Radio-themed Documentary on Athlone Community Radio
Radio-themed Documentary on Athlone Community Radio

‘Athlone Calling’ - a new documentary on Athlone Community Radio looks at the history of the high-power radio transmitter that broadcast around the world from Athlone. 

The first high power transmitting station in Ireland was officially opened by Taoiseach Eamon de Valera in Moydrum, Athlone in 1933. This radio documentary goes back in time to tell the stories of the history of the Transmitter in Athlone, memories of locals from a time when radio was called the wireless to the present day when community members make an effort to preserve the site as a part of our national and technical heritage, a site that is still home to the old Marconi’s equipment.

The programme was debuted to a capacity crowd at a listening event in Athlone Library this summer and was broadcast on Athlone Community Radio in July. 

You can hear the programme here; http://www.mixcloud.com/AthloneCommunityRadio/athlone-calling/listeners/

Script: Gearoid O’Brien

Narrator: Phillip Gillen

Produced and edited by Irena Cvetkovic

Contributors: Jim Kearns, Tommy Mollen, Martin Hanley, Margaret Franklin, Geoffrey Foy, Carmel Feeney, Alan Shaw, Ciaran Mollooly and St Mary’s Active Age Group.




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