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iRadio Launches the Corona Hour

Regional broadcasters i102-104 and i105-107 have just agreed a major sponsorship deal with Corona Beer to launch the sponsor titled ‘Corona Hour’.

The new programme will run for an hour from 2pm every Saturday on both stations.

The Corona Hour will be commercial free (apart from the sponsor’s name) and aims to play “feel-good music designed to put the smile on your face and energise you to get the party started”.

Hosted by Ezeke Gray, a native of Jamaica, iRadio will be supporting the sponsorship with sampling of Limes and other Corona merchandise every week and they will also be doing Corona Hour events at venues across the two franchise areas.

Neither party would discuss the value of the deal which gives Corona full brand ownership of the hour and also includes sampling, promos advertising the programme midweek, online support on both iRadio websites and social media involvement.

iRadio CEO Rena Maycock says that Corona is a perfect partner in this initiative: “We had an idea to have one hour of completely ad-free fun and happiness on the stations each Saturday that would help listeners get into the party mood and we looked for a brand partner that would help us to achieve that. Corona is a natural brand fit and they could see our vision for the potential impact this programme could have on the mood of the two regions by creating a 15 county party that you can attend without leaving your living room. In addition we have also found that there is a huge audience out there that don’t want to listen to sports programming at weekends and we want to provide those listeners with a super quality alternative.”

iRadio is also on the eve of launching the O2 sponsorship of its’ text-lines across both stations.

i102-104, which covers the west and north-west, launched in February 2008. This was closely followed by its sister station i105-107, which covers the midlands and north-east, in November of the same year.

The Corona hour launches on both i102-104 and i105-107 on Saturday 2 April 2011

Nova Celebrates First Survey Figures

Dublin’s newest radio station, Nova 100, are attracting 120,000 people weekly according to today’s JNLR figures release.

Nova CEO Kevin Branigan said: “We are absolutely blown away by how fantastic these first figures are. They are even better than expected. With Radio Nova on in practically every shop and taxi in town, over a third of all iPhones having the Radio Nova app, and more Facebook fans than some stations that have been established for more than twenty years, the loyal listenership we have built up in these 18 short weeks is incredible and humbling. We’re delighted with our set of figures and we’ll continue to work hard to grow our listenership even more during 2011.”

Nova launched on September 1st and broadcasts to Dublin city, county and commuter belt on 100.3MHz FM & 100.5MHz FM. The station employs a team of 25 and operates from Dublin’s docklands.

RTÉ Radio 1 Ahead of its National Rivals

RTÉ Radio 1 is still Ireland’s most-listened-to radio station, with reach jumping from 24% to 25%. While competitors have seen losses to key breakfast and daytime slots, RTÉ Radio 1 has recorded strong book-on-book gains for ‘Morning Ireland’, and ‘The John Murray Show’ has made its JNLR debut with an additional 2,000 listeners. Most other RTÉ Radio 1 daytime shows recorded gains.

At weekends, gains continued for The Marian Finucane Show (Sunday), This Week, Saturday Sport, Countrywide, The Business and John Bowman.

RTÉ Radio 1 occupied every slot in the top ten most-listened-to programmes in Ireland. RTÉ Radio overall has claimed 19 of the top 20 most-listened-to programmes in the country, up from 18 this time last year.

Jim Jennings, Head of Radio 1, says: “The latest figures for RTÉ Radio 1 tell us we are the first choice for the majority of radio listeners in Ireland. Listeners choose Radio 1 time and again thanks to the high standard of award-winning, impartial and entertaining coverage that only Radio 1 can deliver. We have had much talk about the migration to and from current-affairs coverage across the stations. Our competitors have lost out in this book not because listeners are tuning out of the national discussion, but because the conversation is now firmly on RTÉ Radio 1.”

RTÉ 2FM has maintained its seven-day reach lead on its commercial competitors, while it has also remained neck-and-neck with Today FM with weekday reach at 13%. Hector Ó hEochagáin’s new breakfast show debuted with an encouraging 133,000 listeners. Ryan Tubridy’s new 2FM show, with 216,000 listeners, is almost neck and neck with Ray D’Arcy, despite being an hour shorter. 2FM has seen strong gains on Sundays.

John McMahon, Head of RTÉ 2FM, says: “The new 2FM schedule was just launched in September. The reduction in timeslots of key shows from three to two hours was always going to impact figures. Our aim was to hold stable, and this we have done. I’m delighted that ‘Breakfast with Hector’ has got off to a strong start, and it’s all to play for now with Tubridy and Colm Hayes. The figures for the afternoon shows are a real cause for optimism, as are the gains on Sundays. The new 2FM TV ad is still on air, and it has been hugely well received. The next two JNLR books will offer conclusive indications for 2FM, and we’re determined to attract more listeners to what is a brilliant new schedule.”

RTÉ Lyric FM’s Marty Whelan has made a strong debut in his new breakfast slot, with 19,000 listeners. Lyric has seen continued growth at weekends, with book-on-book growth also recorded on weekdays. Lyric’s Liz Nolan, Niall Carroll, George Hamilton, Lorcan Murray (Saturday), Gay Byrne and Rachel Blech all recorded gains book-on-book, while there was also good news for lyric year-on-year, with gains for ‘Movies and Musicals’ and ‘Niall Carroll’s Classic Drive’.

