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Wired FM score double win at National Community Radio Awards 2020

National Community Radio Awards – God Knows, Denise Chaila and DJ Replay at Wired FM Presents: PX Music live from the Record Room. Picture: Rocky O’Shea

Wired FM score double win at National Community Radio Awards 2020

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Gavin DaVinci performs live from the Record Room. Picture: Rocky O’Shea

Wired FM have scored a double win at the National Community Radio Awards 2020. The station was awarded a GOLD award for Wired FM Presents: PX Music live from the Record Room in the Community and Volunteer Participation Category. The 3 1/2-hour broadcast featured a host of local talent, the full roster of PX Music acts, and some surprsie special guests on the night. The very best of Irish Hip Hop. It took place in front of a sweaty and ecstatic crowd when such things were still possible.  

The Craol Community Radio Awards – is the largest award of its kind in Ireland dedicated to recognising and celebrating community radio. Open to all community stations across Ireland, the awards are judged by key media leaders and recognises the best in national community radio. They had this to say about Wired FM’s unique live broadcast.  

“Lightening in a bottle, capturing of a moment in recent Irish music history, and one that is tied to the station. The audio *is* a little distorted in places, but you can overlook that due to the sheer energy conveyed. All the more evocative of the noise and crush of live music venues, now that we don’t have them anymore. The live broadcast, presenting and interviews are a complex proposition for young broadcasters.”  

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Citrus Fresh, God Knows, Denise Chaila, Murli and Hazey Haze. Up top DJ Replay. Picture: Rocky O’Shea

The programme was a massive team effort and was produced by 12 students and made possible by staff of Creative Technologies LIT/LSAD and the ever enthused and encouraging Rocky O’Shea and all the amazing staff at the Commercial/Record Room on Catherine Street (who we hope to see real soon!) and sound engineer extraordinaire Liam Marley. 

Wired FM was also awarded a GOLD award in the Commissioned Programme Category for their World College Radio Day programme. The judges had this to say about the specially commissioned one-hour radio programme.   

“This was very smartly produced and presented. The passion and commitment of the presenters was very obvious. There was a real sense of ‘giving’ about this project. Giving exposure to local artists; giving airing to important topics. Finally, the link-ups with stations around the world was very exciting. Well done.”  

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Students Jack McCann and Vanessa Flood broadcasting live for World College Radio Day

The programme was part of this year’s World College Radio Day 24 hour Global Marathon. WCRD celebrates the contribution of young people as creators of innovative content and unites college radio stations from all around the world to bring awareness to the work and value they bring to broadcasting. 

Broadcasting on 99.9FM in Limerick City, Wired FM transmits 60 hours of programming every Monday to Friday of the academic year. The station celebrates 25 years this year, with a series of events planned for the spring college semester. The station has an open-door policy for all students in Limerick. If you study in Limerick and want to get involved, contact us today.  


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Richard is a presenter, producer, songwriter and actor. He was named the Limerick Person of the Year (2011) and won an online award at the Metro Éireann Media and Multicultural Awards (2011) for promoting multi-culturalism online. Richard says that the concept is very much a community driven project that aims to document life in Limerick. So, that in 20 years time people can look back and remember the events that were making the headlines.