FYDELITY DISTRIBUTION: Community and Ethnic Non Profit Media Services presents The Gaelic Hour as an eclectic mix of programming that includes literature, the arts, history, cultural topics, music and features of local interest. Broadcasting since Sept 2005 the show has featured many high profile internationally known personalities including Sinead O'Connor, Tommy Tiernan, Christy Moore, Daniel O'Donnell and many many more.
While much of the content has an Irish focus, other Celtic/Gaelic ethnic topics and music are regularly featured. The show is divided into two hours. Hour one offers a magazine format presenting interviews and feature items from near and far.
By arrangement with RTE, the Irish national broadcaster, the Sunday 8:00am News is transmitted, followed by "It says in the papers", a summary of items from the Irish Sunday newspapers. The 9:00am - 10:00am hour opens with the news in Irish (An Nuacht) and then provides an hour of music that is a mix of traditional, folk, old favourites and some recent recordings.
The influence of Irish and Scottish music and dance on Canadian culture is also covered. The shows are archived since 2006 at http://www.thegaelichour.ca. A playlist of music featured is also available on the show website. Links to various organizations and a calender is also available. In 2011, a live video stream was initiated and can be viewed at http://www.livestream.com/thegaelichour.
Conscious of the trends in technology and social networking twitter.com/thegaelichour has regular tweets and The Gaelic Hour page on Facebook. A monthly e-Newsletter is mailed to over 1,500 subscribers. The show is independentally produced and hosted by Austin Comerton and relies on sponsorship and advertising. Austin immigrated to Ottawa in 1988 and is involved in numerous Irish organizations. He is the founder and former President of the Ottawa Chapter of The Ireland-Canada Chamber of Commerce, President of The Rose of Tralee Ottawa Centre, a former Vice-Chair of the Ottawa Branch of Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann.
The Gaelic Hour operates a part of FYDELITY DISTRIBUTION: Community and Ethnic Non Profit Media Services Inc.