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Tonight (October 3rd) at a ceremony in the Lyrath Hotel Kilkenny, the 2014 winners of the PPI Radio Awards were announced. The ceremony was presented by comedian Barry Murphy to a packed room with many of Ireland’s well known radio presenters, producers, programme staff and radio station heads.

Today FM took home the prize of Full Service Station of the Year. FM104 won Music Station of the year and Radio Kerry were named Local Station of the year. The Outstanding Achievement Award was, for the first time ever, presented to two people, Lisa Ni Choisdealbha (Independent Broadcasters of Ireland) and JP Coakley (RTÉ) for their work bringing Radiodays Europe to Ireland in 2014.

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Speaking at the Awards, Sean Murtagh Chair of the PPI Radio Awards committee said “Following six master classes in four cities, 635 entries, 81 judges listening to more than 16,000 minutes of audio in 25 judging sessions across four days, now it’s 620 of radio’s finest gathered in Lyrath to find out who is going to bring home Irish radio’s most sought-after accolade.”

2014 sees the more judges than ever before for the Awards, all of them drawn from the radio industry, north, south and across the water. They are required to judge each entry from the long list in its entirety, then they are whittled down to a shortlist.  The Gold winning entry along with the runner up Silver and Bronze are chosen from this shortlist.

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The 2014 Hall of Fame inductees, announced in early September, were presented with plaques to celebrate their induction on the night. They are:

Paul Claffey – Mid West Radio
Tony Fenton – Today FM
Áine Lawlor – RTÉ Radio 1
Walter Love – BBC Radio Ulster

There were 35 Awards presented on the night and the winners were:

Category A1 General Music Programme  – Dermot & Dave – 98fm Dermot Whelan and Dave Moore

Category A2 Specialist Music Programme – ALT-SKRATCH – The Community Games – Spin South West

Category A3 Breakfast Programme – Ian Dempsey Breakfast Show – Today FM   Ian Dempsey / Martin Maguire / Mario Rosenstock

Category A4 Music Special/Music Event – Take me to Church: Other Voices – RTÉ Radio 1 Cathal Murray

Category A5 New Irish Music/Musical Talent – Hear and Now presents The Producers – Cathal Funge for TXFM 105.2

Category B1 News Story – The Trauma of forced adoption – Brian O’Connell for Today with Sean O’Rourke – Brian O’Connell RTÉ Radio 1

Category B2 News Bulletin – 98fm News – 98fm

Category B3 News Programme – Death of Nelson Mandela- Morning Ireland – RTÉ Radio 1

Category B4 Current Affairs Programme – The Nolan Show – Stephen Nolan – BBC Radio Ulster

Category B5 Sports Story – The State of Irish Boxing – Is Paddy going PRO? – RTÉ Radio 1 Sunday Sport

Category B6 Sports Programme – Terrace Talk – Weeshie Fogarty – Radio Kerry

Category C1 Documentary – Call of the Dark – Michael Harding  – RTÉ Radio 1

Category C2 Music Documentary – Documentary on One – Michael Jackson’s Irish Driver – Ken Sweeney  for RTÉ  Radio 1

Category C3 Short Feature – Henry’s Baby – The Moncrieff Show – Newstalk 106-108fm  … Henry McKean / Sean Moncrieff

Category C4 Magazine Programme – The Late Lunch – LMFM – Gerry Kelly

Category C5 Drama – Lambo by Hugh Travers- Drama on One – Hugh Travers  RTÉ Radio 1

Category C6 Specialist Speech Programme – Futureproof – Northern Lights Special – Newstalk 106-108fm Jonathan McCrea and John Fahy

Category C7 Craoltóireacht le Gaeilge – Beezie Bean an Locha – Ursuline College with Ocean FM – Ocean FM

Category C8 Interactive Speech Programme – Liveline–The Brutal Murder our son Gavin – RTÉ Radio 1 Producer Siobhan Hough Presenter Joe Duffy

Category D1 Community/ Social Action – South East Radio’s “Dee Day” Heart Attack Awareness Campaign – Michael Sinnott – South East Radio

Category D2 On-Air Competition – iPaddy – iRadio

Category D3 Station Imaging – FM104

Category D4 Entertainment Inserts – Gift Grub – The Ian Dempsey Breakfast Show – Today FM – Ian Dempsey & Mario Rosenstock

Category D5 Innovation – Henry’s Baby – The Moncrieff Show – Sean Moncrieff / Henry McKean Newstalk 106-108fm

Category E1 Music Presenter of the Year – Dermot Whelan – 98FM

Category E2  Radio DJ – Steve K – Spin 103.8

Category E3 Specialist Music Broadcaster of the Year – Ralph McLean – BBC Radio Ulster

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Category E4 News Broadcaster of the Year – Seamus McKee – BBC Radio Ulster

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Category E5 News Reporter of the Year – Philip Boucher-Hayes – RTÉ Radio 1

Category E6 Sports Broadcaster of the Year – Joe Molloy – Newstalk 106-108fm

Category E7 Speech Broadcaster of the Year – Stephen Nolan  -BBC Radio Ulster

Category E8 Newcomer Award – Nicky Byrne – 2FM

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