It’s that time of year again, where the who’s who of the radio world, infront and behind the mic get together to celebrate world of Irish radio.

Let’s just call it ‘The Radio Oscars’.

90 judges, drawn from the industry in Ireland and Europe, judged 282 hours of submissions from the 700 entries across 37 categories and today they announced the shortlist.

So without further ado, here are the nominees:

A: Music Programming Awards

1: General Music Programme

Dermot & Dave » Today FM

Fergal D'Arcy on Today FM » Today FM

The Big Ride Home with Dara Quilty » 98FM

The Zoo Crew with Graham & Nathan » SPIN 1038

The Zoo Crew » SPIN South West

2: Specialist Music Programme

FM104's Freaks on Friday » FM104

Peter Devlin's Saturday Soundtrack on Radio NOVA » Radio NOVA

Ralph McLean Country » BBC Radio Ulster

Soundscapes with Stephen McCauley » BBC Radio Ulster

The Paul McLoone Show » Today FM

3: Breakfast Programme

FM104's Strawberry Alarm Clock with JimJim & Nobby » FM104

Fully Charged with Cormac and Daniella » SPIN 1038

RTÉ 2fm Breakfast Republic » RTÉ 2FM

The KC Show » Corks Red FM 104-106

The Ian Dempsey Breakfast Show » Today FM

4: Music Special/ Music Event

BP Fallon – a sonic life adventure » RTÉ Radio 1

Christy Moore on Ewan MacColl » RTÉ Radio 1

David Bowie Tribute » Newstalk 106-108fm

Nas ‘Illmatic’ Special » RTÉ 2XM

The Choice Music Awards Live with Paul McLoone & Alison Curtis » Today FM

5: New Irish Music/ Musical Talent Programme

Across the Line » BBC Radio Ulster

In Session » RTÉÉ Radio 1

Man, What Are You Doing Here? » Ocean FM

The Paul McLoone Show Live Christmas Special » Today FM

We are the Migrants » SPIN South West

B: News and Sports Programming Awards

1: News Story

Here Comes The Rain Again » Clare FM

Paris Attacks » Newstalk 106-108fm

The Buncrana Pier Tragedy » BBC Radio Foyle

Thirty Year High » BBC Radio Ulster News & Current Affairs

When The Party's Over » Corks Red FM 104 -106

2: News Bulletin

98FM News » 98FM

Newstalk News » Newstalk 106-108fm

RedFM News Bulletins » Corks Red FM 104-106

Today FM News » Today FM


3: News Programme

Breakfast – Buncrana Pier Tragedy » BBC Radio Foyle

Buncrana Tragedy » Newstalk 106-108fm

The morning after Bataclan » RTÉ Radio 1

The National Lunchtime News » Today FM


4: Current Affairs Programme

Midlands 103 at the National Ploughing Championships » Midlands 103

Morning Focus » Clare FM

One Mother to Another » Radio Kerry

The Last Word -– ‘"Live from London’" » Today FM

The Late Debate – Government Formation » RTÉ Radio 1

5: Sports Story

Back from The Brink » WLR FM

Digging into Doping » Newstalk 106-108fm

Finding Me in Sport » Radio Kerry

Remembering The Dead Of Bloody Sunday" » RTÉ Radio 1

What's the Score? » Beat

6: Sports Programme

FM104's Dub Hub » FM104

Now That's What I Call Sport » 98FM

Off the Ball Live » Newstalk 106-108fm

Saturday Sport » RTÉ Radio 1

Team 33 » Newstalk 106-108fm

C: Speech Programming Awards

1: Documentary

A Boy From The North West » Susan Dennehy for Newstalk 106-108fm

An Open Verdict » RTÉ Radio 1

Caught in the Crossfire » LMFM Radio

Father HHood: The Holy Man and the Heist » Newstalk 106-108fm

The Kinder Letters » Newstalk 106-108fm

The Women who staged the Rising » BBC Radio Ulster

2: Music Documentary

After the Music – The Daughters' story » RTÉ Radio 1

Dick Farrelly : A Quiet Man » RTÉ lyric fm

Fáilte – The Untold Story of the Trip to Tipp » RTÉ Radio 1

In My Own Words » Clare FM

Left of the Dial » Cathal Funge for TXFM

3: Short Feature

20/20 Kerry » Radio Kerry

Just Once » Radio Kerry

The Buck Naked » Ocean FM

