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RDE NEWSLETTER 19.03.2014 - Download RDE mobile app today!

Welcome to Dublin in 4 days!

William Butler Yeats:

There are no strangers here. 

Only friends you haven't yet met

Prepare for meeting 1300 radio friends

This letter goes to the participants at this year’s Radiodays Europe.  You are among 1300 registered from 60 countries – 40 in Europe and 20 more distant countries like New Zealand, Chile, Uganda, Kenya, India and China.  This is an all time high, beating last year’s record of 1200 from 50 countries.  How long can we hope the interest for radio will continue to spread and grow at this rate?

Consider the latest new session:

The Killing of a Radio Reporter

The conference programme was already compact with 54 sessions and 120 speakers in 2 days.  But when another journalist last week was killed on duty, we found place for a last new session. 
   It will discuss the shocking murder of Nils Horner, an experienced radio correspondent of Swedish Radio, in a Kabul street on March 11th . Reporters are increasingly being seen as targets in conflict areas. It is not only a threat to the safety of reporters, but also undermining independent journalism and the freedom of speech. What dangers will the world face when independent reporting in the public interest is getting more difficult?

   Speakers: Hannah Storm (Director of the International News Safety Institute, UK) and Cilla Benkö (DG, Swedish Radio, SE). More speakers TBA.

Download Radiodays Europe mobil app
Available after 12.00 CET today

With less than 5 days left it is time to start planning your days in Dublin.  Today we are launching the very best tool for this: Radiodays Europe’s app for smart-phones.

The app – developed by the company All in Media - gives you:
•    all about the programme, sessions and speakers
•    a planner for which sessions to follow
•    a great tool to send direct messages through the app to anyone at the conference
•    streaming audio from two radios dedicated to content from Radiodays Europe:  RTÉ Radio 1 Extra and student channel Radio Bang Bang!
•    Immediate access to all tweets with the official hashtag #rde14 with the evolving discussions around what is happening at Radiodays Europe.

Here is how you get the app

Shortly after 14.00 CET today you will get an email from  It will contain links to Apple App Store for iPhones and to Google Play Store for Android phones.

Download the app and you can immediately start using all functions except one – the direct messaging – right away.

When you try the messaging button, you will be asked for a 6 digit pin code.  This you will find in the same invitation mail from, which is also the support adress if you have questions.  Once your have entered your pin code, you are in and can start contacting others going to Dublin even before the conference.  You can send messages to one by one or up to five at the same time.

So – download the Radiodays Europe app today and start warming up the contact with old and new radio friends!

Note: If you are not registered with an individual email-adress, you will not get any mail with pin code and will not get access to the messaging function in the app.  This applies to 170 of the 1300 participants.  They must register their email address at the registration desk in CCD to solve this.

Get Visit Dublin Media Pass

The Media Pass gives you – and a partner – free access to visitor attractions and guided tours around Dublin.  Asking for it is well worth the effort, especially if you plan to explore Dublin a bit in the weekend.  
   Read about it at Visit Dublin and send your application already today to  To get a Media Pass you must be attending Radiodays Europe and  be an accredited member of the press.

Collect your delegate badge and
join the Cultural Hunt on Sunday 23

Be smart!  Drop by the Convention Centre Dublin (CCD) on Sunday between 11 am and 5 pm to collect your delegate badge.  Then you avoid standing in line before conference opening Monday morning at 9.00 am.
   At the same time you can check at registration desk for vacant places on workshops and tours.  BBC Editorial leader, Google Hangout and RTÉ Radio are already fully booked, but there will probably still be some openings in Storytelling and On-Air Talent.

The Culture Hunt is a great alternative.  It is a DIY (Do it Yourself) walking tour. You will see some of the musical and literary landmarks of Dublin and have a little bit of fun answering clues along the way. It’s also a nice way to see the centre of the city.
   The pace is set by you; take a break whenever you like or perhaps pause for lunch. No booking is needed. Simply come to the CCD anytime between 11am and 3pm and ask for The Culture Hunt. Bring a few colleagues or come on your own. All are welcome!

You are cordially invited to
Welcoming Reception at Cafe en Seine
Sunday 23 at 6 - 8 pm

RTÉ Radio and Independent Broadcasters of Ireland, as co-hosts of Radiodays Europe in Dublin 2014, invites us to a Welcome Reception on Sunday 23rd 2014.

