Tuesday, 31 March 2015

radio 4U – new radio show for teenagers in Roscommon

A new radio show for teenagers in Roscommon will focus on chart-topping music, sport, comedy, modern culture and mental health issues when it goes on air next week for the first time.

  ‘Radio 4U’ is the working title of the new weekly show to be broadcast on Friday nights between 8 pm and 9pm in 94-6 RosFM – starting on Friday week June 12th for the first time.

  The new show is the brainchild of the new Roscommon Leo Club – the junior section of the county’s Lions Club – and will try and provide top class modern music and topical content for teenagers in this area while, at the same time, bringing important information to a young audience on issues such as bullying, drug abuse, sexuality and other mental health concerns.

  The Roscommon Leo Club is now made up of over 25 members – all young men and women between the age of 14 and 20 – and the show is giving these future radio stars the opportunity to research, produce and present their own show on radio for the first time 

‘A lot of hard work’

  The project is being co-ordinated by Frances Hannon, Mary Larkin and Kathleen Shanagher of Roscommon Lions Club will the professional support of Matt, Tom and Lindsay of RosFM which will air the shows every Friday night at 8 pm. 

  “A lot of hard work by the teenagers and Frances and Kathleen has gone into this show” Lions Club President Ciaran Mullooly said this week, “this programme is really a follow-up project to the very successful 4U Magazine that was launched two years ago and the objective is the same: give teenagers what they want in terms of modern culture, music, sport and good fun while at the same time providing key information on issues that are relevant to good mental health.”

  The new show will feature presenters from all over Roscommon who have undergone several weeks of training at RosFm with the producers of the station. 

It is planned to have special giveaways every week with tickets for forthcoming concerts among the prizes. The shows will also feature special interviews carried out by the Leo Club members at top music events such as the Meteor awards and the Brits recently.

  Among the guests to be featured on the show will be former Republic of Ireland and Manchester United star Roy Keane, Sunderland Chairman Niall Quinn and a host of comedians from around Ireland. 

  The new show goes on air on Friday June 12th at 8 pm and will air every Friday at the same time. For more information please go to the rosfm website: www.rosfm.ie or e-mail: roscommonlonsclub@gmail.com


radio 4U to build on success of 4U magazine

Paul Healy 

Radio 4U goes live on air on Friday, June 12 next (8 pm to 9 pm). Radio 4U is a new radio show researched, produced and presented for Roscommon teenagers by Roscommon teenagers. 

  A Roscommon Lions/Leo Club initiative, Radio 4U wil be broadcast on 94.6 RosFM as part of what is initially a ten-week pilot project. 

  Kathleen Shanagher of Roscommon Lions Club explained the background to the Radio 4U concept. 

  “Basically it’s based on the huge success of the Roscommon Lions/Leo Club’s 4U magazine. It’s a radio version of the magazine….the magazine on air, you could say!” 

  Radio 4U will therefore feature much of the content associated with Roscommon Lions Club’s award-winning 4U magazine. As Ciaran Mullooly, Roscommon Lions Club President says, “it will have all the very latest music from the charts – all your favourite music and the top downloads – interviews with the stars, news and features on sport, cars, modern culture and fashion.” 

  Kathleen Shanagher adds: “There will be a positive mental health theme every week, every night a different topic relating to mental health will be featured. Helplines relevant to that topic will be given out. The discussions will be student-led and the student volunteers will have done the research and so on. Of course all of the mental health issues will be ‘passed’ by experts and professionals in the field. Amongst the people we are working very closely with are Myra Beirne-Walsh of Mental Health Ireland, Mary McGrath of Aware and Mary Larkin, who is a counsellor and psychotherapist.” 

  Kathleen Shanagher told the Roscommon People that preparatory work on this very exciting project has been ongoing for about five months. Over that period of time regular meetings have been held and nineteen Leo Club members and volunteers have received training in all aspects of producing a radio. 

  Roscommon Leo Club and adult leaders from Roscommon Lions Club have been joined in this project by RosFM and Siobhan Duane of Foroige (in addition to the agencies already mentioned). The Lions Club personnel who are primarily involved are Ciaran Mullooly and Kathleen Shanagher and Frances Hannon, who is chairperson of the Lions Club’s Suicide Awareness Sub-Committee. 

  “The training has been very exciting,” Kathleen Shanagher said. “The fact that RosFM is a community radio station based in Roscommon town has been very convenient. Everyone there has been great. The training has been conducted by Lindsay Cookland and Tom Dunne with station manager Matt Rogers also very supportive. The young students, our Leo Club members, come from Roscommon town and adjoining areas and I think it’s been a great experience for them. They are learning the basics of broadcasting and that’s great for all concerned.” 

  Radio 4U will feaure music, interviews, fashion, modern culture, etc. but the positive mental health discussions will also be an important part of the show. Kathleen says: “We think that the volunteers will be more aware of mental health issues when they are involved themselves in researching those issues. We hope that the teenagers will be able to discuss mental health issues more freely, without the stigma that has sometimes applied.” 

4U magazine out now 

The latest edition of 4U magazine is now available. Distribution is currently underway and the magazine – which is free – will be in shops and other outlets in the coming days. Anyone wishing to pick up a copy can do so by calling to the Roscommon People offices.