Daithi McMahon

Daithi McMahon

Position: Lecturer

College: College of Arts, Humanities and Education

Department: Media and Performing Arts

Subject area: Media

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About

Lecturer in Media

Teaching responsibilities

I teach across both undergraduate and postgraduate media programmes. At undergraduate level I teach on the BA Media Production and the BA Radio Production. I also teach on the new MA Writing for Performance programme and lead a number of modules on this programme. I teach in the areas of radio/audio production, scriptwriting and professional media practice. I am also involved in supervising undergraduate and postgraduate student projects across a number of media including the MA Writing for Performance feature length script projects.

Professional interests

I love radio and audio in all its forms. I continue to write, direct, produce and executive produce radio dramas and documentaries. I also have a growing interest in TV/film production including screenwriting for TV drama and film.

Research interests

My main research interest, which is the focus of my PhD thesis, is in the area of media convergence particularly the growing relationship between radio and social media. From this I have also developed an interest in the study of Millennials as radio/audio audiences and how this generation is being reached and engagemed with by radio industries in Ireland and other European countries. I would be happy to hear from other academics interested in collaborating on future research projects in the above or related areas.

Membership of professional bodies

I am a member of MeCCSA and ECREA Radio Research section and I am also a member of the Writers' Guild of Ireland.

Qualifications

  • BSc - Management
  • MA - Media Studies
  • Diploma - Radio Production
  • Diploma - Train the Trainer

Recent publications

McMahon, D. 2017 (forthcoming), "Opening up the debate: The phenomenon of transnational cultural public spheres on Irish radio station Facebook pages", in Föllmer, G. and Badenoch, A., (eds), Transnationalizing Radio Research: New Encounters with an Old Medium. Bielefeld: Transcript

McMahon, D. 2016, ‘With a Little Help From My Friends: The Irish Radio Industry’s Strategic Appropriation of Social Network Sites for Commercial Growth’, Analyzing the Strategic Role of Social Networking in Firm Growth and Productivity. Hershey PA: IGI Global

McMahon, D. 2014, “Radio 2.0: How Facebook is Enhancing Audience Participation for Irish Radio Audiences”, Proceedings of the European Conference on Social Media, edited by Asher Rospigliosi and Sue Greener, Brighton, pp. 665-72

Recent conferences

McMahon, D. 2017, “Building Relations with the Millennial Audience – Sveriges Radio’s ‘Voices of the Dead’ Radio Drama Series”, papwr presented at the ECREA Radio Research Conference 2017, Sept 12-14, Lublin.

McMahon, D. 2017, “Radio Drama for the Millennial Audience – Sveriges Radio’s ‘Voices of the Dead’”, paper presented at the IAMCR Conference 2017, July 16-20, Cartagena. 

McMahon, D. 2016, “Opening up the debate: The phenomenon of transnational cultural public spheres on Irish radio station Facebook pages”, paper presented at The Radio Conference 2016, July 5-8, Utrecht.

McMahon, D. 2016, “Friends and Feelings: The Appropriation of Facebook by Irish Radio Stations to Enhance Audience Engagement Through Affective Media Experiences”, presented at Media Engagement: Connecting Production, Texts and Audiences Symposium, May 4, London.

McMahon, D. 2015, “Like for Like: Comparing the social media strategies of public service and commercial radio sectors in Ireland”, presented at Colloque Radio Perpignan 2015, June 4-5, Perpignan

McMahon, D. 2015, “Old Dog, New Tricks: Can Social Media Help Youth Radio Stations Grow Their Audience?”, presented at the MeCCSA Conference ’15, January 7-9, Newcastle

McMahon, D. 2014, “Docudrama: Bringing Radio Documentary to Life Through Drama”, presented at the University of Copenhagen Audio Drama Seminar, August 19-20, Copenhagen

McMahon, D. 2014, “Radio 2.0: How Facebook is Enhancing Audience Participation for Irish Radio Audiences”, presented at the European Conference on Social Media, July 5-6, Brighton

McMahon, D. 2014, “Radio Drama: Creative Development and Production”, seminar presented at the National Student Radio Conference, March 7-8, Galway

McMahon, D. 2013, “The Role of Social Media in Audience Engagement with Irish Radio”, presented at the ECREA Radio Research Conference, September 11-13, London

McMahon, D. 2012, “Radio Ireland 2.0: Social Media and Audience Participation”, presented at the Limerick Post Graduate Research Annual Conference, June 6, Limerick

McMahon, D. 2012, “The Creative Process of Researching and Writing Radio Drama”, presented at Advanced Research Methods 4: Complementary Art and Science Research Seminar, Mary Immaculate College, April 20-21, Limerick

Additional interests and activities

I enjoy travel, sports and the culinary arts.

