For those of you who are unfamiliar with this event, Radio Days Ireland is a two day conference packed with amazing guest speakers who are experts in their respective fields. Those attending enjoyed insights about the challenges that we face while working in radio, how to overcome some of them and what the future of radio looks like.
There were 36 speakers, 50 companies and 200 delegates on site for this 2 day conference. They all shared their experience and knew that they weren’t alone in faces certain challenges. In the words of Paul Fernely from Reel World(pictured above), “It’s so easy when you’re working in a busy radio station to forget to think beyond what you’re doing and see what the wider world’s doing.
The Irish radio market is broad, diverse and exciting and full of crazy people. So to get everyone in a room together can only result in bigger and better ideas”.
Since Radio Days Ireland 2020, times have changed considerably due to the current pandemic but we need to learn to adapt now more than ever. Thankfully, Radio is seen as an essential service and we can be entertained and informed as we ride the tide of this unpredictable wave.
Helena Mullins spoke with some of the attendees at Radio Days Ireland 2020 and they shared some of the top tips after the conference last month. One of the key take homes that really resonated with us was from Kayte O’Malley, of SPIN South West and iRadio. She spoke about the importance of local stories and staying true to your roots, “if you get a really good local story and you research it really well that it can just grow and grow”.
The event is a joint initiative by Learning Waves Skillnet, the training body for the Independent Commercial Radio Sector in Ireland and IBI, the Independent Broadcasters of Ireland.
Radio Days Ireland was supported by Skillnet Ireland, the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI) and IMRO Ireland. Have a look at the video to see what the delegates thought and for now and until we see you all again, stay well, stay safe and stay tuned to the radio.
Article by Helena Mullins 20th April 2020.