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Predict the future for Irish radio (2035)

  • 03-12-2021 3:02pm
    Registered Users Posts: 88 ✭✭JJKC

    What changes will happen between now and 2035? I think Bauer will buy all the Reginal youth stations and they'll be merged into an national Spin, possibly rebranded Kiss. Could we see a merger of Today FM and Newstalk? The future isn't bright for radio, there'll never again be an entertainment show like the Gerry Ryan show or The full Irish that will be a "must listen" so to speak.


  • Registered Users Posts: 28,563 ✭✭✭✭end of the road

    some consolidation of the locals certainly.

    i could actually see bauer selling up rather then buying more as ireland is a tiny market and no doubt the worth and value of having fm licenses will decline.

    Protect the rights of the alcohol enjoyers of ireland. Remove all funding from alcohol action ireland now!

  • Registered Users Posts: 32,006 ✭✭✭✭NIMAN

    Only one thing for sure, there'll be a lot more adverts and competitions.

  • Registered Users Posts: 88 ✭✭JJKC

    Actually I wonder what age is Paul Claffy? He has sounded/acted about 60 for 35 years. It's hard to imagine Midwest existing without him.

  • Registered Users Posts: 11,221 ✭✭✭✭For Forks Sake

    2FM will announce their 19th breakfast show lineup of the decade.

    Ray Darcy still hasn't figured out how to use a desk.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 2,732 ✭✭✭Pelvis Parsley

    And Tubridy will still be stealing a living.

  • Registered Users Posts: 88 ✭✭JJKC

    I think the two weakest stations in Dublin, Nova and Classic Hits will see major cost cutting in the next 36 months, I think they'll end up like Gold radio in the UK with only one presenter per day and be a jukebox the rest of the day.

  • Registered Users Posts: 8,189 ✭✭✭Furze99

    If a certain party gets into power, possible that all media in the state will be as Gaeilge! Or else to a Gulag in Glencolumbcille or the Falls.

  • Registered Users Posts: 91 ✭✭Lord Nelson

    Will probably be the same old shite we have now. Adrian Kennedy will still be peddling radio for the brain dead and the BCI/BAI/whatever will be awaiting another report on the viability of DAB while still paying lip service to diversity.

  • Registered Users Posts: 10,052 ✭✭✭✭EmmetSpiceland

    You’d have to fear for RTÉ Radio 1’s viability when all the radios that have never been turned off go silent.

    The tide is turning…

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  • I believe instead of "fear" there, you should have "wonder"

  • Registered Users Posts: 88 ✭✭JJKC

    I'd guess by 2035, DAB will be seen as relevant as Medium and long wave are today.(Good for drivers of older cars,) Even in the UK, one of DAB's most successful countries sales of sets are falling while smart speaker listening and sales rise.

  • Registered Users Posts: 5,790 ✭✭✭Declan A Walsh

    January 2035 is just over 13 years away. In that time, as regards traditional radio, I can see some further merging of stations or shared programming. if Spirit Radio is still around then (no guarantees there as it relies heavily on donations), I suspect that they will have got rid of their AM (Medium Wave) transmitters. Sadly, a few licensed stations could fall by the wayside before 2035.

    There will probably be a few more community radio stations, particularly in rural areas of Ireland.

    There could still be a handful of border county pirate stations operating - some on MW and some on FM.

    I reckon pirate activity in Dublin will have ceased more or less except for possibly occasional experimental low-power pirates at weekends relaying other stations. If you look at the handful or so players on the pirate scene in Dublin now, including what's left of dance pirates, there are no new names coming into it. Even the oldies music pirates will have stopped because the guys behind them will have retired their headphones and transmitters!

    Online will be where its at. I would imagine that it will be even easier to set up an online station than it is now and all kinds of niches will be catered for, which is happening already. Podcasts will become more commonplace as well.

    As regards DAB, the next generation won't know what that is unless they are interested in radio history!

  • Registered Users Posts: 3,145 ✭✭✭StevenToast

    "Uncle" Ryan Tubridy will be on 1 million euros per year....he will be on the radio for 30 minutes every monday and friday morning.....

    .. Where all he will talk about is the Late Late Toy Show which now takes place over 4 weeks and has turned into a Telethon/talent show extravaganza....

    "Don't piss down my back and tell me it's raining." - Fletcher