RTÉ Radio

RTÉ Radio is a department of Irish national broadcaster Raidió Teilifís Éireann. RTÉ Radio broadcasts four analogue channels and five digital channels.
The first voice broadcast of 2RN, the original radio call sign for RTÉ Radio 1, took place on 14 November 1925 when Seamus Clandillon, the 2RN station director said, ‘Seo Raidió 2RN, Baile Átha Cliath ag tástáil’, Irish for ‘This is Radio 2RN, Dublin calling’. Regular Irish radio-broadcasting began on 1 January 1926. Unfortunately, most Irish people could not receive 2RN’s (1.5 kilowatt) signal.

When faced with numerous complaints from Cork regarding the writers’ inability to tune to the signal, Clandillon remarked in The Irish Radio Review, a magazine dedicated to the service, that they did not know how to operate their sets. 6CK was established in Cork in 1927; however 6CK was mostly a relay of 2RN.
Unlike Irish television, Irish radio is available to listeners in the UK. RTÉ’s stations are carried on the Sky and Freesat satellite platforms. They are all free-to-air and can be received on any digital satellite receiver.

See RTÉ Radio Ways to Listen
Website: www.rte.ie/radio/


How to listen to RTÉ Radio

FM Radio

These are the RTÉ Radio stations that are broadcast using analogue radio signals from RTÉ NL’s transmission masts around the country. More detailed information is available below the transmission map, but in general the frequencies for the stations fall into the following ranges:

  • RTÉ Radio 1 FM – On 88-90 MHz
  • RTÉ 2fm – On 90-92 MHz
  • RTÉ lyric fm – On 96-99 MHz
  • RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta – On 93-95 MHz


This multiplex operates on Block 12C (227.360 MHz) from Three Rock Mountain, Kippure and Clermont Carn (both in Leinster), Woodcock Hill, Limerick and Spur Hill, Cork.

RTÉ Radio 1, 128 kbps Stereo
RTÉ 2fm, 128 kbps Stereo
RTÉ lyric fm, 160 kbps Stereo
RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta, 112 kbps Stereo
RTÉ Gold, 128 kbps Stereo
RTÉ 2XM, 112 kbps Stereo
RTÉ jr, 112 kbps Stereo
RTÉ Radio 1 Extra, 128 kbps Stereo
RTÉ Pulse, 112 kbps Stereo
RTE Radio 1 +, 48 kbit/s DAB+ Stereo HE-AAC v2
RTE 2FM +, 64 kbits DAB+ Stereo HE-AAC v1



SaorviewAll RTÉ’s national and digital radio services are available on Saorview, Ireland’s free digital TV service. SAORVIEW is now available to 97% of the Irish population and will be available to 98% by the end of October 2012.
To access Saorview, you need an aerial and a Saorview Approved set-top-box for you old TV or an aerial and a new Saorview Approved TV.
When you plug in your new equipment, follow the steps on-screen and it will automatically tune in the services.
All RTÉ’s radio services and programme guides are listed on the Saorview EPG, from channel 200 to 209.

RTÉ Radio 1, 128 kbps Stereo
RTÉ 2fm, 128 kbps Stereo
RTÉ lyric fm, 160 kbps Stereo
RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta, 112 kbps Stereo
RTÉ Gold, 112 kbps Stereo
RTÉ 2XM, 112 kbps Stereo
RTÉ jr, 112 kbps Stereo
RTÉ Radio 1 Extra, 128 kbps Stereo
RTÉ Pulse, 112 kbps Stereo

You can find out more about Saorview at www.saorview.ie


RTÉ Radio is also available on the Irish satellite platform Saorsat (Freesat).
The follow RTÉ stations are available:
RTÉ Radio 1, RTÉ 2FM, RTÉ Lyric FM and RTÉ Raidio na Gaeltachta as well as RTÉ 2XM, RTÉ Pulse, RTÉ jr & RTÉ Gold.

SAORSAT is available on the EUTELSAT KA-SAT 9A, which is a narrow-band satellite with a footprint on the island of Ireland. To receive Saorsat, you will need a satellite dish equipped with a Ka band LNB and a DVB-S2, Saorsat set-top-box.

