In an attempt to relive a small piece of our Ireland trip from June of 2014, I recently downloaded the app for Radio Kerry onto my phone. Established in 1990, Radio Kerry (Chiarraí in Irish), based out of the town of Tralee, can be found between 96 and 98 on your radio dial (Do people still say dial? I know we don’t say knob anymore, but I think dial is still appropriate in this matter. If not dial or knob, I guess it would be between 96 and 98 on your up and down or left to right arrows if you are all electronic and have no dial.) if you happen live in or around County Kerry or are fortunate enough to be visiting the Emerald Isle.
As we drove along the Wild Atlantic Way, the Dingle Peninsula, and the Ring of Kerry, we tuned into the local radio station most of the time. It was fantastic to listen to the local hosts talk about things they found newsworthy, play the latest popular music, cover sports scores, host call in radio contests, announce the bingo numbers, and read the death notices. Yes, you read that correctly…the radio personalities share the local obituaries on air a few times throughout the day. It is morbidly fascinating as an outsider to see if you recognize a name of someone back home with the same name as someone who has died in Kerry.
As you can imagine, the Radio Kerry app is simply an extension of the real radio station broadcasting from the southwest of Ireland. Some of the added features on the app are a page for the latest Kerry news, Facebook and Twitter feed pages, and a list of music or shows playing now and ones that you may have just missed.
The free app, found in the Apple Store as well as Android, is developed by a company by the name of Spoiled Milk GmbH Germany. If you search for the app, the screenshots are in German, so it is both slightly confusing and amazing at the same time.
The music is great, but what I really look forward to are the commercials and the on air personalities. I enjoy listening to the differences in the pronunciation of everyday words like aluminum, film, and Hyundai (Americans say hun-day, but the Irish pronounce it as high-un-die, it’s fantastic). Listening to the local dialect is a treat to my ears and makes me smile.
Radio Kerry has been wonderful to listen to a few times a day. With the 11 hour time difference between Hawaii and Ireland, I can catch the morning show before I go to bed and the afternoon show when I wake up. Being so far away from someplace so special has never felt so close. Listening to radio Kerry helps keep the separation anxiety at bay, knowing that if we cannot afford to fly 7,000 miles for a visit in the near future we can still hold a piece of our once in a lifetime trip close to our hearts…and ears.