Clare Duignan, Managing Director of RTÉ Radio, commented: “There had been some slippage recently on RTÉ Radio 1 but those slippages have been dramatically reversed with these figures. We have seen a decisive move by listeners back to RTÉ Radio 1. This tells me that RTÉ Radio delivered: through the extreme weather events of late last year, and the even more extreme developments in the political and economic arena, RTÉ Radio 1 was the clear leader for up-to-the-minute news and analysis. This is a clear endorsement of RTÉ Radio’s Public Service Broadcasting and we are hugely grateful to the listeners for their loyalty. This was another good book for lyric with growth returning to week days and growth also for key programmes. Marty Whelan has made a strong debut at breakfast. As for 2FM: we made our own predictions for this book and I’m happy that we’ve landed exactly where we knew we would. The new schedule was launched last September; it informs only three months of the 12-month research period, and so we will have to wait for the next two books to get a clearer picture of where we are. We wanted breakfast to hold steady: it has. We wanted Tubridy to stay neck-and-neck with his nearest rival, who has over 10 year’s heritage in his slot. Tubridy has met that challenge. Crucially, 2FM remains the second-most-listened to radio station. It’s a good start to 2011.”

Main points for RTÉ Radio 1:
it is the only national station with a weekly reach of over 1 million listeners. Radio 1’s listenership is up 9,000 to 1.313, million
its weekday reach is up a point to 25% (+21,000 to 869,000) and weekday share up a point to 22.7%
gains at weekends with 690,000 listeners on Saturdays and 635,000 on Sundays
Morning Ireland is Ireland’s number 1 programme with Adults 15+: 449,000 listeners, up 23,000 listeners
Marian Finucane holds number 2 and number 4 position with 400,000 on Saturday and 369,000 on Sundays
Liveline is number 3 in Top 10 Adults 15+ with 392,000 listeners
The Business is number 5 in Top 10, up 4,000 listeners to 351,000
The John Murray Show debuts at No.7 in Top 10 with 332,000 listeners, up 2,000
Pat Kenny up 4,000 to 324,000
News at One up 2,000 to 335,000
Drivetime, Ireland’s most popular drivetime show, up 5,000 to 234,000
Ronan Collins, up 10,000 to 223,000
Mooney up 4,000 to 211,000
This Week up 5,000 to 201,000
Saturday Sport up 5,000 to 192,000
Miriam Meets up 36,000 year on year to 262,000

Main points for RTÉ 2FM:
it is the second most listened to station in the country with 26% (931,000 listeners) 7 day reach and 44,000 more listeners than its nearest competitor
its reach is up 11,000 to 276,000 on Sundays
The Tubridy Show debuts with 216,000 listeners – number 2 amongst 20 to 44 year olds – and in at number 15 in the Top 20 all week national radio programmes (Adults 15+)
Hector’s Breakfast Show debuts with 133,000 listeners
Ireland’s Biggest Jukebox up 9,000 to 127,000
Michael Cahill up 7,000 to 52,000
Baz and Lucy on Sundays, up 6,000 to 56,000

Main points for RTÉ Lyric FM:
it has over a quarter of a million listeners (259,000) with 7 day reach at 7%
its reach is up on weekdays (up 4,000 to 115,000) and Saturdays (up 5,000 to 99,000)
Marty in the Morning performing strongly in new breakfast slot with 19,000 listeners
Liz Nolan’s Lunchtime Classics up 2,000 to 30,000
Niall Carroll’s Classic Drive up 2,000 to 50,000
The Hamilton Scores up 2,000 to 27,000
Lorcan Murray’s Classic Drive up 2,000 to 49,000
Sunday with Gay Byrne up 2,000 to 46,000
The John Kelly Ensemble up 1,000 to 30,000

JNLR Figures for January – December 2010 Released

The latest results from the Ipsos MRBI JNLR survey covering the period January 2010 – December 2010 were released today. The survey results indicate that 85% (same) of the adult population was listening daily to a mix of national, regional, multi-city and local radio throughout the country. For the purposes of comparison, figures for this survey period are compared with the October 2009- September 2010 figures. The main changes and highlights are as follows:

National Reach and Market Share
Listenership of 57% (-1) was recorded to any multi-city/regional/local radio service.
The weekday reach figures for RTÉ Radio 1 increased to 25% (+1) while figures remained unchanged for Today FM (13%), Newstalk (8%) and RTÉ Lyric FM (3%). RTÉ 2FM recorded a figure of 13% (-1).
With regard to market share, a figure of 53.6% (-0.2) was recorded for any multi-city/regional/local station in the 7am-7pm period.
RTÉ Radio 1 and RTÉ Lyric FM recorded slight increases in market share at 22.7% (+0.6) and 1.7% (+0.1) respectively. Today FM retained a market share figure of 9.3%. Decreases were recorded for RTÉ 2FM at 8.2% (-0.5) and Newstalk at 4.0% (-0.1).

Weekday Reach Figures
Any Regional/Local 57% (-1)
RTÉ Radio 1 25% (+1)
RTÉ 2FM 13% (-1)
Today FM 13% (same)
Newstalk 106-108 8% (same)
RTÉ Lyric FM 3% (Same)

Weekday Market Share Figures 7am-7pm
Any Regional/Local 53.6% (-0.2)
RTÉ Radio 1 22.7% (+0.6)
Today FM 9.3% (same)
RTÉ 2FM 8.2% (-0.5)
Newstalk 106-108 4.0% (-0.1)
RTÉ Lyric FM 1.7% (+0.1)

National (excluding Dublin and Cork)
Weekday Reach Figures
Any Regional/Local 60% (same)
RTÉ Radio 1 23% (+1)
RTÉ 2FM 15% (-1)
Today FM 14% (-1)
Newstalk 106-108 6% (same)
RTÉ Lyric FM 2% (same)

Weekday Market Share Figures 7am-7pm
Any Regional/Local 56% (-0.1)
RTÉ Radio 1 19.2% (+0.7)
Today FM 10.8% (+0.1)
RTÉ 2FM 9.2% (-0.8)
Newstalk 106-108 3.1% (-0.2)
RTÉ Lyric FM 1.0% (+0.1)

National (excluding Dublin and Cork) – local stations
Changes in both reach and market share were recorded for almost all local stations in the current survey period.

