Samstag, 14. April 2007

IN-DEPTH - a year in review

In-Depth did 47 shows in the space of a year and the topics varied greatly. Many shows were evolving around the issue of HEALTH. Apart from two shows about Cancer (Breast Cancer & Common Male Cancers) with experts from the Irish Cancer Society, IN-DEPTH also spoke twice to Dr. Anthony Cummins about Heart Failure and the lack of medical facilities in Ireland. In conjunction with NGO CONCERN Thomas flew to Canada to cover the XVI. International HIV/AIDS Conference for the mentioned NGO and NEAR90FM. He brought back enough footage for 4 full shows and the important information given during the conference subsequently travelled to five countries and has been played all over the country, among others on THE DIGITAL HUB FM and on LIFFEY FM. See also: The picture shows Thomas Janak with Concern´s global HIV/AIDS advisor Breda Gahan.

INTERCULTURALISM/INTEGRATION is also something the show handled in-depth. The Chester Beatty Library played host on a number of occassions from the festivites of the Chinese New Year celebrations to a performance of the Sechuan Opera. The library also hosted a lunchtime talk with Timon Screech, Professor of the History of Art at the School of Oriental and African Studies in London. In the last 12 months IN-DEPTH also spoke to the Intercultural Centre in Inchicore and highlighted "Living in Ireland as a Muslim" among other things.

The conflict between Palestine and Israel were as much a topic as the situation in Afghanistan and Pakistan. "Mission Lebanon" was another very important show. IN-DEPTH also covered Asylum Politics and highlighted issues the new communities in Ireland face.
Climate Change/Global Warming & Global Challenges have been dealt with as well. Apart from a special about Globalisation from an African point of view, IN-DEPTH also spoke with Greenpeace experts about nuclear energy. Peter Wyse - Jackson, Director of the National Botanic Gardens in Dublin explained why it is necessary to reverse the damage done to nature and why Birdwatching is important.
Thomas with Brendan Crean and Jimmy MacDonnell: Guests on the show about "Disability".

Left: Dr. Anthony Cummins and IN-DEPTH host/producer Thomas Janak
The 21st century is the century where looks often mean more than talent and one often wonders if it is still worth it to have their children learn an instrument. In the MUSIC / ENTERTAINMENT section IN-DEPTH spoke to many internationally acclaimed musicians e.g. Karl Bartos (Kraftwerk), Gary Numan, Midge Ure, Paul Humphreys or The Sparks about the current state of the music industry.
Thomas Janak even travelled to his native Germany to cover the International Music Fair where he interviewed companies and individuals with an emphasis on education. Thomas spoke to a professional drummer, music schools and to the founder of the School(s) of audio engeneering. IN-DEPTH also highlighted safety issues with regards to venues. Professional music teachers spoke about their passion and how it changed their lives.
Other topics ranged from Paranormal Investigations, 09/11 five years on to the case of imprisoned native American Leonard Peltier.
IN-DEPTH also gave a voice to animals by inviting numerous activists to the show, covering the RALLY AGAINST ANIMAL CRUELTY and talking about why FUR IS MURDER.
47 shows in the space of a year! - that is something IN-DEPTH is quite proud of.

Meet your host

Thomas Janak came to Ireland in the year 2000 and made it his home.

Thomas is involved in audio engeneering and recording for over 25years and works for radio since 2003

Over the years he has worked on many shows with different formats: to name but a few and he also overlooks "Majority World" for Near90FM.

Having a background in Music and having worked with multinational groups and youngsters alike helps him to not only find interesting topics but to also highlight issues appropriately in order to reach a wide audience.

Thomas holds a diploma in radio making with a merit and a distinction.

In his spare time he dedicates himself to helping and healing animals:

IN-DEPTHs aim ...

... is simple but effective:


At the same time IN-DEPTH is transparent and approachable and accessible.

The list of guests and the selection of topics speaks for itself

Show Listings

IN-DEPTH SHOWS May 2006 - May 2007

06.05.2006 THE CURRENT STATE OF THE MUSIC INDUSTRY with studio guests John Brogan (co-host) and radio program presenter Paul Graham. The show looks at the music industry and features interviews with legendary artists SPARKS and PAUL HUMPHREYS (Ex- OMD). *

13.05.2006 ANIMAL WELFARE , a show which features a full length interview with Ashley Doran – Wong about holistic animal healing, an interview with dave Neale from Animals Asia and and an interview with the ISPCA about neutering animals as well as footage recorded on a night out with the BLUE CROSS. *

20.05.2006 MULTICULTURAL IRELAND with Intercultural centre Co-Ordinator Jacob Nwazota originally from Nigeria, Spain – born NEAR FM station manager Sally Galiana and Russian lady Tatjana Trutova. Co – hosted by John Brogan. *

27.05.2006 SAFETY FIRST – THE MUSIC INDUSTRY – the show explores the danger of going to gigs and events and features a 30-minute interview with Deborah Rees, who runs the website “SAFECONCERTS”. The show also features an interview with Jimmy MacDonnell, self proclaimed biggest fan of Snooker – legend Jimmy White. Co – hosted by John Brogan*

06.06.2006 GLOBALISATION from an African point of view, featuring footage recorded at the Africa Centre in Dublin.

13.06.2006 CLIMATE CHANGE with studio guest Niamh Garvey from CHRISTIAN AID. The show also features an interview with the director of the Botanic Gardens in Dublin, Peter Wyse Jackson.

