Radio Kerry was named as the 2016 PPI Local Radio Station of the Year at the annual PPI National Radio Awards Ceremony at the Lyrath Estate in Kilkenny on Friday night.
It is the fifth time that the station has received the accolade, which is awarded by a panel of its peers, in the past 11 years.
The PPI judges’ citation which accompanied the announcement of Local Station of the Year reads: “Radio Kerry: Compelling radio that pulls you to the place it’s coming from. Organic in its connection with the community. On the point in terms of what local radio should be.”
Glory to The Kingdom
In a year where the Kerry minor football teams brought a third All-Ireland Championship title back to Kerry this award for Radio Kerry brings further, All Ireland glory to The Kingdom.
The Station was also successful in three further categories: Winning silver in the Innovation Category for the Just Once series developed by the students of KerryETB/Radio Kerry Training under the stewardship of Shane O’Connor; the Just Once series also took bronze in the Short Feature category; the third award was for Weeshie Fogarty who won bronze in the Sports Broadcaster of the Year category.
A Record Unrivalled
Radio Kerry General Manager, Fiona Stack, said that she is extremely proud that the station has been awarded PPI Local Station of the Year for a fifth time, a record unrivalled by any other station.
She expressed her gratitude to the entire team at Radio Kerry for their dedication to producing excellent radio.
She paid tribute to the Radio Kerry listeners and to the advertisers and sponsors whose ongoing support allow the statiuon to be the voice of and for Kerry 365 days a year.
A Year in the Life
The PPI invites radio stations annually to submit entries that they feel show a true and thorough representation of the output of the station.
This year’s Radio Kerry entry contained content from music programmes, sports, news, and speech programmes amongst others and represented a year in the life of Radio Kerry.
This is the 16th year of the PPI National Radio Awards. Radio Kerry has received 94 PPI Radio Awards nominations and won 48 awards – 15 gold, 13 silver and 20 bronze – in that time.
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