Shortlist for the 2016 PPI Radio Awards revealed

The PPI Radio Awards 2016 have today announced the shortlist for this year’s Awards.

90 judges, drawn from the industry in Ireland and Europe, judged 282 hours of submissions from the 700 entries across 37 categories. The ceremony will take place at the Lyrath Estate Hotel, Kilkenny on Friday October 7th, sponsored by PPI and the BAI.

The judging itself took over 34 hours to complete before arriving at the shortlist for the 2016 PPI Radio Awards. Judges commented that this year the entries reflected the immense talent and creativity within the radio industry in Ireland today. Those shortlisted vie to take home Gold, Silver and Bronze Awards.

In advance of the Awards night, this Friday, September 16th, will see the induction of four new members of the PPI Radio Awards Hall of Fame. The Hall of Fame event will take place at 11.30am at the BAI offices in Dublin. The four members will be kept a secret until the 16th and will join those already inducted such as Michéal Ó Muircheartaigh, Áine Lawlor, Mario Rosenstock, Jimmy Magee, Marian Finucane, Gay Byrne, Des Cahill, the late Gerry Ryan, and the late Tony Fenton.

Sean Murtagh, Chairman PPI Radio Awards Committee said “The 90 judges for this year’s PPI Radio Awards have all worked extremely hard, using their skill and experience to identify the best of the best in Irish radio. With the increasingly high standard of entries, this has not been an easy job and we thank them for their dedication to this most important task and we wish all shortlisted entrants the very best of luck!”

BAI Chief Executive, Michael O’Keefe said of this year’s shortlist “Congratulations to all the entries that have made the PPI Radio Awards Shortlist in 2016. The range of stations represented is a testimony to the enduring quality of Radio in Ireland and its connection with the audiences served.


