PPI Radio Awards – Full winners list 2016

Radio Kerry, Cork’s Red FM and BBC Radio Ulster were just some of the big winners from the PPI Radio Awards 2016.

The awards were given out at an event in Kilkenny on Friday, hosted by Dermot Whelan, in front of 700 guests from all over Ireland.

Full Service Station of the Year for 2016 was awarded to BBC Radio Ulster. Music Station of the Year was won by Cork’s Red FM 104-106 and Local Station of the Year was won by Radio Kerry. The Outstanding Achievement Award was presented to Scott Williams from the IBI and JP Coakley from RTÉ for their work on the Irish Radioplayer.

It was an emotional night too, as Dublin’s TXFM got a standing ovation for playing its part in Irish radio history, ahead of the closure of the station later this month.


The 2016 PPI Radio Awards winners in full, are:


Category A1 General Music Programme

GOLD – Dermot & Dave – Today FM

SILVER – The Big Ride Home with Dara Quilty – 98FM

BRONZE – The Zoo Crew with Graham & Nathan – SPIN 1038

Category A2 Specialist Music Programme

GOLD – FM104’s Freaks on Friday – FM104

SILVER – The Paul McLoone Show – Today FM

BRONZE – Peter Devlin’s Saturday Soundtrack on Radio NOVA – Radio NOVA

Category A3 Breakfast Programme

GOLD – The KC Show – Corks Red FM 104-106

SILVER – The Ian Dempsey Breakfast Show – Today FM

BRONZE – FM104’s Strawberry Alarm Clock with JimJim and Nobby – FM104

Category A4 Music Special/Music Event

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

SILVER – Nas “Illmatic” Special – RTÉ 2XM

BRONZE – BP Fallon – A sonic life adventure – RTÉ Radio 1

Category A5 New Irish Music/Musical Talent Programme

GOLD – Across the Line – BBC Radio Ulster

SILVER – Man, What Are You Doing Here? – Ocean FM

BRONZE – In Session – RTÉ Radio 1


Category B1 News Story

GOLD – The Buncrana Pier Tragedy – BBC Radio Foyle

SILVER – Paris Attacks – Newstalk 106-108fm

BRONZE – Here Come’s the Rain Again – Clare FM

Category B2 News Bulletin

GOLD – Today FM News – Today FM

SILVER – 98FM News – 98FM


Category B3 News Programme

GOLD – Morning Ireland – The morning after Bataclan – RTÉ Radio 1

SILVER – Breakfast – Buncrana Pier Tragedy – BBC Radio Foyle

BRONZE – This Week– RTÉ Radio 1

Category B4 Current Affairs Programme

GOLD – Midlands 103 at the National Ploughing Championships – Midlands 103

SILVER – The Last Word “Live from London” – Today FM

BRONZE – Morning Focus – Clare FM

Category B5 Sports Story

GOLD – Back from The Brink – WLR FM

SILVER – Digging into Doping – Newstalk 106-108fm

BRONZE – Remembering The Dead Of Bloody Sunday – RTÉ Radio 1

Category B6 Sports Programme

GOLD -Team 33 – Newstalk 106-108fm

SILVER – Saturday Sport – RTÉ Radio 1

BRONZE – Off The Ball Live – Newstalk 106-108fm


Category C1 Documentary

GOLD – Documentary On One: An Open Verdict – RTÉ Radio 1

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

BRONZE – Caught in the Crossfire – LMFM Radio

Category C2 Music Documentary

GOLD – Left of the Dial – Cathal Funge for TXFM

SILVER – Féile – The Untold Story of the Trip to Tipp – RTÉ Radio 1

BRONZE – Documentary On One: After the Music – The Daughters Story – RTÉ Radio 1

Category C3 Short Feature

GOLD -Who took Mom to the Prom? – RTÉ Radio 1

SILVER – The Buck Naked – Ocean FM

BRONZE – Just Once – Radio Kerry

Category C4 Magazine Programme

GOLD – Plane Sailing – Today FM

SILVER – Countrywide – RTÉ Radio 1

BRONZE – One Day in Galway – Newstalk 106-108fm

Category C5 Drama

GOLD – Goin’ Straight – Newstalk 106-108fm

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

BRONZE – Fred & Alice – Ocean FM

Category C6 Specialist Speech Programme

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

SILVER – Going with the Flow – South East Radio


Category C7 Craoltóireacht le Gaeilge

GOLD – Bláthnaid Libh! – RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta

