Author: Alan Swan

My 5 favourite podcasts over the last 12 months

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Photo by Álvaro Serrano

Podcasts suffer from the same issue as Netflix. You spend more time looking for something to watch on it then actually watching something full stop. Whatever podcast platform you use the same issue pops up, so much choice and not enough curation. Have to say one site that has helped me greatly in discovering new shows is Podcast Chart. Beautiful clean interface, easily accessible download links  and one of the best curated lists of podcasts online. I’ve been […]

You can’t please them all. Here’s a way to stop trying

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You can't please them all

You can’t please them all. You’ve poured your heart into creating something. The response is pretty good but one negative comment has popped up and now it’s all you can focus on. You start to question your work, you ask “Why don’t they like it?” and completely ignore the positive reaction to what you have achieved. Sound familiar? It’s a common problem for content creators and something that I used to constantly struggle with. Trying to […]

Empathy. Who are you creating content for?

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Empathy

When you’re creating content one of the most important skills you can have is empathy. Can you put yourself if the shoes of your listener, customer, consumer? World renowned, Academy Award winning composer Hans Zimmer does for every project he works on. In a recent Rolling Stone interview he revealed who he writes for. Guess what? It’s not everyone. “And I realized that,” he says with a pause. “I have a fictitious person I write for. […]

How to interview a Rock ‘n’ Roll star, Howard Stern style

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In my opinion Howard Stern is one of the world’s great interviewers. In the clip below listen to his recent conversation with Liam Gallagher. Stern is fully prepped, puts his interviewee at ease and then hits his guest with an incredibly personal queston about his father. Gallagher opens up completely and it’s by no accident. Stern is a master of his craft. This is how you interview a notoriously difficult Rock ‘n’ Roll star.

2fm Rising – New Irish Music

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One of our new Irish music initiatives on 2fm is called ‘2fm Rising’. Each week we choose a number of tracks that receive daytime airplay and depending on listener reaction make it to our regular 2fm playlist. The quality this year so far has been nothing short of outstanding. Here’s 5 of the current batch that we are really excited about. Glory – Dermot Kennedy Nobody Like U – Siights Give it Up – Cities […]

Tomorrowland

Radio

Thrilled to announce that RTÉ2fm will be broadcasting both Tomorrowland weekends LIVE this July is association with the European Broadcasting Union & Belgium broadcaster VRT – Studio Brussel

RTÉ2fm Music Highlights

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Well what an unbelievable weekend of music content on RTÉ2fm! Friday saw arguably the world’s biggest music star Ed Sheeran co-present our drive show in a one hour special with Eoghan McDermott. On Sunday U2, in a world exclusive premiered their 2017 version of “Red Hill Mining Town” on the Dave Fanning show to commemorate The Joshua Tree’s 30th anniversary. Bank Holiday Monday saw 2fm broadcast a new batch of music documentaries, one on Irish […]

An acronym from the 1960’s is simply perfect for 2017

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KISS is an acronym for “Keep it simple, stupid”, a design principle used by the U.S. Navy way back in the 1960’s. While some deem the phrase old fashioned & cheesy, in 2017 this acronym has never been more relevant. The attention of your audience is so fickle, it’s vital to simplify your ideas and in turn the content you create. You have to make it simple to grab their attention and then make the […]

The Most Powerful Question You Can Ask During A Brainstorm

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Don’t underestimate the power of ‘what if?’. Sometimes we can stand in our own way when we refuse to let our imagination run riot. The most powerful question you can ask when creating content is ‘what if?’ When you’re working on your next idea why not ask that question multiple times. One ridiculous ‘what if?’ could lead to a ridiculously creative outcome.  Views expressed do not represent the view of RTÉ. Photo by Emily Morter For […]