|This article relies on references to primary sources. (April 2008)|
|Broadcast area||County Kerry, Ireland|
|Frequency||96.2 MHz - 97.6 MHz, DAB|
|First air date||14 July 1990|
|Format||Adult Oriented Pop Music with local news, sports and specialist programmes|
|Owner||Raidió Chiarraí Teoranta|
Radio Kerry was established in 1989 and began broadcasting on 14 July 1990. The station headquarters are in Tralee, the principal town of County Kerry, with remote studios in Killarney and Cahersiveen. The original studios were based at Park View, Tralee, New Street, Killarney and The Barracks, Cahersiveen. In April 1995, Radio Kerry HQ moved to a custom-designed building in Tralee town centre with digital broadcasting, production and editing facilities incorporating a television studio. Shortly afterwards, the station moved its Killarney studio to Rock View, off High Street, Killarney and the Cahersiveen studio was re-located to the O'Connell Centre in the town. Today, there are approximately 70 people employed at the station in full-time, part-time and freelance positions.
Radio Kerry broadcasts 24 hours a day, with a mix of live music and talk programmes between 7 am and 1 am daily and music through the night from 1 am to 7 am. Many programmes are broadcast from Radio Kerry's Killarney studio and occasionally from the Caherciveen studio. The station broadcasts on five frequencies - 96.2, 96.6, 97.0, 97.2 and 97.6 MHz FM stereo throughout the county of Kerry. The station can also be picked up in parts of the surrounding counties of Cork, Limerick, Tipperary and Clare. The RDS PS (identification) is simply "Kerry". The station streams live online using the Windows Media Audio, aacPlus and MP3 formats. It was available on the DAB trial which was available in Dublin City and County and parts of the greater North East region. The multiplex which carried it was using a frequency licenced for all of Ireland. The trial ceased operating on Monday 1 December 2008.
|96.2 MHz||Kilkeveragh||West Kerry|
|97.0 MHz||Mullaghanish||East Kerry|
|97.6 MHz||Cnoc an Oir||North Kerry|
|97.6 MHz||Dingle Head||Dingle peninsula|
In March 1999, Radio Kerry introduced an Outside Broadcast Unit which enabled the station to broadcast from towns and villages all over the county. In early 2005, the 6 broadcasting studios at Radio Kerry's Tralee Headquarters underwent a complete refurbishment. Also around this time there was a major investment to upgrade facilities at all 6 transmission sites. In June 2005, the new Radio Kerry Killarney studios were opened at Glebe Lane in the town. In September 2005, Radio Kerry completed the acquisition of Shannonside Northern Sound. This gave the Radio Kerry group access to the counties of Longford, Roscommon & South Leitrim through the Shannonside FM service and the counties of Cavan and Monaghan through the Northern Sound Radio service. Shannonside FM broadcast on 95.7, 97.2, 104.1, and 104.6 MHz. Northern Sound broadcast on 94.8, 96.3 and 97.5 MHz. Shannonside and Northern Sound have studios in Longford, Cavan and Monaghan and also stream live online using the Windows Media Audio format. As a result, the Radio Kerry group is now the largest independent radio group in Ireland. Radio Kerry's share of the commercial radio market in Ireland stands at 11%. The maximum market share allowed in the Republic of Ireland by a single radio company is 17.9%. Early 2007 saw the introduction of a brand new outside broadcast unit. It contains the very latest in digital broadcasting and IP technology which allows programmes to be transmitted over PSTN, ISDN and satellite.
Radio Kerry has earned a reputation for quality local programming and appears to have stayed in touch with its audience at both commercial and community level. Radio Kerry's programme presenters and producers have been awarded Jacob's Awards, Sony PPI Radio Advertising Awards for commercial production, ESB Community Games Awards for consistent commitment to community games reportage and McNamee Awards for its sports programmes. It has also received a BT award for technical innovation. In October 2005, Radio Kerry was named BCI/Phonographic Performance (Ireland) Limited (PPI) Irish Local Station of the Year. Radio Kerry has also been named Local Radio Station of the Year in 2007 and 2010. In December 2005, it received 1st place in the 2005 BCI New Adventures in Broadcasting Awards for the "Keys To The Kingdom" programme series which focused on the uniqueness of being from County Kerry. In October 2006, the Radio Kerry Sports Team were awarded a PPI Radio Award for Sports Coverage, in particular the way which All Ireland Gaelic Football Campaign of 2005 was brought to the listeners.
Radio Kerry Training
Radio Kerry Training was established in September 2005. It designs and delivers targeted training packages for the radio sector and plays a role in identifying and developing new talent for entry level positions in the industry. Primarily, Radio Kerry Training delivers the City and Guilds of London Institute Diploma in Media Techniques 7501 (Radio Production) radio broadcasting course, run in conjunction with FÁS - Ireland's Training and Development Authority.
Radio Kerry schedule
- Monday - Friday
7.00 - Kerry's Full Breakfast with Elaine Kinsella and Brian Purcell 9.00 - Kerry Today with Jerry O'Sullivan 11.00 - 11-1 Club with Francis Jones 13.00 - One O'Clock News 13.30 - Talkabout with Deirdre Walsh 14.30 - The Afternoon Show with Brendan Fuller 17.30 - News 30 18.00 - Terrace Talk with Weeshie Fogarty (Mon) / Destination Kerry (Tues-Fri only) / In Conversation with Weeshie Fogarty (Wed) / In Business - Anna Curtin (Thurs) 19.00 - Sounds Country with Demort Moriarty (Tues/Wed/Thurs) / A Trip to the Cottage with Danny O'Mahony, Agritime with Ted Creedon (Thurs) / Drivetime Request Show (Fri only) / Drivetime Request Show (Fri only) 20.00 - A Trip to the Cottage with Danny O Mahony (Mon only) 21.00 - A Trip to the Cottage with Danny O'Mahony (Mon) / The Global Village with JJ O'Shea (Tues) / That's Jazz with Brian Priestley (Wed) / 22.00 - The Pulse with Ciarán O Regan
7.00 - Brendan Fuller Weekend Wake Up 9.00 - Saturday Supplement with Frank Lewis 11.00 - The Saturday Show with Francis Jones 14.00 - Saturday Sports with Gary O'Sullivan 18.00 - Fresh 21.00 - Great Singers Great Songs with Ian Michael 23.00 - The All American Country Music Show with Mary Conroy
7.00 - Classical Delights with Ted Carroll 9.00 - Horizons with Mary Fagan 10.00 - Seven Days with Elaine Kinsella 11.00 - The All Irish Music Show with Billy Donegan 14.00 - Sunday Sports with Gary O'Sullivan 18.00 - Solid Gold Sunday with Ray Nash 20.00 - Caint Ciarrai with Meabh Lawlee 21.00 - Kerrywide with Sean Hurley 22.00 - Irish Favourites with Sean Reilly
- Official website
- Radio Kerry - Listen Live
- Radio Kerry Training website
- Shannonside website
- Northern Sound website
- PPI Radio Awards website
- BAI website