This is an example of 'Tuairisc an Bhollscaire', the announcer's report of programmes as broadcast. The report listed timings of items, copyright details and any incidents or interruptions to the broadcast programme.
- Title 2RN Announcer's Report & Program Schedule 1926
- Production Year 1926
- Publisher Broadcaster RTÉ
- Material Type Document
- Clip title 2RN Announcer's Report & Program Schedule 1926
- Extended description
Beginning at 7.30 pm each evening, listeners were given a "tuning note", generally a steady tone to enable them to "tune in" their valve receiver or crystal set properly. All broadcasts from 2RN were live, so artists had to remain at the station for long periods. Note here for example, that Miss Doran sings at 9.16 pm and at 10.25 pm, while Mr Young sings at 9.43 pm and at 10.31 pm: this was a long night for the artists.
The evening opened with a live Irish lesson. On other nights, German, French and Italian language lessons were broadcast. The overall emphasis was on music and, in particular, on solo performers. The repertoire was dull, and listeners soon tired of the seemingly endless selection of parlour songs and Edwardian ballads.
There was an occasional relay from the BBC, usually a concert relayed from London. The 2RN station trio would normally provide instrumental interludes. At this early stage (January 1926), there were still no children's programmes, (no one had been appointed yet to do the work), no news bulletins (because there was no agreement with news agencies) and not even a weather forecast.
There were few speech programmes in the early years of 2RN. Apart from the language lesson, the only speech programme this evening was a talk on gardening by Mr Sherrard of the Department of Agriculture.
Once the novelty of "Irish wireless" had worn thin, listeners became dissatisfied. But the Director had only been allocated twenty pounds a day to pay artists, and a city the size of Dublin had a limited number of artists willing to wait around the tiny Denmark Street Studio all evening to sing one or two songs.
- Local keywords Broadcast Media, 2RN.Radio, RTÉ, Media, Broadcasting, 1920s
- Geographical coverage Ireland
- Topic The Media
- First broadcast channel 2RN
- Country of production Ireland
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- Item type whole
- Language used English (eng)
Douglas Hyde Opens 2RN 1 January 1926
Broadcast - 01/01/1926
Clip Length - 00:01:16
Séamus Clandillon, 2RN First Director of Broadcasting
Production Year - [1920's]
Contributor - Joseph Cashman (Photographer)
2RN Announcer's Report & Program Schedule 1926
Production Year - 1926
Publisher Broadcaster - RTÉ
"We Were Very Primitive, But We Got There"
Broadcast - 01/01/1996
Clip Length - 00:01:27
J.J. Walsh opens Cork Studio 26 April 1927
Broadcast - 26/04/1927
Clip Length - 00:00:18