On the 2nd of October 2006 the RTÉ Radio 1 landscape changed when Derek Mooney took the helm of the weekday magazine programme simply called MOONEY.
The programme, Monday to Thursday, is mixed bag of interviews, music and features broadcast daily from 3 - 4.30 pm. Live music is an integral part of the show. The entire compliment of the RTÉ Concert Orchestra, Nils Lofgren, (formerly a member of Bruce Springsteen's E street band) Leonard 'Chip' Hawke's (Tremeloes) Eurovision winner Charlie Mc Gettigan and Eleanor McEvoy are just some of the artists who have performed live in studio.
Friday 3 - 4.30 pm is in the main dedicated to wildlife and the loyal audience that has followed the hugely successful Mooney Goes Wild programme. The regular team of Dr Richard Collins, Eanna Ni Lamhna and Terry Flanagan are on hand to answer listener's queries on all things wild.
Mooney Goes Wild
Now in its 11th year, the triple award winning show, Mooney Goes Wild was launched in 1995 and has grown in audience figures and reputation. Topics vary from bees to bats with contributors aged from nine to ninety. The programme aims to be relevant, informative but, above all, accessible to the general listener.
The core of the programme is an 'ask about wildlife facility' in which phone-in queries, letters and emails, are answered live in studio by our regular panel. The programme travels frequently with live, and recorded, on-location sessions from all over Ireland. Natterjack Toads on the Maharees peninsula, Slow worms on the Burren and Seal releases on the East Coast have all featured.
Mooney Goes Wild and the RTÉ Guide team up to bring you MARVELLOUS MAMMALS.
Wednesday 8th November 2006
A FREE POSTER AND CD illustrating some of the most common mammals.
Did you know that there are over 4,400 species of mammal!!!
The largest land animal, the elephant, is a mammal. So is the blue whale, which is not only the biggest animal alive today but the biggest ever to have lived!!!
One of our most daring
and innovative ventures is the annual Mooney Goes Wild 'Dawn Chorus'
celebration which has become an institution in Ireland. The first ever dawn
chorus programme was broadcast live from Cushkinny Marsh Nature Reserve near
Cobh, Co. Cork in 1998. The six-hour marathon was carried nationwide on RTE
Radio 1 and internationally by satellite. In May 2005, on the 10th
anniversary of Mooney Goes Wild, the programme linked up with Ireland's
biggest selling magazine, The RTE Guide to produce a special Dawn Chorus CD
and Poster. Over 137,000 copies were sold making it one of the fastest
selling editions in the history of the magazine.
|RTÉ Guide, Wednesday 11th May 2005|
Another Mooney Goes Wild exclusive for the RTÉ Guide was published on January 25th 2006. Following on from the success of our Dawn Chorus CD and Poster, Mooney Goes Wild and the RTÉ Guide joined forces once again to bring you WONDERFUL WADERS. Waders are birds which frequent wetlands. They often have long beaks and correspondingly long legs. They wade in shallow water and are pushed back and forth by the tide.
|RTÉ Guide, Wednesday 25th January 2006|
Another Mooney Goes Wild exclusive for the RTÉ Guide was published on Wednesday 24th May 2006. A FREE POSTER illustrating some of Ireland's most common invertebrates. Did you know that there are approximately one million insects for every person on earth?
|RTÉ Guide, Wednesday 24th May 2006|
The programme has won three awards to date.The Prix Europa in 2000, The ESB
millennium environment Award also in 2000 and the Veterinary Association of
Ireland's World Animal Week Award in 2002.
Mooney Goes Wild wins first prize at the Prix Europa 2000
The award was for the Mooney Goes Wild radio, Internet and television coverage of a pair of nesting Jackdaws, Jackie and Daw, as they built the nest, layed the eggs and raised their first brood of the millennium.
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