By Sally Gorman
RTÉ, BBC and Newstalk were on a winning streak last night at the IMRO Radio Awards.
RTÉ led the way, winning eight awards including full service station of the year, music station of the year and outstanding achievement award.
The BBC followed closely behind winning in seven categories and Newtalk with six, whilst LMFM scooped the award for local station of the year.
The winners were announced last night at a gala ceremony in the Lyrath Estate Hotel in Kilkenny.
The awards ceremony, formerly known as the PPI Radio Awards, was attended by over 600 guests and hosted by Today FM DJ and funny man Dermot Whelan.
Ninety judges deliberated over a record number of entries and listened to almost 300 hours of radio before choosing their winners.
Eleanor McEvoy, Chair of IMRO applauded all the nominees.
She said: "The IMRO Radio Awards celebrate and applaud the many radio professionals who day-in-day-out shine a light on the important local, national and international topics and issues that affect us all and who create that all too important musical soundtrack of our lives.
"Each of the nominees in their own way has made an indelible mark on the broadcasting sector and they rightfully deserve to be honoured by their peers on this special evening."
General Music Programme
The Big Ride Home with Dara Quilty - 98FM
Specialist Music Programme
The Paul McLoone Show - Today FM
PJ and Jim in the Morning - Classic Hits 4FM
Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann - Clare FM
New Irish Music / Musical Talent Programme
ALT - Guerilla Sessions - SPIN South West
The Stephen Nolan Show - The RHI Scandal - BBC Radio Ulster
Q Radio News Bulletin - Q Radio
The National Lunchtime News - Today FM
Current Affairs Programme
Newstalk Drive - President Trump - Newstalk
A Warrior on the Field - BBC Radio Foyle
Off the Ball Weekday - Newstalk
Documentary on One: No Time To Lose - RTÉ Radio 1
1977 - Cathal Funge for Today FM
The Pat Kenny Show: A History of Scandal in the Catholic Church - Newstalk
The Ray D'Arcy Show - RTÉ Radio 1
I Seek Refuge - RTÉ Radio 1
Specialist Speech Programme
Living with Locked-In Syndrome - Newstalk
Craoltoireacht le Gaeilge
Cormac ag a Cúig - RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta
Interactive Speech Programme
The Neil Prendeville Show: Breaking the Silence - Red FM
Colm O'Regan Wants A Word - Sideline Productions for RTÉ Radio 1
Cork's 96FM Giving for Living Radiothon - Cork's 96FM
On-Air Competitions / Promotions
The Chosen One on Cork's Red FM - Red FM
Gift Grub - Today FM
Liveline 1917 - RTÉ Radio 1
Dara Quilty - 98FM
Steve K - SPIN 1038
Specialist Music Broadcaster
John Toal - BBC Radio Ulster
Sarah McInerney - Newstalk
Kevin Magee - BBC Radio Ulster
Ger Gilroy - Newstalk
Mark Patterson - BBC Radio Foyle
Una Kelly - BBC Radio Foyle
Best Live Sound - Music
John Benson - BBC Radio Ulster
Local Station of the Year
RTÉ Lyric FM - RTÉ Lyric FM
Full Service Station
RTÉ Radio 1