About

Alan Meaney has had a distinct career as a storyteller working in sound. He works as an independent radio and podcast producer, presenter and trainer and he is also an accomplished sound recordist, designer and editor.   Alan is fascinated by sound, and is open to collaborating on new audio projects.


Radio

Alan’s radio dramas have been nominated for Irish and European Radio Drama Festival Awards.  These include Grand Prix Nova radio drama awards in Bucharest in 2014 and 2015, “The Winter’s Tales” Festival; the first UK International Radio Drama Festival in Kent in 2015, Leipziger Hörspielsommer audio drama festival in 2015, and The UK International Radio Drama Festival in 2017 and 2018.  Heads Up (co-produced with Mary Owens), a series on positive mental health was the winner of CRAOL Awards 2016 – Distinction in the category of Commissioned Programming.

A Pilot’s Honour won Bronze in the radio drama category at the IMRO Radio Awards 2018.  The Vampires of Killaspleen was shortlisted for the IMRO Radio Awards 2019.

His first RTE Documentary on One ‘In Tom Crean’s Footsteps’ aired on RTE Radio One in August 2017.  Reverberations, a 6 part poetry series and Pod Only Knows, a series about podcasts featured on RTE Radio One Extra in 2017.  Two of his radio dramas were broadcast on Newstalk 106-108FM and Independent’s Day, a 10 part music documentary series was broadcast on RTE 2XM and RTE Radio One in 2019.  Reverberations series 2 also featured on RTE Radio One Extra in 2019.  The Dead Key radio drama was broadcast on Newstalk in 2020.

Alan has worked as Studio Coordinator at RTE.  Here he worked for RTE JR (Winner Radio Station of Year 2016 Celtic Media Awards) and Documentary on One in both editorial and operational roles.

He was the production manager for Galway’s Flirt FM for 3 years and continues to produce and present Grounded a weekly music show for the station. He was head of production at Athlone Community Radio for 5 years. He was membership officer for AIRPI – Association of Independent Radio Producers Ireland for 3 years.


Podcasts

Alan can produce podcasts for your event, business or organisation., including:

  • Pre-production consultation on the style, format, schedule, name of the podcast and target audience.
  • Sourcing of relevant guests, research into backgrounds and topics for consideration.
  • Generating ideas for content – punchy intros and outros, bridging links, sponsors messages.
  • Scheduling and logistics of guests in studio, on location or on phone/Skype.
  • Advice on recording equipment, selecting music, writing scripts. Advice on podcast trends, timings and formats.
  • Recording in studio or on location.
  • Publishing, show notes, management of XML and RSS feeds, promotion.

He can edit your podcast including:

  • Editing of raw recording.
  • Removal of unwanted audio such as umms and aahs, breaths, pops, mistakes or dead air to make the podcast flow.
  • Noise reduction, dynamic processing and equalization for voices.
  • Adding adverts, music, inserts or any other extras.
  • Mixing and mastering to the highest industry standards.

His RTE series Pod Only Knows focused on podcast makers from Ireland, the UK and the US.  He is editor of the excellent Irish Passport Podcast which explores Irish culture, history and politics.  He was the sound designer and editor on NUIG’s podcast series Other: Stories from the Tuam Mother and Baby Homes.

Contact Alan about your podcast today.


Training

Alan is a certified QQI accredited trainer and has designed and implemented specific training courses for staff, volunteers and community groups. He is available to provide training courses to individuals or groups in podcasting, sound recording and editing, social media and preparation for media interviews.


Sound Design

Alan has previously created sound design and composed music for theatre and has worked in the film & television fields. He can design compelling ambience, sound effects, VO and dialogue for your short film, play, animation, exhibition or computer game.

His field recordings and sound art have appeared on the Field Recordings podcast, Ambient Isolation Global Sound Project, Resonance FM, Syntone Radio Art blog, Sound Devices exhibition and as part of Lights Out Listening Glasgow.


Funding Applications

Alan has received Sound & Vision funding from the BAI over thirty times in 9 years for various different projects.   He is available as a consultant for advice on Sound & Vision, Arts Council, Culture Ireland and other funding applications.