Thesis // The Roll Out of Digital Audio Broadcasting in Ireland

Thesis - Roll out of DAB in Ireland - nessymon

Thesis - Roll out of DAB in Ireland - nessymon

Ok, I better give this its full title

The Roll Out of Digital Audio Broadcasting in Ireland and Explorations into the Future Radio Landscape

In 2012, I was finishing my degree in Dublin City University, a BSc in Multimedia. I decided to do a thesis on The Roll Out of Digital Audio Broadcasting in Ireland. At the initial presentation stage, I was told I needed to cut back, that I was trying to do a Phd in three months with this. So I ended up with what we have here.

I really enjoyed researching this and chatting to everyone about digital radio in Ireland.

Why put this online now?

Over the past few weeks, people have asked me if they could read my thesis. You have two options for that. You could go to the library in Dublin City University and sit own and read my written book or, now, you could read it here.

Although my thesis covers online radio, satellite radio and what most people consider digital radio, your little radio box that also has FM, it’s a shame that in the five years since I wrote this, that not a lot seems to have changed with DAB in Ireland. Even RTÉ 2XM, on which I present The London Ear, is still technically in a trial.

I guess some of the interest has come since this article has appeared on RadioToday about the closure of dB Digital Broadcasting’s DAB multiplex.

Topics covered in my Thesis

  • Digital Audio Broadcasting in Ireland
    • Digital Broadcasting from The Broadcaster’s View
    • DAB Formats
    • Regulation Issues
    • More Choice?
  • IP Based Radio
    • Irish Statistics
    • Audience Listening Habits
    • Broadcast Bandwidth Concerns
    • How Internet Audio Stream Providers Work
    • 4G Rollout in Ireland.
    • WiFi Radio Case Study:
  • Satellite Radio
  • Converging Platforms
    • Hybrid Radio
    • Smartphone App Development
    • Radio You Can See
  • Other Digital Possibilities
    • HD Radio
    • Digital Radio Mondiale (DRM)
    • Alternative Radio Business
  • Future DAB/DAB+ Trials in Ireland

People I spoke to for my thesis

  • Dusty Rhodes,
  • Andy Green, Brendan Kehoe, Total Broadcast
  • Robin Crowley, Gaydar Radio
  • Donal Quinlan, Cork FM
  • Paul Campbell, Amazing Radio
  • Greg Parke,
  • Garvan Rigby, Spirit Radio
  • Dave Timpson,RTÉ
  • PatBalfe, Communicorp
  • Peter Bradshaw, United Christian Broadcasting
  • Gregory Orton, Solaris Mobile
  • Denzil Lacey, Zava Media
  • Lisa Ní Choisdealbha, Independent Broadcasters of Ireland
  • SimonYoung, Radio/TV Presenter

Read My Thesis Here

You can read my thesis here. Click and it will open in a new page or you can save it, Right Click Save As..

Please do realise that everything was present and correct in 2012, things happen, things change, companies change, personnel change, life changes. Trump gets voted POTUS.

Contact me and DCU if you want to use anything from this

Yes, I wrote this, but the physical book in property of Dublin City University. If you want to use anything from this, please contact me and DCU.

Want me to do more?

I really enjoyed researching this. I hope you enjoy reading it. I would love to have the opportunity to study this further. If anyone would like offer me grants to update or bring this to Phd level, please get in touch. I would be eternally grateful.

Roll Out of DAB in Ireland – Vanessa Monaghan – Copyright nessymon 2012

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Amazing Radio comes to Dublin – Musicians Take Note!

Amazing Radio

Amazing RadioEarlier this week Amazing Radio announced that it would be returning to DAB in the UK and for the first time, it would be broadcasting on DAB in Dublin, starting next week. I interviewed their CEO, Paul Campbell, for my thesis last year and was immensely impressed with their ethos, they really do care about the music. I’ve been telling bands about the stations for a good while but now that Amazing Radio has become our local radio station and it’s up to Irish bands and artists to get themselves on the air.

I’ve written about Amazing before but here’s a recap. Amazing Radio source all the music played on their station from their sister site, It’s easy peasy, all you have to do, as a label, artist or PR company, is make an account and upload your music. You can choose whether you can sell, stream or allow your music to be downloaded for free.

Amazing logoEvery week, new uploaded tracks are added to their playlist and there are also request shows like Greg Porter‘s request hour between 6-7 on Fridays. Charlie Ashcroft’s Audition Show on Mondays and Saturday plays the best new uploads every week. Using a bit of savvy you can get your fans to request your music, make people take notice of you. Where Amazing differs from other stations is that all the music played is from new, emerging and independent acts.

While Amazing is based in Newcastle, they also incorporate other areas into their schedule, Shell Zenner is based in Manchester, Jim Gellaty is based in Scotland, Mike Taylor is in Austin, Texas. Other names involved are Paul Lester, the man behind the Guardian’s New band of the day and Cocteau Twin and Bella Union’s boss Simon Raymonde. These guys know their stuff.. plus there’s a planned expansion into the US market. You’d be nuts not to get involved, bands, musicians, artists, whatever genre you work in, there’s a show for you.

This is exciting for music in Ireland, it has the ability to get Irish artists more airtime, not only in Ireland but in the UK where Amazing has a decent listenership. Think about the benefits, kids somewhere in the UK or America listening to your music alongside bands from their hometown.

Down the road it’s going to be good for acts here and if they use their noggins could easily end up double gigging in the UK/US with bands from there, in return for gigs here. The possibilities are endless.

I don’t work for Amazing, I listen to it everyday, I love what they do, I love that they don’t have adverts interrupting the tunes, I love their ethos. There’s no excuses, even if you don’t have a DAB radio you can listen online, through TuneIn and their apps work like a charm. There’s no point in music acts complaining about not getting airplay, it’s up to you to be (yes, that word) pro-active.

You don’t have to be a musician to listen, if new and emerging music is your bag, this is the station for you. Go on, give it a go!

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Musicians: Have You Heard About Amazing Radio?

Amazing logoI promised myself that I wouldn’t talk about my thesis on the blog, I’m doing that somewhere else. I was, however, so impressed with Amazing Radio and their attitude and how they treat musicians, that I had to post this.

Amazing Radio broadcasts on DAB in the UK and online, so what you say? How many times have we heard that new and emerging artists don’t get enough airplay? Amazing Radio plays nothing BUT new and emerging acts of all genres. Here’s the really interesting bit for musicians. All the music played on Amazing Radio is sourced from its sister site Amazing Tunes.

Musicians can upload their music and punters can buy direct from the site. Payment to musicians is made through Paypal, apart from whatever Paypal charge, the musicians get everything else.

I think this is a great opportunity for musicians to get airplay and promote their music, not only in the UK but worldwide. Amazing Radio is growing in popularity in the US and the web team have developed a time shift player which means if you’re living in LA and it’s 8am, you can listen ‘as live’ to the breakfast show, which is pretty cool. If you miss the name of a track, you can also live rewind and get it a second time round.

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