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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. 

Anna Livia Get Ten

The special interest licence for the Dublin City area has been awarded in principle to the incumbent Dublin City Anna Livia 103.2 FM. The award is subject to the receipt of clarification on a number of matters within the application and the successful conclusion of contract negotiations.

Speaking today, the BCI’s Chief Executive Michael O’Keeffe said: “With regard to Dublin City Anna Livia FM, the Commission is delighted to offer a ten-year licence to the station and is confident that it will continue with its wide-ranging programme service over the coming years.”

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.

Presenter Escorted From Dublin City

A Dublin City Anna Livia FM presenter was dragged out of the station’s studio live on air by Gardaí when he refused to accept a change in timeslot for his programme.
Eduardo Castillo had been informed that his show had been switched from Fridays to Thursdays on the special interest station, but he still turned up on Friday February 13th. After just a few minutes on air, four Gardaí had to remove him from the studio.
Castillo was protesting the decision of the management and claims that there was very little consultation with him over the change. He has now been sacked.

Report by Pat; John Fleming

Anna Livia Get Jazzed Up

Jazz FM listeners would be forgiven for thinking that the station is back on the air if they tuned to Dublin City’s Anna Livia FM on Saturdays. Although Jazz FM have been off the air following the recent ‘Black Tuesday’ purges against Dublin’s unlicensed community, three former presenters with the specialist station are now part of the Saturday line-up on Anna Livia – the licensed special interest station which broadcasts to Dublin on 103.2MHz.

From 3pm Chris Maher presents Soul Kitchen – his show on Jazz FM was called Sunny Side Up. And later in the day, two other former Jazz FM djs go back-to-back between 8 and 10pm. First there’s Black Echoes with John Public, which used to go out on Sunday afternoons on 89.8FM – Jazz FM’s frequency.

Then Seán Brophy, formerly of Sunrise on Sunday mornings on Jazz FM, is on air with his show Jazzorama.

Each of the three presenters are particularly interested in hearing from former listeners to their Jazz FM shows.

Anna Livia Hope For Speedy Return

Dublin City Anna Livia FM hope to be back on air very shortly. Some equipment was lost in Saturday’s fire at the Liffey Trust Centre in the heart of Dublin, where the station’s studios are located. They have had offers of help from other radio stations which has put them in a position of a speedy return. Anna Livia broadcast specialist programming to the Dublin area on 103.2MHz.

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. 

ESG Web Change

Dublin dance pirate ESG FM have changed their website. Tonight there is just a front page stating that “The transformation is coming…” plus the station’s frequency details (93.8 & 94.1).

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.

Sun E

Sun 101FM, who broadcast ‘All 80’s, All the Time’ on 101.3MHz in Dublin, now have an email address where they can be contacted. The address is sun101fm@hotmail.com

Phantom Off Overnight

Phantom FM’s automated service was off again overnight due to computer problems. Live programming resumed at 11am this morning. Phantom FM broadcast to Dublin on 91.6MHz.

Atlantic Off Their Tits

Atlantic 252 are about to launch a new £1m promotional campaign aimed at their 15-24 year old target audience. Entitled “Dance Your Tits Off”, the campaign will feature naked male model torsos with plasters over their nipples in an attempt to encourage more interest from dance music followers.
Atlantic 252 broadcast to Ireland and the UK on the long wave band.

Unid Country

An unidentified transmission playing continuous country and Irish music has been heard on 107.1 MHz with a good signal in County Meath.

Source: Sean Brady.

ESG Off Today

ESG FM’s service was down for most of today but returned in the evening. The station broadcast to Dublin on 94.1FM and 93.8FM.

UCB Relay Returns

The Irish-based relay of UCB returned yesterday with better coverage achieved due to modulation level increase. The relay can be found on 549kHz and is operated by Irish Christian Broadcasters (ICB) Dundalk.

Jazz Tx Problems

Jazz FM in Dublin were off air overnight because of a problem with their main transmitter. They returned to the airwaves on their 89.8FM frequency at 6.30 this evening.

