The God Slot

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    The God Slot Friday 15 March 2013

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    The God Slot

    A contemporary look at religious affairs worldwide

    ‘We are not human beings having a spiritual experience; we are spiritual beings having a human experience.’

    Those sentiments were expressed by the renowned Jesuit palaeontologist Teilhard de Chardin, and could form the motto for RTÉ Radio 1’s new Friday evening series, ‘THE GOD SLOT’ which deals with religious affairs, faith, morality, ethics, and, as the title and quotation might suggest, all that is seen and unseen in the world of spirituality. Chardin made the religious establishment of his day uncomfortable, and there could be an element of that in ‘THE GOD SLOT’.

    Working on the premise that most people in Ireland practice a faith of some sort, the programme aims to cover news stories, report on events, feature round table discussions and one to one interviews, discuss books and films and present informed comment on all of the above items that have a religious or faith dimension in a lively, accessible and up-beat style. We are interested in stories of relevance to people of all faiths and none, and indulge in neither hatchet-jobs nor hagiography.

    Presenter Eileen Dunne needs no introduction to Irish audiences, her face and voice being well known as one of RTÉ’s foremost newscasters. For more than 25 years she has worked on some of the biggest news stories, among them Queen Elizabeth’s recent Irish visit, the death of Pope John Paul II and the installation of Pope Benedict XVI. A fluent speaker of French, she is currently International President of the Association of European Journalists, a voluntary organisation for journalists with an interest in European affairs. Her clear headed, incisive style, attractive voice and microphone presence, and knowledge of and interest in the subject matter will prove to be great assets to the series.

    Versatile producer Gerry McArdle has worked in almost every area of radio; as an actor, announcer, presenter, and has written a number of plays for the medium. He is also the proud owner of a Gold Disc for his adaptation and recording of The Pogues’ classic, ‘Fairytale of New York’, which spent several weeks in the Irish charts during the Christmas period of 2001, and raised £10,000 for the Society of St. Vincent de Paul. His last series, ‘Outside the Box’, won the Inclusion Ireland Media Award. He has a fine track record in religious programming, as his was the mind behind several successful and noteworthy radio gems, including ‘People of God’, ‘The Pope’s Intentions’, ‘Holy Pictures’ and ‘Woman With the Wild Thing’s Heart’, and is delighted to return to a subject that passionately interests him.

    The programme team is always interested in what listeners have to say, whether it be comments on what they have heard, or suggestions for future editions, and you can make contact by telephoning 01 2082039, emailing us at godslot@rte.ie, or writing to:

    The God Slot,
    RTE Radio 1,
    Dublin 4.

    If one accepts that everything in life has a spiritual dimension, then the only limits which might bind ‘THE GOD SLOT, each Friday evening just after the News at 10, are the limits of the programme makers’ imaginations.

    The God Slot is repeated on Radio 1 Through the Night on Sunday mornings at 5.30, and at 10.30am on Sunday mornings on RTE Radio 1 Extra.

    Below: Gerry and Eileen (Picture by Melina Prasse; The Irish Catholic)

