Newstalk is leading the way in the industry with a record 29 award nominations at the annual IMRO Radio Awards.
The IMRO Radio Awards celebrate the best in Irish radio broadcasting and recognise those who have made contributions over the year.
The judging panel is made up of 105 industry veterans and new independent judges, who listened to 652 entries, over 37 different categories.
Patricia Monahan, Managing Editor at Newstalk said: “We are delighted with the recognition that Newstalk has received from our peers.”
This year Newstalk received nominations across a number of categories which highlights the diverse content Newstalk produces for our listeners daily.”
“On behalf of everyone at Newstalk, I would like to wish all those nominated the best of luck.”
— IvanYatesNT (@IvanYatesNT) September 3, 2019
Newstalk has been recognised right across its seven-day schedule.
Newstalk Breakfast, The Pat Kenny Show and the Hard Shoulder were all nominated in the best Current Affairs category – along with Between the Lines which airs every Saturday between 8pm and 9pm.
Meanwhile, Moncrieff, Lunchtime Live, The Tom Dunne Show, Off The Ball and Team 33 all got the nod in their respective categories.
Futureproof is nominated in the Specialist Speech Programme category for the 'Chances' episode.
652 entries received
185 shortlisted across 37 categories
105 judges including industry veterans and new independents
The #IMRO19 shortlist is finally here!
The awards, sponsored by @IMROireland and @BAItweets, will take place on Friday 4th October at the Lyrath Estate Hotel.
— IMRO Radio Awards (@IMRORadioAwards) September 3, 2019
Dr Ciara Kelly, Ivan Yates and Sean Moncrieff have all been nominated in the Speech Broadcaster of the Year category.
Meanwhile, Susan Keogh has been nominated for the News Broadcaster of the Year award along with Newstalk’s Deputy Business Editor Gavin McLoughlin.
Off The Ball presenters Joe Molloy, Máire Treasa Ní Cheallaigh and Nathan Murphy were all nominated in the Sports Broadcaster of the Year category.
Meanwhile, reporters Aideen Finnegan, Henry McKean and Frank Greaney are all up for the News Reporter of the Year award.
— Aideen Finnegan (@AideenFinnegan) September 3, 2019
IMRO Chair Eleanor McEvoy said: “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.
“The Irish audience's 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.”
And the nominees are... I’m honoured to be in the mix for @IMRORadioAwards News Reporter of the Year. We’d make a formidable 5-a-side news team. Delighted to see my amazing colleagues @AideenFinnegan and @HenryMcKean shortlisted too. Great day for the @NewstalkFM parish! #IMRO19 pic.twitter.com/J2jvqDUOF8
— Frank Greaney (@FrankGreaney) September 3, 2019
The winners will be revealed at the awards ceremony at the Lyrath Estate hotel in Kilkenny on Friday October 4th.
Meanwhile four new broadcasters will be entered into the IMRO Hall of Fame on Tuesday September 24th.