20.06.2006 PERCEPTION – how “we” look at youth and involve youth in music. With studio guests Aaron Kennedy, who runs the DRUMMING ACADEMY in Dublin and “Masamba” Samba Group Teacher Simeon Smith. The show also features an interview with Drummer Ronan O`Reilly who works for MUSIC MAKER.

27.06.2006 AFGHANISTAN with studio guest Dawi Roushan who talked about his life in war- torn Afghanistan and in Ireland. The show also features an interview about the services of the “Samaritans”.

04.07.2006 COMPLIMENTARY THERAPIES looks at complimentary ways of healing and featured studio guests Kate Maher, who did a live TAROT reading during the show and Reiki master Nicole Valentin who is also a fully qualified Swedish body massage therapist.

11.07.2006 THE PALESTINE – ISRAEL CONFLICT was another interesting show which featured interviews conducted by Thomas in Belfast and Dublin and had Palestine/Israel expert Dr. Francesco Cavatorta as a studio guest.

18.07.2006 LITHUANIA – the show looked at a country largely unknown to the world and featured footage from a recent profile raising event. Studio guest: Jurga.

25.07.2006 MUSIC TALK provided a platform for French presenter Aurelie Montfront to play and talk about her interviews with Irish artists ASLAN and THE REDNECK MANIFESTO.

01.08.2006 HIV AND AIDS featuring studio guest Breda Gahan, global HIV/AIDS advisor for NGO CONCERN. The show was a built up to the XVI. International Aids Conference which took place in August in Toronto/Canada.

08.08.2006 PARANORMAL INVESTIGATIONS featured interviews with mediums Stewart Keys and Carol Stirling and live guests Mark Guerin and Gavin Byrne who are involved in mentioned investigations.

15.08.2006 THE CURRENT STATE OF THE MUSIC INDUSTRY tried to rehash the spirit of the same show which had been aired earlier in the year. Studio guest: George Mulcahy from NEAR FM.

22.08.2006 NO SHOW

29.08.2006 09/11 – 5 YEARS ON dealt with the events surrounding the terrorist attacks on America and featured interviews with a woman who lived in New York at the time of the World Trade Center attacks and another woman who was in Saudi Arabia when the attack occurred. Thought provoking.





IN – DEPTH dedicated one full month to the conference and offered over 40 individual pieces from interviews to press conferences and seminar / panel coverage from Toronto. The footage travelled to five countries and was aired on numerous stations across the country.

03.10.2006 ANIMAL WELFARE II with studio guest Sarah Guenther who runs the East Galway Animal Rescue centre. The show also features an interview with Caroline and Mike Townsley who currently try to rescue their beloved police dog “Saxon”.

10.10.2006 FREE LEONARD PELTIER – a call backed by Robert Redford and Nelson Mandela. Leonard Peltier is imprisoned for over 30 years for a crime he never committed. Studio guests: Dave Bailey and Gemma Sharkey.

17.10.2006 09/11 – 5 years on (Part II) more voices from New York

24.10.2006 AFRI Hedgeschool Special Event Report

31.10.2006 MISSION LEBANON with co – host Abdul Haseeb and telephone interviewees Micheál Mac Diarmada, who runs the “LebProject” and Dr. Abdul Sayegh from Q´ana in the Lebanon.

07.11.2006 NO SHOW

14.11.2006 NO SHOW

21.11.2006 Various topics – hosted by Alan Braddish filling in for Thomas Janak

28.11.2006 BREAST CANCER with a guest from the Irish Cancer Society

05.12.2006 Best of In-Depth Part I

12.12.2006 Best of In-Depth Part II

19.12.2006 Best of In-Depth Part III

26.12.2006 NO SHOW due to Christmas – special broadcast

02.01.07 Special report: RALLY AGAINST ANIMAL CRUELTY

09.01.07 COMMON MALE CANCERS with a guest from the Irish cancer society

16.01.07 DISABILITIES with Near 90 FMs own Brendan Crean and Jimmy McDonnell

23.01.07 FUR IS MURDER with Laura Broxson from the Coalition For The Abolishment Of Fur Trade

30.01.07 LIVING IN IRELAND AS A MUSLIM with Abdul Haseeb and his Irish born wife Lorraine

06.02.07 HEART DISEASE – AN UNDERESTIMATED KILLER with Dr. Anthony Cummins

13.02.07 ASYLUM POLITICS with Roslyn Fuller

20.02.07 STRESS with yoga – teacher Marie-Angeline Lascaux


06.03.07 NO SHOW

13.03.07 NO SHOW

20.03.07 ASH - ANIMAL RESCUE SERVICE with Helena Lemayer

27.03.07 “THE BRIDGE TO JAPAN” special report from the Chester Beatty Library

03.04.07 CHINESE NEW YEAR – SECHUAN OPERA – special report from the Chester Beatty Library

10.04.07 INTEGRATION DAY – report from the festivities of the Intercultural Centre and the Rainbow Neighbourhood Project

17.04.07 BLOODY HARVEST PART I – footage from a seminar on organ harvesting featuring interviews with Fallun Gong practitioner Ming Zhao and internationak human rights lawyer David Matas

24.04.07 BLOODY HARVEST PART II – continuation of part I

01.05.2007 INTERNATIONAL MUSICFAIR I – contains of performances and interviews with many artists as well as of interviews with many organisations who aim for more education in the field of music

08.05.2007 INTERNATIONAL MUSICFAIR II – continuation of part I

* - on LIBER8 FM, all other shows on NEAR FM

and the shows continue: