Several Clare students were honoured at a recent function honouring the best of college radio in Limerick.
Wired FM, Limerick’s only fully licensed college radio station held its annual awards bash at Costelloe’s Tavern where four Clare students picked up various awards on the night.
Regular contributor to Clare FM, Siofra Mulqueen was a winner in the ‘Best General Music Show’ for the Drivetime Show, that she presents alongside Deborah Forde. Ennis’ Ben Sweeney, an avid Formula1 blogger was acknowledged for his work on ‘Morning Mayhem’ as it was selected as ‘Best Overall Production’. He was selected as the ‘unsung hero’ of the station in a special award chosen by the studio executives.
Clare duo, Páraic McMahon of Newmarket-on-Fergus and Kilmaley’s Joe Murphy collected the award for ‘Best Specialist Talk-Show’ following on from their work on ‘Final Whistle’ a weekly sports show that they present and produce. Their discussion of the contentious issues in the sporting world and weekly interviews was well received with listeners of the show.
All four are second year Media/Communication Studies students at Mary Immaculate College, Limerick and were also nominated in the respective Best Male & Female Presenter categories. Over 3,500 votes were cast after the nominations were announced with station manager, Ray Burke saying this comes down to an increased growth for the station.
“This year saw an unprecedented amount of people voting in our annual awards. It’s testimony to the work people put in promoting their shows, and too the increasing visibility and popularity of the station on the strength of things like our 20th anniversary. It’s a great boast to the station as we come to the end of broadcasting for another college year”.
Wired FM broadcasts during the academic year from October to April, four days a week for twelve hours. It broadcast to the world online at wiredfm.ie and to those in Limerick on 99.9FM.