A1 General Music Programme

This is a program category

Each programme may only enter one programme category and only once into that category. Stations may submit no more than 5 entries per category.

This category is for music programmes that form a regular part of a radio schedule and reflect the general music policy of the station. Music-based breakfast programmes cannot be entered here but should be entered in A3. Specialist music programmes should be entered in A2. Programmes entered here should have a minimum of 60% music content. However, entries do not have to contain 60% music.

Judges will be looking at the overall programme i.e. the music sequences, the speech content, the feature items etc. Whilst this is a music programme award the judges will take in to account the overall entertainment value of the programme.

This is an award for the programme; the categories in Group E are specifically for presenters and personalities.

Entry Requirements and Conditions of Entry

The programme from which your entry is extracted must have been broadcast within the validity period: 1st June 2015 to 31st May 2016.

Include an entry of up to a total of 20 minutes duration taken from a single broadcast in transmission sequence (not necessarily continuous). This broadcast should be a fair representation of the programme as generally broadcast.

“Best of” programmes which consist of a compilation of previously broadcast material are not eligible.

Telescoping in and out of music tracks, ad breaks and information segments is permitted. Permitted edit points should be marked by a 2 seconds dead air without any other indicators being added.

No other editing is permitted and all other programme material should be included in full.  For example you are NOT permitted to take the first three minutes of an interview, fade down and then include a further piece from that same interview. You may either include one excerpt from the interview or the entire interview, should it fall within the time allowed for that entry. Please go to the rules and read carefully all the rules relating to the Submission of Broadcast Material .  

Additional post-production audio material such as voice links, introductions or sign-offs are not permitted i.e. do not use voice links, stings, music beds or other post-produced elements. Judges are specifically instructed to disqualify should this occur

The entry must be supported by a 250 word paragraph. The online entry form is designed to only permit a maximum of 250 words.

You must now go to rules for rules regarding Submitting Broadcast Material and Submitting Written Material.

Who can Enter?

Entries can be made by licensed analogue and digital terrestrial commercial and public service radio stations operating on the island of Ireland. Entries must have originated from and been first broadcast on the island of Ireland.

Independent radio producers are eligible to enter but must present proof of transmission by the relevant qualifying station. In addition to the maximum of 5 entries which each station is permitted to submit in each category, independent producers may submit one entry per category on the payment of the €100 euro entry fee. Proof of broadcast from a qualifying station must be submitted with all independent entries.

Please note that all entries must be signed off by the Station Manager or Head.

How do I enter this category?

Once you have read all the entry requirements and conditions of entry for this category, and have finalised your audio entry, go to Enter Online and register (if you haven’t already done so). Then complete the entry form for this category and and upload your audio entry. Click on Save to Later. This allows you to edit, print draft copies, delete or update your entry right up to the closing date (4pm on Thursday 30th June 2016).

The audio entry should be contained in is one MP3 file of no more than 55MB in size.

Judging Criteria for this category

Judges will look at the following criteria

  • Production values: this relates to the technical side of the entry, the production process itself. Is the chosen piece well-produced? Is quality evident?
  • Entertainment value: does it entertain? Does it hold the audience? Does it achieve its purpose?
  • Creativity: Judges will be looking for innovation, originality and novelty.
  • Presentation: Does the presenter appear knowledgeable and well-rehearsed? Is it polished and professional?

Listen to last year’s winner here

A2 Specialist Music Programme

This is a program category

Each programme may only enter one programme category and only once into that category. Stations may submit no more than 5 entries per category.

This category is for programmes that are part of the regular schedule but have a specialist music remit i.e. one that is different from the general music policy of the station. For example a dance music programme on a broad-format station. Programmes entered here should have a minimum of 60% music content. However, entries do not have to contain 60% music.

Judges will be looking at the relevance of the music selection and the presenter’s input.

This is an award for the programme; the categories in Group E are specifically for presenters and personalities.

Once off programmes which focus on a specific musical topic or event should enter category A4 Music Special / Music Event.

Entry Requirements and Conditions of Entry

The programme from which your entry is extracted must have been broadcast within the validity period: 1st June 2015 to 31st May 2016

Include an entry of up to a total of 20 minutes duration taken from a single broadcast in transmission sequence (not necessarily continuous). This broadcast should be a fair representation of the programme as generally broadcast.

Best of” programmes which consist of a compilation of previously broadcast material are not eligible.

Telescoping in and out of music tracks, ad breaks and information segments is permitted. Permitted edit points should be marked by a 2 seconds dead air without any other indicators being added.

No other editing is permitted and all other programme material should be included in full.  For example you are NOT permitted to take the first three minutes of an interview, fade down and then include a further piece from that same interview. You may either include one excerpt from the interview or the entire interview, should it fall within the time allowed for that entry. Please go to the rules and read carefully all the rules relating to the Submission of Broadcast Material .  

Additional post-production audio material such as voice links, introductions or sign-offs are not permitted i.e. do not use voice links, stings, music beds or other post-produced elements. Judges are specifically instructed to disqualify should this occur

The entry must be supported by a 250 word paragraph. The online entry form is designed to only permit a maximum of 250 words.

You must now go to rules for rules regarding Submitting Broadcast Material and Submitting Written Material

Who can Enter?

Entries can be made by licensed analogue and digital terrestrial commercial and public service radio stations operating on the island of Ireland. Entries must have originated from and been first broadcast on the island of Ireland. Independent radio producers are eligible to enter but must present proof of transmission by the relevant qualifying station. Please note that if an independent producer submits a winning entry, the award will be presented to the broadcaster, with the producer credited.

Please note that all entries must be signed off by the Station Manager or Head.

Each entry is €100 with every third entry free of charge. Payment can only be made online.


How do I enter this category?

Once you have read all the entry requirements and conditions of entry for this category, and have finalised your audio entry, go to Enter on Line and register (if you haven’t already done so). Then complete the entry form for this category and and upload your audio entry. Click on Save to Later. This allows you to edit, print draft copies, delete or update your entry right up to the closing date (4pm on Thursday 30th June 2016).

The audio entry should be contained in is one MP3 file of no more than 55MB in size.

Judging Criteria for this category

Judges will look at the following criteria

  • Creativity: Judges will be looking for innovation, originality and novelty
  • Presentation: Does the presenter appear knowledgeable and well-rehearsed? Is it polished and professional?
  • Value: Does it hold the audience? Does it achieve its purpose?
  • Production: This relates to the technical side of the entry, the production process itself. Is the chosen piece well-produced? Is quality evident?

Listen to the previous winner

A3 Breakfast Programme

This is a program category

Each programme may only enter one programme category and only once into that category. Stations may submit no more than 5 entries per category.

This category is designed to recognise the contribution music-based and entertainment breakfast programmes make to radio schedules. Weekday or weekend breakfast programmes will be accepted. Current Affairs breakfast programmes should be entered in Group B.

The 60% music content requirement does not apply to programmes entering this category.

Judges in this category will be looking at the overall programme i.e. the music sequences, the speech content, the feature items, the humorous inserts etc.

This is an award for the programme; the categories in Group E are specifically for presenters and personalities.

Entry Requirements and Conditions of Entry

The programme from which your entry is extracted must have been broadcast within the validity period: 1st June 2015 to 31st May 2016.

Include an entry of up to a total of 20 minutes duration taken from a single broadcast in transmission sequence (not necessarily continuous). This broadcast should be a fair representation of the programme as generally broadcast.

“Best of” programmes which consist of a compilation of previously broadcast material are not eligible.

Telescoping in and out of music tracks, ad breaks and information segments is permitted. Permitted edit points should be marked by a 2 seconds dead air without any other indicators being added.

No other editing is permitted and all other programme material should be included in full.  For example you are NOT permitted to take the first three minutes of an interview, fade down and then include a further piece from that same interview. You may either include one excerpt from the interview or the entire interview, should it fall within the time allowed for that entry. Please go to the rules and read carefully all the rules relating to the Submission of Broadcast Material .  

Additional post-production audio material such as voice links, introductions or sign-offs are not permitted i.e. do not use voice links, stings, music beds or other post-produced elements. Judges are specifically instructed to disqualify should this occur

The entry must be supported by a 250 word paragraph. The online entry form is designed to only permit a maximum of 250 words.

