After a week of Zoom judging, the IMRO Radio Awards today announce the shortlist for 2021. The Awards celebrate its 21st birthday in style with the biggest number of entries for over five years. Competition to take home one of these prized accolades in the world of radio is intense, stations across the island vie to be the best of the best each year. The Awards will be handed out virtually at an event to be held on Friday 1 st October 2021 with Dermot Whelan on hosting duties.
703 entries were received in 2021, the largest number in over five years. A team of judges spent last week on Zoom calls with head judge, respected industry consultant Peter McPartlin, coordinating the shortlist.
Winners from 2020 include Ciara Kelly (Newstalk), Dermot & Dave (Today FM), Valerie Wheeler (Spin South West), John Toal (BBC Radio Ulster) and Damien Tiernan (WLR).
Speaking about the shortlist and 21 st birthday year, Chair of the IMRO Radio Awards committee Chris Doyle said “I’m delighted that with the support of our title sponsor IMRO we have been able to host the awards again in 2021. The amazing number of entries shows how important the IMRO Radio Awards are to the industry. With uncertainty around physical events, the awards will be virtual again this year, but it promises to be an excellent show as always.”
Eleanor McEvoy, Chair of sponsors IMRO said “ “On behalf of IMRO, I would like to say how delighted we are to sponsor the most important annual event in the Irish broadcasting calendar, the IMRO Radio Awards. Over the last 18 months more than ever before, we have seen first-hand just how vital a role radio plays in our day to day lives; radio informed us, kept us connected to one another and entertained us, but is was also particularly important for those of us who work in the music industry, helping to break new acts and providing much needed royalties for songwriters, composers publishers and artists. We would like to congratulate those of you who made the shortlist and we would like to wish you all the very best on the night for the 2021 IMRO Radio Awards”.
Celene Craig, Deputy Chief Executive of the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland commented “The annual IMRO Awards continues to showcase the breadth of talent and creativity in Ireland’s radio sector. Radio continues to play a crucial role in keeping audiences informed and entertained, especially in these challenging times, and the prestigious IMRO Awards recognises the dedication of station personnel in the production of high quality and diverse radio content. The BAI is delighted to be continuing its sponsorship of the Awards this year and would like to congratulate all the nominees and wish them all well on the Awards night.”
2021 Shortlist >>> https://www.imroradioawards.ie/shortlist-2021/