Radio Kerry was established in 1990 and broadcasts from studios in Tralee and Killarney. In the past 32 years, it has grown into the leading media provider in Kerry.
Radio Kerry has always considered itself to be the Voice of the Kingdom, a means by which the people of Kerry tell their own story. A living archive of a people and a place. Many of these stories would have gone untold if not for the advent of local radio, and these voices and their views.
The most recent JNLR figures (November 2022) show a weekday primetime Market Share of 50.1% and a weekly reach of 90,000 listeners = 70% of the available radio audience in Kerry. There is an equal share of men and women tuning in daily. Daily reach in the age categories available 15-34 = 40.5%; 20-44 = 61.5% and 35+ = 78.3%. Radio Kerry Digital has also grown substantially over the years and we now have over 1.2 million page views and almost half a million listen live sessions monthly. We are available on all the major social media networks with a collective following in excess of 150,000.
Local Radio Station of the Year
Radio Kerry been named Local Radio Station of the Year on 5 occasions at the PPI/ IMRO Radio Awards. Radio Kerry has won 15 Gold, 14 Silver and 25 Bronze Awards at the annual PPI/IMRO Radio awards. Radio Kerry shows a huge commitment to news and speech programming with a weekday 2 hour morning news programme Kerry Today, and an hour and a half afternoon talk show Talkabout. The station also has an extensive range of specialist speech programmes such as the Saturday Supplement, weekly business and agriculture programmes, Travels Through a Kingdom Stand Up with Ian O Connell and Caint Chiarraí. We broadcast 2 half hour news and sports bulletins on weekdays at 1 and 5.30 and hourly local news bulletins from 8am to 6 pm weekdays. We also broadcast 8 hours of sports from 2 to 6pm on Saturday and Sunday and a 2 hour Terrace Talk programme on Monday night.
Radio Kerry also has a significant number of specialist music programmes including classical music, jazz, traditional music, new Irish talent..
Public Service Broadcasting
Since its inception the station has a shown a consistent commitment to Public Service Broadcasting. This includes live coverage of multiple sports events including Kerry football games at all levels, college and county championships, hurling, horseracing, basketball and greyhound racing just to name some.
These have been across multiple areas of output including news, current affairs, speech, sport, drama, short feature, Irish language, multi platform and innovation. The station competes directly against national stations such as RTE, BBC and Newstalk in each of this categories.
Radio Kerry’s Transition Programme and Radio Broadcasting and Mobile Journalism course
Each year Radio Kerry hosts a week long Transition Year Programme. It sees 15 teenagers spending a week in the station learning media literacy skills and producing and co presenting a two hour live show at the end of the week. It is part of Radio Kerry’s commitment to facilitate access to the station for all groups in the community. Media training has also been provided to other groups in Kerry such as Men Shed’s groups, the GAA and Gardai.
Since 2007 Radio Kerry has hosted a yearlong Radio Broadcasting and Mobile Journalism course in conjunction with Kerry ETB which is aimed at recruiting the next generation of broadcasters into the industry. We are delighted to have a number of its graduates employed full time in Radio Kerry.