You must now go to rules for rules regarding Submitting Broadcast Material and Submitting Written Material.

Who can Enter?

Entries can be made by licensed analogue and digital terrestrial commercial and public service radio stations operating on the island of Ireland. Entries must have originated from and been first broadcast on the island of Ireland.

Independent radio producers are eligible to enter but must present proof of transmission by the relevant qualifying station. In addition to the maximum of 5 entries which each station is permitted to submit in each category, independent producers may submit one entry per category on the payment of the €100 euro entry fee. Proof of broadcast from a qualifying station must be submitted with all independent entries.

Please note that all entries must be signed off by the Station Manager or Head.

How do I enter this category?

Once you have read all the entry requirements and conditions of entry for this category, and have finalised your audio entry, go to Enter Online and register (if you haven’t already done so). Then complete the entry form for this category and and upload your audio entry. Click on Save to Later. This allows you to edit, print draft copies, delete or update your entry right up to the closing date (4pm on Thursday 30th June 2016).

The audio entry should be contained in is one MP3 file of no more than 55MB in size.

Judging Criteria for this category

Judges will look at the following criteria

  • Creativity: Judges will be looking for innovation, originality and novelty
  • Presentation: Does the presenter appear knowledgeable and well-rehearsed? Is it polished and professional?
  • Entertainment Value: Does it hold the audience? Does it achieve its purpose? Does it have the “Right Here Right Now” factor for that day? Does it create a “must listen or I’ll miss out” edge?
  • Production: This relates to the technical side of the entry, the production process itself. Is the chosen piece well-produced? Is quality evident?

Listen to the previous winner

A4 Music Special / Music Event

This is a program category

Each programme may only enter one programme category and only once into that category. Stations may submit no more than 5 entries per category.

This award is for a special programme, feature or live performance that focuses specifically on a musical topic or event. This could be an artist profile, coverage of a musical event or concert or a feature on a particular musical genre and could be a once-off programme or part of a special series. Programmes entered here should have a minimum of 60% music content. However, entries do not have to contain 60% music.

Specialist music programmes that have a regular long-term slot in the station programme schedule should enter A2 Specialist Music Programme. Music documentaries should be entered in C2.

This is an award for the programme; the categories in Group E are specifically for presenters and personalities.

Entry Requirements and Conditions of Entry

The programme(s) from which your entry is extracted must have been broadcast within the validity period: 1st June 2015 to 31st May 2016.

Include an entry of up to a total of 20 minutes duration taken from a single broadcast in transmission sequence (not necessarily continuous) or a compilation of unedited extracts taken from a number of programmes, with a minimum of 4 extracts (lasting no longer than 20 minutes in total).

Where the entry consists of a compilation of extracts, these must be separated with a 2 seconds dead air, so that Judges will understand where each extract ends and the next one begins. You will be asked to complete the running order of extracts on the entry form.

Telescoping in and out of music tracks, ad breaks and information segments is permitted. Permitted edit points should be marked by a 2 seconds dead air without any other indicators being added.

No other editing is permitted and all other programme material should be included in full.  For example you are NOT permitted to take the first three minutes of an interview, fade down and then include a further piece from that same interview. You may either include one excerpt from the interview or the entire interview, should it fall within the time allowed for that entry. Please go to the rules and read carefully all the rules relating to the Submission of Broadcast Material .  

Additional post-production audio material such as voice links, introductions or sign-offs are not permitted i.e. do not use voice links, stings, music beds or other post-produced elements. Judges are specifically instructed to disqualify should this occur

The entry must be supported by a 250 word paragraph. The online entry form is designed to only permit a maximum of 250 words.

You must now go to rules for rules regarding Submitting Broadcast Material and Submitting Written Material.

Who can Enter?

Entries can be made by licensed analogue and digital terrestrial commercial and public service radio stations operating on the island of Ireland. Entries must have originated from and been first broadcast on the island of Ireland.

Independent radio producers are eligible to enter but must present proof of transmission by the relevant qualifying station. In addition to the maximum of 5 entries which each station is permitted to submit in each category, independent producers may submit one entry per category on the payment of the €100 euro entry fee. Proof of broadcast from a qualifying station must be submitted with all independent entries.

Please note that all entries must be signed off by the Station Manager or Head.

How do I enter this category?

Once you have read all the entry requirements and conditions of entry for this category, and have finalised your audio entry, go to Enter Online and register (if you haven’t already done so). Then complete the entry form for this category and and upload your audio entry. Click on Save to Later. This allows you to edit, print draft copies, delete or update your entry right up to the closing date (4pm on Thursday 30th June 2016).

The audio entry should be contained in is one MP3 file of no more than 55MB in size.

Judging Criteria for this category

Judges will look at the following criteria

  • Creativity: Judges will be looking for innovation, originality and novelty
  • Presentation: Does the presenter appear knowledgeable and well-rehearsed? Is it polished and professional?
  • Value: Does it hold the audience? Does it achieve its purpose?
  • Production: This relates to the technical side of the entry, the production process itself. Is the chosen piece well-produced? Is quality evident?

Listen to the previous winner

A5 New Irish Music / Musical Talent Programme

This is a program category

Each programme may only enter one programme category and only once into that category. Stations may submit no more than 5 entries per category.

Awarded to a music radio programme or series which primarily uses the medium effectively to promote new Irish music and / or new Irish musical talent. Programmes entered here should have a minimum of 60% music content. However, entries do not have to contain 60% music.

Entry Requirements and Conditions of Entry

The programme from which your entry is extracted must have been broadcast within the validity period: 1st June 2015 to 31st May 2016.

Include an entry of up to a total of 20 minutes duration taken from a single broadcast in transmission sequence (not necessarily continuous). This broadcast should be a fair representation of the programme as generally broadcast.

“Best of” programmes which consist of a compilation of previously broadcast material are not eligible.

Telescoping in and out of music tracks, ad breaks and information segments is permitted. Permitted edit points should be marked by a 2 seconds dead air without any other indicators being added.

No other editing is permitted and all other programme material should be included in full.  For example you are NOT permitted to take the first three minutes of an interview, fade down and then include a further piece from that same interview. You may either include one excerpt from the interview or the entire interview, should it fall within the time allowed for that entry. Please go to the rules and read carefully all the rules relating to the Submission of Broadcast Material .  

Additional post-production audio material such as voice links, introductions or sign-offs are not permitted i.e. do not use voice links, stings, music beds or other post-produced elements. Judges are specifically instructed to disqualify should this occur

The entry must be supported by a 250 word paragraph. The online entry form is designed to only permit a maximum of 250 words.

You must now go to rules for rules regarding Submitting Broadcast Material and Submitting Written Material.

Who can Enter?

Entries can be made by licensed analogue and digital terrestrial commercial and public service radio stations operating on the island of Ireland. Entries must have originated from and been first broadcast on the island of Ireland.

Independent radio producers are eligible to enter but must present proof of transmission by the relevant qualifying station. In addition to the maximum of 5 entries which each station is permitted to submit in each category, independent producers may submit one entry per category on the payment of the €100 euro entry fee. Proof of broadcast from a qualifying station must be submitted with all independent entries.

Please note that all entries must be signed off by the Station Manager or Head.

How do I enter this category?

Once you have read all the entry requirements and conditions of entry for this category, and have finalised your audio entry, go to Enter Online and register (if you haven’t already done so). Then complete the entry form for this category and and upload your audio entry. Click on Save to Later. This allows you to edit, print draft copies, delete or update your entry right up to the closing date (4pm on Thursday 30th June 2016).

The audio entry should be contained in is one MP3 file of no more than 55MB in size.

Judging Criteria for this category

Judges will look at the following criteria

  • Creativity: Judges will be looking for innovation, originality and novelty
  • Presentation: Does the presenter appear knowledgeable and well-rehearsed? Is it polished and professional?
  • Value: Does the entry demonstrate how the programme supports new Irish music / musical talent?
  • Production: This relates to the technical side of the entry, the production process itself. Is the chosen piece well-produced? Is quality evident?

