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The station started with two hours per day and rapidly ramped up to a 'complete' hour schedule, consisting of 7 hours on weekdays - split between mornings, afternoons and evenings - and 2 hours on each of Saturday and Sunday.
However, it was not until flirt fm contact Radio Society was formed that moves were made to start a permanent station. We aim to provide Galway students with an entertaining, topical engaging and informative alternative to mainstream commercial radio.
Written by Flirt FM's first station manager six years after its founding, the thesis also documents the history of the station founding. The output of the station will be diverse and eclectic, reflecting the tastes of our target audience, who are the people both listening to, and participating in the production of the programming.
A Master's thesis in Communications and Cultural Studies,  documents the volunteer participation in the station and recommends further improvements, drawing from Habermas'theory of the public sphere and Theory of Communicative Action.
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Term time - Weekdays: In contrast, the launch of the Radio Society coincided with the start of Michael D. One of 11 stations in the scheme, Flirt FM was one of four community of interest stations, all operated by third-level institutions.
Higgins ' tenure as Minister with responsibility for broadcasting. A number of factors can be seen as responsible for this - the lack of an appropriate legal framework until though there were discussions of the possibilities of educational broadcasting as far back as the sthe fact that the initial round of licensing concentrated on broad-based, and generally explicitly commercial, stations.
Higgins appointed a new Independent Radio and Television Commission IRTC membership which in sought expressions of interest in community radio operations.
There had been previous temporary stations at UCG, operating as UCG FM during College Week ' Rag Week ' under the special event licence provision of the legislation which limited groups to 21 days of operation in a year. When he returned to his studies in he was succeeded by Fiona McNulty.
History[ edit ] Flirt FM started on air on 28 Septemberas part of a pilot scheme in community radio operated by the Independent Radio and Television Commissionthe regulatory body for non-state-owned radio and television broadcasting in Ireland.
This has been supplemented by additional part-time employees in recent years, leading up to the creation of a full-time production manager role in In early the station expanded its content, for a brief few months, to almost 70 hours per week, but was required to return to its smaller schedule as it was not hitting its content quotas in this expanded form.
In November, following oral hearings in Septemberthe Commission decided to award four 'community of interest' licences, as opposed to the single licence many had expected - one in each city.
Structure[ edit ] For much of its history Flirt FM has had a single paid employee, the station manager, who reports to the Board of Directors of the station.