I started in radio when I was 14 years of age. To some that is difficult to believe but over 20 years later I can identify that my interest in radio and technology came from my late father, Bobby who was an electrician for over 50 years with his own company.
As a young teenager and one bank holiday weekend with the help of my Dad I built my first "pirate / illegal" FM Radio station called Xtreme FM.
With a 75 watt transmitter, mixing desk, 2 microphones and a lot of downloaded music from Napster, Xtreme FM was broadcasting across South Dublin and surrounding areas.
Although heavily automated (I did have to go to school!) I still managed to present a live chart music station every afternoon and Xtreme FM grew in popularity amongst teens of my age.
Community Radio as a Teen
Eventually I got tracked down by the Office of Communications Regulation, now COMREG for illegal broadcasting and my pirate radio station was taken off air.
A few months later I was given the opportunity to produce and present a chart music show called "The Music Box" on Saturday Afternoons on a Dublin community radio station called Anna Livia FM (Now Dublin City FM).
This early experience in radio broadcasting provided me with a strong portfolio to apply to Ballyfermot College of Further Education for the Higher National Diploma in Radio.
Following my low scoring Leaving Cert results (1 exam never defined me!) I was accepted to BCFE where I completed the HND and progressed onto a Degree in Media Production and Management sponsored by the University of London.
Starting my own business
During this time of studies I was employed by Newstalk 106 and Today FM as a researcher and eventually moved into the role of weekend Sound Engineer with Newstalk.
During my degree year in 2004 I established Scouting Radio, the first internet radio station dedicated to the Scouting Movement. This media outlet is still operating online via Facebook Live, YouTube Live and podcast.
I registered my own company Xtreme Media as the operational body to my broadcasting and media products.
Since the establishment of Scouting Radio the station has won several accolades including
• Digital Media Awards Finalist 2007
• Student Media Awards Winner 2008
• Recognition and endorsement from the Honourable Michael Baden-Powell, grandson to the founder of the Scout Movement
At 25 years of age I returned to Maynooth University to study a Masters Degree in TV and Radio Production. There I produced my thesis on how the global media reported on missing Maddie McCann in comparison to other missing children cases.
Working with Kairos Media I was awarded the role of Technical Manager for their temporary student radio station "Kairos FM".
I completed my Masters degree with a 2:1 award.
Fast forward a decade, Scouting Radio is still operating successfully since its first broadcast on Founders Day 2004. Xtreme Media provides support to several new and upcoming Internet Radio stations, podcasters and businesses looking to add some "new-media" to their website.
The All Things TechIE podcast is the most recent addition to the products available by Xtreme Media. With my co-host Simon Lang we present a regular show on Audio Visual and Technology from an Irish perspective.