Madness – But Not Mad – on 101.8

A blank carrier with no station id has been heard on the controversial 101.8MHz frequency in Dublin which was once occupied by Xtreme FM and, more recently, Mad Radio.

Neither station lasted long on the frequency because of interference to the licensed North-East Dublin service NEAR FM on 101.6FM – although Xtreme FM attempted to use it a second time.

No such thoughts occupy the minds of anyone at Mad Radio who this evening confirmed that the carrier had nothing to do with them.

Comment: 101.8…”COUNTRY.” on 103.7…there may be a lack of space on the band but broadcasting on these frequencies is begging for trouble.

Phantom Not So PC

Phantom FM’s automated service was down this morning with suspected pc problems. The service has now been restored. Phantom FM broadcast to Dublin on 91.6MHz.

ABC Power Cut

Dublin’s ABC 94FM were off air for a period this morning due to a power cut at their transmitter site. The station are now back broadcasting on both their 94.3MHz and 87.6MHz frequencies.

Euro Court Falls Short

The European Court of Human Rights has ruled that the UK government can continue with its restrictive policy of refusing to allow independent stations on short wave despite allowing independent operators on the FM and medium wave bands, but this now raises the separate question of whether the short wave monopoly is legal under European Union competition law. Trevor Brook took his case to the courts in 1997 after numerous requests to the government to license his proposed service “Radiofax”.

Source: ukradio.com

Rosborough to Take Over the City Beat

City Beat – based in Belfast – have announced that John Rosborough is to become their new station director. John is at present Head of Programming at Downtown/Cool FM and will join City Beat on October 9th. The station broadcast on 96.7MHz.

Rolling News for Dublin

A rolling 24-hour Dublin news radio station will start broadcasting on the internet from the beginning of October at Dublinradionews.com. The service will be provided by Flycatcher.ie who are a sister-company of FM104 and those behind the dance internet station Wod1.com. Staff will consist of the existing FM104 news team plus some new recruits.

Source: Brian Greene

No Show for GAA FM

GAA FM failed to appear in Dublin during today’s All Ireland Final despite the presence of it’s blank carrier on 106.8MHz. There was also no sign of GAA FM’s webstream.

Comment: Maybe it was mistaken for olympics coverage?

Kiss on a Loop

Dublin’s Kiss FM were running a continuous loop of all their jingles this morning but went live again this afternoon. The station can be found on 105.8MHz.

Supreme Call It a Day

Supreme FM, the dance station who were based in Lucan and broadcast locally on 107.7MHz, have decided to call it a day until sometime next year.

Source: Anorak Hour Update

It’s Country

A continuous music station playing mainly Country & Irish – but with other genres also receiving airplay – has appeared on 103.7MHz in Dublin and surrounding areas using the RDS ‘COUNTRY.’ (including the full-stop at the end!)

The station is strongest in the west with reasonable quality in the city-centre.

This is in addition to the blank carrier which is also being received on 103.7MHz in certain areas.

Report: Simon Maher

Comment: It can safely be assumed that this is not Spin testing!!

UCB Relay Off Air

UCB’s relay on 549kHz went off air last night at 11pm. This was caused by a melt-down in the 3 phase supply causing a power blackout on site. It may take several days before broadcasting can recommence.

ABC Are Having a Party

Details of ABC 94FM’s fifth birthday programme have been finalised. It will begin at 8pm on Monday and “is an excuse for an anorak session”, presenter Mike Williams told Radiowaves!

There will be recordings of the Dublin station from the past featuring various djs and there will also be airings of many old jingles and idents.

Special guests have also been lined up to take part.

ABC 94FM presently broadcast to Dublin on 94.3MHz and 87.6MHz.

Comment: Here’s hoping the station’s sixth year features less of the technical problems which affected the fifth. Happy birthday!

