in favour of the Performance Rights Act, which would introduce performance royalty fees for broadcasters in the United States.

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 ...

Interesting statistics on station numbers in the US

Wednesday, October 7th, 2009

From RadioWorld: "There are a total of 30,473 licensed U.S. broadcast stations. That’s as of June 30, according to the Federal Communications Commission. Of that total, 14,355 are radio stations, breaking down as 4,789 AMs, 6,460 FM commercial and 3,106 FM non-commercial. Another 858 LPFMs are counted separately."

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 ...