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Record 35 shortlisted nominations for IMRO Radio Industry Awards for BCFE Radio Alumni

In 2019 there were 14 Nominations and 8 Overall winners at the IMRO Radio Industry Awards. This year BCFE Radio alumni more than doubled the average shortlist with a record 35 nominations!

Many ex radio students are up for 3, 4 and even 5 different awards. Many sections have 3 and in some cases 4 ex-radio students all in competition for the same award, but luckily the camaraderie, friendship and “Ballier Heads” spirit will win out on the night!

Categories with Radio alumni in them include:

Best General Music, Breakfast Show, Music Event/Show, Sports Story, Sports Prog, Documentary, Magazine Programme, Interactive, Community Social Action, Competition Promotion, On Air Imaging, Entertainment Inserts, Digital and Social, Music and Entertainment presenter of the year, Radio DJ of the Year, Speech Broadcaster of the Year and The Radio Moment of year.

Kept secret is the shortlist for Local Station of the Year, Music Station of the Year and National Station of the Year, so with a number of ex-Radio students now as PD’s and Running the stations we may well see that number increase.

IMRO Radio Awards takes place on Friday October 2nd and with Government restrictions in place, the Gala Dinner cannot be held this year; therefore the awards will be a live video stream to allow us all join in from home or in smaller groups. Dermot Whelan, along with other guests, will stream the event live to mark the very best in Irish radio broadcasting and recognise those who have made contributions over the past year. We in BCFE will update you here with those results.

We should point out that categories and shows naturally can include other presenters and teams.

Many of these students would also have done the foundation MND course and then the MRH Radio Higher National Diploma and then the BAMPM Honours Degree in Media Production Management.

We really hope we didn’t miss anyone, apologies if we did and please let us know.

We are all really thrilled to have played a part in the process and keen to remind you all what brings shivers to most (when reminded that the box with cassettes, reel-to-reels and mini discs is still out the back of the Radio classroom containing all your early work).

If you have any photos or memorabilia or recordings of those days, please also get in touch. If nothing else its been way too long for many of you, so do say hi just for the sake of it.

Congrats to All!

Apply to this course MRH Media Radio Course –  Radio – Content Creation – Podcasting – 2 Year HND

See also: Youtube.


Progression: upon completion of above students can apply to stay in BCFE to complete a final year DCU Honours Degree in Business – Media Production Management.


Breakdown of BCFE Radio Nominees

Mairéad Ronan

Lunchtime with Mairéad Ronan Today FM Mairéad Ronan Producer Presenter.


Mairéad Ronan & Charlie Halligan

The Ian Dempsey Breakfast Show Today FM Mairéad Ronan Producer Charlie Halligan Senior Researcher.

Gift Grub, The Ian Dempsey Breakfast Show Today FM Mairéad Ronan Producer Charlie Halligan Senior Researcher.


Maria Devereaux

Dermot and Dave Show Dermot and Dave on Today FM Producer.

Nonis Chawwwwklit Chase – Dermot and Dave on Today FM Producer.

Live Date Dermot and Dave on Today FM Producer.


Laura Bracken

Presenter The Zoo Crew Spin 1038


Mark Noble

FM104’s Strawberry Alarm Clock Show Presenter.

FM104’s Strawberry Alarm Clock Entertainment Inserts Presenter.

FM104s Mind Your Noggin Presenter.


KC Keith Cunningham

Cork’s 96FM KC and Ross in the Morning Show Presenter

Cork’s 96FM The Ten Past 8 Bit KC and Ross in the Morning Presenter

Music and Entertainment Presenter of the year.


David Duke

iRadio Éirevision Producer Presenter

iRadio iGoHome Producer Presenter


Tracy Clifford’s

RTÉ 2FM Tracy Clifford’s Studio 8 with Dermot Kennedy Presenter


Tracy Interviewed on the 738AM Podcast by ex student Andrew Mangan

BCFE Radio students referenced, RTE News Sharon Tobin, Newstalks Senior Producer Claire Darmody


Stephen Doyle

Newstalk Off the Ball Presenter

Newstalk Off the Ball Live Presenter

Newstalk OTB Roadshow Roy Keane and Gary Neville Presenter

Newstalk Ireland at the Rugby World Cup Presenter

98FMs Now Thats What I Call Sport with Jamie Moore 98FM Reporter Stephen Doyle


Sally Ann Barrett

Galway Bay FM In Search of Horrid Henry Producer


Damien O’Reily

Speech Broadcaster of the year

Countrywide Radio Show

RTE Radio 1 Presenter Countrywide, Liveline, Today with Sean O’Rourke, Drivetime, The Brendan O’Connor Show, Olympic Games in Beijing 2008, Rio 2016 & was due to fly to his third Olympic games in Tokyo


Jessical Maciel

SPIN 1038s Plan B  Producer


Jessical Maciel

Radio DJ of the Year

Today FM Saturday Hits Presenter


Barry Dunne

Radio DJ of the Year

98fm Presenter


Claire Darmody

Newstalk Senior Producer

Newstalk Lunchtime Live Senior Producer Clare Darmody

Newstalk Ciara Kelly Senior Producer Claire Darmody

Newstalk Ivan Yates Senior Producer Claire Darmody

Newstalk Kieran Cuddihy Senior Producer Claire Darmody


Claire Darmody – A Day in the Life of a Radio Producer | Communicorp Media


Neil Kavanagh

Newstalk Head of Production Imaging


Francie Boylan

Ocean FM The Francie Boylan Show Presenter


See a breakdown of the shortlist (followed by the full list of all Categories and sections): list-breakdown

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