Latest From the Flood Tribunal

James Stafford, the former director of Century Radio, has been accused of lying to the Flood Tribunal. Denying the allegation, Mr Stafford claimed that comments he made during a private interview were misinterpreted.
The tribunal heard that Mr Stafford said that he first heard about the now infamous payment to Ray Burke when he read about it in press reports earlier this year but later said in evidence that he had heard about it back in 1991. At that point, Oliver Barry claimed that he was owed money for the payment he made to Ray Burke. James Stafford said that was the first time he heard about it. However, tribunal lawyers have uncovered documents which reveal that Oliver Barry was refunded the payment after the London based Capital Radio took a stake in the station, and that James Stafford helped him to do this.

Cary Wants a Job

Former Nova boss Chris Cary is still rehabilitating slowly following his stroke, according to chriscary.com. The second update to the website this week comes in the form of a job application which mentions that Chris will be released in March next year and wants to return to broadcasting – his major passion in life.
In the update, his partner Sybil Fennell says that: “…radio has always been his first love and I can think of no better way to help him to readjust to life than to encourage him to immerse himself in something that comes naturally to him.”
Suggestions and work offers are welcomed at sybil@chriscary.com.
The earlier update this week was a thank you to all those who had sent messages of support.

Comment: What better way for Mr Cary to rehabilitate himself. Again…get well asap.

Red Dragon Cleared

The Radio Authority in the UK have stated that they do not believe that Red Dragon FM were guilty of scaremongering when mentioning rumours of more oil refinery blockades which caused chaos around the UK earlier in the week.

FM104’s Big Brother

Dublin’s FM104 are shortly to introduce their own version of the hit UK television show ‘Big Brother’. Details to be released soon. FM104 are tunable at 104.4MHz in Dublin city and county.

No Freedom Today

Freedom 92FM in Dublin were off the air for most of today due to transmitter problems which were resolved in the evening. The station will also be off air at some point this coming weekend for the installation of new aerials. Freedom FM can be found on 92.0MHz.

Freedom FM on Radiowaves

Red Dragon Complaints

Red Dragon FM in Cardiff is having complaints against them investigated after their drive-time presenters yesterday mentioned rumours on-air that further blockades of oil refineries were imminent.
This led to panic petrol buying in Wales leading to chaos on the roads and the rumour then spread to South-West England followed by the rest of the UK.

ESG No Plans to Close

ESG FM’s station manager James Davids has this evening issued a statement stating that ESG is “NOT closing under any circumstances” and that a relaunch with big changes is on the way.
He also asks for supporters to “take no note of any of the rumours”.
The Dublin-based dance music station had been planning a move from their temporary premises of the past few weeks into a new studio which explains why they have had neither live programming nor RDS for the past few days.

Top Virgin

Virgin Radio in the UK are now the most listened to station on the internet. Arbitron today released findings for the month of July which, according to “Aggregate Tuning Hours”, places Virgin Radio in top place – a jump of one place from previously published figures.

Equipment Issues for Phantom

Phantom FM have suffered equipment problems which resulted in the station needing to keep their audio levels very low last night through this morning. It is possible that yesterday evening’s heavy downpour affected machinery on their mountain site.
Normal service resumed this afternoon following engineer work. Phantom FM broadcast to Dublin on 91.6MHz.

New FM Service Advertised for Cork

The IRTC has advertised for applications from parties interested in serving Cork city and county with an FM radio station. This time there is no specifications for the type of service required but the IRTC has indicated that they wish to increase the choices on offer to listeners. Closing date for applications is 10th November.

Gay Radio Station Bound for Ireland?

Ireland could be home to Europe’s first gay radio station next year. Australian businessman Dr Austen James wants the station to be run entirely by gays but will settle for “people who live on the edge” if equality laws don’t permit it. The station hopes to beam it’s signal across Europe and plans are subject to the station receiving a licence.

Five Live Cable Issues

ntl are now admitting that they might have problems carrying Five Live in the future as a result of sports broadcasting rights restrictions which prevent the station broadcasting outside of the UK.

