IRISH RADIO STATIONS 2FM, SPIN 103.8 & BEAT FM BECOME THE AGENTS OF CHANGE TOWARDS GENDER EQUALITY AND EMBRACE DIVERSITY

IRISH RADIO STATIONS 2FM, SPIN 103.8 & BEAT FM BECOME THE AGENTS OF CHANGE TOWARDS GENDER EQUALITY AND EMBRACE DIVERSITY

>>>REGIONAL RADIO SHOW THEIR BIAS AND RELUCTANCE TO SUPPORT GENDER PARITY

>>>CORK STATIONS FAIL TO SUPPORT EQUALITY AND DIVERSITY

>>> + A LOOK AT COMMUNITY AND LOCAL RADIO!

LINK TO VIEW PRESENTATION *recommended*: https://bit.ly/3jVYtM8 

PLEASE USE THE HASHTAGS: 

#GenderDisparityDataIre 

#WhyNotHer@whynother Ire 
www.whynother.net 

(some excerpts below from the latest report)

STATEMENT FROM WHY NOT HER? COLLECTIVE


Gender bias and a lack of diversity, be it unintentional, is a huge issue across Irish radio and in particular Regional Radio. It reaches out into every crevice of Irish society and our culture, preventing the voices of women and diversity from being heard.

All we have to do is turn the dial or switch the television on and it is predominantly men in suits, men in sporting attire, men speaking (even if it’s about women’s issues – there are no women present); it’s men everywhere.

From our previous Gender Disparity Data Reports we can see clearly that those who are given a platform to be heard on the airwaves equates to those who gain access to positions of power. The person that is heard is afforded the chance to grow in their career, craft or art, and to shape the society that we live in: is typically a white cis male.

For a country that was so ahead of the race with Marriage Equality and the Abortion Referendum, there seems to be a lot of work yet to happen until we reach one of the biggest challenges we face in this country; Gender Inequality. It is only if we work together that we will be able to shift unconscious bias and replace it with what works for us all: equality, inclusion and diversity.

It’s a real shame that there’s a muted desire to genuinely create change and represent a balanced view of Irish music and essentially the storytelling and culture of Irish people. What we have discovered is that Irish radio chooses to proactively amplify, promote and essentially employ one section of society to the detriment of another. Womxn and people of colour contribute to society just as much as white men. Plus, our music is just as good, we are just as talented, we get gigs, we get streaming, we have fans, and outside of Ireland we get radio play, but the Irish radio part of the music industry ignores us. Just as a radio listener, it gives the impression that if you aren’t a white man, you aren’t important.

As a curator, it’s one thing to fall into an unconscious habit. Once you’re aware of it and you continue, I think it means that you either don’t care about the impact that your role has in shaping national culture or you think that white men should be the authors of Irish culture with only space for footnotes by womxn or people of colour. It feels very 20th century and we’re in the 21st.

Our radio curators are hitmakers, game-changers, the editors of our national soundtracks. The Why Not Her? Collective hope that they move to consider that radio has a responsibility to promote a balanced version of Irish society that includes all its facets and flavours.


ENDS

Clash Magazine Interview with Linda Coogan Byrne “2020 Is The Year Irish Women Stood Up For Radio Equality And Representation”

Thank you so much to Cailean at Clash Magazine for including some of what our founding member Linda Coogan Byrne had to say about the historical breakthrough in the music scene in Ireland this year.

Thanks so much for the platform and highlighting what Linda had to say about this years work carried out by herself, Áine Tyrrell and our team at Why Not Her? as well as Ruthanne who did so many interviews we sent her way over the last number of months, as part of our National media campaign this year to dismantle the oppressive system that silenced womxns voices from the airwaves for far too long across Irish radio. Linda, Aine and Ruthanne did the bulk of media interviews and we want to say a huge thank you.

We are all in this together and it’s important to lift each other up. There is no I in teamwork. We all want equality, diversity & inclusion because we all deserve it.

There is no-one pitted against one another. Would also like to shine a light on FairPlé & Mise Fosta as they were indeed mentioned in the interview Linda did with Clash, as the support and connection with these two incredible collectives has been instrumental in advancing equality for Womxn in music – and covers all genres – however in the nature of interviews many parts of the interview Linda did and invaluable activists mentioned didn’t make the final edit for what was published. But we wanted to say THANK YOU AND WE ALL APPRECIATE YOU and the work countless other organisations and collectives are also working at.

It’s so important to all work together as a team and to support each other as we strive for equality and a safer industry for everyone.

