Irish Music Radio
Irish music radio is general term used for the licensed music radio stations of Ireland. With 85% of the Irish population listening to licensed radio services, the radios are one of the most popular entertainment media in Ireland. The Irish radio stations, other than the stations operated by Radio Telefís Éireann (RTÉ), operate under sound broadcasting contracts issued by the Broadcasting Commission of Ireland (BCI).
The history of irish music radio broadcasting began in Ireland with 2RNs test transmissions in 1925. On 1 January 1926, 2RN became RTÉ Radio 1 that celebrated 80 years of uninterrupted broadcasting in January 2006. RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta was established in 1972. RTÉ Radio 2, which is now 2FM, was launched in 1979. The commercial radio was outlawed in Ireland until 1989, which led to the development of Irish pirate radio.
From all Irish commercial radios Presently, Emap owns 3 radios, Communicorp/Radio 2000 owns 4 radios (soon to be 5), and UTV Radio owns 5 radios. The rest of the radios are owned by local businesses with notable proprietors of stakes including Thomas Crosbie Holdings, the Roman Catholic Church, and the Mid Western Area Health Board.
RTÉ (National State Broadcaster) operates RTÉ Radio 1, RTÉ 2fm, RTÉ Lyric FM, RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta, RTÉ Choice, RTÉ Gold, RTÉ 2XM, RTÉ Junior, and RTÉ Digital News.
RTÉ 2fm is a popular music radio of Ireland. RTÉ Lyric FM is the music radio broadcasting classical music and arts programming. RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta was the irish music radio that was long criticized for its "no English lyrics" policy, but it became popular music radio in March 2005, when RTÉ announced RnaG would allow songs with English lyrics to be played between 21:00 and 01:00, as part of a new popular music strand.
RTÉ Choice is the music radio, but also features the comedy shows, documentaries, and vintage shows. RTÉ Gold is the irish music radio that broadcasts 'classic hits' music, from the 1950s, 1960s, 1970s and 1980s. RTÉ 2XM is the music radio that airs rock, indie metal and Nu-metal. RTÉ Junior is the first irish music radio for children, broadcasting children’s music.
Formerly known as Radio Ireland, Today FM or 100-102 Today FM is one of the most popular independent irish music radio stations. Currently owned by EMAP plc, Today FM commenced broadcasting on Saint Patrick's Day in 1997.
The Midwest Irish internet radio is a music radio online. IrishRadio.com is online music radio that streams a number of US-based Irish and Irish music radio shows. Some of the other online music radio include Highlander Radio: LIVE!, CelticMelt, Celtic Moon, Celtic, Celtic Journey, Celtic Highway, Renradio, Celt-Rock-Radio, Celtic Pub Radio, Wayfarer's Way, Dryad Radio, Folk Radio UK, Celtic Christian Tunes, Irish Music-Jim Larkin, and Radio Rebel Gael.