RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta is an Irish radio station, the only national Irish language radio station broadcasting across the island of Ireland.

History:

RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta, abbreviated RnaG, is the Irish-language radio service of Raidió Teilifís Éireann (RTÉ) in Ireland, and is available on 92-94FM (102.7 in the Nor-theast) in Ireland and via satellite and the Internet. It began broadcasting on 2 April 1972, and was the second legal radio station in the Republic of Ireland. Initially RnaG bro-adcast for only a handful of hours a day and was only available in or near the three largest Gaeltacht districts, but following the putting in place of a fourth RTÉ national radio transmitter network (used for RTÉ lyric fm), the station expanded to 24 hours from 1 October 2001. Listenership figures are hard to come by as the station does not make payments to be included covered in the JNLR listenership survey. It is claimed that as it doesn't carry advertising (the only Irish radio station not to do so) paying to be included in a survey organised mainly for the benefit of the Irish advertising industry would be a pointless waste of scarce funds. It is generally believed that listenership is high amongst fluent Irish speakers but its appeal among those learning the language is not as high as TG4 because (despite being available nationally) it is widely perceived as being oriented (as its name suggests) towards Gaeltacht residents. The station was initially established in response to the pirate radio station Saor Raidió Conamara which ceased broadcasting once RnaG came on air.

Recent developments:

For many years it was the only Irish-language broadcaster in the country; in recent years it has been joined by a television service, Telefís na Gaeilge (TG4), and by regional community radio stations, such as the Dublin independent station Raidió na Life, Raidió Fáilte in Belfast and Raidió Rí-Rá.

Funding:

The station receives a total budget of 10.9 million euro for 2008.

Location:

RnaG is based in Casla, Co. Galway. It also has studios at: Gaoth Dobhair (Gweedore), Co. Donegal; Baile na nGall in Ard na Caithne, Co. Kerry; Castlebar, Co. Mayo; and the RTÉ Radio Centre in Dublin. The station is operated by RTÉ, but has a separate advisory council, Comhairle Raidió na Gaeltachta, which is appointed by the RTÉ Authority. RTÉ also appoints the Ceannaire, or Controller, of RnaG, who has day-to-day responsibility for the service.

Audience share:

According to a survey carried out by RTÉ (2008), RnaG has a total audience share of 0.7% which is equivalent to 150,000 listeners a week.

Programming Raidió na Gaeltachta:

News:

Admhaidin - Morning Headlines
Nuacht a hAon - News at 1pm
Nuacht a Sé - News at 6pm

Chat:

An Saol ó Dheas - Life in the South
Glór Anoir - Eastern Voice
Ardtráthnóna - High Noon
Rónán Beo @ 3 - Rónán Live @ 3
Barrscéalta - Headlines
Iris Aniar - Western Magazine
Blas - Taste (BBC Radio Ulster)

Sport:

Spórt an Lae - The day's sport's news
Spórt an tSathairn - Saturday Sport
Spórt an Domhnaigh - Sunday Sport

Anocht FM:

In 2005, the decision was taken to create a youth strand of programming after 8pm each evening until the early hours of the morning.

Some of the popular programmes are:
An Taobh Tuathail - The Other Side
Duan Domhnaigh - Duan Sunday
An Ghealach Ghorm - Blue Moon
Géill Slí - Give Way
Tequila Tíre - Tequila Country
Sruth na Maoile - Mill stream

Irish language policy:

In March 2005, RTÉ announced that RnaG would allow songs with English lyrics to be played between 21:00 and 01:00, as part of a new popular music strand. In April 2005, it was announced that the name of this strand would be Anocht FM (Tonight FM). On weeknights the strand includes a new programme, Géill Slí (Give Way), as well as the existing long-running An Taobh Tuathail slot. Anocht FM will also be broadcast at weekends with different programmes. The new service was launched on 2 May 2005 at 21:02 Irish Summer Time. The first track with English-language lyrics played was Blister in the Sun by the Violent Femmes, chosen by public vote.