The figures for the survey period with regards to Reach were as follows:
Highland Radio 67% (-2);
Shannonside 53%;
Radio Kerry 51% (same);
Limerick’s Live 95FM 50% (-1);
Midwest Radio 49% (-1);
WLR FM 48% (same);
Shannonside Northern Sound 47% (+1)
Clare FM 46% (+3);
Tipp FM 45% (+1);
Ocean FM 42% (+1);
Galway Bay FM 41% (same);
Northern Sound 41%
KCLR 96FM 39% (-1);
South East Radio 36% (same);
Midlands 103FM 36% (-3);
LMFM 28% (same);
East Coast FM 28% (+2);
KFM 27% (+3);

The figures for the survey period with regards to Market Share were as follows:
Highland Radio 62.3% (-1.1);
Radio Kerry 57% (+0.7);
Tipp FM 55.7% (+1.4);
Shannonside 49%;
Midwest Radio 48.9% (-0.7);
Shannonside Northern Sound 47.0% (+0.8)
Clare FM 45.6% (+3.0)
WLR FM 45.1% (-0.5)
Northern Sound 44.4%
KCLR 96FM 36.5% (-0.1)
Limerick’s Live 95FM 34.6% (-1.4)
KFM 29.5% (+2.7)
South East Radio 29.1% (+0.1)
LMFM 29.1% (+0.6)
Midlands 103FM 28.2% (-2.1)
Galway Bay FM 28.2% (same)
Ocean FM 26.6% (-0.5)
East Coast FM 25.1% (+3.7)

Regional stations
4FM, the multi-city service, maintained a weekday reach figure of 3% (same) and recorded a market share figure of 1.8% (-0.1).
In terms of regional services; in the north-east/midlands region, i105-107FM increased its weekday reach figure to 9% (+2) and recorded a market share figure of 7% (+1.9).
In the south-west region, Spin South West maintained its weekday reach figure of 21% and increased its market share figure to 11% (+0.1).
In the north-west region, i102-104FM maintained its weekday reach figure of 20% and recored a market share figure of 14% (-0.7).
Beat 102-103FM, serving the south-east region, recorded a weekday reach figure of 19% (-1.0) and recorded an increase in market share to 13.1% (+0.8).

Weekday Reach Figures
Spin South West 21% (same)
i102-104 20% (same)
Beat 102-103 19% (-1)
i105-107 9% (+2)
4FM 3% (same)

Weekday Market Share Figures 7am-7pm
i102-104 14.0% (-0.7)
Beat 102-103 13.1% (+0.8)
Spin South West 11.0% (+0.1)
i105-107 7.0% (+1.9)
4FM 1.8% (-0.1)

Dublin – local stations
In Dublin, FM104 increased its weekday reach figure to 20% (+1.0).
The remaining Dublin stations all retained weekday reach figures with: 98FM at 14%, Spin 1038 at 14% and Dublin’s Q102 at 13%, Country Mix/ Sunshine 106.8 FM at 3% and Phantom 105.2 at 2%.
In terms of market share figures, increases were recorded for a number of stations; 98FM at 11.6% (+0.3), Spin 1038 at 6.6% (+0.1) and Country Mix/Sunshine 106.8FM at 3.2% (+0.1). The remaining stations recorded figures of: FM104 11.2% (-0.3), Q102 at 11.1% (-0.1%) and Phantom 105.2 0.8% (-0.1).

Dublin

Weekday Reach Figures
RTÉ Radio 1 29% (+1)
FM104 20% (+1)
Dublin’s 98FM 14% (same)
Spin 1038 14% (same)
Q102 13% (same)
Newstalk 106-108 10% (same)
RTÉ 2FM 10% (same)
Today FM 9% (same)
RTÉ Lyric FM 5% (same)
Sunshine 106.8 3% (same)
Phantom 105.2 2% (same)
4FM 2% (same)

Weekday Market Share Figures 7am-7pm
RTÉ Radio 1 30.5% (-0.4)
Dublin’s 98FM 11.6% (+0.3)
FM104 11.2% (-0.3)
Q102 11.1% (-0.1)
RTÉ 2FM 7.0% (-0.5)
Spin 1038 6.6% (+0.1)
Newstalk 106-108 5.9% (same)
Today FM 5.8% (same)
RTÉ Lyric FM 3.2% (+0.2)
Sunshine 106.8 3.2% (+0.1)
4FM 1.3% (-0.4)
Phantom 105.2 0.8% (-0.1)

Cork – local stations
Red FM achieved a reach figure of 19% (-2) and recorded a market share figure of 10.6% (-0.7).
The combined reach of Cork’s 96FM/C103 was 46% (-2.0) while a share figure of 41.6% (-1.9) was recorded.