Venue:                       Café en Seine, 39 – 40 Dawson Street, Dublin 2
Time:                         6 – 8pm
How to get there:

The Lord Mayor of Dublin, Oisín Quinn, will join in welcoming us to the wonderful city Dublin. This is a great opportunity to meet the fellow delegates, socialize and network, whilst enjoying some refreshments and entertainment. Café en Seine is  a continental and stylish café bar on Dublin’s leafy Dawson Street, that will transport us back to the heady days of early 19th century Paris.

Why not take a virtual tour around Café en Seine:

RTÉ and IBI really hope we can make it. It will be the starting point of what is going to be a very exciting few days. 

Bring your delegate badge or a printout of this invitation letter.  Accompanying partners are also welcome to join for this grand event.


Open up for some advice from the locals

10 Dublin Bars  - recommended by RTÉ Radio staff.
The quotes are also from staff.

  1. Mulligan’s, Poolbeg Street – “Feels like it should be outside the city, great old school pub”
  2. Keohoe’s, South Anne Street – “Super pint of Guinness in what feels like a bar that has not changed in 60 or more years. Good atmosphere and has an authentic Irish feel”
  3. The Stag’s Head, Dame Lane – “traditional bar. Good service, quite snugs and plenty of buzz”
  4. O’Donoghues, Merrion Row – “Famous place, Trad Music every night” (Trad = Traditional)
  5. Bowes, Fleet Street. - “No one will ever find you here. Lovely pint”
  6. House, Leeson Street – “very cool bar, great seats”
  7. The Hacienda Bar, on Little Britain St (just off Capel St). “A little know Dublin gem. Quirky. Friendly. Open until the small hours and has two honesty-pool tables. The landlord looks like Peter Stringfellow and you need to buzz him to get in.”
  8. Grogan’s, South William St – “All human life is here. Go for the conversation, bring a friend”
  9. The George, Georges Street – “A Dublin institution. LGBT bar where everyone is welcome. Sunday night is bingo night!”
  10. The Ferryman, Sir John Rogerson’s Quay – “Opposite the conference place, see you there after!”


News from Radiodays Europe commercial partner RadioAnalyzer:

Overplaying songs is dangerous business

An extensive data analysis reveals listener reactions to new music change very rapidly. And that even the biggest Classics get worn-out.

Analyzing millions of ratings data sets and millions of on-air log entries with new technology and methodology, Danish software company RadioAnalyzer have established that most Currents lasts no longer than three months before listeners start returning negative reactions to them.

The analysis has also revealed that only a select few Classics are as evergreen as they should be. The rest get tired just as quickly as Currents, only to return to full strength after a rest from the playlist.

Read the full story here.


News from Radiodays Europe commercial partner LDR Interactive:

Don't miss this session on Monday:
#ENGAGE: Interactive Radio

By Daniel Anstandig (CEO, LDR Interactive)

New technology makes it easier to research and engage your audience than ever before.

At Radiodays this year (March 24 at 10:40am), we will give you a behind-the-scenes look at some of the most successful implementations of live real-time, social, local, mobile, and interactive programming across our partner stations at LDR Interactive (Listener Driven Radio).

LDR technology interfaces with station automation systems, music scheduling software, and the station website / mobile app to create a truly unique experience for the audience, where they can influence what happens in real time.

We’ve worked with stations to implement all kinds of interactive programming. With our LDR.1 and CLICKtoPLAY platforms, listeners can browse the station’s playlist, vote on which songs they’d like to hear, and get alerts by SMS text, e-mail, or tweet 5-10 minutes before their favorite songs play on the air. It’s appointment listening of the future.

You’ll also get an insider’s view of the our new white-labelled mobile app, GRÜVR, which utilizes voting and alert technology. Plus, we’ve added a new patent-pending OPEN MIC feature where listeners can record their voice on the phone and send it directly into the station control room.

Our Director of Sales, Tracy Gilliam, will also share successful sponsor integration stories as well as insights on how to sell interactive programming. We have worked hands-on with our stations to raise nearly $5 million in digital / non-spot revenue on the LDR platform.

See you in Dublin!


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