2RN recommends that anyone wishing to access the SAORSAT service should seek the advice of a specialist satellite installer.
Saorsat uses a narrow-band satellite operating in the Ka band as opposed to the normal DTH Ku band (which Sky and Freesat use), with a spot beam being dedicated exclusively to Ireland.

You can find out more about Saorsat at www.saorsat.ie

Eutelsat KA-SAT 9A at 9.0° East
20.185 GHz, Left Circular Polarisation,
SR 25000
FEC 2/3


Astra 2F at 28.2° East

Radio 1, 2fm, Lyric fm and Raidió na Gaeltachta, are available on both the Sky and Freesat satellite platforms.
You can use any digital satellite receiver to listen to RTÉ Radio on the Astra 2F Satellite at 28.2° East.
In the UK, the stations are available on both the Sky and Freesat platforms.

RTÉ Radio Bitrates on the Astra 2F satellite
RTÉ Radio 1 – 192 kbps, Joint Stereo
RTÉ 2FM – 192 kbps, Joint Stereo
RTÉ Lyric fm – 192 kbps, Joint Stereo
RTÉ Raidio na Gaeltachta – 192 kbps, Joint Stereo

Astra 2F Satellite at 28.2° East
Ttansponder 29
12.266 Mhz Horizontal Polarisation
Symbol Rate 27500
FEC 5/6
Spotbeam: European Spotbeam

Listen Online

RTÉ Radio Player
rteplayerYou can listen live to RTÉ Radio using the new RTÉ Radio Player. You can also use it to listen back to clips from various shows across RTÉ Radio.
The RTÉ Radio website provides many links to listen to clips and full shows from the family of RTÉ Radio stations.

Launch the RTÉ Radio Player

Internet Radio
If you have an internet radio connected to the net, you can browse through it’s directory to find the full compliment of RTÉ Radio services. Devices differ, but generally you can quickly find RTÉ Radio services by selecting Europe, followed by Ireland and finally selecting the station you desire. See your specific device’s instructions for more directions.

In addition to the FM receiver included on many modern phones, the following Apps are available for a selection of popular phones on the market:

  • RTÉ Radio Player App for iOS (iPhone and iPad) and Android
  • RTÉ Radio 1 App for iOS (iPhone and iPad)
  • RTÉ 2fm App for iOS (iPhone and iPad)
  • RTÉ Radio Pocket Player App for iOS (iPhone and iPad) and Android



RTÉ Radio Stations

RTÉ Radio 1

RTÉ Radio 1 (RTÉ Raidió 1) is the principal radio channel of Irish public-service broadcaster Raidió Teilifís Éireann and is the direct descendant of Dublin radio station 2RN, which began broadcasting on a regular basis on 1 January 1926. The station is a rare modern example of a mixed radio network, broadcasting a mixture of music and speech programming.

Radio 1 broadcasts a mixture of news, current affairs, features, arts coverage, drama, sport, music (from popular music favourites through country while Sunday Sport is hosted by Con Murphy and Jacqui Hurley (Hurley becoming the first female presenter of Sunday Sport). Morning Ireland – the station’s flagship news programme, on air from 7.00 to 9.00. John Murray Talk Based Entertainment on air from 09.00 to 10.00 Today with Pat Kenny – a lively current affairs magazine, broadcast between 10.00 and 12.00. The News at One – a round-up of all Irish news and sports, from 13:00 to 13:45 Liveline with Joe Duffy – phone-in discussion from 13.45 until 15.00. Drivetime – rolling news and talk (sport, popular culture, music and arts) between 17.00 and 20.00.

Its sports coverage includes Sport at Seven with Darragh Moloney Monday to Friday 19.00 to 19.30, Friday Sportsnight ended on the schedule in early 2009 due to financial reasons, while changes where introduced to Saturday & Sunday Sport in February 2009. Saturday Sport is now presented by John Kenny and Marty Morrisey from 14.00 to 18.00, while Sunday Sport is hosted by Con Murphy and Jacqui Hurley (Hurley becoming the first female presenter of Sunday Sport).