Cork

Weekday Reach Figures
Cork’s 96FM 35% (-1)
RTÉ Radio 1 26% (+1)
Red FM 19% (-2)
Today FM 15% (same)
C103 14% (same)
RTÉ 2FM 9% (same)
Newstalk 106-108 9% (same)
RTÉ Lyric FM 4% (same)
4FM 4% (same)

Weekday Market Share Figures 7am-7pm
Cork’s 96FM 30.3% (-2.1)
RTÉ Radio 1 22.3% (+1.7)
C103 11.4% (+0.3)
Red FM 10.6% (-0.7)
Today FM 9.7% (-0.4)
RTÉ 2FM 9.7% (-0.4)
Newstalk 106-108 4.7% (+0.9)
4FM 3.4% (+0.5)
RTÉ Lyric FM 2.0% (+0.1)

Green Tea for Saturday Mornings On RTÉ Radio 1

From tomorrow morning RTÉ Radio 1 will broadcast a dedicated political satire show in a popular Saturday morning slot for the fist time in ten years. ‘Green Tea’, a new series from the makers of ‘Nob Nation’, will air at 10.30am for the duration of Election 2011.

Mimic and satirist Oliver Callan (pictured), one of the show’s scriptwriters, says: “We are delighted that RTÉ Radio 1 will broadcast Green Tea in the old ‘Scrap Saturday’ slot because there’s no doubt that satirical commentary on the changing face of Irish society is needed at the moment. We’re going to take a look at politics, the banking sector, the judiciary, the GAA, the media, the arty set and the various characters that make Ireland so interesting.”

Green Tea will follow various political heavyweights, including Eamon Gilbore, Moan Burton, the Baron of Northstead (aka Gerry Adams) and new characters such as Richard-Boyd-Gladstone-Tudor-Barrett. Micky Martin from Fianna Fáil will be joined on the election campaign trail by veteran politicians such as Mammy O’Rourke.

The show will also feature well-known Irish broadcasters and media personalities including Marian Finucane, Séan O’Rourke, Vincent Browne, footballer Paul Galvin and showbiz impresario Louis Walsh, who will be joined by his show band side-kick Albert Reynolds.

Green Tea debuted with two episodes on RTÉ Radio 1 in December 2010.

No Charges for Pirate Broadcasts

A man who allowed two unlicensed stations to broadcast from his premises has had the charges against him dismissed in Dublin’s District Court.

Anthony Hogarty, who is unemployed at the age of 60, allowed Sun FM and Jack FM to send a signal to his Sandyford-based premises where he used his own apparatus to re-broadcast their signals over the city. He had been warned to stop by ComReg but continued to broadcast despite claiming he received no money for doing so.

Judge Anne Watkin, after hearing he had no previous convictions and that he had a number of medical problems, dismissed the charges under the Probation Act. 

Medium Jack

Dublin oldies station Jack FM can now be heard on 1395kHz on the medium wave band in addition to their 88.1MHz FM outlet. 

Tests on 828kHz

Energy Power AM, who also broadcast on 1593kHz, have launched a test channel at 828kHz medium wave. At present the output consists solely of automated music.

Medium wave lives again

An automated station which has been broadcasting on medium wave from Dublin’s southside for a number of months has gone live and identified for the first time last weekend as Energy Power 1593AM.

This weekend they are only broadcasting on 1593kHz AM, although they have also been available on 1278kHz AM since RTÉ 2FM’s departure from that channel.

Playing a mixture of music old and new, the station’s powerful signal should breathe life into the ailing MW band.

Getting their Kykx

Kykx FM has started broadcasting to parts of Northern Ireland on 103.7MHz. The station comes from the people who bring you Thunder 107.7FM.

Atlantic 252 is finally dead

Atlantic 252 is no more. Following on from the final live programming from the station just befpre Christmas, the automated music programming ceased at midnight last night and has been replaced with promotional programming for TeamTalk Radio – which is due to launch on 252kHz long wave on February 25th. 

Business as usual at 252

The press speculation at the weekend concerning a sale by RTL of their 80% controlling interest in Atlantic 252 has led to station manager John O’Hara issuing a statement yesterday in which he said that it was business as usual for the staff and himself.
“[We] are committed to restoring Atlantic 252 to its former glory and that process has already begun,” he says. “The resurgence of interest in long wave from the UK, the Dutch and the Scandinavians can only be good for us and we look forward to a long and successful future.”
RTÉ, the state broadcaster which owns a 20% stake, remains committed to the station.

Report: Mike Terry 

Atlantic 252 for sale

Atlantic 252, which is owned by RTL (80%) and RTÉ, is to be put up for sale again, according to a report in today’s Mail On Sunday. The value could be up to £20m.

Report: Mike Terry 

New appointment at 252

Following the recent poor showing in the RAJAR figures, Meath-based long wave station Atlantic 252 have appointed a new Programme Controller in the shape of 27 year old Sarah Henderson.
Atlantic 252 broadcast across the UK and Ireland on 252kHz. 

Atlantic 252 website on test

Atlantic 252’s new website is currently at the testing stage and the plan is for it to go live on October 16th. The site was originally due for relaunch on October 1st. Atlantic 252 can be heard across the British Isles on the long wave band or by visiting their webpage.

2SW

2FM is being relayed on 6220kHz on the shortwave band (monitored with a very good signal in Scotland). This frequency has most recently been used by Laser Hot Hits.

Source Alex Jenkins

Passion Close

Passion FM closed at 7pm this evening after a year of live broadcasting to Dublin and Wicklow. A crowd of listeners, along with presenters from other stations, gathered at the station’s studio in Bray for the final hour to bid farewell.
Listen to a real audio stream of Passion’s final hour from their 103.7MHz transmitter by clicking here.

Comment: Silence is not always golden.

DMR to Return

DMR FM, who have been having link problems after the lovely Irish summer weather of a week ago knocked them off, hope to be back broadcasting on 93.2MHz to Dublin sometime in midweek.