It’s been my honour to have worked tirelessly this year to try advance womxns voice in radio and the music industry both in Ireland and the UK. None of it would have been possible without the support of so many people in media from journalists to radio DJs and fellow activists. Nobody at Why Not Her was paid a cent – it’s a passion and we love what we do and despite it being so hard at times battling it out with radio for justice and equality – it’s been worth it seeing the changes in the music landscape as it’s never been this way before! Much love and respect – thanks again for the opportunity and platform CLASH. ~ 🤍#womensrights#blm#diversity

Linda Coogan Byrne, Dec 2020

Read the full interview here: https://www.clashmusic.com/features/2020-is-the-year-irish-women-stood-up-for-radio-equality-and-representation

Coverage on the Gender Disparity Data Report On Irish Radio

Thanks to everyone who have shared, written about, posted about and supported this campaign so far. We have almost 20 million of a reach in under two months! If you’d like to read and subscribe to any of the papers/sites who featured – feel free to click the links below.

FROM MID-JUNE – PRESENT:

THE IRISH Examiner

https://www.irishexaminer.com/breakingnews/ireland/female-musicians-get-a-tiny-fraction-of-radio-airtime-report-finds-1007022.html

Irish Times

https://www.irishtimes.com/news/social-affairs/irish-radio-failing-to-support-irish-female-musicians-report-1.4286738

Tony linked another article here: https://www.irishtimes.com/culture/music/what-are-the-best-irish-albums-of-2020-so-far-1.4291571

RuthAnne IV 

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/ruthanne-is-charting-a-new-course-q7xxpn078

THE TIMES UK IV W/LINDA

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/radio-stations-give-silent-treatment-to-irish-female-artists-dqv22sjfc

IRISH INDO IV/W LINDA AND RUTHANNE

https://www.independent.ie/opinion/comment/all-the-female-artists-i-speak-to-say-they-cant-get-on-playlists-shock-over-the-huge-gender-gap-on-radio-39317401.html

Sunday Business Post Two Page Spread online and in print:

https://www.businesspost.ie/media-marketing/hard-stations-why-cant-irish-women-get-played-on-the-airwaves-12268e3c

THE LAST MIXED TAPE INTERVIEW W/LINDA

INTERVIEW W/LINDA JOURNAL OF MUSIC

https://journalofmusic.com/news/its-choosing-men-over-women-whatever-reason-i-dont-know-why-it-has-change-irish-female-artists

HOTPRESS ARTICLE

https://www.hotpress.com/music/new-report-reveals-shocking-gender-disparity-in-irish-radio-22820283

MALE RESPONSE ARTICLE ALSO RAN: https://www.hotpress.com/music/conor-obrien-alfie-hudson-taylor-and-more-react-to-report-on-gender-disparity-in-irish-radio-22821246 

Other mentions/inclusion articles : 

SOULE IV https://www.hotpress.com/music/irish-women-in-harmony-for-safe-ireland-soule-chats-dreams-22820586

SodaBlone IV

https://www.hotpress.com/music/irish-women-in-harmony-for-safe-ireland-soda-blonde-dolores-had-a-huge-part-to-play-in-the-way-i-write-music-22820913

Pillow Queens IV

https://www.hotpress.com/music/irish-women-in-harmony-for-safe-ireland-pillow-queens-dolores-made-our-dreams-of-becoming-musicians-attainable-22820260

INTERVIEW W/LINDA EVOKE.IE

Click here.

THE JOURNAL.IE

https://www.thejournal.ie/music-irish-women-5131737-Jun2020/

THE THIN AIR click here.

ENTERTAINMENT.IE

https://entertainment.ie/music/a-new-report-highlights-the-shocking-lack-of-female-artists-on-irish-radio-456164/

DISTRICT MAGAZINE

http://districtmagazine.ie/damning-new-report-highlights-appalling-gender-disparity-on-irish-airwaves/

NIALLER9

https://nialler9.com/a-new-report-shows-most-irish-radio-stations-top-20-irish-airplay-features-less-than-10-women-artists-or-worse/

MALE RESPONSE ARTICLE RAN ALSO: https://nialler9.com/male-artists-respond-to-the-irish-radio-gender-disparity-report/

EMPWR.IE

https://www.empwr.ie/post/female-musicians-played-90-percent-less-than-male-counterparts-on-irish-radio

BROADSHEET.IE click here

TALK OF THE TOWN

https://www.talkofthetown.ie/lmfm-criticised-for-lack-of-air-time-given-to-female-irish-musicians/amp/

GOLDEN PLEC

https://www.goldenplec.com/times-up-irish-female-artists-deserve-radio-play/

Musician.ie click here & here for the male response to the report

Create Louth click here

Amazing interview with Joe.ie w/Aine

https://www.facebook.com/manstuff/posts/3532910030076751

The Jam https://www.goldenplec.com/the-irish-jam-28-june-2020/

Connacht Tribune – mentioned in

On the right Trax IV w.Linda Read here

Limerick post click here