A: Music Programming Awards

1: General Music Programme

Dermot & Dave  » Today FM

Fergal D’Arcy on Today FM  » Today FM

The Big Ride Home with Dara Quilty  » 98FM

The Zoo Crew with Graham & Nathan  » SPIN 1038

The Zoo Crew  » SPIN South West

2: Specialist Music Programme

FM104’s Freaks on Friday  » FM104

Peter Devlin’s Saturday Soundtrack on Radio NOVA  » Radio NOVA

Ralph McLean Country  » BBC Radio Ulster

Soundscapes with Stephen McCauley  » BBC Radio Ulster

The Paul McLoone Show  » Today FM

3: Breakfast Programme

FM104’s Strawberry Alarm Clock with JimJim & Nobby  » FM104

Fully Charged with Cormac and Daniella  » SPIN 1038

RTÉ 2fm Breakfast Republic  » RTÉ 2FM

The KC Show » Corks Red FM 104-106

The Ian Dempsey Breakfast Show » Today FM

4: Music Special/ Music Event

BP Fallon – a sonic life adventure  » RTÉ Radio 1

Christy Moore on Ewan MacColl  » RTÉ Radio 1

David Bowie Tribute  » Newstalk 106-108fm

Nas ‘Illmatic’ Special  » RTÉ 2XM

The Choice Music Awards Live with Paul McLoone & Alison Curtis  » Today FM

5: New Irish Music/ Musical Talent Programme

Across the Line  » BBC Radio Ulster

In Session  » RTÉÉ Radio 1

Man, What Are You Doing Here?  » Ocean FM

The Paul McLoone Show Live Christmas Special  » Today FM

We are the Migrants  » SPIN South West

B: News and Sports Programming Awards

1: News Story

Here Comes The Rain Again  » Clare FM

Paris Attacks  » Newstalk 106-108fm

The Buncrana Pier Tragedy  » BBC Radio Foyle

Thirty Year High  » BBC Radio Ulster News & Current Affairs

When The Party’s Over  » Corks Red FM 104 -106

2: News Bulletin

98FM News  » 98FM

Newstalk News  » Newstalk 106-108fm

RedFM News Bulletins  » Corks Red FM 104-106

Today FM News  » Today FM


3: News Programme

Breakfast – Buncrana Pier Tragedy  » BBC Radio Foyle

Buncrana Tragedy  » Newstalk 106-108fm

The morning after Bataclan  » RTÉ Radio 1

The National Lunchtime News  » Today FM

THIS WEEK  » RTÉ Radio 1

4: Current Affairs Programme

Midlands 103 at the National Ploughing Championships  » Midlands 103

Morning Focus  » Clare FM

One Mother to Another  » Radio Kerry

The Last Word -– ‘”Live from London’”  » Today FM

The Late Debate – Government Formation  » RTÉ Radio 1

5: Sports Story

Back from The Brink  » WLR FM

Digging into Doping  » Newstalk 106-108fm

Finding Me in Sport  » Radio Kerry

Remembering The Dead Of Bloody Sunday”  » RTÉ Radio 1

What’s the Score?  » Beat

6: Sports Programme

FM104’s Dub Hub  » FM104

Now That’s What I Call Sport  » 98FM

Off the Ball Live  » Newstalk 106-108fm

Saturday Sport  » RTÉ Radio 1

Team 33  » Newstalk 106-108fm

C: Speech Programming Awards

1: Documentary

A Boy From The North West  » Susan Dennehy for Newstalk 106-108fm

An Open Verdict  » RTÉ Radio 1

Caught in the Crossfire  » LMFM Radio

Father  HHood: The Holy Man and the Heist  » Newstalk 106-108fm

The Kinder Letters  » Newstalk 106-108fm

The Women who staged the Rising  » BBC Radio Ulster

2: Music Documentary

After the Music – The Daughters’ story  » RTÉ Radio 1

Dick Farrelly : A Quiet Man  » RTÉ lyric fm

Fáilte – The Untold Story of the Trip to Tipp  » RTÉ Radio 1

In My Own Words  » Clare FM

Left of the Dial  » Cathal Funge for TXFM

3: Short Feature

20/20 Kerry  » Radio Kerry

Just Once  » Radio Kerry

The Buck Naked  » Ocean FM

Walk of Fame – Dustin Hoffman  » Newstalk 106-108fm

Who took Mom to the Prom?  » RTÉ Radio 1

4: Magazine Programme

Countrywide  » RTÉ Radio 1

One Day in Galway  » Newstalk 106-108fm

Plane Sailing  » Today FM


Time Of Our Lives  » BBC Radio Ulster

5: Drama

12 Stones in the Water by Karl O’NeillDrama on One » RTÉ Radio 1

Fred & Alice  » Ocean FM

Goin’ Straight  » Newstalk 106-108fm

RTÉ 2FM Revolution Radio  » RTÉ 2FM

The Playboy of the Western World- A Radio Musical – Drama on One  » RTÉ Radio 1

