DCU Graduates among shortlist for IMRO Radio Awards 2020
The shortlist for the IMRO Radio Awards 2020 was announced on the 7th of September, 2020. The Awards, which celebrate the very best of Irish radio broadcasting from the year, saw graduates of DCU among the nominees.
Jaz Keane graduated with a BA in Communication Studies in 2017. He began as a Radio DJ with SPIN1038 over two years ago. In October 2018, Jaz was announced as one half of The Zoo Crew on SPIN1038 and SPIN South West. The show has been shortlisted for ‘General Music Programme’.
Cormac Ó hEadhra graduated with a BSc in Finance, Computing and Enterprise in 2002 and won an Alumni Award from DCU in 2019. In 2003, he began his career with RTÉ as a journalist. Cormac has presented many current affairs shows across the broadcaster, including ‘Drivetime’ and ‘The Late Debate’ on RTÉ Radio 1. As a bilingual presenter, he has also broadcasted on RTÉ Radió na Gaeltachta and TG4. His show, “Saturday with Cormac Ó hEadhra” on RTÉ Radio 1 is shortlisted for ‘Current Affairs Programme - Full Service’.
Gavin McLoughlin graduated with a Masters in Journalism in 2014. He began his career working in Independent News & Media, before starting at Newstalk in 2017, where he currently works as the Deputy Business Editor and Broadcaster. He is shortlisted for ‘News Broadcaster of the Year’.
Kacey O’Riordan graduated with a BA in Communication Studies in 2013. Having gained a wealth of media knowledge in DCU through the DCU Media Production Society and The College View in particular, she began working in radio stations such as Near 90FM, KFM and LMFM. Kacey now works as a Multimedia Reporter for Communicorp Media. She is shortlisted for ‘News Reporter of the Year’.
Austin O’Callaghan graduated with a BA in Communication Studies in 1994. He has previously worked as a Journalist with EuroNews and EuroSport, and as Senior Broadcast Sports Journalist with BBC Northern Ireland.
Austin currently works as the Sports Editor for Ocean FM, covering the areas of Sligo, Leitrim and Donegal. Austin is shortlisted for ‘Sports Broadcaster of the Year - Local/Regional’.
Kieran Cuddihy graduated with a Masters in Journalism in 2011.
Kieran was recently announced as the new presenter of ‘The Hard Shoulder’ on Newstalk, taking over from Ivan Yates. He previously presented the breakfast show for over two years, but has worked as a journalist with Newstalk since 2011. Kieran is shortlisted for ‘Speech Broadcaster of the Year - Full Service’.
Niall Delaney graduated with a BA in Communication and Media Studies in 1986. He has over 30 years of experience in the radio industry, having worked at Shannonside FM, and Northwest Radio before joining Ocean FM as CEO in 2004, and additional Station Manager in 2005.
Niall currently works in both of these positions at the local radio station, which covers the areas of Sligo, Leitrim and Donegal. He is shortlisted for ‘Speech Broadcaster of the Year - Local/Regional’.
Cian McCormack graduated with a Masters in Journalism in 1999. He is an award-winning reporter with RTE News across radio, video and mobile platforms. Cian has travelled extensively abroad and at home covering stories for RTÉ. His foreign work includes: three US elections in 2008, 2012 and 2016; Haiti in the aftermath of the 2010 earthquake; Liberia in West Africa, the Irish President's historic visit to Queen Elizabeth in London in 2014; and the London 2012 Paralympic Games. Cian is shortlisted for "News Reporter of the Year".
The winners will be announced as part of the virtual awards event on Friday, 2nd October, 2020. We wish the nominees the very best of luck!