Walk of Fame – Dustin Hoffman » Newstalk 106-108fm

Who took Mom to the Prom? » RTÉ Radio 1

4: Magazine Programme

Countrywide » RTÉ Radio 1

One Day in Galway » Newstalk 106-108fm

Plane Sailing » Today FM


Time Of Our Lives » BBC Radio Ulster

5: Drama

12 Stones in the Water by Karl O'Neill – Drama on One » RTÉ Radio 1

Fred & Alice » Ocean FM

Goin' Straight » Newstalk 106-108fm

RTÉ 2FM Revolution Radio » RTÉ 2FM

The Playboy of the Western World- A Radio Musical – Drama on One » RTÉ Radio 1

6: Specialist Speech Programme

CAKE » RTÉjr Radio

Going with the Flow » South East Radio

Lighthouse Stories » RTÉ Radio 1

The Space Between Skeleton and Skin – Futureproof » Newstalk 106-108fm

Whose land is it anyway? » Radio Kerry

7: Craoltóireacht le Gaeilge

Aiséirí – an Phiarsaigh » BBC Gaeilge

Bláthnaid Libh! » RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta

Donall Mac Ruairi » RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta

Splanc ag Electric Picnic » Newstalk 106-108fm

Top40 » SPIN 1038

8: Interactive Speech Programme

98FM's Dublin Talks » 98FM

Accidental Porn Stars » Corks Red FM 104 – 106

Black Eye Friday » BBC Radio Ulster News and Current Affairs

Taking the scare out of Pallative Care » Highland Radio

When Sir James Galway met Nolan… » BBC Radio Ulster

9: Comedy Programme

Callan's Kicks » RTÉ Radio 1


D'Fleadh » Ocean FM

Colm O'Regan Wants a Word » Sideline Productions for RTÉ Radio 1

D: General Awards

1: Community/ Social Action

Giving for Living Radiothon » C103

Global Goals » Beat

Say NO to Bullying » Classic Hits 4FM

The Radio Nova Help Our Homeless Radiothon » Radio NOVA

Whole Lotta Live » Today FM

2: On-Air Competition/ Promotion

98FM's Code Red » 98FM

Conor McGregor Live In Vegas » SPIN 1038

My Best Friend's Wedding » Corks Red FM 104-106

Radio Nova's Stripped Back » Radio NOVA

The Drop » SPIN 1038

You Do The Maps » Today FM

3: Station Imaging


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SPIN 1038

4: Entertainment Inserts

Breakfast Republic » RTÉ 2FM


FM104's Strawberry Alarm Clock » FM104

Gift Grub » Today FM

Happy Days » RTÉjr Radio

Saturday Café Classics » WLR FM

5: Innovation

Just Once » Radio Kerry

Newstalk Lounge – Electric Picnic » Newstalk 106-108fm

PJ Goes GaGa » Classic Hits 4FM

The person behind the poster » Galway Bay fm

The Dawn Chorus » RTÉ Radio 1

E: People Awards

1: Music Presenter of the Year

Fergal D’Arcy » Today FM

Daniella Moyles » SPIN 1038

Dave Moore » Today FM

Mark Nobby Noble » FM104

Dara Quilty » 98FM

Dermot Whelan » Today FM

2: Radio DJ of The Year

Barry Dunne » 98FM

Steve Haze » C103

Steve K » SPIN 1038

Brian Maher » 98FM

Simon Murdoch » iRadio

3: Specialist Music Broadcaster of the Year

Kelly-Anne Byrne » Today FM

Tom Dunne » Newstalk 106-108fm

Linley Hamilton » BBC Radio Ulster

Darren Rice » Beat

John Toal » BBC Radio Ulster

Awards for ‘Local Station of the Year’, ‘Music Station of the Year’ and ‘Full Service Station of the Year’ will be announced on the night.

The ceremony will take place at the Lyrath Estate Hotel, Kilkenny on Friday October 7.

In advance of the Awards night, this Friday, September 16, will see the induction of four new members of the PPI Radio Awards Hall of Fame.

The Hall of Fame event will take place at 11.30am at the BAI offices in Dublin.

The four members will be kept a secret until this Friday and will join those already inducted such as Michéal Ó Muircheartaigh, Áine Lawlor, Mario Rosenstock, Jimmy Magee, Marian Finucane, Gay Byrne, Des Cahill, the late Gerry Ryan, and the late Tony Fenton.