Listen to the previous winner

B1 News Story

This category is designed to recognise the skillful way in which a specific news story has been handled by a station for its target audience.

Judges will be looking at the breaking, follow through and onward development of whichever story entrants select.

Entry Requirements and Conditions of Entry

The programmes from which your entry is extracted must have been broadcast within the validity period: 1st June 2015 to 31st May 2016.

Entries should consist of a compilation of news bulletins or other items in transmission sequence (not necessarily continuous). There should be a minimum of 4 extracts. The duration should not exceed 20 minutes.

No other editing is permitted and all other programme material should be included in full. For example you are NOT permitted to take the first three minutes of an interview, fade down and then include a further piece from that same interview. You may either include one excerpt from the interview or the entire interview, should it fall within the time allowed for that entry. Please go to the rules and read carefully all the rules relating to the Submission of Broadcast Material .

Extracts must be separated with a 2 seconds dead air, so that Judges will understand where each extract ends and the next one begins. You will be asked to complete the running order of extracts on the entry form.

Additional post-production audio material such as voice links, introductions or sign-offs are not permitted i.e. do not use voice links, stings, music beds or other post-produced elements. Judges are specifically instructed to disqualify should this occur

The entry must be supported by a 250 word paragraph. The online entry form is designed to only permit a maximum of 250 words.

You must now go to rules for rules regarding Submitting Broadcast Material and Submitting Written Material.

Who can Enter?

Entries can be made by licensed analogue and digital terrestrial commercial and public service radio stations operating on the island of Ireland. Entries must have originated from and been first broadcast on the island of Ireland.

Independent radio producers are eligible to enter but must present proof of transmission by the relevant qualifying station. In addition to the maximum of 5 entries which each station is permitted to submit in each category, independent producers may submit one entry per category on the payment of the €100 euro entry fee. Proof of broadcast from a qualifying station must be submitted with all independent entries.

Please note that all entries must be signed off by the Station Manager or Head.

How do I enter this category?

Once you have read all the entry requirements and conditions of entry for this category, and have finalised your audio entry, go to Enter Online and register (if you haven’t already done so). Then complete the entry form for this category and and upload your audio entry. Click on Save to Later. This allows you to edit, print draft copies, delete or update your entry right up to the closing date (4pm on Thursday 30th June 2016).

The audio entry should be contained in is one MP3 file of no more than 55MB in size.

Judging Criteria for this category

Judges will look at the following criteria:

  • Value: Judges will look carefully at the value of the story to the audience and the skillful way in which the story is handled
  • Presentation: Does the presenter appear knowledgeable and well-informed about the story? Is it polished and professional?
  • Production: This relates to the technical side of the entry, the production process itself. Is the chosen piece well-produced? Is quality evident?
  • Creativity: Has the story been approached from an innovative or original angle?

Listen to the previous winner

B2 News Bulletin

This is a program category

Each programme may only enter one programme category and only once into that category. Stations may submit no more than 5 entries per category.

This category is designed to recognise the contribution news bulletins (including sports, weather, business etc) contribute to regular programme schedules.

Judges will be looking at the approach adopted to story selection, scripting, use of actuality and delivery in the context of the target audience.

Extended news bulletins should be entered in category B3 News Programme.

Entry Requirements and Conditions of Entry

The bulletins must have been broadcast within the validity period: 1st June 2015 to 31st May 2016.

Entries should consist of a compilation of complete news bulletins. You must submit a running order which specifies transmission times and dates of each bulletin. The duration of the entry should not exceed 20 minutes.

Each bulletin must be separated with a 2 seconds dead air, so that Judges will understand where each one ends and the next one begins.

Additional post-production audio material such as voice links, introductions or sign-offs are not permitted i.e. do not use voice links, stings, music beds or other post-produced elements. Judges are specifically instructed to disqualify should this occur

The entry must be supported by a 250 word paragraph. The online entry form is designed to only permit a maximum of 250 words.

You must now go to rules for rules regarding Submitting Broadcast Material and Submitting Written Material.

Who can Enter?

Entries can be made by licensed analogue and digital terrestrial commercial and public service radio stations operating on the island of Ireland. Entries must have originated from and been first broadcast on the island of Ireland.

Independent radio producers are eligible to enter but must present proof of transmission by the relevant qualifying station. In addition to the maximum of 5 entries which each station is permitted to submit in each category, independent producers may submit one entry per category on the payment of the €100 euro entry fee. Proof of broadcast from a qualifying station must be submitted with all independent entries.

Please note that all entries must be signed off by the Station Manager or Head.

How do I enter this category?

Once you have read all the entry requirements and conditions of entry for this category, and have finalised your audio entry, go to Enter Online and register (if you haven’t already done so). Then complete the entry form for this category and and upload your audio entry. Click on Save to Later. This allows you to edit, print draft copies, delete or update your entry right up to the closing date (4pm on Thursday 30th June 2016).

The audio entry should be contained in is one MP3 file of no more than 55MB in size.

Judging Criteria for this category

Judges will look at the following criteria:

  • Value: Judges will look carefully at the value of the bulletins to the audience and the skillful way in which they are presented
  • Creativity: Have the items contained within the bulletins been approached from an innovative or original angle?
  • Presentation: Does the presenter appear knowledgeable and well-informed? Is it polished and professional?
  • Production: This relates to the technical side of the entry, the production process itself. Are the bulletins well-produced? Is quality evident?

Listen to the previous winner

B3 News Programme

This is a program category

Each programme may only enter one programme category and only once into that category. Stations may submit no more than 5 entries per category.

This category is designed to recognise the contribution news programmes make to radio schedules. Programmes which focus exclusively on delivering the news of the day should be entered here.

Programmes which have a broader news focus should be entered into category B4 Current Affairs.

Extended news bulletins can be entered in this category.

Entry Requirements and Conditions of Entry

The programme from which your entry is extracted must have been broadcast within the validity period: 1st June 2015 to 31st May 2016.

Include an entry of up to a total of 20 minutes duration taken from a single broadcast in transmission sequence (not necessarily continuous). This broadcast should be a fair representation of the programme as generally broadcast.

“Best of” programmes which consist of a compilation of previously broadcast material are not eligible.

Telescoping in and out of music tracks, ad breaks and information segments is permitted. Permitted edit points should be marked by a 2 seconds dead air without any other indicators being added.

No other editing is permitted and all other programme material should be included in full.  For example you are NOT permitted to take the first three minutes of an interview, fade down and then include a further piece from that same interview. You may either include one excerpt from the interview or the entire interview, should it fall within the time allowed for that entry. Please go to the rules and read carefully all the rules relating to the Submission of Broadcast Material .  

Additional post-production audio material such as voice links, introductions or sign-offs are not permitted i.e. do not use voice links, stings, music beds or other post-produced elements. Judges are specifically instructed to disqualify should this occur

The entry must be supported by a 250 word paragraph. The online entry form is designed to only permit a maximum of 250 words.

You must now go to rules for rules regarding Submitting Broadcast Material and Submitting Written Material.

Who can Enter?

Entries can be made by licensed analogue and digital terrestrial commercial and public service radio stations operating on the island of Ireland. Entries must have originated from and been first broadcast on the island of Ireland.

Independent radio producers are eligible to enter but must present proof of transmission by the relevant qualifying station. In addition to the maximum of 5 entries which each station is permitted to submit in each category, independent producers may submit one entry per category on the payment of the €100 euro entry fee. Proof of broadcast from a qualifying station must be submitted with all independent entries.

Please note that all entries must be signed off by the Station Manager or Head.

How do I enter this category?

Once you have read all the entry requirements and conditions of entry for this category, and have finalised your audio entry, go to Enter Online and register (if you haven’t already done so). Then complete the entry form for this category and and upload your audio entry. Click on Save to Later. This allows you to edit, print draft copies, delete or update your entry right up to the closing date (4pm on Thursday 30th June 2016).

The audio entry should be contained in is one MP3 file of no more than 55MB in size.