Experience in industry

I am a multi-award winning and critically acclaimed playwright, director, performer, producer, editor and sound engineer with over a decade of experience in writing and media production, particularly in the radio/audio sector. During that time I have built a strong body of radio productions in live and pre-produced formats with the bulk being radio drama, documentary or docu-drama productions. Below is a list of my work to date.

Authored & Produced Projects

McMahon, D. and O’Connor F. 2017 (forthcoming), “Belong”, radio drama, Newstalk, Dublin.

McMahon, D. and O’Connor F. 2015, “William Melville: Eve of War”, radio drama, Radio Kerry, Tralee. * **

McMahon, D. and O’Connor F. 2014, “William Melville: The Queen’s Detective”, radio drama, Radio Kerry, Tralee. * ** ††

McMahon, D. and O’Connor F. 2014, “Lusitania: Beneath the Surface”, radio drama, Radio Kerry, Tralee. †‡

McMahon, D. and O’Connor F. 2012, “End of the Line”, radio docu-drama, Radio Kerry, Tralee. †

McMahon, D. and O’Connor F. 2012, “Tom Crean: Endurance”, radio drama, Radio Kerry, Tralee. * †

McMahon, D. and O’Connor A. 2011, “Derailed”, radio drama, iRadio, Athlone.

McMahon, D. and O’Connor F. 2010, “Tom Crean & the Terra Nova Expedition”, radio drama, Radio Kerry, Tralee. †

McMahon, D. and O’Connor F. 2010, “Living Memory: A Blasket Island Story”, radio drama, Radio Kerry, Tralee. †‡

McMahon, D. and O’Connor F. 2009, “The Levellers”, radio drama, Radio Kerry, Tralee. †

McMahon, D. and de Barra, C. 2010, “Compass Ceoil”, music documentary series, RTE Lyric FM, Limerick.

McMahon, D. and Hensey A. 2009, “Sceal ar gCeoil”, music documentary series, Radio Kerry, Tralee.

 

Produced Projects

Daly, B. & McMahon, D. 2017, “Surfing for God”, radio documentary, Newstalk 106-108fm, Dublin (Exec. Producer)

O’Connor, A. & Clarke, S. 2016, “Yummy Mummy”, radio drama, Newstalk 106-108fm, Dublin.

Daly, B. & McMahon, D. 2015, “Surfing at the Crossroads”, radio documentary, Newstalk 106-108fm, Dublin (Exec. Producer)

O’Connor, S. 2014, “Matches”, radio drama, Newstalk 106-108fm, Dublin. *

O’Connor, A. & Clarke, S. 2014 “Left Behind”, radio drama, Shannonside/Northern Sound, Longford. * †

O’Connor, S. 2013, “Home Again”, radio drama, Newstalk 106-108fm, Dublin.

O’Connor, A. 2013, “The Choice”, radio drama, Spin South West, Limerick.

O’Connor, A. 2013, “Delivery”, radio drama, Shannonside/Northern Sound, Longford.

O’Connor, A. 2012, “The Cry”, radio drama, iRadio, Athlone.

 

* New York Festivals International Radio Award Winner

** Prix Europa Nominee

† PPI Radio Award Winner †‡ PPI Award Nominee

†† Writers' Guild of Ireland Zebbie Award Nominee

International experience

A number of projects which I have produced have won national and international awards and commendations. I have also attended several international radio festivals. 

- New York Festivals Int'l Radio Awards Gold Award (Best Writing 2013, 2015)

- New York Festivals Int'l Radio Awards Silver Award (Best Drama 2013, 2016)

- New York Festivals Int'l Radio Awards Bronze Award (Best Drama 2017, 2017)

- Prix Europa Nominee (Radio Fiction 2015, 2016)

- Grand Prix Nova Nominee (Radio Drama 2017)

- PPI Radio Award Winner - Ireland  (Best Drama 2015, Best Station Imaging 2007)

- Writers' Guild of Ireland Zebbie Award Nominee (2015)

In the media

I am generally available to the media to discuss matters related to my work and research.

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