The Pop Up Radio Station that celebrates the LGBTQIA+ community returns for 2023 with a brilliant lineup of LGBTQIA+ talent.
L-R Stefano Pappalardo (GCN), Ryan Reid, Ellen Hudson, Alexander Glover (Zenith Media), Gemma Kavanagh (Core Sponsorship) Thomas Crosse (Pride Vibes Presenter) Brian McCarthy, Grá Ryan (Wireless Ireland/urbanmedia) Emma Dornan (Belong To) Shane Mulchrone ( Dalata Hotel Group PLC)
Pride Vibes has begun broadcasting digitally across Ireland to celebrate Pride and for the first time will go live on FM from June 14th. The station which launched last year for Pride returns bigger and better in 2023 with a lineup of presenters that includes Sean Munsanje, Shivani Dave, Crossy, Stephen Byrne, Vicki Blight and Brian Kennedy.
The role of Pride Vibes is to shine a light on Irish life by celebrating the successes of the LGBTQIA+ community and start conversations around the issues that matter. Through music and custom speech content we celebrate Pride and hear from real people as they describe their experiences, their hopes and their fears. The primary focus of the content is aimed at celebrating the LGBTQIA+ community across the country, with a focus on the regional Pride festivals, Pride happenings and more as they occur. Pride Vibes looks at the issues both nationally and locally and celebrates organisations and trail blazers from the community.
Our focus is across the entire community and in conjunction with the community, we hope to make a difference. We’ll be working alongside GCN to deliver important Pride updates and as part of our mission to make a difference, Pride Vibes has teamed up with charity partner BelongTo, a national youth services organisation supporting LGBTI+ young people in Ireland.
The music policy of the station will have a broad appeal with the best new music, all time classics and the inclusion of specialist music shows – from anthems to Eurovision hits, to highlighting up & coming music talent within the community.
Sean Munsanje, who takes on the role of Station Manager for Pride Vibes 23 said
“ I’m so delighted to be station manager for Pride Vibes 23. The station was a huge success last year and with the FM licence we’ve obtained for this year we have huge plans for growing the station and making it bigger and better than ever.
“This year we’ll have interviews with some of the community’s biggest names. We’ll have documentaries and features daily delving into LGBTQIA+ culture and what it means in 2023. Our reporters nationwide will be updating the country on each Pride festival – with what’s happening, as it’s happening. If all that isn’t enough we’ll be playing the best music to take you through every pride festival all summer long 24/7.
Pride is a time of year that’s all about celebrating the Queer community and that’s what Prides Vibes is all about. I’m so proud of the team involved in making this year’s Pride Vibes such a packed schedule with top tier talent made for the community, by the community. Happy Pride ”
The creation of the radio station would not be possible without the support of our marketing and advertising partner Core, who last year attained the prestigious Investors in Diversity Gold accreditation mark from the Irish Centre for Diversity. Core have brought on board 3 client partners – McDonald’s, Dalata and Voltarol, who will use the station to showcase their support for Pride in Ireland.
L-R Brian Mc Carthy (Wireless Ireland/ urbanmedia), Gemma Kavanagh (Core Sponsorship), Thomas Crosse (Pride Vibes) Emma Dornan (Belong To) Stefano Pappalardo (GCN)
Brian McCarthy, Group Commercial and Operations Director for Wireless Ireland said
“ We’re honoured to be able to deliver a radio station that speaks to and for the LGBTQIA+ community in Ireland. With estimates of between 6-10% of the population identifying themselves as members, it’s really important that a medium as powerful as audio reflects this in its output. We’re delighted to have been able to bring brands of such stature as McDonald’s, Dalata PLC and Voltarol on board to support the station and also to again partner with Belong To and GCN. I’d like to thank them, and our partners at Core, for sharing our vision of delivering an authentic voice for the community and building on last year’s success. Turning on the FM transmitters will be the culmination of a massive amount of work from the team in Wireless Ireland and everyone else involved and a moment that we can all be very proud of.”
Pride Vibes will broadcast on FM on the following frequencies Dublin 105.2FM, Cork 106.7FM and 88.7FM, Limerick 105.5FM, Galway 87.9FM, North East 104.2FM and South East 103.8FM as well as nationwide on pridevibes.ie. You can also check out PrideVibesRadio on Instagram or Tik Tok
For More Information please contact Brian McCarthy, Group Operations and Commercial Director Wireless Ireland on email@example.com or +353 87 6056955
Photographs and Details – All Photo credits – Stephen King O’Farrell