Independent Radio celebrates 25 years

Mid-West Radio Managing Director Paul Claffey, Minister of State for Tourism and Sport Michael Ring TD, Michelle Mulherin TD and Shannonside Northern Sounds Head of Programmes Martin Howard. Photo: Conor McCabe Photography.
Independent Radio celebrates 25 years to the fore of news delivery in Ireland this week and Shannonside Northern Sound FM is also celebrating.

Independent Radio celebrates 25 years to the fore of news delivery in Ireland this week and Shannonside Northern Sound FM is also celebrating.

On July 24, 1989 Dublin’s FM104 became the first independent radio station to go live on air. Today more than 1,500 people are employed in 34 independent radio stations and the sector is a vital economic and social contributor to the fabric of Ireland.

The broadcasting landscape has been transformed and enriched with the licensing of independent radio stations across Ireland and over 2.5 million people tune into independent radio on a daily basis.

To mark the 25th anniversary of independent radio, a reception for IBI members was hosted by John O’Mahony, TD, Chairman of the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Transport and Communications in Leinster House. During the reception Mr O’Mahony launched a news website - www.independentradio25years.ie - which charts the history and achievements of independent radio stations across Ireland over the past 25 years. It contains archive materials including photographs and broadcasts which show the changing face of radio in Ireland.

Shannonside FM was also represented on the day by its Head of Programmes, Martin Howard.