Judging Criteria for this category

Judges will look at the following criteria:

  • Value: Judges will look carefully at the value of the programme to the audience.
  • Creativity: Is originality or innovation evident in the programme?
  • Presentation: Does the presenter appear knowledgeable and well-informed? Is it polished and professional?
  • Production: This relates to the technical side of the entry, the production process itself. Is the chosen piece well-produced? Is quality evident?

Listen to the previous winner

B4 Current Affairs Programme

This is a program category

Each programme may only enter one programme category and only once into that category. Stations may submit no more than 5 entries per category.

This category is designed to recognise the contribution current affairs programmes make to radio schedules. Programmes which aim to keep audiences informed about current affairs in the service area, provide a platform for audience reaction and play a role in raising relevant issues for discussion/debate should be entered here.

Phone-in and talkback programmes which rely heavily on audience interactivity should not be entered in this category but may be entered in category C8 Interactive Speech Programme.

Entry Requirements and Conditions of Entry

The programme from which your entry is extracted must have been broadcast within the validity period: 1st June 2015 to 31st May 2016.

Include an entry of up to a total of 20 minutes duration taken from a single broadcast in transmission sequence (not necessarily continuous). This broadcast should be a fair representation of the programme as generally broadcast.

“Best of” programmes which consist of a compilation of previously broadcast material are not eligible.

Telescoping in and out of music tracks, ad breaks and information segments is permitted. Permitted edit points should be marked by a 2 seconds dead air without any other indicators being added.

No other editing is permitted and all other programme material should be included in full.  For example you are NOT permitted to take the first three minutes of an interview, fade down and then include a further piece from that same interview. You may either include one excerpt from the interview or the entire interview, should it fall within the time allowed for that entry. Please go to the rules and read carefully all the rules relating to the Submission of Broadcast Material .  

Additional post-production audio material such as voice links, introductions or sign-offs are not permitted i.e. do not use voice links, stings, music beds or other post-produced elements. Judges are specifically instructed to disqualify should this occur

The entry must be supported by a 250 word paragraph. The online entry form is designed to only permit a maximum of 250 words.

You must now go to rules for rules regarding Submitting Broadcast Material and Submitting Written Material.

Who can Enter?

Entries can be made by licensed analogue and digital terrestrial commercial and public service radio stations operating on the island of Ireland. Entries must have originated from and been first broadcast on the island of Ireland.

Independent radio producers are eligible to enter but must present proof of transmission by the relevant qualifying station. In addition to the maximum of 5 entries which each station is permitted to submit in each category, independent producers may submit one entry per category on the payment of the €100 euro entry fee. Proof of broadcast from a qualifying station must be submitted with all independent entries.

Please note that all entries must be signed off by the Station Manager or Head.

How do I enter this category?

Once you have read all the entry requirements and conditions of entry for this category, and have finalised your audio entry, go to Enter Online and register (if you haven’t already done so). Then complete the entry form for this category and and upload your audio entry. Click on Save to Later. This allows you to edit, print draft copies, delete or update your entry right up to the closing date (4pm on Thursday 30th June 2016).

The audio entry should be contained in is one MP3 file of no more than 55MB in size.

Judging Criteria for this category

Judges will look at the following criteria:

  • Value: Judges will look carefully at the value of the programme to the audience.
  • Presentation: Does the presenter appear knowledgeable and well-informed? Is it polished and professional?
  • Production: This relates to the technical side of the entry, the production process itself. Is the chosen piece well-produced? Is quality evident?
  • Creativity: Is originality or innovation evident in the programme?

Listen to the previous winner

B5 Sports Story

This category is designed to recognise the skillful way in which a specific sports story has been handled by a station for its target audience.

Judges will be looking at the introduction and development of whichever story is selected. This is not a personality award.

While sports commentators are recognized under E6 a commentary might form part of an entry in this category.

Entry Requirements and Conditions of Entry

The programme(s) from which your entry is extracted must have been broadcast within the validity period: 1st June 2015 to 31st May 2016.

Entries should consist of a compilation of relevant material in transmission sequence (not necessarily continuous). There should be a minimum of 4 extracts. The duration should not exceed 20 minutes.

Extracts must be separated with a 2 seconds dead air, so that Judges will understand where each extract ends and the next one begins. You will be asked to complete the running order of extracts on the entry form.

Additional post-production audio material such as voice links, introductions or sign-offs are not permitted i.e. do not use voice links, stings, music beds or other post-produced elements. Judges are specifically instructed to disqualify should this occur

The entry must be supported by a 250 word paragraph. The online entry form is designed to only permit a maximum of 250 words.

You must now go to rules for rules regarding Submitting Broadcast Material and Submitting Written Material.

Who can Enter?

Entries can be made by licensed analogue and digital terrestrial commercial and public service radio stations operating on the island of Ireland. Entries must have originated from and been first broadcast on the island of Ireland.

Independent radio producers are eligible to enter but must present proof of transmission by the relevant qualifying station. In addition to the maximum of 5 entries which each station is permitted to submit in each category, independent producers may submit one entry per category on the payment of the €100 euro entry fee. Proof of broadcast from a qualifying station must be submitted with all independent entries.

Please note that all entries must be signed off by the Station Manager or Head.

How do I enter this category?

Once you have read all the entry requirements and conditions of entry for this category, and have finalised your audio entry, go to Enter Online and register (if you haven’t already done so). Then complete the entry form for this category and and upload your audio entry. Click on Save to Later. This allows you to edit, print draft copies, delete or update your entry right up to the closing date (4pm on Thursday 30th June 2016).

The audio entry should be contained in is one MP3 file of no more than 55MB in size.

Judging Criteria for this category

Judges will look at the following criteria:

  • Value: Judges will look carefully at the value of the story to the audience and the skillful way in which the story is handled
  • Creativity: Has the story been approached from an innovative or original angle?
  • Presentation: Does the presenter appear knowledgeable and well-informed about the story? Is it polished and professional?
  • Production: This relates to the technical side of the entry, the production process itself. Is the chosen piece well-produced? Is quality evident?

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B6 Sports Programme

This is a program category

Each programme may only enter one programme category and only once into that category. Stations may submit no more than 5 entries per category.

This category is intended to celebrate any programme, be it a one-off, or part of a series or a documentary, the editorial content of which is specifically dedicated to coverage and/or discussion of sporting events and/or issues.

This is not a personality award. While sports commentators are recognized under E6 a commentary might form part of an entry in this category.

Entry Requirements and Conditions of Entry

The programme(s) from which your entry is extracted must have been broadcast within the validity period: 1st June 2015 to 31st May 2016.

Entries should consist of a single unedited broadcast in transmission sequence (not necessarily continuous) or a compilation of a minimum of 4 unedited extracts. The total duration of the entry should not exceed 20 minutes.

Where the entry consists of a compilation of extracts, these must be separated with a 2 seconds dead air, so that Judges will understand where each extract ends and the next one begins. You will be asked to complete the running order of extracts on the entry form.

Telescoping in and out of music tracks, ad breaks and information segments is permitted. Permitted edit points should be marked by a 2 seconds dead air without any other indicators being added.

No other editing is permitted and all other programme material should be included in full.  For example you are NOT permitted to take the first three minutes of an interview, fade down and then include a further piece from that same interview. You may either include one excerpt from the interview or the entire interview, should it fall within the time allowed for that entry. Please go to the rules and read carefully all the rules relating to the Submission of Broadcast Material .  

Additional post-production audio material such as voice links, introductions or sign-offs are not permitted i.e. do not use voice links, stings, music beds or other post-produced elements. Judges are specifically instructed to disqualify should this occur

The entry must be supported by a 250 word paragraph. The online entry form is designed to only permit a maximum of 250 words.

You must now go to rules for rules regarding Submitting Broadcast Material and Submitting Written Material.

Who can Enter?

Entries can be made by licensed analogue and digital terrestrial commercial and public service radio stations operating on the island of Ireland. Entries must have originated from and been first broadcast on the island of Ireland.

Independent radio producers are eligible to enter but must present proof of transmission by the relevant qualifying station. In addition to the maximum of 5 entries which each station is permitted to submit in each category, independent producers may submit one entry per category on the payment of the €100 euro entry fee. Proof of broadcast from a qualifying station must be submitted with all independent entries.