Five Live has been removed from analogue satellite and, as a consequence, from ntl.

The station is encrypted on the Sky Digital platform and available to UK listeners only.

Listeners in Ireland can now only tune in on medium wave.

Comment: Although ntl are not at fault it might be worth letting them know that you want Five Live as part of your cable service. Customer service: 1800 123123 or fill in the customer care form on their website.

ABC Back on Air

ABC 94FM returned to Dublin’s airwaves this evening on both 94.3MHz and 87.6MHz but without RDS at present. This replaces Gold FM which occupied the frequencies over the weekend.

Problems with links to the mountain transmitters have dogged both stations in recent times but a new link has shown no sign of trouble and Gold FM – featuring music of the ’50s, ’60s and ’70s – will take up full-time residence on 87.6FM as soon as a second arrives.

A spokesperson this evening told Radiowaves, “…despite all the technical problems we are working hard behind the scenes to improve things and are grateful to all for their patience”.

Plans for an AM service have been put on hold.

Comment: ABC’s fifth birthday programming plans are in progress.

Sun Down

Sun FM, who play non-stop eighties music on 101.3MHz in Dublin, were off air most of the weekend.

Comment: PC problems at a guess!

Gold at the Weekend

Gold FM has reappeared in Dublin today on both 87.6MHz and 94.3MHz. Jingles for “Gold FM at the weekend” are airing and not the 24 hours a day versions that were recently heard testing.

ABC Future Plans

ABC 94FM, who will be five years old on Monday week, have launched a revamped website and a new-look logo. On the website there are hints that future plans for the station will be announced soon.

Comment: Some interesting developments from the ABC stable.

Full Time Gold

Gold FM is set to broadcast full-time on 87.6MHz. The station has a new logo and it’s own web-page in development where there is an announcement that it will be starting soon.

Comment: Now that 87.6MHz is receivable over much of the city, Gold FM’s oldies mix should prove popular.

Cary Returned to Prison

Chris Cary has been moved from his hospital bed on the Isle of Wight to Parkhurst prison on the island. In an update to the Chris Cary website this week, Sybil Fennell says that Chris is still not very well but he can walk again with the aid of a walking stick and has no use of his left hand. Chris is best known in Ireland for setting up Radio Nova in the early eighties.

Comment: Returning the man to prison seems very harsh…

Caroline Asked to Cease

Radio Caroline Dublin have again been requested to stop broadcasting by the ODTR because of interference to neighbouring frequencies. An accidental loss of power to the station’s UHF link this morning caused problems, particularly to Lite FM on 102.2MHz. In June, Caroline were forced to cease after complaints to the regulator by Lite FM.
A spokesperson for the station this evening told Radiowaves that it was “back to the drawing board” once again but they plan to be back broadcasting as soon as possible.

Mix Relay

Those with their receivers tuned to 87.6 and 94.3FM in Dublin today are being treated to a relay of The Mix through Sky Digital.

Mix Down

The Irish Mix have been off air for the past couple of days with equipment problems and hope to return sometime this evening. They broadcast on 90.3MHz on your Dublin dial.

Hospital Record

Hospital Radio Chelmsford presenter Greg Daines beat the record for longest continuous radio broadcast on Saturday. The previous record was 72 hours which Greg managed to beat by 1 hour and 33 minutes. When the show was finished Greg slept for 22 hours non-stop! Full details with plenty of pictures will be available on their website by the end of the week.

Comment: Just as well there were hospital beds close by when he finished. Congratulations!

Jingles on the Way

DMR FM are working on a new jingle package which they hope to air by the start of next month. DMR FM broadcast to Dublin on 93.2MHz.

Comment: None needed! Also, thanks from Radiowaves.FM for the promotion.

Gold Relay

Capitol Gold is today’s Sky Digital selection on 94.3MHz and 87.6MHz which was interrupted for an hour by the now customary lunchtime return to the unidentified music mix.

