Tuesday, August 21, 2007

This blog has moved.

this blog has moved to http://www.talkingvoices.ie and its feed is here http://www.talkingvoices.ie/feed

keying up for jesus

On twitter recently I blogged "listening to 27.825 27.815 27.665 27.626 27.603 27.891mhz 9am mass dublin followed by rosary" I have now logged 12 different churches in the Dublin area with masses funerals and christenings.

Now news reaches us that two religious services are to start next year on broadcast radio frequencies and DVB digital satellite.

The Broadcasting Commission of Ireland (BCI) has signed a ten year contract with United Christian Broadcasters (Ireland) Limited for the provision of a satellite radio service, which will be available on the Sky digital platform in Ireland and the UK.

UCB Ireland will be a dedicated Christian radio service which will give an Irish perspective of news, issues and life in Ireland. Programmes will have an interdenominational focus and the primary target audience will be 25-55 year olds. The service will broadcast 24 hours per day, 7 days per week, from January 2008.


Monday, July 16, 2007

O'Briens Communicorp gets Today FM

UK media group Emap plc has agreed the sale of its Republic of Ireland radio stations to Communicorp Group Ltd, a leading Irish and European radio group, on a debt free, cash free basis, for a cash consideration of 200m euros (approximately £135m). The sale is conditional upon obtaining certain necessary regulatory clearances which are expected to be obtained in the second half of our financial year.

Emap’s Republic of Ireland radio business comprises Today FM, FM104 and Highland Radio. Emap acquired these stations with Scottish Radio Holdings (SRH) in 2005. Communicorp Group Ltd already owns Newstalk 106, as well as Dublin stations 98FM and Spin 1038.


bhg says now the two main Dublin stations and the national independent station are owned by Communicorp

Friday, July 13, 2007

Straight Talking Bank at No 1 with Talking Voices

first posted on Talking Voices blog

The TalkingVoices.com produced podcast for Rabobank [web] has entered at number one in the Irish iTunes Business chart. First recorded in February 2007, a second series was commissioned and recorded in May 2007, the episodes of which will be released between July and December.

“It has been an interesting first venture into podcasting for the bank and I’m sure it’s a channel we will continue to grow” commented Martin O’Leary of Rabobank.

In Ireland Talking Voices has also recently completed podcasts for Enterprise Ireland eBusiness Unit [iTunes : Web] and the Irish Internet Associations annual conference.


Wednesday, June 13, 2007

RTE to launch six new digital radio channels on trial

first seen here first published here

RTE to launch trial station on DAB.
We ask, are these services not going to co exist online? Whats the budget for these stations. What is the likelihood that they will exist beyond the trial.? where is the interactive dimension to this?

Will this trail go the way of RTE community radio and RTE local radio? I believe radio one needs an opt out service on digital but this could carry the MW/LW/Digital Europe feed. 2FM could do with a youthful current affairs opt out but a Classic Hits station RTE Gold, where is the need for that? Local radio can do this, sounds like an all day Late Date.. Digital Sport will be popular more UK & Irish horse racing needs coverage, I wanted to see more of this on the renewed LW service but alas its just a relay of FM for most of the week.

Wednesday, April 11, 2007

100 million iPods sold

There a .8 billion radios in the states thats a fact It's a thing we can't deny.

Apple has sold its 100 millionth iPod, five years and five months since the music players first went on sale in November 2001. By comparison, it took Sony 14 years to sell 100m iPods Walkmans, of course. The now ubiquitous players have a 74% share of the MP3 player market in the US, but sales are lower outside the country with just a 50% share in Japan and 60% in Australia. The iTunes store has sold 2.5bn songs to date - a curiously low 25 songs per iPod. (Wall Street Journal via Guardian Organ Grinder)

radio 4 moves to the movies

radio is staggering but at least its still moving. we read in the Guardian [free sub] that Radio 4 (BBC) is making a 90 minute movie to sit along side two 45 minute audio pieces. The film is to be made by director Conor Lennon.

Mr Lennon said the project aimed to invert the relationship between sound and vision and provide a "vision track" to the spoken material.

When it is broadcast, Radio 4 will have a red button service for digital TV transmission enabling viewers to see the visual material, the first time the station has shown a feature-style film to accompany spoken material.

"Radio is very excited about introducing visual material because of new technology," Mr Lennon said. "In Korea they are developing Eye River radio sets which can transmit images to accompany the sound and Radio 4 wants to be a part of this multiplatform revolution.

bhg says -- did they mean iRiver ? DRM will have images too! and DRM+ will have mobile TV "radio - i get the picture"

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Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Virgin Console Move

Virgin radio moves to the wii & ps3 more at [ahn] this follows BBC Radio 1 xtra which is in some playstation games.

bhg says - If Mohammed will not go to the mountain, the mountain must come to Mohammed - radio is on the move.

Wednesday, April 04, 2007

Nob Nation podcast from rté

added 30/03/2007 [xml]

my favourite Nob Nation - Dail Quiz Show