Please note that all entries must be signed off by the Station Manager or Head.

How do I enter this category?

Once you have read all the entry requirements and conditions of entry for this category, and have finalised your audio entry, go to Enter Online and register (if you haven’t already done so). Then complete the entry form for this category and and upload your audio entry. Click on Save to Later. This allows you to edit, print draft copies, delete or update your entry right up to the closing date (4pm on Thursday 30th June 2016).

The audio entry should be contained in is one MP3 file of no more than 55MB in size.

Judging Criteria for this category

Judges will look at the following criteria:

  • Value: Judges will look carefully at the value of the programme to the audience.
  • Presentation: Does the presenter appear knowledgeable and well-informed? Is it polished and professional?
  • Production: This relates to the technical side of the entry, the production process itself. Is the chosen piece well-produced? Is quality evident?
  • Creativity: Is originality or innovation evident in the programme?

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C1 Documentary

This is a program category

Each programme may only enter one programme category and only once into that category. Stations may submit no more than 5 entries per category.

For documentaries about subjects other than music. Music documentaries should be entered in C2 Music Documentary.

Entry Requirements and Conditions of Entry

The programme from which your entry is extracted must have been broadcast within the validity period: 1st June 2015 to 31st May 2016.

Entries should consist of a single programme that may be a one-off or one of a series, lasting from 20 minutes up to 60 minutes.

Telescoping in and out of music tracks, ad breaks and information segments is permitted. Permitted edit points should be marked by a 2 seconds dead air without any other indicators being added.

No other editing is permitted and all other programme material should be included in full.  For example you are NOT permitted to take the first three minutes of an interview, fade down and then include a further piece from that same interview. You may either include one excerpt from the interview or the entire interview, should it fall within the time allowed for that entry. Please go to the rules and read carefully all the rules relating to the Submission of Broadcast Material .  

Additional post-production audio material such as voice links, introductions or sign-offs are not permitted i.e. do not use voice links, stings, music beds or other post-produced elements. Judges are specifically instructed to disqualify should this occur.

The entry must be supported by a 250 word paragraph. The online entry form is designed to only permit a maximum of 250 words.

You must now go to rules for rules regarding Submitting Broadcast Material and Submitting Written Material.

Who can Enter?

Entries can be made by licensed analogue and digital terrestrial commercial and public service radio stations operating on the island of Ireland. Entries must have originated from and been first broadcast on the island of Ireland.

Independent radio producers are eligible to enter but must present proof of transmission by the relevant qualifying station. In addition to the maximum of 5 entries which each station is permitted to submit in each category, independent producers may submit one entry per category on the payment of the €100 euro entry fee. Proof of broadcast from a qualifying station must be submitted with all independent entries.

Please note that all entries must be signed off by the Station Manager or Head.

How do I enter this category?

Once you have read all the entry requirements and conditions of entry for this category, and have finalised your audio entry, go to Enter Online and register (if you haven’t already done so). Then complete the entry form for this category and and upload your audio entry. Click on Save to Later. This allows you to edit, print draft copies, delete or update your entry right up to the closing date (4pm on Thursday 30th June 2016).

The audio entry should be contained in is one MP3 file of no more than 55MB in size.

Judging Criteria for this category

Judges will look at the following criteria

  • Creativity: Judges will be looking for innovation, originality and novelty
  • Production: This relates to the technical side of the entry, the production process itself. Is the chosen piece well-produced? Is quality evident? Are sound effects used appropriately? Is incidental music well placed and appropriate to the mood/atmosphere being conveyed?
  • Value: Does it hold the audience? Does it achieve its purpose?
  • Presentation: How the story is presented? Does the presenter appear knowledgeable and well-rehearsed? Is it well scripted? Is it polished and professional?

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C2 Music Documentary

This is a program category

Each programme may only enter one programme category and only once into that category. Stations may submit no more than 5 entries per category.

For documentaries where the primary focus is music or music related topics. This is likely to be a one-off or a limited run. This is a speech programming award. Daily / weekly music programmes should be entered in Group A and should not be entered here.

The programme from which your entry is extracted must have been broadcast within the validity period: 1st June 2015 to 31st May 2016.

Entries should consist of a single programme that may be a one-off or one of a series, lasting from 20 minutes up to 60 minutes.

Telescoping in and out of  ad breaks and information segments is permitted. Permitted edit points should be marked by a 2 seconds dead air fade-down and fade up without any other indicators being added.

Additional post-production audio material such as voice links, introductions or sign-offs are not permitted i.e. do not use voice links, stings, music beds or other post-produced elements. Judges are specifically instructed to disqualify should this occur.

The entry must be supported by a 250 word paragraph. The online entry form is designed to only permit a maximum of 250 words.

You must now go to rules for rules regarding Submitting Broadcast Material and Submitting Written Material.

Entry Requirements and Conditions of Entry

The programme from which your entry is extracted must have been broadcast within the validity period: 1st June 2015 to 31st May 2016.

Entries should consist of a single programme that may be a one-off or one of a series, lasting from 20 minutes up to 60 minutes.

Telescoping in and out of music tracks, ad breaks and information segments is permitted. Permitted edit points should be marked by a 2 seconds dead air without any other indicators being added.

No other editing is permitted and all other programme material should be included in full.  For example you are NOT permitted to take the first three minutes of an interview, fade down and then include a further piece from that same interview. You may either include one excerpt from the interview or the entire interview, should it fall within the time allowed for that entry. Please go to the rules and read carefully all the rules relating to the Submission of Broadcast Material .  

Additional post-production audio material such as voice links, introductions or sign-offs are not permitted i.e. do not use voice links, stings, music beds or other post-produced elements. Judges are specifically instructed to disqualify should this occur.

The entry must be supported by a 250 word paragraph. The online entry form is designed to only permit a maximum of 250 words.

You must now go to rules for rules regarding Submitting Broadcast Material and Submitting Written Material.

Who can Enter?

Entries can be made by licensed analogue and digital terrestrial commercial and public service radio stations operating on the island of Ireland. Entries must have originated from and been first broadcast on the island of Ireland.

Independent radio producers are eligible to enter but must present proof of transmission by the relevant qualifying station. In addition to the maximum of 5 entries which each station is permitted to submit in each category, independent producers may submit one entry per category on the payment of the €100 euro entry fee. Proof of broadcast from a qualifying station must be submitted with all independent entries.

Please note that all entries must be signed off by the Station Manager or Head.

How do I enter this category?

Once you have read all the entry requirements and conditions of entry for this category, and have finalised your audio entry, go to Enter Online and register (if you haven’t already done so). Then complete the entry form for this category and and upload your audio entry. Click on Save to Later. This allows you to edit, print draft copies, delete or update your entry right up to the closing date (4pm on Thursday 30th June 2016).

The audio entry should be contained in is one MP3 file of no more than 55MB in size.

Judging Criteria for this category

Judges will look at the following criteria

  • Creativity: Judges will be looking for innovation, originality and novelty
  • Production: This relates to the technical side of the entry, the production process itself. Is the chosen piece well-produced? Is quality evident? Are sound effects used appropriately? Is incidental music well placed and appropriate to the mood/atmosphere being conveyed?
  • Value: Does it hold the audience? Does it achieve its purpose?
  • Presentation: How the story is presented? Does the presenter appear knowledgeable and well-rehearsed? Is it well scripted? Is it polished and professional?

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C3 Short Feature

This category recognises the contribution the self-contained short feature makes to a radio schedule. Single, stand-alone items or short features which form part of the scheduled regular output of a station may be entered, provided that the original broadcast time of the short feature did not exceed 15 minutes.

Entries should have a total running time of 20 minutes or less. Information, education and awareness raising features should be entered in this category.

Entry Requirements and Conditions of Entry

The programme(s) from which your entry is extracted must have been broadcast within the validity period: 1st June 2015 to 31st May 2016.

Entries should consist of a single unedited broadcast or a compilation of unedited broadcasts. Total duration should not exceed 20 minutes.