Comment: Anything is better than the previous relays of Classic Gold with their selection of aging dj’s who were out of fashion before they were even born!

ABC More Power

ABC Power’s 104.5 transmitter returned to air today. This follows the return of the main 104.1 transmissions on Saturday afternoon. ABC Power 104 are based in Waterford.

Magic I

Details of Monaghan-based Magic 105’s new interactive services – entitled Magic ‘I’ – are now being released by the station and they hope to have it running by next week.

Online requests will be one feature whereby a user will be able to pick a song from a large database and schedule it to play at a specified point in the future. This feature will also be available via WAP phone technology.

Recorded messages for airplay similar to a service already offered by TalkSport are also planned and the station hope to make use of their moving RDS by showing scrolling request details.

It will also be possible for presenters from anywhere worldwide to make their own shows for airplay using the service.

The Magic ‘I’ will be available in off-peak hours only.

Comment: Innovative and exciting plans. Not just music!

Five Live switch off on Astra

BBC Five Live have stopped broadcasting in analogue via the Astra satellite at 19.2E due to broadcasting rights restrictions.

The Irish cable service from ntl has also been affected. A company representative for ntl has said that they hope to restore the channel soon – even though he needed to be informed that Five Live was a radio – not a tv – channel and that it was offered as part of their service.

Five Live is encrypted on Sky Digital but can be received on 990kHz, 909kHz and 693kHz on medium wave in many parts of Ireland.

Radio GAA GAA

G.A.A. FM broadcast their inaugural transmission on 106.8MHz in Dublin today from 12 noon.

Operating under a temporary licence, programming lasted for five and a half hours and included RTÉ’s commentary on The All-Ireland Hurling Final and other post-match programming.

The station was also available worldwide from both Setanta’s and the G.A.A.’s websites.

ABC Mix

Gold FM test jingles were aired on 94.3MHz and 87.6MHz in the early hours of this morning. The jingles were new and mentioned a 24 hour a day service rather than the “Gold FM at the weekend” promos of the past. There were also test jingles aired for a service by the name of Hope FM for Dublin.

ABC are staying tight-lipped about future plans for their frequencies although a spokesperson told Radiowaves that Beat FM will not be returning.

When the jingle package played out the frequencies shifted to a Sky Digital relay of Heart 106.2 from London. This finished at lunchtime and Beat FM jingles and programming reappeared on both frequencies for a while before a return to unidentified music.

Comment: Tests or just total confusion?

More Relays

Planet Rock is today’s Sky Digital selection on 94.3FM and 87.6FM in Dublin. Classic Gold was relayed for most of yesterday until a return to the unidentified music mix last night.

Comment: Maybe they’re taking station requests?

Sun Rises

Sun FM is how the non-stop eighties music station on 101.3MHz in Dublin is now identifying itself. Previous name was C101.3.

Comment: Looking to tan the opposition?!

Mad Delay

Mad Radio – presently off-air awaiting the arrival of a new compressor and PLL transmitter – will further delay their return until the present situation pans out. A representative of Mad Radio told Radiowaves that there were enough problems at the moment without a power struggle on 93.2MHz giving the ODTR an excuse to raid either station. He also promised that the station would be back on 93.2MHz as soon as possible.

Link: Mad Radio on Radiowaves.FM

Kiss Back On

Kiss FM in Cork came back on air this afternoon with normal programming and RDS following yesterday’s decision to stop broadcasting to avoid an ODTR visit.
Kiss FM broadcast to Cork on 105.5MHz and 107.1 to S Tipperary.

Comment: Welcome back.

Link

ABC Power Plan Return

ABC Power 104FM plan to return to the airwaves at the weekend after they have reinstalled their transmitters and done some tests. ABC broadcast to the South-East of the country on 104.1MHz.

Comment: Best of luck!

Not Friendly

Radio Friendly (based in Cork) went off air tonight presumably to avoid an ODTR raid. Radiowaves News has also received unconfirmed reports that Cork’s other unlicensed stations are also off air as a precaution against ODTR visits.