87.6 Dublin

87.6MHz in Dublin was silent for much of this afternoon while work was carried out on their UHF link. The frequency came alive again to test transmissions from approx 4pm (playing some very interesting jingle-package documentaries) and from about 4.45pm the tests cut to continuous music with no id’s. ABC 94FM is scheduled to reappear on this frequency later this evening for a limited period but there are plans for a new service sometime in the future.

Comment: Confused?

Passion Party

Passion FM are inviting their listeners to join them for an on-air party in their studios in Bray for the station’s final hour of broadcast between six and seven pm tomorrow evening.
Passion FM can be found on 103.7MHz in Dublin and 105.2MHz in Wicklow.

Comment: The final hour of Passion FM will also be archived on Radiowaves.FM from tomorrow night.

UCB Return to Dublin

UCB can be heard in Dublin once again. Their Christian broadcasts are being relayed on 549kHz on the medium wave band.

Comment: Presumably the ODTR would pray for forgiveness after a raid?

New Relay on 1593

Cross Rhythms Radio is now being relayed on 1593kHz on medium wave, which was the frequency ABC in Dublin had planned to use.
The signal is strongest in Northern areas of the country and the station’s Christian music programming has also been heard on this frequency in North-West England and Scotland.
Cross Rhythms is part of the UCB (United Christian Broadcasting) stable and they have a website which you can visit at www.crossrhythms.co.uk

Comment: Plans for an Irish am music service on 1593 now on hold due to divine intervention!

CKR Not In Trouble

CKR FM are denying that their future is hanging in the balance. The station’s chief executive has instead insisted that CKR FM is in “great health”. Earlier in the year it emerged that CKR Limited had been struck off the Companies Register after failing to file accounts. This led to Carlow Kildare Radio Limited being dissolved on the 16th of June.

Comment: Talk about bad timing with the station’s licence due for renewal shortly!

End of the Line for Passion

Wicklow dance station Passion FM will cease broadcasting at 7pm on Sunday evening with no plans to return. The station received a visit from two members of the ODTR today who also visited both of their transmitter sites in Wicklow before they requested the station to stop broadcasting or face 2 years in jail and/or a £20,000 fine.

Back on the East Coast

East Coast Radio’s 94.9MHz transmitter is broadcasting again. Transmissions ceased on this frequency during the dire weather conditions last Friday but have recommenced albeit with a few teething problems. The station can also be received on 96.2MHz and 102.9MHz.

Comment: They’ll remember this ‘Summer in Dublin’ (of course they’re based in Wicklow but there hasn’t been a song called ‘Summer in Wicklow!)

Full-time Caroline?

Radio Caroline are considering the possibility of running full-time broadcasts on 1296kHz as a result of the major success of last weekend’s one day broadcast. However, financial considerations may scupper any such plans.
Meanwhile, Caroline’s full-time net broadcasts which consist of some specially recorded programmes; repeated programming from their weekend Astra broadcasts; and continuous album music, are now up and running.

Source: Anorak Hour News

Comment: Despite the fact that we wouldn’t receive the broadcasts in Ireland, the notion of Caroline on am full-time is overwhelming

C Not Automatic

C101.3’s non-stop eighties mix was off air all day today.

Comment: Stick an eighties compilation cd into your player and you won’t miss it!

The Sound of Eighty-Seven Six

ABC 94FM are no longer on 87.6MHz in Dublin which is now home to a looping announcement stating “24 hours a day – this is Eighty-Seven Six” and also “Eighty-Seven Six FM – the sound of Eighty-Seven Six”.

Comment: Change in the air at ABC/Beat/Gold

Free FM

Dublin’s FM band was very bare this afternoon with a whole host of stations off the air from about 1.30pm, mainly due to power cuts at their transmitter sites caused by adverse weather conditions.

Amongst those off air were K.I.C. FM, Radio Dublin, Power FM, Radio Caroline Dublin, Kiss FM, Mater Hospital Radio and DMR FM.

Some stations were still on but not on all frequencies – ESG were off on 94.1, Hot Radio were off on 99.1, LMFM were off on 95.5 and East Coast Radio were off on 94.9. CKR were also off air on 97.6MHz.

Stations started reappearing from about 5pm.

Comment: The ODTR must have been doing a few rain-dances last night!

Mayo for Breakfast Served Again

BBC Radio 1’s Simon Mayo show can once again be heard crystal clear on Dublin’s FM band courtesy of Freedom 92FM. In addition to Radio 1’s breakfast show, Freedom have extended relays of the UK national pop channel until 12 midday.

Testing 1593

Test-tones have been transmitted this evening on 1593kHz medium wave with the signal strongest in North Cavan close to the Co Cavan – Co Fermanagh border. Blank carriers have also been monitored on this frequency on a number of occasions in the past week.

Reporter: Sean Brady.

Comment: 2+2 = The medium wave station from ABC/Beat…then again, maybe it equals 5?

Tribunal Affair

RTÉ Radio 1 plan to broadcast reenactments of tribunals as a stand-alone programme in their peak evening slot. Proving very popular with listeners, reenactments have already featured as part of the channel’s 7pm show “Tonight With Vincent Browne” but this programme will no longer be a part of radio schedules as its host is moving to television.

ABC Off

ABC 94FM were off air yet again today up until evening time. Broadcasts on both 94.3MHz and 87.6MHz have been missing for the last three weekdays, reappearing in the evenings, and it is unclear whether this is for routine maintenance or that there are problems at the station. A blank carrier has also been heard on 1593kHz, the frequency for the by now long overdue MW station planned by ABC, but again, whether this is related is unclear.

