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22 Music Putting music out on the airwaves

John O’Donoghue showcases his journey as a pre- senter in Cork Campus Radio 98.3fm

In case you haven’t noticed or heard for that matter, University College Cork has its own officially licensed radio station called Cork Campus Radio 98.3fm. It broad- casts live every weekday from 8 till 5.30, and the shows are then re- peated throughout the night for a 24hour student radio experience. The state-of-the-art radio station, with broadcasting, producer and guest studios, is based on the top floor of Aras Na Mac Léinn, The Student Centre on the main UCC Campus. It broadcasts to over a 30 mile radius around Cork city and worldwide via an online broadcast at So that’s the station itself, but what’s it like being a DJ on Ireland’s oldest stu- dent radio station?

Well, like a few of the

presenters on the station, I began life on CCR by turning up as a reg- ular guest on a show run by a friend of mine who has since moved on from UCC. After spend- ing about three months chatting about all-kinds-of-everything (not the Eurovision song!), I was shown how to handle the decks myself. Although quite daunting at first I eventually built up my confidence and began inviting in regular guests for interviews including last year’s SU president Eoin Hayes and the current Societies Guild Ex- ecutive team. I also started bring- ing in some small and upcoming bands to perform live on air and take text messages from listeners about gig bookings.

Harmony in the Old Bar Music Editor Mike McCarthy reports back on his ren- dezvous with rising Waterford band, O Emperor

A packed house in the Old Bar greeted five piece O Emperor as they strolled up on stage. While these gentlemen are hard to stick in one genre, they are tipped as a big up and coming band. From what I saw that’s no exaggeration. As has been said by previous music crit- ics, their music and their ability to play so well together are well be- yond their years. Thanks especially to Conor McElligot, the music sec- tion photographer, who was there on hand to take some live snaps of the gig on short notice!

I met Phil Christie, the

keyboard/vocalist, and was treated to some refreshing insight and light hearted responses. His charming demeanour seems to belie a tal- ented spirit.

Q: So how did you become O Emperor? “Well basically we’ve been playing in a band in Waterford since we were fifteen and we were playing as a cover band for years but then we decided to start writing our own stuff.”

Q: How long have you been on the music scene with your own work? “We’ve been playing with about ten years...we’ve been playing our own original stuff for about four years”

Q: What’s it like being in a five

piece band? “Sometimes it’s a bit of hassle, small venues and trying to get it across but when it’s all going right it’s really good craic.” Q: What’s your favourite gig you’ve played? “Well Electric Picnic was probably the best gig in the last while. The Pavilion in Cork is very good too.”

Q: What kind of future do you see for the band? “The album is coming out on the 1st of October so we’re just going to work on that...we haven’t thought too far ahead.”

Q: How long did it take to record the album? “We did it in four weeks, sixteen hour days, it was pretty intensive.”

Q: What’s your worst experience in a band?

Probably the most difficult thing about presenting a show each week is keeping it different and interest- ing. Even if the show is only an hour long it can still be quite diffi- cult to keep the conversation flow- ing naturally and at the same time not repeating anything from the previous weeks show. So, like a teacher makes out lesson plans be- fore they teach a class, a plan for the show needs to be made out prior to going on air (a running order). This usually consists of a few topics depending on the length of time proposed to be spent on each topic balanced with the track listings for the hour. This really isn’t as much work as it sounds and it makes the show much more structured and organised and pri- marily more enjoyable to listen to. Like most things not everything goes to plan all the time and some- times shows can take on a life of

“The worst was coming out of a wedding gig with a sixteen quid!”

Q: Who are you influences? “We were all into a lot of older stuff. Like we all like the Beatles, the Stones, (and) all that classic rock.”

Q: Is there a method to how you write music as a band? “There’s a bit of a method to it ya, once everyone gets their hands on something there’s a method to thrashing it out, somebody always has the first idea and we go from there.”

It must be said, from my brief meeting with Phil I really got a sense of decency and modesty, words not often used when trying to describe a band that are breaking the scene and about to make it big. O Emperor are currently touring Ireland with gigs in Clonakilty on the 8th of October and the Pavilion on the 9th. I would encourage you to check out this exciting new band.

their own with the resulting out- come very interesting on some oc- casions.

I’ve been broadcasting on Cork Campus Radio for about a year now and I’ve cut my teeth on chat- shows, morning shows, live music shows and more recently a show dedicated to UCC Societies. The incredible variety in the weekly schedule of Cork Campus Radio means no two shows are ever the same and with over 70 volunteers at the helm it’s never short on ideas or talent either. I’m still learning new things everyday though like taking phone calls on air and run- ning competitions to name a few, but everything is always made eas- ier by the current manager Kieran Hurley who is very hands-on and is always there to help.

The award winning radio station

September 28th 2010

(Oxygen Student Media Awards ‘96, ‘98, ‘01, ‘02, ’03, ’04, and ‘05) continues to foster young tal- ent from all over Cork and encour- ages a wide variety of interests from hugely different back- grounds. On top of live broadcasts it also produces a large amount of award-winning radio documen- taries which are broadcast at vari- ous times throughout the day. Podcasts of interviews and selected shows are also available on i-Tunes and the various Facebook pages set up for each program.

So, after all that do you think you would be interested in joining the CCR team? To make things more straight forward now has a new “Media” tab with the radio station contained in the drop-down menu complete with an application form to fill out if you’re interested in joining the ex- uberant UCC radio team and who knows, like me you might find a hidden talent you never knew ex- isted.

Events Wall

Wednesday 29th September Bpong doubles tournament at The Bailey (upstairs). €20 per team. Registration 8 p.m.

Agbonlahor at Old Oak. Free entry. 10:30.

Thursday 30th September DJ Shadow at Savoy Theatre. €30. 8 p.m. Mudhoney at Cyprus Avenue. Tickets €22.50. Doors 9 p.m.

Friday 1st October Shane McGowen and Sharon Shannon at Savoy Theatre. Tickets €35 plus booking fee. Doors 7.30.

Iarla Ó Lionáird + Steve Cooney at the Pavilion. Price t.b.d. 9 p.m.

Saturday 2nd October Gemma Hayes at Cyprus Avenue. Tickets €15 plus booking fee. 8 p.m.

The Imagined Village at Savoy Theatre. €27. 9:30 p.m.

Sunday 3rd October Alan Kelly + Eddi Reader at The Pavilion. Price t.b.d. 9 p.m.

Tuesday 5th October Paul Heaton (Beautiful South / Housemartins) at Cyprus Avenue. €17.50. 8:30 p.m.

Wednesday 6th October The Cast Of Cheers at Cyprus avenue. €8. 9 p.m.

Rubberbandits at the Pavilion. €15. 9 p.m.

Thursday 7th October Wallis Bird at Cyprus Avenue. €15. 9 p.m.

Friday 8th October Attack! Attack! at Cyprus Avenue. €10. 7:30 p.m. Zion Train at the Pavilion. €15. 10 p.m.

O Emperor entertain a bouyant crowd at the old Bar. Photo: Conor McElligot

Saturday 9th October O Emperor at Pavilion. €12. 8 p.m. Republic of Loose at Cyprus Avenue. €22.50. 9 p.m.

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