IMRO Radio Awards Shortlist Announced | Record Year for Entries #IMRO17

90 Judges have spent the past week deliberating over the record number of 677 entries for the IMRO Radio Awards 2017. Having listened to almost 295 hours of the best of radio from both sides of the border, the 2017 IMRO Radio Awards have been the most hotly contested in their 17 years of existence. National, local and DAB broadcasters, producers and station staff have worked tirelessly to present the best of their work as an entry to this year’s awards. Over 185 nominees are today announced as the #IMRO17 shortlist.

The 2017 IMRO Radio Awards (formerly known as the PPI Radio Awards) will take place on Friday October 6th at the Lyrath Estate Hotel at a gala dinner where the secret golden envelopes will be opened to reveal the winners. Top names in Irish radio both on and off air make the trip to Kilkenny for the biggest night of the year in the radio industry in Ireland. Prior to the night, the Hall of Fame inductees will be announced on Friday 22nd September at a special event to be held at the BAI offices in Dublin.

Speaking about the judging process and quality of the entries, Awards Committee Chairperson Sean Murtagh said “The record number of entries is an indicator of the continuing level of support the radio industry has for the Awards. The judges, who are all drawn from the Irish radio industry, all commented on the quality of entries this year which made for a difficult decision process.”

Category Station


General Music Programme

The Big Ride Home with Dara Quilty 98FM

Gerry Kelly BBC Radio Ulster

Tracy Clifford Show RTÉ 2FM

Dermot & Dave Today FM

Off The Charts with Fergal D’Arcy Today FM


Specialist Music Programme

Soundscapes: The Potter BBC Radio Foyle

Jazz World with Linley Hamilton BBC Radio Ulster

The Roadhouse Café Midlands 103

Living in the 80s with Will Leahy RTÉ Gold

Vox Nostra with Vlad Smishkewych RTÉ Lyric FM

The Paul McLoone Show Today FM

Songs in the Key of Life Today FM


Breakfast Programme

98FM’s Big Breakfast 98FM

PJ and Jim in the Morning Classic Hits 4FM

FM104’s The Strawberry Alarm Clock with Jim-Jim and Nobby FM104

Breakfast with Ray and Jay Red FM

The Ian Dempsey Breakfast Show Today FM


Music Special

Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann Clare FM

European Early Music Day RTÉ Lyric FM

Ray D’Arcy Show – Imelda May Special RTÉ Radio 1

ALT – Laurie Shaw Special Spin South West

Paul McLoone “It was 50 years ago today, Sgt Pepper taught the band to play” Today FM


New Irish Music / Musical Talent Programme

98FM’s Totally Irish 98FM

Meantime RTÉ Lyric FM

ALT – Guerilla Sessions Spin South West

Lost in Music with Louise Duffy Today FM

The Drive Home Live Sessions WLR


News Story

The Death of Martin McGuinness BBC Radio Foyle

The Stephen Nolan Show – The RHI Scandal BBC Radio Ulster

A Divisive Legacy – The Death of Martin McGuinness BBC Radio Ulster

Tragedy in Kilkee Clare FM

Anthony Foley – Passing and Funeral Coverage Limerick’s Live 95FM


News Bulletin

98FM News 98FM

Newstalk 106-108FM Newstalk 106-108fm

Q Radio News Bulletin Q Radio

2FM Bilingual News RTÉ 2FM

Today FM News Today FM


News Programme

A City in Mourning: The Funerals of Martin McGuinness and Ryan McBride BBC Radio Foyle

Terror at Manchester Arena BBC Radio Ulster

Brexit: The Vote that Shook the World RTÉ Radio 1

News at One: Tusla apologise to Whistle Blower RTÉ Radio 1

The National Lunchtime News Today FM


Current Affairs Programme

Anthony “Axel” Foley – The Man Limerick’s Live 95FM

Newstalk Drive – President Trump Newstalk 106-108fm

Resurrecting the Inner City Newstalk 106-108fm

Brexit Special – Live from Oriel Centre Gaol, Dundalk RTÉ Radio 1

Heartbeat South East Radio

Matt Cooper – Live from New York Today FM


Sports Story

A Warrior on the Field BBC Radio Foyle

Women in Sport Beat 102-103

Axel – The Day that Shook the Sporting World Limerick’s Live 95FM

We All Dream – Ireland at the Euros 2016 Newstalk 106-108fm

Man in the Van RTÉ Radio 1


Sports Programme

Stories in Sound: Split the Sap BBC Radio Ulster

Off the Ball Weekday Newstalk 106-108fm

Off the Ball Live Newstalk 106-108fm

Saturday Sport RTÉ Radio 1

Dermot & Dave Do The Euros Today FM



Bullets and Ballots in the Banner County Clare FM

Bones of Contention RTÉ Lyric FM

No Time To lose RTÉ Radio 1

We Decide Who Lives or Dies RTÉ Radio 1

Anatomy of an Irish Serial Killer RTÉ Radio 1


Music Documentary

The Green Fields of France BBC Radio Ulster

1977 Cathal Funge

Aon Richie Eile KCLR

Sin E: Jeff Buckey’s Irish Odyssey RTÉ Radio 1

Someone to watch over me: The Music Manager RTÉ Radio 1


Short Feature

Love Letters From The Front BBC Radio Ulster

The Pat Kenny Show: A History of Scandal in the Catholic Church Newstalk 106-108fm

