The first ever Irish-language chartstation will begin broadcasting live on the Digital Audio Broadcasting (DAB) platform in Dublin and Waterford on 01 July 2012, whereby Raidió Rí-Rá will be the first and only Irish-language youth station broadcasting on the new system. Raidió Rí-Rá will be available on DAB in Cork and Limerick before the end of this year too, and nationally in the future.
Digital Audio Broadcasting (DAB) is a digital radio technology for broadcasting radio stations, a platform in use in almost 40 different countries to broadcast current radio services as well as broadcasting a range of added new services. Analogue signals are converted to a digital format and in addition to providing a better sound quality than FM, DAB uses the radio spectrum more effectively to offer a wider range of stations for listeners, among which Raidió Rí-Rá will be the first Irish-language youth station on the system.
Traic Ó Braonáin, Chairperson of Raidió Rí-Rá says: "Raidió Rí-Rá has been leading the way in the provision of music and Irish-language services for young people in Ireland from the get-go, by developing a whole station online, by providing a free-to-download iPhone application for listeners, by utilising social networking sites like Twitter and Facebook, and now by broadcasting on DAB.
"It is essential that young people in Ireland have the choice of Irish available to them as part of any new communications' project such as DAB, and Raidió Rí-Rá hopes to provide the best possible radio service, full-time and on a national basis, on DAB, FM and digital television systems in the future."
The chartstation is dedicated to providing the highest standard of radio to young people though Irish: as well being nominated for a Barr 50 Gnó le Gaeilge 2010 award recognising its excellence in business through Irish after only two years broadcasting, Raidió Rí-Rá received nominations for the prestigious Oireachtas na Gaeilge communications' awards in 2009, 2011 and again this year. There was also a full-page article on Raidió Rí-Rá on Paper 1 of the Irish 2012 Junior Certificate exam.
Ó Braonáin continues: "475 million people have access to digital audio broadcasting worldwide so far, and as such it is the perfect medium for taking Irish out of the classroom, where it is seen solely as a school subject, and broadcasting Raidió Rí-Rá directly into the ordinary daily lives of young people in Ireland, through music, through talk radio and through great fun on the radio.
"Raidió Rí-Rá is the only station in the world broadcasting all the hit music from the charts through the medium of Irish, presenting live programmes by young people, for young people 24/7."
The digital audio broadcasting platform is only one way through which you can listen to the first Irish-language chartstation for young people; Raidió Rí-Rá is still available all year round online at www.rrr.ie, on the iPhone with the latest free-to-download application from iTunes, on all Nokia phones and on Android phones via the TuneIn application, broadcasting a full schedule of live programmes Monday - Friday mixed with Rí-Rá Spórt, celebrity gossip and hits from the from charts.
Traic Ó Braonáin
Chairperson, Raidió Rí-Rá
Julian de Spáinn
Secretary, Raidió Rí-Rá
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Raidió Rí-Rá's young presenters celebrating Skyfest 2011 thanks to a grant from the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht through Ciste na Gaeilge from the National Lottery, funding which ensures the first Irish-language chartstation can broadcast live on DAB in 2012. [Left - right: Daithí de Buitléir, Síne Nic an Ailí, Traic Ó Braonáin (Chairperson), Gina Ní Chathasaigh, Aodhán Ó Deá, Eilís Ní Fhearnáin & Cillian de Búrca.] Information: www.rrr.ie
Raidió Rí-Rá is a chart-station for young people playing all the latest music from the charts and broadcasting completely through the medium of Irish.
The station began broadcasting on the internet in March 2008 and Raidió Rí-Rá was live on FM in Dublin, Cork and Galway in March 2009, 2010 and 2011 (and in Limerick in March 2009 and 2010), thanks to a temporary multi-city licence from the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI).
You can listen to Raidió Rí-Rá all year round online at www.rrr.ie, on all Nokia phones, and on your iPhone with the latest application, on Android phones via the TuneIn application, and now on the DAB system in Dublin and Waterford from 01 July 2012; it will also be available on DAB in Cork and Limerick by the end of 2012. Raidió Rí-Rá has plans to broadcast via digital television in the future, and hopes that a full-time Irish-language youth station will be available national through FM and on DAB as well.
On average, over 4,000 people listen to Raidió Rí-Rá online around the world every month via www.rrr.ie - a number which rises significantly when the station is broadcasting live on FM as well - and over 1.5 million people had access to the Irish-language chartstation throughout the live broadcasts.
Raidió Rí-Rá is the official station of the international Irish-language festival, Seachtain na Gaeilge, which runs for a fortnight every March.
Listeners can get the latest celeb news, listen to the all the hottest hits, vote for their favourite songs, check out Top 40 Oifigiúil na hÉireann and download past programmes from the website. www.rrr.ie
Raidió Rí-Rá is managed by Raidió X Limited with support from Conradh na Gaeilge, is funded by the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht through Ciste na Gaeilge from the National Lottery, and Digital Radio Ltd is the operating company.
Conradh na Gaeilge is the democratic forum for the Irish-speaking community working to promote the language. There are over 200 branches of Conradh na Gaeilge and since its foundation in 1893, members of the Conradh have been actively promoting Irish in every aspect of life in Ireland and especially its use in their own areas. Conraitheoirí are at the forefront of campaigns to secure and strengthen the rights of the Irish language community. It is also possible to register as an individual member of the Conradh. Conradh na Gaeilge runs Irish courses in Dublin, Galway, Mayo and other places throughout the country as well. www.cnag.ie/courses
Aontas Phobal na Gaeilge (APG) is an alliance of Irish-language organisations working to promote Irish across Ireland and the world through more strategic language-planning. Aontas Phobal na Gaeilge consists of Comhaltas Uladh, Comhluadar, Conradh na Gaeilge, Glór na nGael and Seachtain na Gaeilge, organisations dealing with different aspects of the promotion of Irish in the community that came together to form a working alliance that would ensure a better provision of services and more value for money. www.aontaspg.ie