Bauer wins 13 Gold awards in the all-Ireland radio awards

Bauer’s radio stations in Ireland have won a total of 41 awards including 13 Gold across Newstalk, Today FM, 98FM and SPIN.

The IMRO awards included Music Station of the Year for SPIN 1038, Current Affairs Programme for The Pat Kenny Show on Newstalk and Entertainment Inserts for Gift Grub on Today FM’s Ian Dempsey Breakfast Show.

Dublin’s 98FM also took home Gold for General Music Programme The Fix.

Other big winners for the group at the virtual event on Friday evening include Today FM’s Dermot Whelan who scooped Gold for Music & Entertainment presenter for the second year running, Newstalk’s Ciara Kelly who won Speech Broadcaster of the Year and SPIN 1038’s Breakfast Show Fully Charged, who were awarded the top prize for On Air Promotion.

In the Full-Service Station of the Year category, Newstalk and Today FM were awarded bronze and silver respectively.

The IMRO Radio Awards celebrate the best in Irish radio broadcasting and recognise those who have made contributions over the year. The event, which celebrates its 21st birthday this year, was live-streamed from Dublin’s RDS hosted by Today FM’s Dermot Whelan in the company of the awards committee.

IMRO 2021 saw over 700 entries judged via Zoom by a panel of radio and industry experts.

Speaking about the Group’s awards, Simon Myciunka, CEO, Bauer Media Audio Ireland said: “This is an outstanding achievement and further recognition of the amazing work that comes from our people and within our brands. There is no better way to usher in an exciting new chapter as Bauer Media Audio Ireland and build upon previous successes.

“Whilst our industry has continued to face challenges this year, I’m thrilled that we get to celebrate the remarkable creativity, passion and drive that exists within the sector. I couldn’t be prouder of all of our award winners, nominees and all those who support our programming teams to entertain, inform and excite our audiences on a daily basis.”

Elsewhere, full-service Station of the Year went to BBC Radio Ulster, which also won Golds for Irish Music Programme or Initiative, News Story / News Event, Specialist Speech Programme, and Specialist Music Broadcaster of the Year for Ralph McLean.

And BBC Radio Foyle won Sports Broadcaster of the Year – Local / Regional for Eric White.