Caroline Alive

Radio Caroline Dublin have reintroduced live programming after a long absence with BBC Five Live being relayed during downtime on a temporary basis. They can be found by tuning to 102.6MHz.

Comment: Welcome back to a sorely missed friend.

Everyone’s doing great!

RTÉ Radio, Today FM and just about every other station in the country are claiming that more and more people are tuning their way. It can only mean today’s release of the JNLR figures covering the period July 99 – June 2000. Countrywide, yesterday RTÉ Radio 1 are getting 30%, 2FM 28% and Today FM 14%. In Dublin RTÉ Radio 1 are pulling in 40% of listeners with 16% each for 2FM, FM104 and 98FM. Overall the RTÉ stations are getting a 49% share and the independents 51%.

Comment: Such a shame that the pirates aren’t included. It would be nice to have a true reflection of who’s listening to what and it might also put an end to the whole ESG v Hot debate currently boring everyone to tears on bulletin boards.

Dixon Attacked

FM104’s R&B specialist Tony Dixon was attacked at the weekend in a pub in Castleknock. He was 15 minutes into his set when he was struck over the head with a bottle by a man who had repeatedly requested songs which the he refused to play. The attack has left the dj badly scarred.

Off Passion

Passion FM went off air today around lunchtime but were back on within a couple of hours. Passion FM can be found on 103.7MHz in Dublin and 105.2MHz in Wicklow.

Caroline on the Web

Radio Caroline launched her full-time internet broadcasts today with a special broadcast on medium wave and shortwave as well as the regular Astra 19E broadcast. The site to go to to access Caroline on the web is radio-caroline.nl.

Off and On

Hot Radio were off air most of today on both their frequencies, as was ABC 94FM on 94.3MHz and 87.6MHz. Both stations reappeared later in the day.

Chris Cary Has Had a Stroke

Chris Cary has had a severe stroke and is presently in hospital in the Isle of Wight. The incident happened over three weeks ago but the chriscary.com site was updated today for the first time since it happened. Chris’ application for parole was also heard last Wednesday but failed.
Letters of sympathy or get well cards can be sent to Chris via:- Saint Mary’s Hospital, Parkhurst Rd, Isle of Wight, England

Madness

Mad Radio are back on 93.2MHz broadcasting to Dublin’s city centre. The station had moved to 101.8MHz but interference to NEAR FM, the licensed community station for Dublin’s north-east, meant transmissions had to cease. 

Energy Jam

Energy 106 is being jammed in Belfast by a pirate operator who is running copied Energy material and using a fake american accent. The jamming commenced this afternoon and Energy have reported the jamming to the Radio Communications Agency. Lawrence John has stated that he is willing to pay for any services which leads to the tracking down of the jammer.
Report: Miles J

For Sale

88.1 has been put up for sale including the aerial system and mountain site. Details can be found on the Radiowaves Noticeboard.

ESG Off

In Dublin, ESG FM were off air most of this afternoon on 94.1MHz for technical adjustments.

Big L Memories

Radio London continue their 28 day RSL service with a 33rd anniversary special tomorrow to mark the day they closed. Highlight of the day’s special programming will be a rebroadcast of the final 2 hours from 1pm UK time. Those who cannot receive the broadcasts off air can tune in via the Big L website at www.bigl.co.uk which is worth a visit anyway!

Sky Calls BBC’s Tune

BBC Radio 1’s sentimental feature “Our Tune” will be on TV on Sky One from next month. Simon Bates – the man who made it a ‘must-weep’ feature for millions of listeners – will present.

ABC Back

ABC 94FM has returned to the airwaves on their usual 94.3MHz plus the 87.6MHz frequency usually occupied by Beat/Gold. RDS is restored to ‘ABC 94FM’ and not ‘94.3 MHZ’ as it was for a few days before they went off air in early July.

Caroline Return

Radio Caroline Dublin hope to return to the airwaves from the middle of next week. Forced to stop broadcasting after complaints made to the ODTR by Lite FM, Caroline returned to 102.6MHz last week only to suffer link problems which they are presently working on.

Atlantic web

Atlantic 252 – the long wave station broadcasting to the UK and Ireland – have put up a temporary page at their website where listeners can tune in on the internet. Atlantic’s website is due for a full launch at the beginning of October. The address is www.atlantic252.com

Confusion is Mad

Dublin station Mad Radio will broadcast from 101.8MHz using 5-10 watts until the current confusion over 93.2MHz is resolved.

Nova Move

Nova Dance, who are under new management, have now relocated to a new studio in a Dublin city centre location. Nova Dance broadcast to Dublin on 94.7MHz.

Golden Reading

Dublin automated station Gold FM, which broadcasts on frequencies 87.6MHz and 94.3MHz on weekends, now have their own dedicated RDS which reads ‘G O L D ‘.

98 Weblift

Dublin’s 98FM have given their website a facelift. The new-look version is available at the same address: 98fm.ie

Raids Expected

Magic 105, Kiss 106 and Energy 106 face the threat of raids following recent correspondence between Jim Rodgers of the UUP in Northern Ireland and An Taoiseach Bertie Ahern, whose reply stated that it is an urgent priority to have the stations raided.
Report: Miles J

DMR Plan Launch

DMR FM – who recently broadcast tests under the name Fantasy FM on 106.9MHz – will start an automated service from Monday on 93.2MHz.
Station power is currently low (140watt ERP) due to the proximity of Raidió na Gaeltachta but will be gradually increased to full power by the time the station launches, which will be mid-September at the earliest.

