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Wednesday, October 28 • 13:30 - 14:30
Discussion Panel: Crystals in the Transmitter: Pirate Radio Archives in Ireland

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Legal loopholes and government instability allowed hundreds of illegal radio stations to flourish in Ireland during the late 1970s and 1980s. Many of the stations played popular music and featured colorful radio personalities; stations also ran paid advertising and often paid their taxes despite their tenuous legal status. In late 1988, the law changed again and Ireland began to shut down its unlicensed stations. This pirate radio movement changed the face of Irish broadcasting, and modern commercial radio in Ireland is deeply influenced by it. The traces of its history reveal the cultural, social, governmental, and economic forces at work in 1970s and 80s Ireland.

The recently-created Irish Pirate Radio Audio Archives (IPRAA) has organized community events in an effort to preserve and make freely available content from this era, as well as contemporary oral histories. Panelists from the archive, John Walsh and Brian Greene, will be joined by veteran pirate radio presenter Sybil Fennell to discuss the history and implications of this underexplored corner of Irish broadcasting and its legacy as represented in community archival practice.

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Jennifer Vaughn

Senior Digital Librarian, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty
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Carolyn Birdsall

Associate Professor of Media Studies, University of Amsterdam
Associate Professor of Media Studies, University of Amsterdam, and Vice-Chair of IASA's Broadcast Archives Section (BAS). I'm interested in the early history of radio archiving in Europe and beyond, for which I'm currently leading a funded research project "Tracking Radio Archival... Read More →
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John Walsh

Senior Lecturer, National University of Ireland, Galway
John Walsh is Senior Lecturer in Irish at the School of Languages, Literatures & Cultures, National University of Ireland, Galway, where he teaches sociolinguistics and media studies. John began in pirate radio in Dublin as a teenager and spent a decade working as a journalist with... Read More →
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Brian Greene

founder, radio.ie
Brian Greene works as Technical and Production coordinator with community radio station Phoenix FM in Dublin. He has 35 years radio experience starting on pirate community radio in Dublin in 1985. An award winning podcaster with degree in journalism (Wolverhampton 2016) and masters... Read More →
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Sybil Fennell

Creative Digital Media, UK, Broadcaster and Teacher
Teacher of Creative Digital Media & IT (Surrey, UK) currently.  Previously radio broadcaster Classic FM (Newsreader), LBC (Presenter) and Radio Nova (Head of News).Author of 'Nova, Chris and Me' a memoir (publication due 2021).

Wednesday October 28, 2020 13:30 - 14:30 GMT
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