Radiowaves News Archives – May 16th 2007
RADIO IADT LAUNCHES FINAL TWO WEEK BROADCAST
Dun Laoghaire’s Institute of Art, Design and Technology (IADT) are relaunching their temporarily-licensed student-run radio station this afternoon. Radio IADT will broadcast on 97.3MHz FM for a two week period from this Monday coming and will run through to June 1st with a broadcast radius of five miles from the campus. The broadcast, which will be the last from the institute, will feature content generated solely by students from the Higher Certificate in Arts in Radio and Broadcasting.
Today’s event, which was fully organised and coordinated by the same group of students, will be attended by RTÉ 2FM presenters Dan Hegarty & Damien Farrelly and will also feature music from singer songwriter Rosey and Meteor Award Winner Luan Parle.
Speaking about today’s event, Radio IADT Station Manager John Walsh said: “The launch is the culmination of two years hard work. What we would like to do now is raise the station’s profile in order to prove both our professionalism and proficiency in the field of radio broadcasting. We intend that Radio IADT will serve as our gateway into professional broadcasting careers.”
John is about to take up a the position of Studio Supervisor with full-time student station Flirt FM in Galway.
This year signals the end of the Higher Certificate in Radio Broadcasting, as the institute intends to focus on BA and postgraduate courses. To mark the occasion, the current students have tracked down and invited past radio students in order to celebrate the various successes the course has had over the past twelve years. Notable past graduates of the course include Dan Hegarty (RTÉ 2FM), Kevin Brew (RTÉ1), Damien Farrelly (RTÉ 2FM) and Siobhan Madigan (RTÉ Radios 1 & 2FM).
Since its inception in 1995, the course has been revised in order to incorporate the evolving technologies which are only now becoming the industry standard. The course has been run by Roger Greene (Newstalk 106-108), and the lecturers are prominent figures in Irish media. They include Brendan Balfe (RTÉ Radio 1), Kevin Rafter (Sunday Tribune) and Eoghan Harris (Sunday Independent). Exposure to such talent means that the current batch of students have been thoroughly prepared for a career in modern broadcasting.
Radio IADT will serve broadly as a local radio station offering a wide variety of content ranging from drama, travel and music to hard news, current affairs and lifestyle. In addition, Radio IADT will be adhering to established formats, with the daily schedule including ‘The Late Late Breakfast’ presented and produced by Steven Battle and Elaine Donnelly and ‘Drivetime’ presented by Rebecca Lee and David Creighton.
Other headlining shows include ‘Talking Heads’ presented by Michael O’ Connell. Some of the guests lined-up for this show include Ken Doherty, Luan Parle, Mick Lally.
Programme Controller Ciaran Casey believes that the wide array of interests within the group, will serve as a platform from which to connect with listeners in the target audience of 16 to 35 year olds.