RTÉ Radio 1 is available in Ireland on 88-90FM and 252 kHz LW. The LW signal can also be received across the United Kingdom and large parts of Europe.
The FM service is also available online and from the Astra 2F satellite at 28° East transponder 29 (12.266 H).

Listeners can also hear a selection of RTÉ Radio 1 programmes on the WRN English Service for Europe and WRN English Service for North America. The VHF service of RTÉ Radio 1 is also available on the Sky and Freesat satellite platforms in the UK. The LW version of the station differs from that on VHF, with significant additional sports coverage and religious programming. DAB broadcasts of the station began in the east of the country (on the Clermont Carn and Three Rock Mountain high power transmitters via the RTÉ DAB Multiplex) on 1 January 2006. RTÉ Radio 1 has been carried on shortwave in DRM during specific events, including the All Ireland finals.

The station’s tuning signal since 1936 has been the air O’Donnell Abú, although since the advent of 24-hour broadcasting in 1997, the tune has been played just once a day, as a prelude to the start of the day’s live broadcasting at 05:30 each morning (between 02:00 and 05:30, apart from the hourly news bulletins, Radio 1’s output is made up of selected repeats from earlier programmes).

Website: www.rte.ie/radio1


RTÉ 2fm

RTÉ 2fm, or 2FM as it is commonly referred to, is RTÉ’s second national radio station. It broadcasts popular music programming aimed at a young audience.
RTÉ Radio 2, as it was originally known, began broadcasting on May 31, 1979. “Like Clockwork” by the Boomtown Rats was the first song on air, played by Larry Gogan. It was developed as a response by RTÉ to the pirate radio craze sweeping Dublin and the country. Its main inspiration in format was BBC Radio 1.

Its original slogan was “Radio 2 Comin’atcha” and as well as broadcasting popular music, it carried a number of other musical strands as well as news and current affairs.
Its original broadcast frequencies were 612 kHz MW (until 2004) and later, 90-92 MHz FM. Original DJs included Larry Gogan, who moved over from RTÉ Radio 1, Mark Cagney, Michael McNamara, Declan Meehan, Vincent Hanley, Ronan Collins, Gerry Ryan and Dave Fanning.An all-music, mostly rock, sister station of 2FM, “RTÉ 2XM”, operates on the RTÉ DAB Multiplex.

Website: www.rte.ie/2fm


RTÉ Lyric fm

RTÉ lyric fm, part of Radio Telefís Éireann, it plays mainly classical and jazz music. The station, which is based in Limerick, was launched in 1999 and is available on FM in Ireland (96-99 FM), and on digital satellite and is listed on the Sky Digital EPG in the UK.
RTÉ lyric fm developed from FM3 Classical Music, which began broadcasting in the early 1980s. FM3 broadcast classical music on the Radio na Gaeltachta network at breakfast time, lunchtime and in the evenings.

The station was rarely marketed, except via promotions on RTÉ Radio 1, and had low listenership ratings. It was probably best known for occasionally simulcasting the stereo sound track of movies being shown on the RTÉ television channels prior to RTÉ’s deployment of NICAM digital stereo.

As Radio na Gaeltachta Expanded broadcast hours FM3’s service hours changed to 19:30 till 01:00. Eventually it stayed on air until breakfast time when RnaG came back on. In 1999, RTÉ put in place an additional national FM transmitter network, and it was decided to separate FM3 from Radio na Gaeltachta, and expand its remit to include other types of minority music. This was partly on the model of Classic FM in the UK. The resulting station was Lyric FM (since rebranded to: RTÉ lyric fm), launched in May 1999. It also moved from Dublin to Limerick as part of a policy of regionalisation.

Website: www.rte.ie/lyricfm


RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta

RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta’s mandate is to provide a national Irish language radio service as part of RTÉ’s public broadcasting service. The station was first established to provide a comprehensive radio service for the people of the Gaeltacht (Irish-speaking region) and for Irish speakers nationwide and began broadcasting at 3pm on Easter Sunday, 2 April 1972.
RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta celebrated its 30th anniversary in 2002. During the early years, broadcasting was restricted to a couple of hours a day and that limited service could only be received in Gaeltacht areas.