So NEAR

NEAR FM are back on air on 101.6MHz on Dublin’s northside with a new tower and RDS restored to ‘NEAR–FM‘.

DMR Loop

DMR FM are running a looped announcement in stereo on 93.2MHz in Dublin.

The announcement states “Frequency check 93.2FM – 1.5kw of power on 93.2. You’ve got Dublin’s Dance Music Radio – DMR FM, broadcasting soon. Stay tuned for more details. Launching soon”

Stolen Equipment Returned

NEAR FM and FM104 have had their stolen equipment recovered by police after official pirate radio detection experts managed to locate station broadcasts in Rathfarnham, Dublin.
Other equipment relating to recent thefts at East Coast Radio and CKR FM was also discovered.

Hot back on 99.1

Hot Radio is back broadcasting on the ill-fated 99.1 transmitter belonging to Glenn Kelly. This follows on-air announcements from ESG FM last night that they would no longer be using the frequency.

Radio by Satellite on the Way to the Masses

Sky Digital’s free dish and receiver offer will be available to subscribers in the Republic of Ireland for the first time from September providing you sign for a year’s subscription.

This will open up a new world of radio channels to Irish listeners, although BBC Radio 5 Live is encrypted outside the UK and is not available to Irish subscribers.

It is, of course, worth pointing out that the vast majority of satellite-delivered radio stations are available free to air and can be picked up using any satellite receiver.

NEAR Site Vandalised

The transmission site of Dublin community station NEAR FM was vandalised today at approx 4pm and equipment was stolen – namely their transmitter and their RDS encoder.

About an hour later broadcasts returned to 101.6MHz but this time bearing the RDS COOL–FM.

The individual conned his way onto site using the name of NEAR FM’s engineer.

‘Cool FM’ is still on air late tonight.

It will take some time before NEAR FM return to air as their mast was also destroyed in the attack.

FM104 KOd

Dublin’s FM104 were off air last night for a period following a break-in at their transmitter site which necessitated broadcasting from a standby transmitter in Hume House for a period. They are now back on from 3 Rock following a temporary repair job, although there was thousands of pounds worth of equipment ruined.

Today Want Ray

Today FM, Ireland’s independent national radio service, want to sign Ray D’Arcy to present a morning programme on the station.

TV3 Wants Radio Licence

TV3 – Ireland’s independent television service – has informed the IRTC that it is interested in operating a regional radio service.

TV3’s last attempt at securing a licence was a failed bid for the licence awarded to Lite FM.

Caroline to Return

Radio Caroline Dublin will be returning to the airwaves this Tuesday, August 1st, in the early evening.

The station has installed new equipment and is ready to resume broadcasting this time on a frequency of 102.6MHz

Source: Anorak Hour News

Stafford Denies Pushing for RTÉ Radio 2 Close

James Stafford of Century Radio has denied that he ever pushed for RTÉ Radio 2 to be closed down.

Stafford said at the Flood Tribunal today that it was his view that RTÉ Radio 2 should be closed as it was using the RTÉ licence fee to sell below-cost advertising to stifle competition.

Capital Radio in London, which took a stake in Century, also believed it should be closed.

But, he said, it was never a requirement, and it was not included in the 1990 legislation.

John Moves to the Galaxy

John Dempsey is leaving Hot Radio to join ESG FM. John – the man behind Dream FM and the highly recommended new ESG website – will occupy the Saturday evening slot from 6-8pm.
ESG FM broadcast to Dublin on 93.8, 94.1 & 99.1MHz.

Hot Cooling Off

Hot Radio is to vacate their second frequency of 88.1 MHz it was announced today. The frequency was used by the station on a temporary basis and has now been taken by a former partner in Hot. A transmitter is in place and a new station will broadcast from 88.1 to Dublin soon.

Ozone to Leave a Hole in SW?

Ozone Radio, the shortwave pirate station based in Dublin, may be leaving the airwaves within a month owing to a lack of interest from listeners, according to SRSnews.

Station controller Prince Terry has been making on-air statements regarding lack of interest, in particular very few letters.

Ozone Radio has been on air for 3 decades and was formerly known as Westside Radio.

The station broadcasts on Sunday mornings usually from about 8am and carries a deferred relay of Phantom FM’s ‘The Anorak Hour’.

Mix Off Again

The Irish Mix were again off air for long periods this morning but are now back on their frequency of 90.3MHz.

Phantom New Links

Dublin Indie station Phantom FM were off air for about a half an hour today at approx 4pm as they were in the process of changing their UHF link receiver at their transmission site, replacing a temporary one put in on Thursday when they moved their frequency away from the RTE digital test frequency.

Big Members Required

Internet based radio station KSEXradio.com are embarking on a search to find the world’s most well endowed man! They have already had an entry from a Los Angeles man claiming 14 inches. The top three entries will be flown to California from anywhere in the world and win a years supply of hot dogs as well as the chance to show off their winning member on national tv! It can all be found on their website from where you can also enter if you think you have what it takes. It’s all at ksexradio.com.

Dodgy Mix

The Irish Mix were suffering audio problems today and were off air for a long period from 7.30 this evening.

Atlantic push website

Atlantic 252 have appointed e-business consultancy E-Marketing to develop its new website which they hope will be the most innovative radio station website ever created. A live stream will also be available.

The long wave station, which is based in Co Meath, is about to announce details of it’s £1m marketing push, and all of this follows a 20% audience increase since its new schedule launch in January.

The site is due for official launch on October 1st. 