6: Specialist Speech Programme

CAKE  » RTÉjr Radio

Going with the Flow  » South East Radio

Lighthouse Stories  » RTÉ Radio 1

The Space Between Skeleton and Skin – Futureproof  » Newstalk 106-108fm

Whose land is it anyway?  » Radio Kerry

7: Craoltóireacht le Gaeilge

Aiséirí – an Phiarsaigh  » BBC Gaeilge

Bláthnaid Libh!  » RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta

Donall Mac Ruairi  » RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta

Splanc ag Electric Picnic  » Newstalk 106-108fm

Top40  » SPIN 1038

8: Interactive Speech Programme

98FM’s Dublin Talks  » 98FM

Accidental Porn Stars  » Corks Red FM 104 – 106

Black Eye Friday  » BBC Radio Ulster News and Current Affairs

Taking the scare out of Pallative Care  » Highland Radio

When Sir James Galway met Nolan…  » BBC Radio Ulster

9: Comedy Programme

Callan’s Kicks  » RTÉ Radio 1


D’Fleadh  » Ocean FM

Colm O’Regan Wants a Word  » Sideline Productions for RTÉ Radio 1

D: General Awards

1: Community/ Social Action

Giving for Living Radiothon  » C103

Global Goals  » Beat

Say NO to Bullying  » Classic Hits 4FM

The Radio Nova Help Our Homeless Radiothon  » Radio NOVA

Whole Lotta Live  » Today FM

2: On-Air Competition/ Promotion

98FM’s Code Red  » 98FM

Conor McGregor Live In Vegas  » SPIN 1038

My Best Friend’s Wedding  » Corks Red FM 104-106

Radio Nova’s Stripped Back  » Radio NOVA

The Drop  » SPIN 1038

You Do The Maps  » Today FM

3: Station Imaging


Cork’s 96FM



SPIN 1038

4: Entertainment Inserts

Breakfast Republic  » RTÉ 2FM


FM104’s Strawberry Alarm Clock  » FM104

Gift Grub  » Today FM

Happy Days  » RTÉjr Radio

Saturday Café Classics  » WLR FM

5: Innovation

Just Once  » Radio Kerry

Newstalk Lounge – Electric Picnic  » Newstalk 106-108fm

PJ Goes GaGa  » Classic Hits 4FM

The person behind the poster  » Galway Bay fm

The Dawn Chorus  » RTÉ Radio 1

E: People Awards

1: Music Presenter of the Year

Fergal D’Arcy  » Today FM

Daniella Moyles  » SPIN 1038

Dave Moore  » Today FM

Mark Nobby Noble  » FM104

Dara Quilty  » 98FM

Dermot Whelan  » Today FM

2: Radio DJ of The Year

Barry Dunne  » 98FM

Steve Haze  » C103

Steve K  » SPIN 1038

Brian Maher  » 98FM

Simon Murdoch  » iRadio

3: Specialist Music Broadcaster of the Year

Kelly-Anne Byrne  » Today FM

Tom Dunne  » Newstalk 106-108fm

Linley Hamilton  » BBC Radio Ulster

Darren Rice  » Beat

John Toal  » BBC Radio Ulster

4: News Broadcaster of the Year

Will Faulkner  » Midlands 103

Aideen Finnegan  » 98FM

Enda McClafferty  » BBC Radio Foyle

Seamus McKee  » BBC Radio Ulster News & Current Affairs

Brendan O’Loughlin  » 98FM

Colm Ó Mongáin  » RTÉ Radio 1

5: News Reporter of the Year

Philip Boucher-Hayes  » RTÉ Radio 1

Justin McCarthy  » RTÉ Radio 1

Dean McLaughlin  » BBC Radio Foyle

Brian O’Connell  » RTÉ Radio 1

Denis Tierney  » Limerick’s Live 95FM

6: Sports Broadcaster of the Year

Seán Bán Breathnach  » RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta

Darren Cleary  » 98FM

Weeshie Fogarty  » Radio Kerry

Ger Gilroy  » Newstalk 106-108fm

Oisin Langan  » Newstalk 106-108fm

Joe Molloy  » Newstalk 106-108fm

7: Speech Broadcaster of the year

Shane Coleman  » Newstalk 106-108fm

Alan Corcoran  » South East Radio

Niall Delaney  » Ocean FM

Sean Moncrieff  » Newstalk 106-108fm

Damien O’Reilly  » RTÉ Radio 1

Anton Savage  » Today FM

8: Newcomer of the year Award

Michael Brophy  » Midlands 103

Marty Cullen  » BBC Radio Ulster

Garry Curran  » iRadio

Gavin Dowd  » FM104

Aideen Hand  » Shannnonside/Northern Sound

9: Best Live Sound – Music

John Benson  » BBC Radio Ulster

Gavin Blake  » Today FM

Michael Byrne » WLR FM

Rachel Conlon  » SPIN 1038

Brian Nammock  » RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta

Derek Recks  » 98FM

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