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2fm to recreate U2’s Joshua Tree

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Joshua Tree New Roots

Excited to announce that RTÉ 2FM are to recreate U2’s Joshua Tree with a whole host of Irish acts including Gavin James, Kodaline, All Tvvins, The Academic & many more. A project that U2 have given their blessing to will see the release of the album called “The Joshua Tree – New Roots” set for release this October by Universal Music Ireland We are inviting listeners to design the new album sleeve for this special release. The […]

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.

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 […]

Get your ideas sweat on with this simple trick

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Do you have difficulty coming up with ideas? You sit down, pen in hand, blank page at the ready and then nothing. It happens to us all. But have you ever asked yourself “have I exercised my ideas muscle recently?”. Your “ideas muscle”? What part of the body is that located? Well according to author James Altucher we all have one and we should practise using it everyday: “It’s important to exercise the idea muscle right now. […]

Attention! It’s all about attention

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A recent piece from Fast Company highlighted the work of US public radio station WNYC and how they are finding innovative ways to push the medium forward. It’s a great read. For me though it reinforced the challenge facing radio, with one word jumping off the page. “ATTENTION” As audience behaviour changes and becomes more fragmented, you as a broadcaster are now in the attention game, not the radio game. Listeners don’t have time for […]