World Radio Day 2018

On Sunday 11th February I popped along to the Radio Rally in Coolmine in Dublin. I bumped into load of folk I hadn’t seen for years. Folk who are always on hand to help you out when stuck with some technical issue.

As always I had my mobile recorder with me so I grabbed a few interviews. I spoke with Justin Behan (EI3CTB), Lar Wright (iRadio), Mike Wright (ex RTE & Radio Caroline North) and Rory Hinchey (EI4DJB).

An edited version of this recording with air on Good Morning Dublin on 103.2 Dublin City FM Friday 16/02/2018.

Córus Interview for Mental Wealth 06/02/2018

On Dublin City FM at 12:30 MENTAL WEALTH goes to singing classes. Brian Greene makes a career ending move when he tries to sing on radio. But most of all what are the benefits to your wellbeing if you join a singing class? The ladies Córus will answer that question & more.

The Engineering of Consent

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It is clear that a leader in a democracy need not always possess the personal qualities of a Daniel Webster or a Henry Clay. He need not be visible or even audible to his audiences. He may lead indirectly, simply by effectively using today’s means of making contact with the eyes and ears of those audiences. Even the direct, or what might be called the old-fashioned, method of speaking to an audience is for the most part once removed; for usually public speech is transmitted, mechanically, through the mass media of radio, motion pictures, and television.

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There are two main divisions of this communications system which maintain social cohesion. On the first level there are the commercial media. Almost 1,800 daily newspapers in the United States have a combined circulation of around 44,000,000. There are approximately 10,000 weekly newspapers and almost 6,000 magazines. Approximately 2,000 radio stations of various types broadcast to the Nation’s 60,000,000 receiving sets. Approximately 16,500 motion picture houses have a capacity of almost 10,500,000. A deluge of books and pamphlets is published annually. The country is blanketed with billboards, handbills, throwaways, and direct mail advertising. Round tables, panels and forums, classrooms and legislative assemblies, and public platforms—any and all media, day after day, spread the word, someone’s word.

By Edward L. Bernays 1947