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ppi-logo-150x150The PPI Radio Awards 2016 has today announced the shortlist for this year’s Awards. 90 judges, drawn from the industry in Ireland and Europe, judged 282 hours of submissions from the 700 entries across 37 categories. The ceremony will take place at the Lyrath Estate Hotel, Kilkenny on Friday October 7th. The Awards, sponsored by PPI and the BAI, are a much sought after accolade and the highlight event in the radio industry calendar.

The judging itself took over 34 hours to complete before arriving at the shortlist for the 2016 PPI Radio Awards. Judges commented that this year the entries reflected the immense talent and creativity within the radio industry in Ireland today. Those shortlisted vie to take home Gold, Silver and Bronze Awards.

Over the next four weeks, excitement will be mounting amongst the shortlisted nominees. The Awards event will be attended by over 700 stars from both in front and behind the mic of radio in Ireland, North and South.

In advance of the Awards night, this Friday, September 16th, will see the induction of four new members of the PPI Radio Awards Hall of Fame. The Hall of Fame event will take place at 11.30am at the BAI offices in Dublin. The four members will be kept a secret until the 16th and will join those already inducted such as Michéal Ó Muircheartaigh, Áine Lawlor, Mario Rosenstock, Jimmy Magee, Marian Finucane, Gay Byrne, Des Cahill, the late Gerry Ryan, and the late Tony Fenton.

Sean Murtagh, Chairman PPI Radio Awards Committee said “The 90 judges for this year’s PPI Radio Awards have all worked extremely hard, using their skill and experience to identify the best of the best in Irish radio. With the increasingly high standard of entries, this has not been an easy job and we thank them for their dedication to this most important task and we wish all shortlisted entrants the very best of luck!”

BAI Chief Executive, Michael O’Keefe said of this year’s shortlist “Congratulations to all the entries that have made the PPI Radio Awards Shortlist in 2016. The range of stations represented is a testimony to the enduring quality of Radio in Ireland and its connection with the audiences served.

The shortlist is available here