IMRO Radio Awards winners revealed for 2019! – MASONRY

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It has been another outstanding year in radio broadcasting on the island of Ireland and the stations taking home the crown at this year’s IMRO Radio Awards include Newstalk with their Gold win in the esteemed Full Service Station of the Year category, 98 FM winning the title of Music Station of the Year and WLR FM coming out on top as Local Station of the Year. A major highlight of the industry year, the Awards, which are sponsored by IMRO and BAI, took place on the evening of Friday 4th October at the Lyrath Estate Hotel Kilkenny

This year some 652 entries were received. Following a revamp of the judging, head judge Peter McPartlin drafted in over 105 judges from both within and outside the industry to listen to hundreds of hours of radio programming. In early September these entries were whittled down to a shortlist of just 185.

On the night the Outstanding Achievement accolade was awarded to Beat 102-103 Chief Executive Officer, Gabrielle Cummins for her work on the Choose Radio initiative. Choose Radio comprises of all the radio sales houses – independent & RTÉ along with IBI and the Industry’s independent training network, Learning Waves. The various groups are working together to raise the profile of radio advertising.

The four 2019 Hall of Fame inductees – Ronan Collins, Sean Moncrieff, Paul Byrne and Seamus McKee were in attendance at the event and accepted their plaques. The Hall of Fame ceremony took place at the end of September at the offices of the Broadcast Authority of Ireland where the hall is housed.

Speaking about the significance of the event, Chair of the IMRO Radio Awards committee, Tom McGuire said: “The opportunity to recognise and honour excellence in radio broadcasting across the island is what the IMRO Awards gives the industry.  The reach of radio in Ireland is up there with the highest internationally and that’s a tribute to all programme makers and a loyal audience. Long may the wireless continue to have the ear of the nation.”

Eleanor McEvoy, IMRO Chairperson said “Each nominee for the IMRO radio awards, knows that they have been put forward by their fellow professionals in radio. I think that this is why the awards are so appreciated and sought after. It’s why the IMRO radio awards have become the most important event in the Irish broadcasting calendar.”

Michael O’Keefe, Chief Executive of BAI said “Tonight’s IMRO Radio Awards event is the highlight of the year for radio practitioners in Ireland. On behalf  of the BAI, I would like to congratulate all the nominees and category winners and wish them every success both tonight and in the future”.

View the full list of winners in each of the 40 categories below:

Category Station
General Music Programme  
GOLD: The Big Ride Home with Dara Quilty 98FM
SILVER: Dermot and Dave Today FM
BRONZE: The Saturday Soundtrack with Peter Devlin Radio Nova
Specialist Music Programme   
GOLD: The Paul McLoone Show Today FM
SILVER: Céilí House RTÉ Radio 1
BRONZE: The Tom Dunne Show Newstalk
Breakfast Programme
GOLD: Fully Charged with Graham and Nathan Spin 1038
SILVER: The Ian Dempsey Breakfast Show Today FM
BRONZE: Beat Breakfast Beat 102-103
Music Special/Music Event  
GOLD: Astral Week’s at 50 BBC Radio Ulster
SILVER: Proms in the Park BBC Radio Ulster
BRONZE: Marty in the Morning: Beatles White Album at 50 RTÉ Radio 1
Irish Music Programme or Initiative  
GOLD: The Long Road RTÉ 2XM
SILVER: Composer Lab on Blue of the Night RTÉ Lyric FM
BRONZE: Folk Awards RTÉ Radio 1
News Story/News Event  
GOLD: BBC Radio Foyle – Lyra McKee BBC Radio Foyle
SILVER: When Mistakes Cost Lives Radio Kerry
BRONZE: The Grand Hotel East Coast FM
News Programme – Full Service  
GOLD: Bloody Sunday: The Decision Live BBC Radio Ulster/Foyle
SILVER: Evening Extra BBC Radio Ulster/Foyle
BRONZE: This Week: Brexit’s Meaningful Vote RTÉ Radio 1
News Programme – Local/Regional  
GOLD: The Breakfast Show BBC Radio Foyle
SILVER: Downtown Radio and Cool FM News Teams Downtown Radio and Cool FM
BRONZE: Extended News Bulletin Cork’s 96FM
Current Affairs Programme – Full Service  
GOLD: The Hard Shoulder Newstalk
SILVER: Saturday with Cormac – The Meaning and Value of Irishness RTÉ Radio1
BRONZE: The Pat Kenny Show Newstalk
Current Affairs Programme – Local/Regional  
GOLD: Dublin Talks 98FM
SILVER: The Mark Patterson Show BBC Radio Foyle
BRONZE: Midlands Today with Will Faulkner Midlands 103
Sports Story
GOLD: From Russia With Love – FIFA World Cup Today FM
SILVER: Declan Rice – Tragedy of Three Acts Newstalk
BRONZE: Painkillers in Irish Sport Newstalk
Sports Programme – Full Service  
GOLD: Off the Ball Live Newstalk
SILVER: Off the Ball Newstalk
BRONZE: Team 33 Newstalk
Sports Programme – Local/Regional
GOLD: The Score Cork’s 96FM
SILVER: Carlow Rising KCLR
BRONZE: Now That’s What I Call Sport 98FM
GOLD: Documentary on One: In Shame, Love, In Shame RTÉ Radio 1
SILVER: The Rescue Clare FM
BRONZE: So Much More than Baby Blues Beat 102-103
Music Documentary  
GOLD: Documentary on One: Ireland’s First Superstar RTÉ Radio 1
SILVER: Documentary on One in association with RTÉ Arts and Culture: The Summer of Astral Weeks RTÉ Radio 1
BRONZE: Documentary on One: Johnny Cash’s Lost Tour of Ireland RTÉ Radio 1
Short Feature  
GOLD: Cluas Chiarraí Radio Kerry
SILVER: Every Road has a Cross to Bear LMFM
BRONZE: Finding Your Tingle – The Francie Boylan Show Ocean FM
Magazine Programme  
GOLD: The John Toal Show BBC Radio Ulster
SILVER: Plan B with Sarina Bellissimo Spin 1038
BRONZE: Moncrieff Newstalk
GOLD: Searching for Daddly Dee Newstalk
SILVER: RTÉ Drama on One: Northern Lights by Stephen Jones RTÉ Radio 1
BRONZE: RTÉ Drama on One: James’s Story by David Zane Mairowitz RTÉ Radio 1
Specialist Speech Programme  
GOLD: The Blame Game BBC Radio Ulster
SILVER: Six Dad’s RTÉ Radio 1
BRONZE: Future Proof ‘Chances’ Newstalk
Craoltoireacht le Gaeilge  
GOLD: Fear Bean nó Idir Eatarthu RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta
SILVER: Go Domhain San Fharraige RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta
BRONZE: Tracy Clifford 2FM
Interactive Speech Programme  
GOLD: Lunchtime Live Newstalk
SILVER: The Neil Prendeville Show – A Mansion on a Hill Red FM
BRONZE: Phoneshow FM104
Community/Social Action  
GOLD: Dublin Life FM104
SILVER: Wish Week Classic Hits
BRONZE: Giving for Living Radiothon  Cork’s 96FM
On-Air Competitions/Promotions  
GOLD: The Can-A-Da Challenge RedFM
SILVER: Beat the Bomb Spin 1038
BRONZE: Gotta Get it Wrong Spin 1038
Station Imaging  
GOLD: FM104 FM104
BRONZE: Newstalk Newstalk
Entertainment Inserts  
GOLD: Strawberry Alarm Clock FM104
