Just weeks after celebrating 20 years on air a a licensed station, Waterford’s WLR FM have been awarded the title ‘PPI Local Station of the Year’. The station also finished as runners-up in the ‘Sports Story’ category for their coverage of the run-up to the 2008 All Ireland Hurling final, while the station’s imaging picked up a bronze award.
The PPI Radio Award 2009 winners were announced at a gala ceremony in The Lyrath Hotel in Kilkenny on Friday evening.
Dick Doyle, Chief Executive of PPI, congratulated WLR FM for their outstanding contribution in informing, educating and entertaining listeners throughout Waterford.
WLR FM’s Managing Director Des Whelan said that it was an award for everyone involved in the radio station. He continued: “I am delighted that WLR FM was chosen as number one from stations from all 32 counties and particularly as this award is judged by our peers in the radio sector.”
Other winners on the night included Newstalk 106, who scooped ‘Full Service Station of the Year’, and Ryan Tubridy, who was named ‘Speech Broadcaster of the Year’. RTE Radio 1’s Sean O’Rourke was awarded ‘News Broadcaster of the Year’ and Gay Byrne won the ‘Outstanding Achievement PPI Radio’ award.
The PPI Awards salute the best writers, broadcasters, producers, reporters, presenters and technicians in radio. Now in its ninth year PPI Radio Awards is considered the Oscars of the radio industry calendar celebrates the art and skill of radio production and programming.