Founder of Cork’s Red FM Henry Condon will be posthumously inducted into the PPI Radio Awards Hall of Fame on Friday, September 18th. The PPI Radio Awards Hall of Fame is one of the highest accolades awarded by the radio industry in Ireland with nominees chosen by their peers for broadcasting skills and their dedication to the radio broadcasting sector.
Henry Condon was born in Cork and was first heard on the airwaves in the early 1980s on South Coast Radio as DJ Alan Reid. Having mastered his craft on various pirate radio stations he moved to Atlantic 252, where he won a Sony Radio Award for his work with the station. It was here that he got his first taste of radio management becoming the stations Programme Director. Having worked in radio stations throughout the UK for many years Henry returned to his native Cork in 2002 and launched youth radio station Cork’s Red FM.
Lisa Ní Choisdealbha, Executive Director of the IBI said “Henry Condon loved radio. Without a doubt his proudest achievement was launching Cork’s Red FM in his native county. He gave many of Ireland’s well known radio broadcasters their first start in radio and shared with them his enthusiasm and love for the medium. His induction into the PPI Radio Awards Hall of Fame is well deserved”.
Cork’s Red FM’s Dermot Hanrahan said “It’s a little over 12 years since Henry and I worked on the idea of a new radio station for Cork called Red FM. Henry went on to found and manage the new service. He was a proud Corkonian and particularly proud of his new radio station and one sad aspect of his untimely death was that he didn’t live to see his station go on to become the Number 1 radio station in his home county but I have no doubt that he has been smiling proudly at recent developments”
Henry passed away on September 16th 2013 and members of his family will be accepting the PPI Radio awards Hall of Fame Award posthumously.