Shortlist announced for IMRO All Ireland Radio Awards 2019

The nominations are out for the IMRO Radio Awards 2019 as 105 judges including industry veterans and new independents decide who is on the shortlist.

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Altogether, 652 were entries receive and there are 185 shortlisted across 37 categories.

The Awards, which are sponsored by IMRO and BAI, will take place on Friday 4th October at the Lyrath Estate Hotel Kilkenny. The names of those taking home the trophies will be a closely guarded secret until the night itself.

Prior to the main Awards night, the IMRO Hall of Fame induction ceremony will be held at the BAI offices on Tuesday 24th September. Four new inductees will be awarded the honour and join the list of those who have made significant contributions to radio in Ireland.

Speaking about the significance of the event, Chair of the IMRO Radio Awards committee, Tom McGuire said: “The IMRO Radio Awards is an important media milestone as it recognises the excellence of Irish radio; celebrates the contribution of broadcasters to the national conversation and for one night only brings together the nation’s stations.”

Eleanor McEvoy, IMRO Chairperson said “After much deliberation and debate the judges have selected an incredible shortlist of 185 Finalists whose broadcasting output fully embodies the broad spectrum of radio content in Ireland today. Irish audience’s appetite for quality radio output continues to grow, fuelling outstanding creativity, story-telling and audience engagement from broadcasters throughout the country. And this is abundantly evident from the quality of submissions received this year. We wish all of the shortlisted entrants the very best of luck”

Michael O’Keefe, Chief Executive of BAI said: “The BAI is delighted to support the IMRO Radio Awards 2019, which recognise creativity and excellence in the Irish radio sector and highlight the impressive level of high-quality, culturally relevant radio content available to audiences in Ireland. The IMRO awards are highly regarded and coveted and the BAI congratulates all the shortlisted candidates and wishes them well on the awards night in October.”