Where the entry consists of a compilation of unedited short features, these must be separated with a 2 seconds dead air, so that Judges will understand where each short feature ends and the next one begins. You will be asked to complete the running order of short features on the entry form.

Telescoping in and out of music tracks, ad breaks and information segments is permitted. Permitted edit points should be marked by a 2 seconds dead air without any other indicators being added.

No other editing is permitted and all other programme material should be included in full.  For example you are NOT permitted to take the first three minutes of an interview, fade down and then include a further piece from that same interview. You may either include one excerpt from the interview or the entire interview, should it fall within the time allowed for that entry. Please go to the rules and read carefully all the rules relating to the Submission of Broadcast Material .  

Additional post-production audio material such as voice links, introductions or sign-offs are not permitted i.e. do not use voice links, stings, music beds or other post-produced elements. Judges are specifically instructed to disqualify should this occur.

The entry must be supported by a 250 word paragraph. The online entry form is designed to only permit a maximum of 250 words.

You must now go to rules for rules regarding Submitting Broadcast Material and Submitting Written Material.

Who can Enter?

Entries can be made by licensed analogue and digital terrestrial commercial and public service radio stations operating on the island of Ireland. Entries must have originated from and been first broadcast on the island of Ireland.

Independent radio producers are eligible to enter but must present proof of transmission by the relevant qualifying station. In addition to the maximum of 5 entries which each station is permitted to submit in each category, independent producers may submit one entry per category on the payment of the €100 euro entry fee. Proof of broadcast from a qualifying station must be submitted with all independent entries.

Please note that all entries must be signed off by the Station Manager or Head.

How do I enter this category?

Once you have read all the entry requirements and conditions of entry for this category, and have finalised your audio entry, go to Enter Online and register (if you haven’t already done so). Then complete the entry form for this category and and upload your audio entry. Click on Save to Later. This allows you to edit, print draft copies, delete or update your entry right up to the closing date (4pm on Thursday 30th June 2016).

The audio entry should be contained in is one MP3 file of no more than 55MB in size.

Judging Criteria for this category

Judges will look at the following criteria

  • Creativity: Judges will be looking for innovation, originality and novelty
  • Production: This relates to the technical side of the entry, the production process itself. Is the chosen piece well-produced? Is quality evident? Are sound effects used appropriately? Is incidental music well placed and appropriate to the mood/atmosphere being conveyed?
  • Value: To the programme within which it is contained and/or the schedule
  • Presentation: How the feature is presented? Is it well scripted? Is it polished and professional?

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C4 Magazine Programme

This is a program category

Each programme may only enter one programme category and only once into that category. Stations may submit no more than 5 entries per category.

This category aims to recognise the contribution general light entertainment / magazine programmes make to radio schedules. Programmes entered into this category should have a broad remit and consist of at least 60% speech content.

Specialist programmes dedicated to specific areas such as the arts, science, or education should be entered in category C6 Specialist Speech Programme. Programmes dedicated primarily to news, current affairs or sport should be entered in Group B News and Sports Programming.

Entry Requirements and Conditions of Entry

The programme from which your entry is extracted must have been broadcast within the validity period: 1st June 2015 to 31st May 2016.

Include an entry of up to a total of 20 minutes duration taken from a single broadcast in transmission sequence (not necessarily continuous). This broadcast should be a fair representation of the programme as generally  broadcast.

“Best of” programmes which consist of a compilation of previously broadcast material are not eligible.

Telescoping in and out of music tracks, ad breaks and information segments is permitted. Permitted edit points should be marked by a 2 seconds dead air without any other indicators being added.

No other editing is permitted and all other programme material should be included in full.  For example you are NOT permitted to take the first three minutes of an interview, fade down and then include a further piece from that same interview. You may either include one excerpt from the interview or the entire interview, should it fall within the time allowed for that entry. Please go to the rules and read carefully all the rules relating to the Submission of Broadcast Material .  

Additional post-production audio material such as voice links, introductions or sign-offs are not permitted i.e. do not use voice links, stings, music beds or other post-produced elements. Judges are specifically instructed to disqualify should this occur.

The entry must be supported by a 250 word paragraph. The online entry form is designed to only permit a maximum of 250 words.

You must now go to rules for rules regarding Submitting Broadcast Material and Submitting Written Material.

Who can Enter?

Entries can be made by licensed analogue and digital terrestrial commercial and public service radio stations operating on the island of Ireland. Entries must have originated from and been first broadcast on the island of Ireland.

Independent radio producers are eligible to enter but must present proof of transmission by the relevant qualifying station. In addition to the maximum of 5 entries which each station is permitted to submit in each category, independent producers may submit one entry per category on the payment of the €100 euro entry fee. Proof of broadcast from a qualifying station must be submitted with all independent entries.

Please note that all entries must be signed off by the Station Manager or Head.

How do I enter this category?

Once you have read all the entry requirements and conditions of entry for this category, and have finalised your audio entry, go to Enter Online and register (if you haven’t already done so). Then complete the entry form for this category and upload your audio entry. Click on Save to Later. This allows you to edit, print draft copies, delete or update your entry right up to the closing date (4pm on Thursday 30th June 2016).

The audio entry should be contained in is one MP3 file of no more than 55MB in size.

Judging Criteria for this category

Judges will look at the following criteria

  • Presentation: How the programme is presented? Is the presenter comfortable with the subject matter? Is it well scripted? Is it polished and professional?
  • Creativity: Judges will be looking for innovation, originality and novelty
  • Production: This relates to the technical side of the entry, the production process itself. Is the chosen piece well-produced? Is quality evident?
  • Value: Does the programme serve its target audience? Does it raise awareness or prick the conscience?

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C5 Drama

This category recognises the contribution of a writer, performer or production team involved in all aspects of drama production for radio - from a one-off play or reading, to a series or radio serial.

Entry Requirements and Conditions of Entry

The programme from which your entry is extracted must have been broadcast within the validity period: 1st June 2015 to 31st May 2016.

Include a one-off broadcast or one that is part of a series or serial. The one-off broadcast or the one part of a series or serial selected for entry may be included in full. There is no time restriction. Scripts are not required.

Telescoping in and out of music tracks, ad breaks and information segments is permitted. All other programme material should be included in full. Permitted edit points should be marked by a 2 seconds dead air without any other indicators being added.

Additional post-production audio material such as voice links, introductions or sign-offs are not permitted i.e. do not use voice links, stings, music beds or other post-produced elements. Judges are specifically instructed to disqualify should this occur.

The entry must be supported by a 250 word paragraph. The online entry form is designed to only permit a maximum of 250 words.

You must now go to rules for rules regarding Submitting Broadcast Material and Submitting Written Material.

Who can Enter?

Entries can be made by licensed analogue and digital terrestrial commercial and public service radio stations operating on the island of Ireland. Entries must have originated from and been first broadcast on the island of Ireland.

Independent radio producers are eligible to enter but must present proof of transmission by the relevant qualifying station. In addition to the maximum of 5 entries which each station is permitted to submit in each category, independent producers may submit one entry per category on the payment of the €100 euro entry fee. Proof of broadcast from a qualifying station must be submitted with all independent entries.

Please note that all entries must be signed off by the Station Manager or Head.

How do I enter this category?

Once you have read all the entry requirements and conditions of entry for this category, and have finalised your audio entry, go to Enter Online and register (if you haven’t already done so). Then complete the entry form for this category and upload your audio entry. Click on Save to Later. This allows you to edit, print draft copies, delete or update your entry right up to the closing date (4pm on Thursday 30th June 2016).

The audio entry should be contained in is one MP3 file of no more than 55MB in size.

Judging Criteria for this category

Judges will look at the following criteria

  • Creativity: Judges will be looking for innovation, originality and novelty
  • Production: This relates to the technical side of the entry, the production process itself. Is the chosen piece well-produced? Is quality evident? Are sound effects used appropriately? Is incidental music well placed and appropriate to the mood/atmosphere being conveyed?
  • Presentation: How the drama is presented? Is it well scripted? Is it polished and professional? Does the entry run smoothly?
  • Value: how the drama entertains, informs and stimulates the audience

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C6 Specialist Speech Programme

This is a program category

Each programme may only enter one programme category and only once into that category. Stations may submit no more than 5 entries per category.

