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Dubliners try their luck at winning FM104's €250,000 house

In what is being touted as the biggest prize giveaway ever by an Irish radio station, listeners to FM104 are due to tune in in growing numbers until the end of October to try and win a new two-bedroom showhouse in Barnwell Hansfield in Dublin 15. Built by Manor Homes and located off the Ongar […]

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Former adman among PPI radio nominees

Donald Helme, former boss of The Helme Partnership, who now hosts a jazz show on Lyric FM, is nominated for specialist music broadcaster of the year and is among 34 nominations across 18 categories from RTE stations in contention for this year’s PPI Radio Awards. Mary Wilson, Ryan Tubridy and Pat Kenny are nominated for […]

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Yates judged safe bet for Newstalk breakfast show

The move by Newstalk 106-108 FM to bring in former Fine Gael minister and Celtic Bookmakers founder Ivan Yates to co-host the station’s breakfast show alongside Claire Byrne and instead of Ger Gilroy since May of this year has been made permanent. The show goes out from 6.30am to 9am weekdays. Yates had previously deputised […]

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Book publishing venture pays off for Limerick mum

A Limerick mum who launched a series of new books to help her son who has a serious development brain disorder has won a prize valued at €15,000 in 4FM’s ‘Doing it for Themselves’ nationwide competition. Avril Webster set up Off We Go Publishing as a learning tool for her son, Stephen, now aged ten, […]

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Bewley's sponsor coffee break item on Tom Dunne Show

Bewley’s is sponsoring the coffee break at 10.30am on Tom Dunne’s magazine-style talk show which airs on Newstalk 106-108FM from 9am until noon weekdays. Sky sponsors the show which averages 75,000 listeners. Michael Markey, marketing manager, Newstalk, said the Bewley’s contract is for six months but made no mention of the deal’s cost. Dunne is […]

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Radio unites to sound value to advertisers

In a show of unusual unity, RTE and independent radio are joining forces to push the value of radio to advertisers by launching a cross-medium, two-week ChooseRadio.ie campaign with a synchronised radio spot on 36 stations bearing the strapline “the most visual medium in the world”. An estimated 1,170,000 adults aged 15 and over are […]

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PR firms labelled "lazy" by photographer

A former Irish Times staff photographer has criticised PR firms and has called them “lazy” in their use of scantily-clad models for photocalls. Speaking on Liveline on RTE Radio 1 today, Tom Lawlor was commenting on a listener’s call who phoned in to Joe Duffy to complain about celebrity chef Neven Maguire posing with a […]

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2FM's Boyzone send-up "foul and offensive"

A segment aired on the Colm and Jim-Jim Breakfast Show on 2FM in May where actors parodied Boyzone singers Ronan Keating and Stephen Gately featured foul and offensive language, the Broadcasting Complaints Commission (BCC) has ruled. The sketch was about how best to deal with the problem of an itchy groin after waxing. The BCI […]

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