After a couple of technical hiccups, we kicked off our new schedule at 9 this morning!
99.9FM in Limerick, and streaming here.
Check out what’s coming up later today here.
We return to the airwaves on the 14th of October 2014, and will broadcast from 9am to 9pm Monday to Thursday until the 5th of December.
Broadcasting on 99.9FM in Limerick City, Wired FM transmits 48 hours of programming every week during the academic year. Broadcasting a wide range of programmes, including breakfast shows, student current affairs, documentaries, arts, book and films shows. Music shows cover every genre, from trance to traditional, punk to show tunes, protest to metal and always with an emphasis on local and national talent.
The exceptional quality of programming produced for the station by students was highlighted at this year’s Craol Award’s, when the station picked up two awards, one for specialist Irish music programme “Éir Play”, and another for the celebrated LGBT documentary series “Somewhere Over the Rainbow”, which won in the Commissioned Programming Category.
Manager Ray (centre) presents Mark Browne (right) and Matt Lamming from Éir Play with their Craol Award. Photo taken by Eoin O’Cleirigh (also of Éir Play)
Before our launch night the Mary Immaculate College Radio Society will be meeting at 7pm to vote in this years committee, we will text/email members the room number.
Each year three interns join the team here at Wired FM for a semester, our new recruits want to say hello…
Hi,my name’s Liese and I’m a co-op here at Wired FM. I’m 21 and from Cork, and I’m a third year Media and Psychology student in Mary I. I’ve been volunteering here at the station since first year, starting with an arts show and moving on to a breakfast show last year. I’ve always had an interest in the technical aspect of broadcasting, which is what sparked my interest in radio presenting. After college I hope to pursue a career as a radio producer or TV director. Hope you enjoy listening to Wired!
Hey guys,my name is Zara. I’m one of the full-time co-op students here in Wired FM. I’m Limerick born and am a 3rd Year BA in MIC, studying English and Media. I’ve been a volunteer here in Wired since first year, having presented and produced Community Shows, Art Shows and Specialist Music shows. I love to travel, I am an avid book worm, and love music and writing. I have been a member of the MIC Creative Writing Society and MIDAS since first year, and love getting involved in college life and events – having been a part of MIDAS’ CATS, Beauty and the Beast, and the Writing Society’s Hit N’ Miss Sketch Show. I’m really grateful to have been given this opportunity as a Studio Executive for this year, and am really looking forward to what the year holds.
Hi, I’m Sinead, I am a third year co-op here in Wired FM.I’m currently studying History and Media in Mary I. My interest in Media broadcasting led me to sign up with Wired FM where I have been a volunteer for the last two years. I really enjoyed my experience and it led me to make many new friends. I hosted two shows ‘Good Morning Mary I’ and the ‘Entertainment Show’ which allowed me to improve my communication and research skills. I hope to have a career in Media and I want to learn more about radio and its significance in Irish life.
Aidan Long (he’s the one in the middle) has had a long association with Wired FM, alumni of the arts course here at Mary Immaculate College, he worked as a volunteer and Co-op at the station before taking over as manager in 2012. He is about to embark on an epic bout of travelling that will see him take in the majority of South America over a period of eight months (or longer!). As envious as we all are, we here at Wired would like to wish him the best of luck, and thank him for his tireless commitment to Wired FM. He will be missed!
Aidan is going to be writing about his travels, and we’ll be sure to update you on his blog when he does.
Best of luck Aidan!
The Limerick LGBTQ Pride Festival, Limerick’s annual celebration of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender culture begun on the 24th of this month and culminates in a parade in the city this Saturday (30th of August). Those who wish to march in the parade should gather from 12.30pm at The Potato Market. It promises to be a huge and important event, so we encourage everyone to come out in support of our LGBT brothers and sisters!
Earlier this year we produced a four part series entitled Somewhere Over the Rainbow, it focused on the lives of LGBT-identified people living in Limerick and also discusses the supports available to them, including the LGBT societies in Mary Immaculate College, the Limerick Institute of Technology and wider community supports like the Red Ribbon Project. You can listen to all four episodes here.
Limerick Pride Website
Wired FM is now off air for the summer until students return to Limerick next October. We would like to thank all of our volunteers who worked so hard throughout the year to put out some fantastic programming on the station. You can listen back to many of this year’s shows here or to any of our podcasts and feature programmes here.
