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, ...

DTV coming to Ireland – public platform plans announced

Monday, August 11th, 2008

As another follow-up - this time to my post on commercial DTV in Ireland - the plans for the publicly-operated multiplex have been announced. With transmissions expected from Autumn 2009 (and the analogue signals to be switched off by 2012), the roll-out will be phased in over time - 80% ...

GRC summary

Tuesday, July 29th, 2008

I had planned to blog more from GRC, but my airport card stopped working on Friday, which was somewhat of an annoyance. I was pleased that my session on podcasting was reasonably successful - we didn't get into discussing much of the more arcane aspects of adopting podcasting for community ...

Grassroots radio

Friday, July 25th, 2008

I'm in Portland at GRC13 - the Grassroots Radio Conference. So far it's been a great experience. We're at lunch at the moment (2 hours, so plenty of time to meet people and chat, as well as enjoy the fantastic Middle Eastern food provided). The opportunity to meet with people ...

Journal issue on community radio

Tuesday, April 8th, 2008

The latest edition of WPCC, focused on community radio is now available. Some interesting papers for anyone interested in the area.

Contacting RTÉ about medium wave

Friday, February 15th, 2008

I've discussed the pending elimination of medium wave broadcasts a number of times here. If you're interested in contacting RTÉ to comment on the decision, their Information Office is the most readily available email address you can use.  I've already contacted RTÉ, and include the text of my email below.

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 ...

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 ...