MW Caroline

Radio Caroline will be back on medium wave with high-powered transmissions next month for the first time since 1990. The broadcast will be in honour of the Dutch Caroline Supporters Day which takes place on August 19th – also the 11th anniversary of the UK/Dutch armed raid on the Ross Revenge – and the frequency will be 1296 kHz.

Baker Reunited

David Baker – a name which will be familiar to listeners to just about any pirate radio station of the eighties – is planning a reunion in October for all the ’70s and ’80s pirates. He can be contacted by email with ideas and suggestions (and is particularly seeking a venue) at david.baker1@lineone.net.

David Baker is currently a presenter on Chelmer 107.7FM in Essex and can also be heard on Premier FM in Dublin in recorded insert form on their morning show.

Phantom Live

Phantom FM will be broadcasting The Frames live in concert from Whelans in Wexford St this coming Friday and the programme will include interviews with the band.

This is a follow-up to the very successful inaugural live Blink concert which the station aired recently.

Phantom can be found on 91.6MHz in Dublin and you will also be able to listen to the concert live from their website at phantomfm.com

More details on this and other events by writing to promotions@phantomfm.com.

Less Energy

Energy 106 FM is running on substantially reduced power due to damage incurred from repeated ESB power failures up at Alien Mountain, Co Monaghan. This may lead to a delay in the introduction of the Magic – Power Country service on 107.7 while the main Energy 106.6 6KW transmitter is repaired. This also effects the Magic 105 service to the west on 105.8.

Beat RDS

Beat FM now have RDS on their signal. It reads BEAT FM and doesn’t change when Gold FM is broadcasting!

The station broadcasts an around the clock automated mix to Dublin on 87.6MHz and temporarily on 94.3MHz.

Mad Radio confirm return

Mad Radio have confirmed that they will be recommencing broadcasting from this weekend whilst they await new equipment. There are no plans to increase power and they will broadcast the same varied mix of music including rap, dance and metal.

Meanwhile, if there are any community or charity organisations who would like to advertise upcoming events on Mad Radio they would be glad to help out. The details can be sent by e-mail to madradio@dublin.com.

Mad Radio broadcast to Dublin city on 93.2MHz. 

First for TalkSport

TalkSport in the UK are claiming a first with the novel idea of inviting listeners to record audio email messages through their website to be sent to the station for later broadcast.

High-ranking Virgin

Virgin Radio http://www.virginradio.co.uk/ – the UK adult contemporary station – have been ranked the third most listened to online station worldwide.

First and second places went to internet only stations provided by NetRadio http://www.netradio.com/

Stations were ranked by the total amount of hours spent listening.

More Magic

Magic 105 have announced that they are testing a new sister station called Magic Country on Sunday and Tuesday nights on their 105.1MHz frequency. They hope to have the new station running 24 hours on 107.7MHz soon.
Magic 105 broadcasts into Northern Ireland from a transmission site based in Monaghan.

Hot in Denial

Hot 99FM have stated that the threatening message posted to an anorak board last night was not from them. The immature posting had received many immature replies overnight, all of which have now been removed.

Meanwhile Hot Radio’s website is also showing signs of life…it’s at www.hotradio.org.

Phantom Problems

Phantom FM were once again off air this evening for a brief period and interruptions to the service will continue until Friday when they hope to have a new link frequency. Problems are being caused by digital test transmissions from RTÉ. Phantom FM broadcast to Dublin on 91.6MHz

Extra Beat

Beat FM have been on 94.3MHz in Dublin since Monday. This is in addition to their normal frequency of 87.6MHz.

As reported here on Sunday, this is to allow for continued studio work at sister station ABC, who normally occupy 94.3, and the move will last for a few more days at least.

Meanwhile, the aerial planned for the long-mooted medium wave station has arrived and tests should be commencing soon.

88 Loop

88.2MHz in Dublin was tonight home to an unidentified looping dance music station except for the airing of some old Mojo Radio promos. At 10.30pm the operators actually relayed Hot FM live a couple of times before returning to their own “programming”. Transmissions ceased at 11pm. There were similar but weaker broadcasts yesterday on 88.1MHz.

Meantime the following message appeared on the message board of the Radioanoraks site at about 10pm from someone calling themselves ‘88.1 Representative’:
“Hot’s relay is returning to 88.1 tomorrow evening. The original CTE transmitter melted, but a new transmitter has been purchased. So please remove all your toy transmitters off 88.1 and go back to your kindergarden. Anyone who refuses to switch off will be forced to.”

ABC Suspended

ABC 94FM have suspended normal programming until next Tuesday or Wednesday to allow some work at their studio location to take place, including the re-installation of equipment to allow for more live programmes in the future. Link problems will also be cleared up this week.

Other plans for ABC 94FM (plus sister stations Beat FM and Gold FM) will be announced in the coming weeks.

Phantom Interference

Phantom FM, as mentioned on today’s Anorak Hour, are suffering interference to their signal at present. As a result they have been broadcasting in mono today and will be going off air for technical adjustments at midnight for about 30 minutes. Phantom can be heard on 91.6MHz in Dublin.

Jazz Off

Jazz FM is presently off air. Yesterday there was hiss and static on their signal and it has transpired that their link aerial has been knocked out of shape. Unfortunately they cannot at present gain access to their transmitter site and they hope to be back on air a.s.a.p. which will probably be some time on Monday.

Jazz FM broadcast to Dublin on 89.8MHz and recently celebrated 5 years on air. This is their first break in programming for over 3 years.

Also off for periods today were Power FM and Kiss FM due to power problems at the transmitter sites.