Category Station
General Music Programme  
Dermot and Dave Today FM
More Music with Philip Bourke Cork’s Red FM
Muireann O’Connell Show Today FM
The Big Ride Home with Dara Quilty 98FM
The Saturday Soundtrack with Peter Devlin Radio Nova
Specialist Music Programme   
Céilí House RTÉ Radio 1
Music and the Mind: Music and Relaxation RTÉ Lyric FM
The Beat Goes On Today FM
The Paul McLoone Show Today FM
The Tom Dunne Show Newstalk
Breakfast Programme
Beat Breakfast Beat 102-103
Breakfast with Ray and Jay Cork’s Red FM
Fully Charged with Graham and Nathan Spin 1038
KC and Ross in the morning Cork’s 96FM
The Ian Dempsey Breakfast Show Today FM
Music Special/Music Event  
Astral Week’s at 50 BBC Radio Ulster
Marty in the morning, Beatles White Album at 50 RTÉ Lyric FM
Proms in the Park BBC Radio Ulster
Tom’s Trip to Tipp – The Tom Dunne Show Newstalk
The Trip to Tipp Tipp FM
Irish Music Programme or Initiative  
Composer Lab on Blue of the Night RTÉ Lyric FM
Electric Mainline BBC Radio Foyle
Folk Awards RTÉ Radio 1
The Long Road RTÉ 2XM
Urban Hymns RTÉ 2FM
News Story/News Event  
BBC Radio Foyle – Lyra McKee BBC Radio Foyle
National Broadband Plan Newstalk
The Battle of the Boyne – Drogheda’s drugs war LMFM
Thank you Laura Clare FM
The Grand Hotel East Coast FM
When Mistakes Cost Lives Radio Kerry
News Programme – Full Service  
Bloody Sunday: The decisions live BBC Radio Ulster/Foyle
Evening Extra BBC Radio Ulster/Foyle
This Week: Brexit’s Meaningful Vote RTÉ Radio 1
News Programme – Local/Regional  
Downtown and Cool FM news teams Downtown and Cool FM
Extended News Bulletin Cork’s 96FM
Optics, Than Fibre Optics Shannonside
Rooskey under fire Shannonside
The Breakfast Show BBC Radio Foyle
Current Affairs Programme – Full Service  
Between the Lines Newstalk
Newstalk Breakfast Newstalk
Saturday with Cormac – the meaning and values of Irishness RTÉ Radio 1
The Hard Shoulder Newstalk
The Pat Kenny Show Newstalk
Current Affairs Programme – Local/Regional  
Deise Today – Waterford Acid Attack WLR FM
Dublin Talks 98FM
Midlands today with Will Faulkner Midlands 103
Morning Focus Clare FM
The Mark Patterson Show BBC Radio Foyle
Sports Story
Declan Rice – A Tragedy of Three Acts Newstalk
From Russia with Love Today FM
Meet the determined – Team Ireland at the Special Olympics World Games Today FM
Painkillers in Irish Sport Newstalk
“The Players Is The Men” (Derry 1993) RTÉ Radio 1
Sports Programme – Full Service  
Off the Ball – Live Newstalk
Off the Ball Newstalk
Sunday Sport – Stories and Action for over 40 years RTÉ Radio 1
Team 33 Newstalk
The Last Word with Matt Cooper Today FM
Sports Programme – Local/Regional
Big Red Bench Cork’s Red FM
Carlow Rising KCLR
Now that’s what I call sport 98FM
The Score Cork’s 96FM
Weekend sports breakfast Dublin’s Q102
Documentary on one: in Shame, Love, in Shame RTÉ Radio 1
Lyric feature – In The Wind RTÉ Lyric FM
So much more than baby blues Beat 102-103
Sticking Out BBC Radio Ulster
The Rescue Clare FM
Music Documentary  
Documentary on One: Ireland’s First Superstar RTÉ Radio 1
Documentary on One: Johnny Cash’s Lost Tour of Ireland RTÉ Radio 1
Documentary on One in association with RTÉ Arts and Culture: The summer of Astral weeks RTÉ Radio 1
The Story of the Christmas chart topper 98FM
The Road Well Travelled RTÉ Radio 1
Short Feature  
Cluas Chiarraí Radio Kerry
Every Road Has a Cross to Bear LMFM
Finding your Tingle  – The Francie Boylan Show Ocean FM
Live from the past Radio Kerry
The Birth of Laylah South East Radio
Magazine Programme  
Countrywide RTÉ Radio 1
Moncrieff Newstalk
Plan B with Sarina Bellissimo Spin 1038
The John Toal Show BBC Radio Ulster
Valentines Day Special LMFM
Jetty Stars WLR FM
RTÉ Drama on One: James’s Story by Dave Zane Mairowitz RTÉ Radio 1
RTÉ Drama on One: Northern Lights by Stephen Jones RTÉ Radio 1
The Vampire of Killaspleen Shannonside
Searching for Daddly Dee Newstalk
Specialist Speech Programme  
Children at the Microphone RTÉ Radio 1
Futureproof “Chances” Newstalk
Getting Better, not Bitter Ocean FM
Six Dads RTÉ Radio 1
The Blame Game BBC Radio Ulster
Craoltoireacht le Gaeilge  
An Saol Ó Deas RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta
Donall Mac Ruairi Go Domhain San Fharraige RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta
Fear Bean nó Idir Eatharthu RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta
Iris Anair RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta
Litreacha BBC Gaeilge
Tracy Clifford RTÉ 2FM
Interactive Speech Programme  
Liveline: After 82 years, Eileen Macken Finds Her Mother RTÉ Radio 1
Lunchtime Live Newstalk
Phoneshow FM104
The Neil Prendeville Show – A Mansion on the Hill Cork’s Red FM
Community/Social Action  
Dublin Life FM104
Giving for living radiothon Cork’s 96FM
The East Coast FM Wicklow Wide Coffee Morning East Coast FM
The Galway Bay FM Sleepout for Simon Galway Bay FM
Wish Week Classic Hits
On-Air Competitions/Promotions  
Beat the Bomb Spin 1038
Best of Dublin 98FM
Gotta Get It Wrong Spin 1038
Greedy Guts 98FM
The Can – A – Da Challenge Cork’s Red FM
Station Imaging  
Spin 1038
Today FM
Entertainment Inserts  
Gift Grub on the Ian Dempsey Show Today FM
Fully Charged with Graham and Nathan Spin 1038
KC and Ross in the Morning Cork’s 96FM
Rise and Smile Galway Bay FM
Strawberry Alarm Clock FM104
Digital & Social Innovation  
Are you Watching on the Radio Ocean FM
Cluas Chiarraí Radio Kerry
Choose your own Breakfast Show 98FM
Gift Grub 2.0 Today FM
The iRadio thief iRadio
Music & Entertainment Presenter of the Year  
Dara Quilty 98FM
Dermot Whelan Today FM
Luke O’Faolain 98FM
Muireann O’Connell Today FM
Ray Foley Cork’s Red FM
Radio DJ of the Year  
David Hammond Beat 102-103
Izzy Bartak-Healey Cork’s Red FM
Killian Pettit Cork’s Red FM
Sharon Lynskey iRadio
Steve K Spin 1038
Specialist Music Broadcaster of the Year  
Ann Marie Kelly Midlands 103
God Knows Jonas Spin South West
Kieran McGuinness Radio Nova
Ralf McLean BBC Radio Ulster
Tom Dunne Newstalk
News Broadcaster of the Year  
Andrew Lowth Spin 1038
Elaine McGee BBC Radio Foyle
Gavin McLoughlin Newstalk
Karen Patterson BBC Radio Ulster
Susan Keogh Newstalk
News Reporter of the Year  
Aideen Finnegan Newstalk
Brian O’Connell RTÉ Radio 1
Declan Harvey BBC Radio Ulster
Frank Greaney Newstalk
Henry McKean Newstalk
Sports Broadcaster of the Year – Full Service  
Damien O’Meara RTÉ Radio 1
Darren Frehill RTÉ Radio 1
Joe Molloy Newstalk
Máire Treasa Ní Cheallaigh Newstalk
Nathan Murphy Newstalk
Sports Broadcaster of the Year – Local/Regional  
Daniel Pitcher Dublin’s Q102
Debbie Ridgard Beat 102-103
Eric White BBC Radio Foyle
Sean McCaffrey Shannonside
Tom Moynihan Radio Kerry
Speech Broadcaster of the Year – Full Service  
Ciara Kelly Newstalk
Ivan Yates Newstalk
Sean Moncrieff Newstalk
Sean O’Rourke RTÉ Radio 1
Stephen Nolan BBC Radio Ulster
Speech Broadcaster of the Year – Local/Regional  
Jerry O’Sullivan Radio Kerry
Mark Patterson BBC Radio Foyle
Neil Prendeville Cork’s Red FM
Niall Delaney Ocean FM
Sarina Bellissimo Spin 1038
Newcomer of the Year Award
Brian McEvoy iRadio
Declan Wilson Q Radio
Jillian Godsil East Coast FM
Kayte O’Malley Spin South West
Sinead Brassil LMFM
Radio Moment of the Year
Bosco v Dustin iRadio
Gerry Ryan Show 2FM 40 Special RTÉ 2FM
Maria Bailey Interview RTÉ Radio 1
The Neil Prendeville Show – ‘A Bubble of Brilliant-ness’ Cork’s Red FM
The priest who anointed Lyra McKee speaks hours after the murder BBC Radio Foyle

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