Transmission facilities and programming were gradually developed and RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta is now available worldwide on the web. Since 1st October 2001, the station broadcasts 24 hours a day, with a wide range of news and current affairs, magazine programmes, music, sport, discussion and entertainment. RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta’s livestream was launched in May 2000. Since then the station has been getting feedback on a regular basis from listeners in North America, Australia, UK, Europe, Moscow and Estonia. Since Tuesday, April 23rd 2003, all four RTÉ radio services are carried live on the Saorsat, Sky, Freeview in Northern Ireland and on Freesat in the UK.

Website: www.rte.ie/rnag



RTÉ 2XM is a digital radio station of the Irish public-service broadcaster Raidió Teilifís Éireann. Initially the broadcaster placed the station on the digital terrestrial television trial service in late October 2007. Along with 5 other new digital stations, RTÉ Choice was launched on 1 December 2008. The station plays a broad range of music from rock, indie, metal, electronica, alternative and nu metal and also selection of live music with a particular focus on music content from festivals across Europe.

It was the first RTÉ digital radio station to have carried live content, with music from the Oxegen festival during July 2007 and the Electric Picnic and PlanetLove Summer Session festivals during September 2007. This continued in 2008 with the PlanetLove Winter Session in February. The station is available on Saorview Ireland’s free to air DTT service.

Website: www.rte.ie/digitalradio/twoxm/


RTÉ Gold

RTÉ Gold is an Irish radio station broadcasting on DAB. It can also be accessed on the internet via the RTÉ website. The station plays classic hits from top-selling artists spanning the decades from the 1950s to the 1980s.

A particular feature of the current scheduling on RTÉ Gold is the inclusion, next to hits, of album tracks not normally available in a competitive classic hits format.
Although essentially a playlist service, it does produce one presenter-led programme called Through The Looking Glass.

Website: www.rte.ie/digitalradio/gold/


RTÉ jr

RTÉ Jr Radio is a children’s music digital radio station of the Irish public-service broadcaster Raidió Teilifís Éireann.

RTÉ Jr Radio is Ireland’s first children’s orientated radio station with a wide variety of programming from contemporary pop music, poetry, nursery rhymes, storytelling, dramas and more.
The station broadcasts daily between 07:00 to 21:00 (time-sharing the DAB slot with RTÉ Chill) on DAB and Saorview in the Republic of Ireland and globally through the RTÉ Radio Player.

The radio station is complimented by the RTÉjr television channel available on Saorview, Saorsat, Virgin Media Ireland, eVision, Aer TV and Sky Ireland.

Website: www.rte.ie/rtejr/listen


RTÉ Pulse

RTÉ Pulse is an electronic dance music station from RTÉ, Ireland’s national broadcaster. It broadcasts on the RTÉ DAB Multiplex in Ireland online worldwide and on the Irish Cable system UPC/NTL channel 943. It plays a varied mix of dance music. It started in April 2008, but had an official launch alongside its sister services on Dec 1st 2008.

Originally started as a jukebox service, with no presenters; it now carries live and pre-recorded shows from a number – currently 31 – of Irish and international DJs, including Will Kinsella, Djamel, Ronan Devitt, Paul Byrne, Brian Taffe, Orla Feeney, Al Redmond, and David Cronin. The service also occasionally carries live outside broadcasts, such as the 2008 Southern edition of PlanetLove.

On Wednesday nights programming is dedicated to listeners from the LGBT community, with three different shows presented by
Scott De Buitléir , Nick Randell and Gordon Hickey.

Website: www.rte.ie/digitalradio/pulse/


RTÉ Radio 1 Extra

RTÉ Radio 1 Extra is an offshoot of Irish radio station RTÉ Radio 1. It broadcasts parts of RTÉ Radio 1’s regular schedule as well as sport, educational, and religious programmes.
Originally broadcast from the 100 kW medium wave transmitter at Tullamore, and previously from Athlone, this service ceased in March 2008.

The European satellite transmission ceased in January 2013, leaving only longwave, terrestrial digital (Saorview and DAB), and Saorsat. Of these, only the longwave signal is audible outside the country.

Website: www.rte.ie/radio1

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