The Pat Kenny Show: The Walk of Fame – Gene Wilder Newstalk 106-108fm

Belfast Is… Q Radio

Keepsakes Radio Kerry

The History Show: A Lemonade Bottle Red Hare Media


Magazine Programme

The John Toal Show BBC Radio Ulster

Late Lunch LMFM

Moncrieff: Movies and Booze Newstalk 106-108fm

Maureen Flanagan’s Life With The Kray Twins RTÉ Radio 1

The Ray D’Arcy Show RTÉ Radio 1



Home Newstalk 106-108fm

I Seek Refuge RTÉ Radio 1

Drama on One: Harder Faster More by Tracy Martin RTÉ Radio 1

Drama on One: Flight Risk RTÉ Radio 1

Terms and Conditions WLR


Specialist Speech Programme

Irish Scientists East Coast FM

Living with Locked-In Syndrome Newstalk 106-108fm

Wellfest Newstalk 106-108fm

The Golden Man: The Mystery of Peter Bergmann Ocean FM

Joseph O’Connor’s Into The Mystic RTÉ Radio 1


Craoltoireacht le Gaeilge

Blas BBC Radio Ulster

Operation Gaeilge Mid West Radio

Cormac ag a Cuig RTÉ Raidio na Gaeltachta

Pop Raidio Spin South West

Ceolas Today FM Today FM


Interactive Speech Programme

The Stephen Nolan Show: RHI Scandal BBC Radio Ulster

The Niall Boylan Show Classic Hits 4FM

The Neil Prendeville Show: Breaking the Silence Red FM

Spin Talk: 13 Reasons Why – Is it doing more harm than good?  Spin 1038

The Frank Mitchell Phone-in: Manchester Attack U105


Comedy Programme

The Blame Game BBC Radio Ulster

Whats Snots 13 Years later Ocean FM

Chris & Ciara RTÉ 2FM

Callan’s Kicks RTÉ Radio 1

Colm O’Regan Wants A Word Sideline Productions for RTÉ Radio 1


Community/Social Action

On Your Behalf: Caring for the Carers BBC Radio Ulster

Hell on Earth Clare FM

Cork’s 96FM Giving for Living Radiothon Cork’s 96FM

Late Lunch: Wheels for John LMFM

The Midlands 103 Christmas Road Safety Campaign Midlands 103

Dare to Care Today FM


On-Air Competitions / Promotions

98FM’s Big Slide Home 98FM

The Coffin Lock-In Beat 102-103

iRadio’s Chicken Dance iRadio

The Chosen One on Cork’s Red FM Red FM

Off The Charts with Fergal D’Arcy Today FM


Station Imaging

98FM 98FM

FM104 FM104


Spin 1038 Spin 1038

Today FM Today FM


Entertainment Inserts

FM104’s Strawberry Alarm Clock FM104

iRadio’s “A Dose of the Skits” iRadio

Breakfast Republic RTÉ 2FM

Gift Grub Today FM

Dermot & Dave Today FM



98FM’s Big Slide Home 98FM

Jim Stands Up Classic Hits 4FM

The Niall Boylan Show: Stranger Things Classic Hits 4FM

Ed Sheeran at The Odeon FM104

Off The Ball Roadshow Newstalk 106-108fm

Liveline 1917 RTÉ Radio 1


Music Broadcaster

Dara Quilty 98FM

Jim-Jim Nugent FM104

Ian Dempsey Today FM

Fergal D’Arcy Today FM

Dermot Whelan Today FM


Radio DJ

Steve Haze Cork’s 96FM

Emma Nolan iRadio

Steve K Spin 1038

Peter Collins Spin 1038

Louise Duffy Today FM


Specialist Music Broadcaster

Stephen McCauley BBC Radio Foyle

John Toal BBC Radio Ulster

Rob O’Connor Beat 102-103

Darren Rice Beat 102-103

Ray Wingnut Spin South West


News Broadcaster

Brendan O’Loughlin 98FM

William Crawley BBC Radio Ulster

Sarah McInerney Newstalk 106-108fm

Colm O Mongain RTÉ Radio 1

Susan Keogh Today FM


News Reporter

Kevin Magee BBC Radio Ulster

Shona Murray Newstalk 106-108fm

Fergal Keane RTÉ Radio 1

Brian O’Connell RTÉ Radio 1

Gavan Reilly Today FM


Sports Broadcaster

Eric White BBC Radio Foyle

Ger Gilroy Newstalk 106-108fm

Joe Molloy Newstalk 106-108fm

Joanne Cantwell RTÉ Radio 1

Marty Morrissey RTÉ Radio 1


Speech Broadcaster

Mark Patterson BBC Radio Foyle

Stephen Nolan BBC Radio Ulster

Niall Delaney Ocean FM

Neil Prendeville Red FM

Damien O’Reilly RTÉ Radio 1

Alan Corcoran South East Radio



Una Kelly BBC Radio Foyle

Shane Todd BBC Radio Ulster

Dave Duke iRadio

Caroline Gauley Shannonside Northern Sound

Al Poter Today FM


Best Live Sound – Music

John Benson BBC Radio Ulster

Davy Neill BBC Radio Ulster

Mark Lavin Clare FM

Conor Behan RTÉ 2FM

Michael Lee RTÉ Lyric FM


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