SILVER – Top40 – SPIN 1038

BRONZE – Splanc ag Electric Picnic – Newstalk 106-108fm

Category C8 Interactive Speech Programme

GOLD – Accidental Porn Stars – Corks Red FM 104-106

SILVER – When Sir James Galway met Nolan – BBC Radio Ulster

BRONZE – Black Eye Friday – BBC Radio Ulster News and Current Affairs

Category C9 Comedy Programme

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

SILVER – Callan’s Kicks – RTÉ Radio 1



Category D1 Community/ Social Action

GOLD – Whole Lotta Live – Today FM

SILVER – Say NO to Bullying – Classic Hits 4FM

BRONZE – The Radio Nova Help Our Homeless – Radio NOVA

Category D2 On-Air Competition/Promotion

GOLD – 98FM’s Code Red – 98FM

SILVER – You Do The Maps – Today FM

BRONZE – The Drop – SPIN 1038

Category D3 Station Imaging




Category D4 Entertainment Inserts

GOLD – Gift Grub – The Ian Dempsey Breakfast Show – Today FM

SIVER – FM104’s Strawberry Alarm Clock – FM104


Category D5 Innovation

GOLD – The Dawn Chorus – Mooney Goes Wild – RTÉ Radio 1

SILVER – Just Once – Radio Kerry

BRONZE – The Person Behind the Poster – Galway Bay fm


Category E1 Music Presenter of the Year

GOLD – Dermot Whelan – Today FM

SILVER – Dara Quilty – 98FM

BRONZE – Dave Moore – Today FM

Category E2  Radio DJ of the Year

GOLD – Steve Haze – Cork’s 96FM

SILVER – Brian Maher – 98FM

BRONZE – Steve K – SPIN 1038

Category E3 Specialist Music Broadcaster of the Year

GOLD – John Toal – BBC Radio Ulster

SILVER – Kelly-Anne Byrne – Today FM

BRONZE – Darren Rice – Beat

Category E4 News Broadcaster of the Year

GOLD – Seamus McKee – BBC Radio Ulster News & Current Affairs

SILVER – Enda McClafferty – BBC Radio Foyle

BRONZE – Aideen Finnegan – 98FM

Category E5 News Reporter of the Year

GOLD – Justin McCarthy – RTÉ Radio 1

SILVER – Denis Tierney – Limerick’s Live 95FM

BRONZE –Brian O’Connell – RTÉ Radio 1

Category E6 Sports Broadcaster of the Year

GOLD –  Joe Molloy – Newstalk 106-108fm

SILVER – Ger Gilroy – Newstalk 106-108fm

BRONZE – Weeshie Fogarty – Radio Kerry

Category E7 Speech Broadcaster of the Year

GOLD – Sean Moncrieff – Newstalk 106-108fm

SILVER – Alan Corcoran – South East Radio

BRONZE –  Shane Coleman – Newstalk 106-108fm

Category E8 Newcomer Award

GOLD – Garry Curran – iRadio

SILVER – Aideen Hand – Shannonside/Northern Sound

BRONZE – Michael Brophy – Midlands 103

Category E9 Best Live Sound – Music

GOLD – John Benson – BBC Radio Ulster

SILVER – Brian Nammock – RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta

BRONZE – Michael Byrne – WLR FM


Full Service Station of the Year: BBC Radio Ulster

Music Station of the Year: Cork’s Red FM 104-106

Local Station of the Year: Radio Kerry


Chair of the PPI Radio Awards committee, Sean Murtagh, said at the event “Each year, the PPIs get better and better and I’m delighted to say that 2016 is no exception. The standard of entries is getting higher, the competition is getting tougher and the desire to win a PPI is greater than at any time in our 16 year history. Just making the shortlist is a huge achievement in itself and a sign from your peers that you’ve made the grade. We are deeply indebted to the commitment,

“Just making the shortlist is a huge achievement in itself and a sign from your peers that you’ve made the grade. We are deeply indebted to the commitment, dedication and professionalism of the Awards Committee members and all of our 90 judges who give freely and generously of their time in order to ensure that the PPIs continue to be the most sought-after accolade in Irish radio.”

Michael O’Keeffe Chief Executive of BAI said “The BAI has been closely involved with the PPI Radio Awards since their inception and has been particularly pleased to witness not just the growth in stature of the Awards themselves but also the value placed on being nominated or winning an award. I believe that this is a key measure of the Awards’ success. The quality and diversity of submissions is testament to the strength and creativity of the sector and a strong indication of the nature of the services that can be enjoyed by listeners every day. I would like to sincerely congratulate all the nominees and deserved award winners of PPI Radio Awards in 2016.

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