Dancing On The Radio

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The popular Irish dance programme 'Take the Floor' is introduced by Din Joe (Denis Fitzgibbon) from Achill with 'The Harvest Time Jig'.

  • Title
    Take the Floor Achill
  • 1st Broadcast
    07/08/1960
  • Contributor
    Din Joe (Presenter)
  • Clip Duration
    00:00:52
  • Material Type
    Audio
  • Series title
    Take the Floor
  • Clip title
    Dancing On The Radio
  • Extended description

    'Take the Floor' featured an hour of Irish dance music with the bands, singers, dancers and instrumentalists, all in the traditional style. It probably owed a great deal of its success to the popularity of its compere, Denis Fitzgibbon who was known as Din Joe.

    The series was produced following the results of the first Listener Research Survey, which showed an exceptional popularity of dance music on the radio in urban as much as rural areas. Programming for dance music, which had been limited to 15 or 30 minutes, was greatly expanded.

    The flagship of this new policy was 'Take the Floor'.

  • Information

    The photograph accompanying this clip shows Din Joe (Denis Fitzgibbon), on the set of the RTE television programme 'Be My Guest', during filming in late 1966.

    The photographer was Roy Bedell

    © RTÉ Stills Library 2039/061

  • Local keywords
    RTÉ, Radio, Broadcasting, 1950s, Traditional Music, Irish Dancing, Din Joe, Denis Fitzgibbon,
  • Geographical coverage
    Achill, Mayo, Ireland
  • Topic
    The Media
  • Publisher Broadcaster
    RTÉ
  • First broadcast channel
    Radio Éireann
  • Production year
    1960
  • Country of production
    Ireland
  • Original identifier
    BB2423
  • IPR restrictions
    Rights Reserved - Free Access
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  • Item type
    part/extract
  • Item sound
    Mono
  • Language used
    English (eng)
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