Learning Waves welcomes two new Board Members for 2020-2022

Learning Waves held its 2020 AGM on 9th June 2020.  This was the 15th AGM of the organisation at which Chairperson, Lena Murphy, outlined the vision of the organisation for the remainder of 2020 and beyond.  Project Manager, Teresa Hanratty gave an overview of the organisations activities during 2019, so far in 2020 and for the remainder of 2020 and into 2021.  This overview included details of the funding secured by Learning Waves from Skillnet Ireland and the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland for 2020. 

Some of the highlights for the organisation in 2019 were the design and delivery of a Journalism Graduate Programme supported by member companies, the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland and Skillnet Ireland.  The programme saw 5 journalism graduates placed in 5 radio stations across the country for a period for 5 months.  The graduates worked across the newsrooms of the five stations and some of them have been retained by the station in which they completed their placement.  More details on this programme can be viewed here.

The audience also heard about the TY Media Week which was supported through the Broadcasting of Ireland's Sound and Vision fund.  This programme saw 191 TY students participate in a week long TY Media Week across 13 radio stations which resulted in 22 hours of broadcast content on 13 radio stations.  The programme aimed to support 15 radio stations in the roll out of this programme but due to Covid 19 two stations could not complete the programme.  More details on this programme can be viewed here.

Full details of the activities of Learning Waves for 2020 can be viewed in their 2019 Annual Report which can be accessed here.

In addition to the review of activities for 2019 and the plans for 2020, the election of Board Members for 2020-2022 took place.  The board are delighted to announce the addition of two new members to the board for 2020-2022.  The members are :

Joanne Carroll, Communicorp

Joanne Carroll is the People & Culture Director at Communicorp Media since 2017, responsible for ensuring Newstalk, Today FM, 98FM, Spin and Spin South West are great places to work. Joanne has 20 years’ experience across a variety of sectors and HR specialisms, and is a graduate of GMIT and National College of Ireland.

Nick Karkazis, Spin 1038

Nick is a 30 year old Aussie living in Dublin. He has been in Ireland since Christmas of 2012. His wife is Irish and together they have an almost two year old child together with one more on the way. Nick has been passionate about radio for as long as he can remember. At 14 he started doing weekend shifts OnAir in Australia at a local community station. Since then he has worked for some of the biggest radio brands in Australia like 2Day FM in Sydney and I’m still currently OnAir with a weekly show (remotely) for KIIS in Sydney & Melbourne. He has been with Spin 1038 since coming to Ireland, joining in mid 2013.  He has done OnAir work casually filling in for people and has been full time behind the scenes as the head of Imaging. He has been Assistant Programme Director for the last 2-3 years.

In addition to the above, the following members are remaining on the board of Learning Waves for 2020-2021 :

  • Michael Crawley, LMFM
  • Fiona Stack, Radio Kerry
  • Maria McKenzie, iRadio
  • Lena Murphy, Beat & WLR FM
  • Martin Howard, Shannonside
  • Fionnuala Rabbitt, Highland Radio
  • Patricia Monahan, Newstalk
  • Trish Laverty, Communicorp
  • Ciara O' Connor, East Coast FM
  • Bernadette Prendergast, Galway Bay FM


At the AGM, Nessa McGann from Spin South West and Jonathan Barker from Classic Hits stepped down from the board.  Nessa and Jonathan were thanked by the board members for their contribution to the board over the years.

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