The new and improved Raidió Rí-Rá application is available for free from www.rrr.ie/iphone/ and the Irish-language chartstation wants it to top the iTunes charts!
Thousands of people have downloaded Raidió Rí-Rá's iPhone application for free from iTunes since its launch at the beginning of 2010, and now listeners can tune into the Irish-language chartstation through their iPhones at any time of night or day throughout the year with the newly updated app.
Traic Ó Braonáin, Chairperson of Raidió Rí-Rá said: "The Raidió Rí-Rá app has been in high demand since day one, whereby people can listen to all the hottest music from the charts being presented through Irish 24/7. Now listeners can check out Raidió Rí-Rá's website at www.rrr.ie, make friends with us on Facebook, and get the latest news via the RSS feed on the newest version of the app, available at www.rrr.ie/iphone/ ."
Raidió Rí-Rá is the only station presenting music from the charts completely through Irish all year around, online at www.rrr.ie, where programmes aimed at young people are broadcast by young people. The chartstation hopes to top the iTunes download chart with the new updated version of the Raidió Rí-Rá application this week.
Aodhán Ó Deá, a presenter with Raidió Rí-Rá said: "Raidió Rí-Rá has gone from strength to strength in recent months, and we wanted to develop our iPhone application to demonstrate that to people tuning in on their smartphones. With this latest update, we are asking listeners to tell their friends that Raidió Rí-Rá has a great music and Irish-language application available to them at absolutely no cost, and to encourage them to download it for free from www.rrr.ie/iphone/ today."
In addition to broadcasting online all year around, Raidió Rí-Rá has gone live on FM in March of each year since 2009, and it has been the official station of the international Irish-language festival, Seachtain na Gaeilge, for three years running now. Over a million people had access to Raidió Rí-Rá while the station was broadcasting to Irish cities across the country throughout March 2011.
The temporary broadcast during the month of March each year is the first step towards establishing a full-time, all-Irish youth radio station on the national FM system, according to Traic Ó Braonáin, and Raidió Rí-Rá is always looking for new ways in which people can listen to the Irish-language chartstation whenever and wherever they want, like they can with the new iPhone application.
Raidió Rí-Rá are developing an Android application at the moment, the chartstation is considering the possibilities of going on the DAB system and are also moving towards the medium of digital television in the future. Raidió Rí-Rá released Albam Rí-Rá in conjunction with The Irish Daily Star during the live broadcast in March 2011 as well, an Irish-language music album with songs from the charts translated to Irish by the likes of The Rubberbandits, The Coronas, Fox Avenue and others.
Traic Ó Braonáin
Chairperson, Raidió Rí-Rá
Aodhán Ó Deá
Presenter, Raidió Rí-Rá
Miss Punchestown 2011 and Raidió Rí-Rá presenter Gina Ní Chathasaigh with the Irish-language chartstation's iPhone application, available to download for free at www.rrr.ie/iphone/
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, Galway, and Limerick in March 2009, 2010 and 2011, 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 the iPhone with the latest application. Raidió Rí-Rá has plans to broadcast via digital television systems and on DAB in the future, and hopes that a full-time Irish-language youth station will be available national through FM too.
On average, over 3,000 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 a million people had access to the Irish-language chartstation during the three live broadcasts.
Raidió Rí-Rá was also the official station of the Irish-language week festival, Seachtain na Gaeilge, for the third year running.
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 Community, Equality and Gaeltacht Affairs through Ciste na Gaeilge from the National Lottery, and Digital Radio Ltd is the operating company.
Thousands of copies of the Raidió Rí-Rá album, Albam Rí-Rá, were distributed through The Irish Daily Star during the live broadcast in March 2011. Big-name Irish musicians from the charts sang songs as Gaeilge on the album, with music in Irish from The Coronas, The Rubberbandits, Republic of Loose, The Delorentos, Heathers, The Flaws, Ham Sandwich, Fox Avenue, The Riptide Movement, Miracle Bell, The Spikes and Mo Hat Mo Gheansaí, winners of Raidió Rí-Rá's Battle of the Bands 2010. The Rubberbandits even recorded a special video for the Irish version of their song Róisín, I Wanna Fight Your Father (Róisín, Ba Mhaith Liom Bruíon le d'Athair), which is available on YouTube. www.rrr.ie/albam-ri-ra-2011/