    Music Played on the Show

    • 22:02
      Title: Deadwood
      Performer(s): Dirty Pretty Things
      Performer(s): Dirty Pretty Things
      Duration: 2:40
    • 22:03
      Title: The Black Hills Of Dakota
      Performer(s): Doris Day
      Performer(s): Doris Day
      Duration: 3:12
    • 22:03
      Title: The Deadwood Stage
      Performer(s): Webster P.F./ Fain Sammy
      Performer(s): Webster P.F./ Fain Sammy
      Duration: 3:28
    • 22:04
      Title: Big Country
      Performer(s): Moross, Jerome
      Performer(s): Moross, Jerome
      Duration: 3:12
    • 22:04
      Title: Magnificent Seven
      Performer(s): Elmer Bernstein
      Performer(s): Elmer Bernstein
      Duration: 4:10
    • 22:05
      Title: The Good The Bad And The Ugly
      Performer(s): Ennio Morricone
      Performer(s): Ennio Morricone
      Duration: 2:51
    • 22:05
      Title: Once Upon A Time In The West
      Performer(s): Morricane, Ennio
      Performer(s): Morricane, Ennio
      Duration: 3:36
    • 22:06
      Title: A Fistful Of Dynamite
      Performer(s): Morricane, Ennio
      Performer(s): Morricane, Ennio
      Duration: 3:55
    • 22:06
      Title: A Fistful Of Dollars (Main Theme)
      Performer(s): Morricane, Ennio
      Performer(s): Morricane, Ennio
      Duration: 3:11
    • 22:10
      Title: Jesse James (Live)
      Performer(s): Bruce Springsteen
      Performer(s): Bruce Springsteen
      Duration: 5:50
    • 22:10
      Title: Soldier Blue
      Performer(s): Buffy Sainte Marie
      Performer(s): Buffy Sainte Marie
      Duration: 3:31
    • 22:10
      Title: No Harm
      Performer(s): The Boxer Rebellion
      Performer(s): The Boxer Rebellion
      Duration: 4:15
    • 22:11
      Title: The Good The Bad And The Ugly
      Performer(s): Ennio Morricone
      Performer(s): Ennio Morricone
      Duration: 2:51
    • 22:11
      Title: Cowboy
      Performer(s): Newman, Randy
      Performer(s): Newman, Randy
      Duration: 3:04
    • 22:11
      Title: Cowboy Man
      Performer(s): Lyle Lovett
      Performer(s): Lyle Lovett
      Duration: 3:02
    • 22:11
      Title: Cowboy Und Indianer (Komm Hol Das Lasso Raus)
      Performer(s): Jux Fidelio
      Performer(s): Jux Fidelio
      Duration: 3:25
    • 22:12
      Title: Western Eyes
      Performer(s): Portishead
      Performer(s): Portishead
      Album: Portishead
      Duration: 4:11
    • 22:12
      Title: Western Bell
      Performer(s): Phelps, Kelly Joe
      Performer(s): Phelps, Kelly Joe
      Duration: 3:23
    • 22:17
      Title: Cancion Misteca
      Performer(s): Alvarez, J.L
      Performer(s): Alvarez, J.L
      Duration: 3:30
    • 22:17
      Title: Borderline
      Performer(s): Cooder
      Performer(s): Cooder
      Duration: 3:38
    • 22:18
      Title: The Sands Of Mexico
      Performer(s): Cooder, Ry
      Performer(s): Cooder, Ry
      Duration: 5:02
    • 22:18
      Title: A Meeting By The River
      Performer(s): Cooder, Ry/ Bhatt, V.M.
      Performer(s): Cooder, Ry/ Bhatt, V.M.
      Duration: 10:22
    • 22:22
      Title: How The West Was Won
      Performer(s): Newman, Alfred
      Performer(s): Newman, Alfred
      Duration: 3:35
    • 22:23
      Title: Apache
      Performer(s): The Shadows
      Performer(s): The Shadows
      Duration: 3:11
    • 22:23
      Title: Apache Rose Peacock
      Performer(s): Red Hot Chili Peppers
      Performer(s): Red Hot Chili Peppers
      Album: Blood Sugar Sex Magik (Bonus Track Version)
      Duration: 4:57
    • 22:24
      Title: Sisters Of Mercy
      Performer(s): Cohen, Leonard
      Performer(s): Cohen, Leonard
      Duration: 3:49
    • 22:25
      Title: Indian Fight
      Duration: 1:54
    • 22:25
      Title: Indian Massacre
      Performer(s): Dan Sartain
      Performer(s): Dan Sartain
      Album: Too Tough to Live
      Duration: 2:16
    • 22:25
      Title: Western Bell
      Performer(s): Phelps, Kelly Joe
      Performer(s): Phelps, Kelly Joe
      Duration: 3:23
    • 22:25
      Title: Indian War Whoop
      Performer(s): John Hartford
      Performer(s): John Hartford
      Album: O Brother, Where Art Thou? (Soundtrack from the Motion Picture)
      Duration: 1:43
    • 22:31
      Title: Gunfight At The O.K. Corral
      Performer(s): Tiomkin, Dimitri/Washington, Ned
      Performer(s): Tiomkin, Dimitri/Washington, Ned
      Duration: 2:36
    • 22:31
      Title: Oh Virginia
      Performer(s): Frankie Laine
      Performer(s): Frankie Laine
      Duration: 4:29

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