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.

Ireland transmits 1916 Rebellion becoming the world’s first radio broadcast

Witness testimony of Fergus O’Kelly. read by Brian Greene for The Media Show

In 1964, Marshal McLuhan, Canadian philosopher of communication theory, wrote of the incident, The Irish Rebels used a ship’s radio to make, not a point-to-point message, but a diffused broadcast in hope of getting word to any ship that would relay their story to the American press. This is widely accepted as the world’s first radio broadcast.

On Wednesday another message was sent which read: British troops have been repulsed with great slaughter in the attempt to take the Irish position. The people are wildly enthusiastic for the new government.

Imagine the surprise when one of the ships that received this message was the British warship HMS Adventure anchored at Dun Laoghaire, just south of Dublin. Sadly, by Friday the broadcasts ceased and the Rising was all over.