This category aims to recognise the contribution specialist speech programmes make to radio schedules. Arts, science and educational programmes should be entered in this category. Speech-driven magazine programmes should be entered into C4 Magazine Programme.

Comedy and satirical programmes should be entered in C9 Comedy Programme.

Programmes dedicated primarily to news, current affairs or sport should be entered in Group B News and Sports Programming.

Entry Requirements and Conditions of Entry

The programme from which your entry is extracted must have been broadcast within the validity period: 1st June 2015 to 31st May 2016.

Include an entry of up to a total of 20 minutes duration taken from a single broadcast in transmission sequence (not necessarily continuous). This broadcast should be a fair representation of the programme as generally  broadcast.

“Best of” programmes which consist of a compilation of previously broadcast material are not eligible.

Telescoping in and out of music tracks, ad breaks and information segments is permitted. Permitted edit points should be marked by a 2 seconds dead air without any other indicators being added.

No other editing is permitted and all other programme material should be included in full.  For example you are NOT permitted to take the first three minutes of an interview, fade down and then include a further piece from that same interview. You may either include one excerpt from the interview or the entire interview, should it fall within the time allowed for that entry. Please go to the rules and read carefully all the rules relating to the Submission of Broadcast Material .  

Additional post-production audio material such as voice links, introductions or sign-offs are not permitted i.e. do not use voice links, stings, music beds or other post-produced elements. Judges are specifically instructed to disqualify should this occur.

The entry must be supported by a 250 word paragraph. The online entry form is designed to only permit a maximum of 250 words.

You must now go to rules for rules regarding Submitting Broadcast Material and Submitting Written Material.

Who can Enter?

Entries can be made by licensed analogue and digital terrestrial commercial and public service radio stations operating on the island of Ireland. Entries must have originated from and been first broadcast on the island of Ireland.

Independent radio producers are eligible to enter but must present proof of transmission by the relevant qualifying station. In addition to the maximum of 5 entries which each station is permitted to submit in each category, independent producers may submit one entry per category on the payment of the €100 euro entry fee. Proof of broadcast from a qualifying station must be submitted with all independent entries.

Please note that all entries must be signed off by the Station Manager or Head.

How do I enter this category?

Once you have read all the entry requirements and conditions of entry for this category, and have finalised your audio entry, go to Enter Online and register (if you haven’t already done so). Then complete the entry form for this category and upload your audio entry. Click on Save to Later. This allows you to edit, print draft copies, delete or update your entry right up to the closing date (4pm on Thursday 30th June 2016).

Judging Criteria for this category

Judges will look at the following criteria

  • Value: how the programme entertains, informs and stimulates the audience
  • Production: This relates to the technical side of the entry, the production process itself. Is the chosen piece well-produced? Is quality evident?
  • Presentation: How the programme is presented? Is it well scripted? Is it polished and professional?
  • Creativity: Judges will be looking for innovation, originality and novelty

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C7 Craoltóireacht le Gaeilge

This is a program category

Each programme may only enter one programme category and only once into that category. Stations may submit no more than 5 entries per category.

Ta sé mar aidhm ag an rannóg seo aitheantas a thabhairt don bhealach ina ndéanann cláir raidió an Ghaeilge a chur chun cinn. Is féidir le clár, mír, nó gné-chlár Gaeilge, a dhéanann an teanga a chur chun cinn i measc a sprioc-lucht éisteachta ar bhealach éifeachtach, an duais seo a bhuachan.

Critéir Iarratais agus Coinníollacha

Caithfidh an clár(cláir) as a dtagann d’iarratas a bheith craolta taobh istigh den tréimhse bailí: 1ú Meitheamh 2015 go 31ú Bealtaine 2016.

Ba chóir gur craoladh amháin, nach bhfuil eagarthóireacht déanta air, a bheadh mar iontráil agat, nó cnuasacht de chraoltaí nach bhfuil eagarthóireacht déanta orthu. Ba chóir nach rachadh an t-iontráil iomlán thar 20 nóiméad.

Nuair is bailiúchán de chraoltaí nach bhfuil eagarthóireacht déanta orthu atá mar iontráil agat, ba chóir díobh a bheith scartha amach óna chéile le céimnigh amach agus céimnigh isteach, agus bearna 2 shoicind ciúnais, le go dtuigfidh moltóirí cá gcríochnaíonn chaon mhír agus cá dtosaíonn an chéad cheann eile. Iarrfar ort ord reatha na míreanna a chur ar fáil ar an bhfoirm iontrála.

Níl cláracha “Best of”, cnuasacht d’ábhar a craoladh san aimsir atá caite, incháilithe.

Tá cead gearradh isteach agus amach as traicéanna ceoil, sosanna fógraíochta agus giotaí eolais. Ba chóir ábhar eile an chláir a fhágáil istigh ina iomláine. Ba chóir pointí eagarthóireachta atá ceadaithe a mharcáil le 3 soicind de chéimnigh amach agus céimnigh isteach, gan aon mharcáil eile curtha leis.

Tá cosc ar ábhar fuaime iar-léirithe eile, ar nós nascanna cainte, réamhrá cainte nó críoch-phíosaí cainte, i.e. ná húsáid nascanna fuaime, stoingí, cúlraí ceoil nó eilimintí eile iar-léirithe. Tá sé tugtha le fios go sonrach do na moltóirí gur chóir iarratais a dhícháiliú má dhéantar a leithid.

Caithfear paragraf tacaíochta 250 focal a chur leis an iontráil. Tá an fhoirm iontrála ar líne socruithe sa mbealach agus nach féidir ach 250 focal ar a mhéid a chur isteach. Is féidir sonraí sa mbreis a fháil ar an leathanach How to Enter.

Cé atá in ann Iarratas a Dhéanamh

Is féidir le stáisiúin raidió tráchtála agus seirbhís phoiblí, a bhfuil ceadúnais analógach agus/nó digiteach acu, agus atá ag feidhmiú ar oileán na hÉireann, iarratais a dhéanamh. Caithfidh na hiarratais a bheith de thionscnamh oileán na hÉireann agus bheith craolta don chéad uair ar oileán an hÉireann. Tá cead ag léiritheoirí neamhspleácha raidió iarratais a dhéanamh ach cruthúnas craolta a chur ar fáil ón stáisiúin incháilíthe cuí. Tug faoi deara má dhéanann léiritheoir neamhspleách iarratas buacach, gur ar an gcraoltóir a bhronnfar an gradam, agus go dtabharfar aitheantas don léiritheoir.

Tug faoi deara go gcaithfidh Bainisteoir nó Ceannasaí an Stáisiúin ainm a chur le chuile hiarratas.

Cosnaíonn chaon iarratas €100 agus tá chaon tríú hiarratas saor in aisce. Is ar líne amháin a ghlacfar le híocaíocht.

Cén chaoi a gcuireann mé isteach ar an gcatagóir seo

Nuair atá na critéir iarratais agus coinníollacha iontrála don chatagóir seo léite agat, agus d’iarratas fuaime críochnaithe agat, téigh go dtí Enter online agus cláraigh (mura bhfuil sin déanta cheana féin agat). Líon an fhoirm iontrála don chatagóir agus uaslódáil d’iontráil fuaime. Cliceáil ar Save to Later. Tugann seo cead duit eagarthóireacht a dhéanamh ar d’iarratas, dréacht-chóipeanna den t-iarratas a chló, an t-iarratas a scrios nó a leasú suas go dtí an dáta deireadh iontrála (4pm Déardaoin 30 Meitheamh 2016).

Féachfaidh moltóirí ar na critéir seo leanas

Féachfaidh moltóirí ar na critéir seo leanas:

  • Luach: an bealach ina gcuireann an clár siamsaíocht, eolas agus spreagadh ar fáil don lucht éisteachta
  • Léiriúchán: Baineann seo leis an taobh teicniúil den iontráil, an próiseas léiriúcháin féin. An bhfuil an píosa atá roghnaithe léirithe go maith? An bhfuil caighdeán le n-aithint?
  • Cur i láthair: Cén chaoi a bhfuil an clár curtha i láthair? An bhfuil an scriptáil déanta go maith? An bhfuil sé snasta agus gairmiúil?
  • Cruthaíocht: Beidh moltóirí ar thóir nuálaíocht, bunúlacht agus úire

Éist le buaiteoir na bliana seo caite

C8 Interactive Speech Programme

This is a program category

Each programme may only enter one programme category and only once into that category. Stations may submit no more than 5 entries per category.