SILVER: Gift Grub on the Ian Dempsey Breakfast Show Today FM
BRONZE: Rise and Smile Galway Bay FM
Digital & Social Innovation  
GOLD: Gift Grub 2.0 Today FM
SILVER: Are you Watching on the Radio? Ocean FM
BRONZE: Cluas Chiarraí Radio Kerry
Music & Entertainment Presenter of the Year  
GOLD: Dara Quilty 98FM
SILVER: Dermot Whelan Today FM
BRONZE: Ray Foley Red FM
Radio DJ of the Year  
GOLD: Izzy-Bartak Healey Red FM
SILVER: David Hammond Beat 102-103
BRONZE: Sharon Lynskey iRadio
Specialist Music Broadcaster of the Year  
GOLD: Tom Dunne Newstalk
SILVER: Ralph McLean BBC Radio Ulster
BRONZE: Kieran McGuinness Radio Nova
News Broadcaster of the Year  
GOLD: Karen Patterson BBC Radio Ulster
SILVER: Andrew Lowth Spin 1038
BRONZE: Elaine McGee BBC Radio Foyle
News Reporter of the Year  
GOLD: Declan Harvey BBC Radio Ulster
SILVER: Frank Greaney Newstalk
BRONZE: Henry McKean Newstalk
Sports Broadcaster of the Year – Full Service  
GOLD: Nathan Murphy Newstalk
SILVER: Máire Treasa Ní Cheallaigh Newstalk
BRONZE: Darren Frehill RTÉ Radio 1
Sports Broadcaster of the Year – Local/Regional  
GOLD: Eric White BBC Radio Foyle
SILVER: Tim Moynihan Radio Kerry
BRONZE: Debbie Ridgard Beat 102-103
Speech Broadcaster of the Year – Full Service  
GOLD: Ivan Yates Newstalk
SILVER: Sean O’Rourke RTÉ Radio 1
BRONZE: Sean Moncrieff Newstalk
Speech Broadcaster of the Year – Local/Regional  
GOLD: Mark Patterson BBC Radio Foyle
SILVER: Neil Prendeville Red FM
BRONZE: Niall Delaney  Ocean FM
Newcomer of the Year Award
GOLD: Sinead Brassil LMFM
SILVER: Declan Wilson Q Radio
BRONZE: Kayte O’Malley Spin South West
Radio Moment of the Year
GOLD: Gerry Ryan Show 2FM 40 Special RTÉ 2FM
SILVER: Neil Prendeville Show – A Bubble of Brilliant-ness Red FM
BRONZE: Maria Bailey Interview RTÉ Radio 1
Local Station of the Year
SILVER: Clare FM Clare FM
BRONZE: Ocean FM Ocean FM
Music Station of the Year
SILVER: Spin 1038 Spin 1038
BRONZE: Cork’s Red FM Cork’s Red FM
Full Service Station of the Year
GOLD: Newstalk Newstalk
SILVER: RTÉ Radio 1 RTÉ Radio 1
BRONZE: BBC Radio Ulster BBC Radio Ulster









About the Radio Awards Committee

Chaired by Tom McGuire, the Radio Awards Committee comprises of 12 members representing all sectors of licensed commercial and public radio on the island of Ireland – RTÉ, BBC NI, and the independent commercial radio sectors in both the Republic and Northern Ireland. 

About IMRO

IMRO administers the performing right in copyright music on behalf of its members (songwriters, composers, and music publishers) and on behalf of members of the international overseas societies that are affiliated to it.  IMRO ́s core function is to collect and distribute royalties arising from the public performance of copyright works. With a global scope, we represent creators along the chain of creation. At IMRO, we are committed to creators. We stand up for music and the people who make it and perform it. A community for creators, we listen, advocate, educate, invest, and engage to shape a culture of musical worth. We help music creators to adapt to change and receive full and fair return for their work. See

About BAI

The Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI) was established in October 2009 as the single content regulator of broadcasting in Ireland. 


The functions of the BAI include; the licensing of radio and television services on a variety of transmission platforms; the licensing of digital multiplex operators; the development of codes and rules in relation to programming and advertising standards; the monitoring of services to ensure that broadcasters comply with their statutory obligations and contract terms; and, the consideration of complaints. The BAI is also responsible for the operation of Broadcasting Funding Schemes which are financed by the television licence fee. 

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