We would also like to thank our fantastic interns, Dan, Nelius, Louise and Sinead for their work over the last two semesters.
Good luck to all of our volunteers who are currently preparing for their remaining assignments and exams. We hope you have a fantastic summer!
Congratulations to all of the winners at the Wired FM Volunteer Awards last night! Here is the run-down of the award winners:
Best Interview: Niall Johnston, Interview with Noreen Keane on Cross Campus
Best Magazine Show: M&M Sessions, Magda & Monica
Best News Coverage: News Headlines, Fiona Collins
Best Production: Good Vibrations…, Rysard Wozniak
Best General Music Show: The Lunchtime Show, James Reeves & Kelly Fitzgerald
Best Irish Music Show: Éir Play, Mark Browne, Eoin Ó’Cléirigh & Matthew Laming
Most Innovative Show: The Dark Side, Alan O’Driscoll
Best Specialist Talk Show: The Arts Show, Dominic Taylor & Kenneth Mackessy
Best Specialist Music Show: Rock Stop, John O’Dea & Daniel Hussey
Thanks to everybody who turned up on the night. Thanks in particular to Eoin Ó’Cléirigh for the photos, our fantastic hosts Conor and Magda, and Nelius, Louise and Dan for all their hard work organizing the event.
Europe on Air, Near Fm‘s new weekly programme examines the impact the EU can have on the lives of the Irish and European identity. The 6th and 7th programmes in the series will be broadcast on Wired FM tomorrow, 30th April fom 9-10am.
Part six of the series will air at 9am and will be looking at the meaning of European Citizenship with particular emphasis on the rights and benefits that accompany a European citizen and how being an Irish citizen in Ireland compares to other citizens of the various nations within the EU.
Special guests include Nikita Evans and Temi Liadi, Foróige participants in project “Day in the Life of a Young European”, James Kilcourse, Irish Institute of International & European Affairs and Susan Lovatt, Manager, EU Direct Blanchardstown
‘European citizenship brings advantages to all age groups in Europe. I am pleased to have the input of two of our youngest guests this week and to hear about European matters from the younger generation’ states Dorothee Meyer-Holtkamp, producer of Europe on Air.
Discussions will involve the following:
Part seven of the series airs at 9.30am and will be looking at the asylum process in Ireland with special interest in personal experiences of asylum seekers in Ireland and the implications of EU obligations on lifestyles.
Special guests include a person who is currently in the asylum process, David Leonard, Barrister and expert in asylum law and Killian Forde, CEO, The Integration Centre. Bronwen Maher political activist will be the presenter of this week’s programme.
‘Instead of reading yet more about asylum seekers, I am pleased to be presenting this programme with someone who is actually experiencing this system in Ireland’ states Bronwen Maher, political activist and presenter of this week’s programme.
Discussions will involve the following:
You can listen in around Limerick on 99.9FM or from anywhere in the world here.
As well as Wired FM, this radio series will also be broadcast on 14 other community radio stations throughout Ireland. Further information on other stations can be obtained from the Craol website: www.craol.ie.
This project is funded under the Europe for Citizen Project Education, Audiovisual & Culture Executive Agency (EACEA)
We are very proud to this week launch our latest documentary series, Somewhere over the Rainbow. The series, which was funded by the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland under the Sound & Vision scheme, consists of four 30-minute programmes which will be broadcast on 99.9fm and wiredfm.ie on Monday and Tuesday next week.
The series focuses on the lives of LGBT-identified people living in Limerick and also features the supports available to them, including the LGBT societies in Mary Immaculate College and Limerick Institute of Technology and wider community supports like the Red Ribbon Project.
The programmes will be broadcast on Wired FM on Monday 28th and Tuesday 29th April from 9-10am and will be available as a podcast on the stations website soon afterwards. You can hear Wired FM on 99.9fm in Limerick and the surrounding areas or you can also listen online from anywhere in world right here.
Wired FM would like to thank all of those who contributed to the series, including: Barry Maher, Coll Leahy, Sharon Slater, Steven Murray, Tom Cole, Louise Harmon, Billie, Ann Mason, Cillian Flynn, Patrick McElligott and Rebecca McNamara. The series was produced and presented by Lou Dennehy.