What does the new ‘recovery’ mean for the RTE Radio 1 network?
An attempt to repair a broken radio has caused an uproar in Ireland, where a new round of radio tinkering has taken place in the lead-up to the Easter Rising.
In the latest edition of the RTVs ‘Reboot Radio’ programme, RTE presenter Jim Gorman described the new technology, known as the ‘radiotech’ programme and developed by an Irish engineering company called RC Components, as “very sophisticated”.
However, the programme also included a series of images showing what appeared to be parts of a radio being serviced in the RTA workshop, with a message on the screen telling listeners: “If you want to hear the latest news, check out our site, www.radiotec.ie”.
Gorman then asked the audience to click on the link and listen to an audio recording of what the RTCs website said was a recording of a conversation between a man and a woman, who appeared to have a conversation about radio tuning.
The message read: “I need some tuning done to my radio and it’s going to take quite a while because I have to use it all the time and it needs to be calibrated.
It’s a very expensive thing to do and the tuning I need is in the area of $500, so I’ll need to buy some extra equipment to make it more reliable.”
In a statement on the RTP site, RC Components said it had been developing the new program for more than two years and was “experimenting with the concept”.
“We’ve worked hard over the past 12 months to design and develop a way to communicate directly with our customers and listeners via our website.
We’re excited to be working with our manufacturers to make this a reality,” it said.”
We believe the new radio tuning technology is the future of radio tuning, and it is very exciting to be able to give our customers the very latest news and news updates, as well as provide a free, public forum to discuss the topic.
We also look forward to working with broadcasters to develop this technology for the digital age.”RTE Radio has already begun to roll out the new system in the first of two sets of stations it plans to install on the network in March.
The first station is due to start broadcasting on Friday, the day after the Easter rising.