International Women’s Day is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity. It’s not unusual for radio or TV stations to mark the day with all-women presenters to showcase the breadth of programming and broadcasting talent within the station. WLR demonstrates this daily, with women making up half of the staff working in all facets of the station, from on-air and programming, to sales, accounts and management.
On Thursday, Mary O’Neill and Zara King (who also works as South East Correspondent for TV3 News) led the charges, co-hosting The Big Breakfast Blaa from 7-10am, with Zara stepping in in place of Mary’s usual co-host Ollie Carroll.
There was no change on The Drive Home with Teresanne O’Reilly, as she’s in that slot every Monday to Friday from 3-6pm. However, Rachael O’Shea, presenter of Friday nights’ The Social Network stands in on The Shift from 7-10pm instead of Ray C. She’s followed by The Green Scene presenter, Zoe Staunton who’ll take us up to midnight on The Late Show.
The day’s programming is complimented with an all-women news team, as reporters and broadcast journalists Liz Reddy and Sinead Aherne take care of WLR News from morning to night.
Each show also featured interviews from inspiring, powerful and successful women, all of whom have different stories to tell.
Here are just some of the guests who joined us on air:
Aisling O’Neill is the Chairperson of Network Ireland’s Waterford branch. As she explains to Mary on International Women’s Day 2018, they’re all about supporting women in business.
Mags O’Connor set up the Dungarvan Enterprise Centre, is also an active charity worker in the community. She founded the Donal Moore Memorial Cycle, which raises vital funds for Waterford Marine Search and Rescue. Speaking to Mary, she says things have come a long way in terms of women’s rights, but we have a long way to to go still.
Anna Jordan is very involved in many strands of The Arts in Waterford City, and she’s also a community activist. She shoots the breeze with Mary about why she feels there’s still a need for International Women’s Day in 2018.
Dee Hutchinson is a multi-award winning business executive, inspirational coach, motivational trainer and mentor. She teaches powerful techniques in self awareness, enabling every individual to tap into their infinite and unique potential. Specialising in working with individuals to discover empowerment, access their strengths, discover their true capabilities and get their life into full perspective – from creating amazing relationships to building confidence for business and beyond.
Dee told Teresanne on The Drive Home about when and how her career began, and how she’s now living the life of a ‘digital nomad’ and running her company from her laptop.
Catherine Keighrey is best known as the woman behind the hugely successful and award winning Redlane Boutique in Tramore, but Catherine is also a marathon runner; she has climbed Kilimanjaro (twice!); she raises thousands of Euro for various charities every year and is a single mother raising her amazing daughter Céilí.
Catherine told Teresanne on The Drive Home how she fits it all in, and she pays homage to her dad who raised her to be the strong woman she is!
Speaking about WLR’s marking of IWD, Assistant Programme Director and presenter of The Drive Home, Teresanne O’Reilly says, “it’s great to take the opportunity to celebrate the people who continue to work hard to maintain gender equality. And while gender parity is not about displacing the men from our on-air line up to elevate women or give them their space on air, it merely showcases the wealth of female talent we have in WLR with presenters who can deliver any show in the schedule.”
WLR News’ broadcast journalist Sinead Aherne says, “International Women’s Day on WLR only serves to highlight the amount of women who work in all roles across the station on a daily basis”.
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