Flirt FM 20th Anniversary

At the end of September, Flirt Fm celebrated its 20th anniversary.  Having been involved with the station since its early years, I was proud to take part in the celebrations.  These included a Silent Disco at Roisin Dubh with myself and Paula going up against former station managers Keith Wallace and Fiona McNulty and a 5 hour live show on the Saturday that I produced.  This featured presenter Paddy Duffy chatting to current and ex volunteers and staff about their time at the station. Each person shared their memories, picked a song that represented their time on air and Oh Boland played in studio.  There was also a documentary on the history of the station by Eoghan Holland, workshops and children’s entertainment and a dinner in the Salthill Hotel.  A great weekend, roll on 20 more years.

National Student Radio Conference

Ireland’s first ever National Student Radio Conference hosted by NUIG’s Radio Soc in conjunction with Societies Office in NUI Galway and CRAOL. The focus of the event will be all-encompassing of the medium of radio and the structures built around it. The event will focus on 3 strands of radio- Theory, Practical and General- with experts and people directly involved in radio giving talks on varying topics within these strands. The event is specifically aimed at students from all around Ireland, but is open to all comers.
NSRC takes place on the evening of Friday 7th March and all day from 11am on Saturday 8th March in Áras na Mac Leinn in NUIG.
Speakers include: Gavin Jennings (RTE) , Simon Maher (8Radio, Phantom) & Alan Swan (i105-107, 2FM), Julien Clancy (Sounds Alive), Ollie Turner (Galway Bay FM), Mairead O’Connor and Mary McDonnell (Grey Heron Media) and many more.

Dead Albatross Music Prize

Dead Albatross Special by Feedmeweirdthings on Mixcloud

I’m honoured and excited to be chosen as a judge at the inaugural Dead Albatross Music Prize.  This is an alternative to the stale and frankly boring Mercury Music Prize.

This year’s prize will be decided by an expert panel of 20 music fiends from up and down the Isles, made up of DJs, radio hosts, listeners, bloggers, records shops, and journalists – A select group of folk who know a good noise when they hear one.  Voting is currently underway.
On Wednesday30th October, the exact same day as the Mercury award ceremony n posh dinner shindig, you’ll be able to hear the first annual Dead Albatross Music Prize, a bumper three-hour show, on Reel Rebels Radio from 8-11pm, taking a look at each of the twenty Dead Albatross nominations for the year, and running a top five countdown to our number one choice. The winner of the prize shall receive a dead albatross.