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Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Media Literacy Policy Launch

The Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI) launched their media literacy policy at the upmarket Marker Hotel in the Grand Canal Dock on Tuesday December 6th 2016. Following an introduction from BAI chief Michael O'Keefe, the speakers were Stephanie Comey (BAI), Sheila DeCourcy (RTE), Emma Bowell (Framework Films Cork), Irena Cvetkovic (CRAOL), Simon Grehan (Webwise.ie) and Martina Chapman. Their individual presentations were excellent and it is an important facet of communications as we continue onto the 21st century.

Some of my observations was that the launch perhaps should have been subtitled as 'The Death of State Censorship' as media literacy and our ability to get our information not just from the broadcast spectrum but online through which the Government results in the BAI have very little control over. A century ago radio became the first medium to have no borders, one state could not control another states broadcasts and what people listened to and it has take us in Ireland those one hundred years to figure out that may be a problem in our online age.

The launch concentrated on how news was delivered, interpreted and how social media and 'fake news' was impacting on the younger generation. Irish radio itself was conceived in sin during the 1916 Easter Rising when the rebels maintained their own radio station and our landscape today is sculpted by the rule and law breaking of the pirate era especially in the eighties, censorship and rules cannot be contained by borders and state control.

The BAI seems to be losing control of the Irish media and this sanitised presentation seems to portray that they may be living in a glasshouse and seemed needy in requiring a pat on the back for introducing a policy that they themselves said had been rolled out for sometime across Europe. The community radio sector seemed to have stolen the march on the BAI as they already have a media literacy programme rolled out across their various stations.

Perhaps if the BAI spent the money that was used on this lavish launch including lunch, on supporting the CRAOL initiatives they may have received more plaudits. And finally while they secured a room with seating for 100, it was only a third full and there was no representation from any of the independent commercial radio and television broadcasters. A brave face, an photo opportunity was the most the BAI gained from the occasion.

I suppose they have to be seen to be doing something to earn their salaries!!!!

Friday, December 2, 2016

Set Your Record Button


Next Thursday December 8th at 9pm 'The Wireless, A Century of Radio' airs on UTV Ireland featuring John Bowman, Diarmuid Ferriter and broadcast historian Eddie Bohan. 

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Wireless on Flirt FM with Broadcast Historian Eddie Bohan



Listen to the third episode of John Walsh's excellent series on the Galway based Flirt FM. On this episode I explain the history of pirate radio from 1916 to the present day. I also explain the momentous events of the 1930's in Irish Radio.
Use the link below to listen to any of the shows in the series

https://wirelessflirt.wordpress.com/

Monday, September 5, 2016

The 'Up For The Match' (RTE) Top Ten


Each year on the eve of the both the hurling and football All Ireland finals RTE broadcast a special programme 'Up For The Match' hosted by Grainne Seoige and Des Cahill. A programme featuring chat, stories and music as they built up in 2016 to the All Ireland hurling final between the Premier county of Tipperary and the Cats of Kilkenny. But this year rather than simply reviewing the show, I have produced a top ten.

The 2016 Up For The Match (RTE) Top Ten
1   Eddie Brennan (9)
2   James Woodlock (8)
3   Ken McGrath (7)
4   Liam Sheedy (6)
5   Lar Corbett (5)
     Anna Geary (5)
7   Cha Fitzpatrick (4)
8   Aidan Tierney (3)
     Ritchie Power (3)
10 Owen Kelly (2)

So I am guessing you are asking the top ten in what? It is the number of times each guest said the phrase 'I SUPPOSE' while being interviewed on the show. Eddie Brennan the former Kilkenny hurler said the phrase 'I suppose' nine times. Even host Des Cahill managed to say it once. That means throughout the show 'I suppose' was spoken 56 times.

It was not the only repetitive phrase used by guests from the two neighbouring counties. Also up there were 'ye know' and either 'ah sure look' or 'look ah sure'.
Ah sure look Tipperary won, ye know I suppose they were the better team on the day.

The 'Up For The Match' (RTE) Top Ten


Each year on the eve of the both the hurling and football All Ireland finals RTE broadcast a special programme 'Up For The Match' hosted by Grainne Seoige and Des Cahill. A programme featuring chat, stories and music as they built up in 2016 to the All Ireland hurling final between the Premier county of Tipperary and the Cats of Kilkenny. But this year rather than simply reviewing the show, I have produced a top ten.

The 2016 Up For The Match (RTE) Top Ten
1   Eddie Brennan (9)
2   James Woodlock (8)
3   Ken McGrath (7)
4   Liam Sheedy (6)
5   Lar Corbett (5)
     Anna Geary (5)
7   Cha Fitzpatrick (4)
8   Aidan Tierney (3)
     Ritchie Power (3)
10 Owen Kelly (2)

So I am guessing you are asking the top ten in what? It is the number of times each guest said the phrase 'I SUPPOSE' while being interviewed on the show. Eddie Brennan the former Kilkenny hurler said the phrase 'I suppose' nine times. Even host Des Cahill managed to say it once. That means throughout the show 'I suppose' was spoken 56 times.

It was not the only repetitive phrase used by guests from the two neighbouring counties. Also up there were 'ye know' and either 'ah sure look' or 'look ah sure'.
Ah sure look Tipperary won, ye know I suppose they were the better team on the day.

Friday, August 12, 2016

Pirate Radio Exhibition - Old Clippings 6

If you have enjoyed the last couple of posts perhaps you will get on touch of you have any ideas or assistance you can lend to getting a pirate radio exhibition or even museum up and running. The following are various free radio magazines from the 80's including 'Wavelength' that was produced by a serving US soldier on a base in Germany.