The SodShow is Ireland’s only garden radio show and podcast and is sponsored by the ever so wonderful Greensax.ie. Awarded Ireland’s Best Podcast 2013, The Sodshow airs every Friday at 3pm and can be found in all good podcast stores around tea-time that evening.
The SodShow Timeline:
- March 2011 – The Sodshow goes live on air
- October 2011 – IWA Best Independent Podcast – Finalist
- June 2012 – Greensax.ie sponsors The SodShow
- October 2012 – Winner Best Irish Podcast 2012
- October 2013 – Winner Best Irish Podcast 2013
The Sodshow Team:
Peter Donegan began gardening at the age of 5. When he grew up he went on to study horticulture for 4 years. In 2001 he set up Donegan Landscaping and has won a host of design and landscape awards for 17th and 18th century gardens and show gardens at National competition. Peter’s pastime is techie stuff and he lives in the wee rural town of Ballyboughal, North County Dublin.
More on Peter Donegan – www.DoneganLandscaping.com
Brian Greene is a veteran of Irish Radio, broadcasting and podcasting. Brian has been building web since 1994 and fusing his internet consulting experience with his passion for radio. In 2003 Brian was awarded ‘Best Web Designer’ at the IIA Net Visionary Awards and in 2006 he went on to win their ‘Best podcaster’ award. Brian is not very green and lives by the sea in Baldoyle, North Dublin.
More On Brian Greene – www.BrianGreene.com
Caitríona Redmond is a genuine Irish mammy and proud of it. She will make tea if she comes within 10 feet of a kettle and is the official baker for The Sodshow. Caitriona is also a food and parenting blogger with special interests in social media, education and frugal living. She manages to keep things alive on her allotment so long as they are edible and particularly if they look good in photographs.
More on Caitríona Redmond – www.wholesomeireland.com
Niall O’Keeffe is a radio producer & presenter based in Dublin city centre, who has been working in radio since 2004, but has had a radio station running in his head since he was about 5. In the past he has worked for stations such as Dundalk FM, Christmas FM, iRadio and Classic Hits 4FM. He also does DJing, commercial voiceover work and web design (for which he won a “Zeddy” award in 2001). Not very green-fingered, Niall doesn’t really know his mulch from his phostrogen, and isn’t a huge fan of having his photo taken, but he can put a radio show together so that’s okay!
More on Niall O’Keeffe – www.niallok.ie
April 2010, Ireland had no home-grown garden green radio show or podcast. There were some segments within shows but nowhere really to tell a full green yarn. Talking with Bernie Goldbach, he suggested I do a weekly audio advice type something for my landscaping blog and on May 13th 2010 I recorded my first 5 minute ‘Weekly Garden Podcast’, into the tail end of my iPhone from my back garden.
With it’s popularity grew its duration to 10 minutes long and via a [all free gratis] chat with the legendary Krishna De; a logo by no relation Luke Donegan; a little help from Mark Rock; a radio jingle by Brian Greene and a name chosen via twitter – on August 5th 2010 The Sodcast was borne. A 20 minute long weekly gardening podcast.
Throughout I’d been garden advice guesting on various radio stations, one of which was Dublin City Fm and it was a chat with radio presenter John Byrne that led to a meeting with the station and the idea of turning The Sodcast podcast in a radio show.
I rang Brian Greene. I was going to need a new jingle. Somehow or other Brian ended up coming along to that meeting and on March 11th 2011, The Sodcast became The Sodshow and hosted by Brian and Peter aired live on air and in podcast.
The general gist of The Sodshow, from the outset was [and still is] a sort of get you outside first/ botanical latin later; A show that was inclusive rather than excluding, irrespective whether you had a garden or not and also of your horticultural knowledge or entire lack of.
More than that I hoped, that gardening and the great outdoors would be a happier place because of what was recorded and that you listened to. Something that would make you smile, as gardening should do.