Comment: ODTR Round-country tour Summer 2000

Kiss Off

Kiss FM, Cork’s dance music station, are off air as a precaution following a warning that the ODTR may be heading their way.

Link

ABC Power Visited by ODTR

ABC Power 104FM – who are based in Waterford – received a visit today from the ODTR following their raid on Quayside 105. The dj on air shut off the power and kept the door locked when the two men from the ODTR arrived. The presenter then rang for help – standard station procedure for ABC. A stand-off ensued and the two ODTR representatives were refused entry to the premises. After receiving a phone-call they left.

Comment: Best wishes to all at ABC in Waterford.

Quayside Off Air

Quayside 105 in Waterford are off air following a visit today from the ODTR who were in the area investigating interference to Garda frequencies. No equipment was taken.

Record Attempt

Hospital Radio Chelmsford presenter Greg Daines is attempting the world record for longest continuous radio broadcast which currently stands at 72 hours. The programme started at 7am this morning and Greg needs to be still doing his thing at 7am on Saturday to equal the record. Updates and webcam pictures are available at HRC’s website.

DMR Return

DMR FM has returned to 93.2MHz in Dublin with a weak signal following recent problems which have kept them off-air for nearly two weeks. Station launch plans have been put back until Christmas.

Gold Relays

Capital Gold, the classic hits station from London, was relayed overnight on FM in Dublin through the transmitters of ABC 94FM. Relays started late last night and continued through until lunchtime today when a continuous compilation of unidentified music was broadcast for about an hour before the relay resumed – this time from CLASSIC GOLD which aired for the afternoon. From 5pm transmissions returned to continuous looping music with neither idents or RDS. These lasted through to the early hours before a relay of Classic Gold resumed. Relays went out on both 94.3MHz and 87.6MHz.

Comment: Someone’s got their Sky Digital installed!

Live Chaos

Live 95FM, Limerick’s licensed service, caused chaos in the city yesterday when it gave away a prize of £10,000 in a competition they called “Four Play”. The prize was awarded for catching a particular four songs in a row and callers jammed all the telephone exchanges in an effort to win a choice of a trip around the world, a new car, a pot-bellied pig or the cash.

Comment: With CKR FM running a similar competition for it’s upcoming 11th birthday celebrations it’s not a bad time to point out that Radio Nova were first in Ireland with this idea too – nearly 20 years ago!

Magic Requests

Magic 105FM are working on plans to introduce online requests with a new interactive twist through their website. They are hoping to have this facility within the next few weeks. Magic 105 broadcast from Co Monaghan into Northern Ireland on 105.1FM and 105.8FM.

Comment: Stay tuned for details (ouch!)

ABC Power Boost

Dublin pirate station ABC 94FM’s 87.6MHz transmitter received a much-needed boost in power today resulting in a noticeably improved signal in many areas.

Ray for Today

Today FM introduced a ‘new face on the radio’ today in the form of Ray D’Arcy (but no Zig and Zag!) presenting the first of his daily shows at 10am. A slight reshuffle sees Tim Kelly moved to the afternoon slot while Philip Cawley is on holidays, and with Ian Dempsey back from his latest vacation, Today FM are hoping that the new look schedule will grab them a further increase in audience share on the back of the recent JNLR figures.

Caroline Returns to 102.5

Radio Caroline Dublin moved from 102.6MHz back to 102.5MHz at 7.15pm this evening to avoid interference from Raidió na Gaeltachta’s 102.7MHz Claremont Carn transmissions.

Comment: Back home!

Autumn Hits

Hits 106 start a new Autumn schedule from today. Highlights include Dave Harrington returning to a Saturday night slot and also Dar B who is back with Clubzone which will air four nights a week. The full schedule can be found on the station website. Hits 106 broadcast on 106.1MHz in Dublin and 107.1MHz in Wicklow.

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.