The full list of IMRO Radio Award winners

The IMRO Radio Awards took place last night at the Lyrath Estate Hotel in Kilkenny.

The full list of IMRO Radio Award winners

The IMRO Radio Awards took place last night at the Lyrath Estate Hotel in Kilkenny.

A total of 652 entries were whittled down to a shortlist of 185 by head judge Peter McPartlin who drafted in 105 other judges to listen to hundreds of hours of radio programming.

Michael O’Keefe, Chief Executive of BAI congratulated the nominees and category winners and wished them all success on the night and in the future.

Newstalk took home gold in the Full Service Station category, while 98FM won Music Station of the Year and WLR FM topped the Local Station of the Year category.

Four Hall of Fame inductees included Ronan Collins, Sean Moncrieff, Paul Byrne and Seamus McKee.

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.”

The full list of winners is below:

  • General Music Programme: The Big Ride Home with Dara Quilty (98FM)
  • Specialist Music Programme: The Paul McLoone Show (Today FM)
  • Breakfast Programme: Fully Charged with Graham and Nathan (Spin 1038)
  • Music Special/ Music Event: Astral Week’s at 50 (BBC Radio Ulster)
  • Irish Music Programme or Initiative: The Long Road (RTE 2XM)
  • News Story/ News Event: BBC Radio Foyle- Lyra McKee (BBC Radio Foyle)
  • News Programme- Full Service: Bloody Sunday: The Decision Live (BBC Radio Ulster/ Foyle)
  • News Programme - Local/Regional: The Breakfast Show (BBC Radio Foyle)
  • Current Affairs Programme- Full Service: The Hard Shoulder (Newstalk)
  • Current Affairs Programme- Local/ Regional: Dublin Talks (98FM)
  • Sports Story: From Russia with Love- FIFA World Cup (Today FM)
  • Sports Programme - Full Service: Off the Ball Live (Newstalk)
  • Sports Programme- Local/ Regional: The Score (Cork's 96FM)
  • Documentary: Documentary on One: In Shame, Love, In Shame (RTE Radio 1)
  • Music Documentary: Documentary on One: Ireland's First Superstar (RTE Radio 1)
  • Short Feature: Cluas Chiarraí (Radio Kerry)
  • Magazine Programme: The John Toal Show (BBC Radio Ulster)
  • Drama: Searching for Daddly Dee (Newstalk)
  • Specialist Speech Programme: The Blame Game (BBC Radio Ulster)
  • Craoltoireacht le Gaeilge: Fear Bean nó Idir Eatarthu (RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta)
  • Interactive Speech Programme: Lunchtime Live (Newstalk)
  • Community/Social Action: Dublin Life (FM104)
  • On-Air Competitions/Promotions: The Can-A-Da Challenge (RedFM)
  • Station Imaging: FM104
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