Radio has a special place in the Irish media landscape and the annula celebration of the best of the best programmes takes place in Kilkenny on Friday night, October 4th.

The shortlist of the potential award winners has been announced today with up to five nominees in each of a massive 37 categories.

The Awards are sponsored by IMRO and the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland.

“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,” said Chair of the Awards Committee, Tom McGuire.

“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,” added IMRO Chairperson Eleanor McEvoy.

“Irish audiences’ appetite for quality radio output continues to grow, fuelling outstanding creativity, story-telling and audience engagement from broadcasters throughout the country.”

This is abundantly evident from the quality of submissions received this year. We wish all of the shortlisted entrants the very best of luck.”

“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,” said BAI Chair Michael O’Keeffe.

“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.”

So if you have a moment to sit back and savour, here is a selection of those nominated for the Awards.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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