The Tramore woman who began her career with the BBC has recently take over the position with the award-winning station.
Julie will be responsible for day to day management of the station’s news and sports output, implementing the station’s strategy, and identifying and training new talent. She will also be in charge of evolving the news and sport offering to maximise listenership growth in news and current affairs programming.
Announcing the news this week the Managing Director of WLR FM, Des Whelan, said the company was delighted to announce the appointment.
“The Board and senior management at WLR are very pleased to appoint someone of the calibre of Julie Smyth as WLR News and Sports Editor. Julie is a very accomplished journalist and broadcaster with over two decades of experience across print, broadcast and Digital media. As a former award winning senior producer and reporter with BBC Northern Ireland, we are delighted that Julie is joining WLR full time to lead a very talented and enthusiastic news and sports team and we wish her every success”.
Also paying tribute to the incoming Editor, Michael Byrne, Programme Director, said; Julie brings a vast amount of experience to the role.
“Julie has served in a variety of roles in WLR in recent years and has proven to be a leader in ability and in actions. Julie is one of our own in Waterford and we are confident she will guide the news department through the challenges ahead. We are delighted to have Julie on board.”
Reacting to her appointment Julie said she was delighted and honoured to take on the role and said she looked forward to working with staff in meeting the challenges of the future.
“I grew up listening to WLR and did my very first work experience in radio here, so I know how important the station is to the people of Waterford. Now more than ever, people need information they can trust and that is relevant to them. There is no doubt this is a challenging time for local radio and for journalism, but I’m excited to meet those challenges head on. There’s a great team in place, and I’m privileged to join them and to play my part in ensuring that WLR continues to represent the voices of the people in Waterford long into the future.”
Aoife Kearns has also joined the WLR team as a Multi-platform journalist. Aoife makes the move from regional music station BEAT FM and brings a fresh view on news in a digital age.
The two new recruits join a very experienced full-time team of Journalists in Damien Tiernan, Jennifer Long, Sinead Aherne, Eoghan Dalton and Nigel Kelly.
Hear Julie and the team at the top of every hour on WLR.