Voice of the Games as reported on Radiowaves News
June 16th 2003:-
A test-tone has appeared on 87.6MHz in the Dublin area. This frequency will be used by RTÉ for Radio 1 opt-outs, which will also appear on 567kHz, during the Special Olympics.
August 15th 2003:-
Research commissioned by RTÉ Radio has indicated that radio played a large part in the success of The Special Olympics World Summer Games 2003 which took place in Ireland in June. RTÉ Radio 1 provided a special split-wavelength medium wave service ‘Voice of the Games’ on 567kHz, presented by Aonghus McAnally and Marty Whelan. The service was also available on 87.6FM in the Dublin area.
When asked if they felt it was ‘fair to say that RTÉ Radio coverage played a part in the success of the Special Olympics World Summer Games’, 74% of respondents replied positively. The regional breakdown to this question revealed that this view was mirrored nationwide with Co. Dublin at 74%, the rest of Leinster at 73%, Munster at 75% and the combined five Connacht / three Ulster counties at 74%.
The research was conducted on behalf of RTÉ by Milliard Brown IMS by means of a telephone survey, carried out between 9-17 July 2003, on a sample size of 1,000 adults aged 15 plus.
As part of their continuing coverage of the Special Olympics, RTÉ Radio 1 will be opening its schedule for one day at the end of September looking back at the legacy of the Games from the perspective of the athletes, their families and the volunteers.