This category is designed to recognise programmes that form part of a station’s regular schedule and are largely driven by the active involvement of their audience - where listeners initiate, contribute to and shape the programme’s content and output by telephone, text and e-mail, or through social and emerging media.

Judges will examine the programme’s topicality and relevance to target audience alongside its ability to stimulate debate, reaction or interaction and imaginatively employ that input on the air. Phone-in or talkback programmes should be entered in this category.

This category is for speech-led programmes only.

Current affairs programmes which are largely agenda-led should not be entered here but may be entered in Category B4 Current Affairs.

Music and entertainment-based programmes should be entered in Group A Music Programming and not this category which is confined solely to speech-led programmes.

Entry Requirements and Conditions of Entry

The programme from which your entry is extracted must have been broadcast within the validity period: 1st June 2015 to 31st May 2016.

Include an entry of up to a total of 20 minutes duration taken from a single broadcast in transmission sequence (not necessarily continuous). This broadcast should be a fair representation of the programme as generally  broadcast.

“Best of” programmes which consist of a compilation of previously broadcast material are not eligible.

Telescoping in and out of music tracks, ad breaks and information segments is permitted. Permitted edit points should be marked by a 2 seconds dead air without any other indicators being added.

No other editing is permitted and all other programme material should be included in full.  For example you are NOT permitted to take the first three minutes of an interview, fade down and then include a further piece from that same interview. You may either include one excerpt from the interview or the entire interview, should it fall within the time allowed for that entry. Please go to the rules and read carefully all the rules relating to the Submission of Broadcast Material .  

Additional post-production audio material such as voice links, introductions or sign-offs are not permitted i.e. do not use voice links, stings, music beds or other post-produced elements. Judges are specifically instructed to disqualify should this occur.

The entry must be supported by a 250 word paragraph. The online entry form is designed to only permit a maximum of 250 words.

You must now go to rules for rules regarding Submitting Broadcast Material and Submitting Written Material.

Who can Enter?

Entries can be made by licensed analogue and digital terrestrial commercial and public service radio stations operating on the island of Ireland. Entries must have originated from and been first broadcast on the island of Ireland.

Independent radio producers are eligible to enter but must present proof of transmission by the relevant qualifying station. In addition to the maximum of 5 entries which each station is permitted to submit in each category, independent producers may submit one entry per category on the payment of the €100 euro entry fee. Proof of broadcast from a qualifying station must be submitted with all independent entries.

Please note that all entries must be signed off by the Station Manager or Head.

How do I enter this category?

Once you have read all the entry requirements and conditions of entry for this category, and have finalised your audio entry, go to Enter Online and register (if you haven’t already done so). Then complete the entry form for this category and upload your audio entry. Click on Save to Later. This allows you to edit, print draft copies, delete or update your entry right up to the closing date (4pm on Thursday 30th June 2016).

Judging Criteria for this category

Judges will look at the following criteria

  • Presentation: How the programme is presented? Is the presenter well-informed and knowledgeable? How does the presenter interact with the audience?
  • Value: How the programme entertains, informs and stimulates the audience
  • Production: This relates to the technical side of the entry, the production process itself. Is production quality evident?
  • Creativity: Judges will be looking for innovation, originality and novelty

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C9 Comedy Programme

This is a program category

This category recognises the work of those who endeavour to make us laugh. Eligible entries can be a stand-alone, one-off comedy show or series of shows, acknowledging the person or persons responsible for devising, writing and producing them

Comedy inserts in to shows which may be entertaining items and links between music and other programming material within a radio programme, should be entered in Category D4 Entertainment Inserts.

Entry Requirements and Conditions of Entry

The programme from which your entry is extracted must have been broadcast within the validity period: 1st June 2015 to 31st May 2016.

Include an entry of up to a total of 30 minutes duration taken from a single broadcast in transmission sequence (not necessarily continuous). This broadcast should be a fair representation of the programme as generally  broadcast.

“Best of” programmes which consist of a compilation of previously broadcast material are not eligible.

Telescoping in and out of music tracks, ad breaks and information segments is permitted. Permitted edit points should be marked by a 2 seconds dead air without any other indicators being added.

No other editing is permitted and all other programme material should be included in full.  For example you are NOT permitted to take the first three minutes of an interview, fade down and then include a further piece from that same interview. You may either include one excerpt from the interview or the entire interview, should it fall within the time allowed for that entry. Please go to the rules and read carefully all the rules relating to the Submission of Broadcast Material .  

Additional post-production audio material such as voice links, introductions or sign-offs are not permitted i.e. do not use voice links, stings, music beds or other post-produced elements. Judges are specifically instructed to disqualify should this occur.

The entry must be supported by a 250 word paragraph. The online entry form is designed to only permit a maximum of 250 words.

You must now go to rules for rules regarding Submitting Broadcast Material and Submitting Written Material.

Who can Enter?

Entries can be made by licensed analogue and digital terrestrial commercial and public service radio stations operating on the island of Ireland. Entries must have originated from and been first broadcast on the island of Ireland.

Independent radio producers are eligible to enter but must present proof of transmission by the relevant qualifying station. In addition to the maximum of 5 entries which each station is permitted to submit in each category, independent producers may submit one entry per category on the payment of the €100 euro entry fee. Proof of broadcast from a qualifying station must be submitted with all independent entries.

Please note that all entries must be signed off by the Station Manager or Head.

How do I enter this category?

Once you have read all the entry requirements and conditions of entry for this category, and have finalised your audio entry, go to Enter Online and register (if you haven’t already done so). Then complete the entry form for this category and upload your audio entry. Click on Save to Later. This allows you to edit, print draft copies, delete or update your entry right up to the closing date (4pm on Thursday 30th June 2016).

Judging Criteria for this category

Judges will look at the following criteria

  • Value: how the programme entertains, informs and stimulates the audience
  • Production: This relates to the technical side of the entry, the production process itself. Is the chosen piece well-produced? Is quality evident?
  • Presentation: How the programme is presented? Is it well scripted? Is it polished and professional?
  • Creativity: Judges will be looking for innovation, originality and novelty

D1 Community / Social Action

This award is for any community, charitable or social action initiative devised and implemented by a radio station. A series, campaign or individual programme may be entered. It will be awarded to the station that has made best use of the medium to inform, involve or positively impact its listeners.

Entry Requirements and Conditions of Entry

The programme from which your entry is extracted must have been broadcast within the validity period: 1st June 2015 to 31st May 2016.

Entries should include either a single unedited broadcast or a series of unedited extracts from a single programme or a series of programmes up to a maximum of 30 minutes duration.

Where the entry consists of a compilation of unedited broadcasts, these must be separated with a 2 seconds dead air, so that Judges will understand where each extract ends and the next one begins. You will be asked to complete the running order of extracts on the entry form.

“Best of” programmes which consist of a compilation of previously broadcast material are not eligible.

Telescoping in and out of music tracks, ad breaks and information segments is permitted. Permitted edit points should be marked by a 2 seconds dead air without any other indicators being added.

No other editing is permitted and all other programme material should be included in full.  For example you are NOT permitted to take the first three minutes of an interview, fade down and then include a further piece from that same interview. You may either include one excerpt from the interview or the entire interview, should it fall within the time allowed for that entry. Please go to the rules and read carefully all the rules relating to the Submission of Broadcast Material .  

Additional post-production audio material such as voice links, introductions or sign-offs are not permitted i.e. do not use voice links, stings, music beds or other post-produced elements. Judges are specifically instructed to disqualify should this occur.

The entry must be supported by a 250 word paragraph. The online entry form is designed to only permit a maximum of 250 words.

You must now go to rules for rules regarding Submitting Broadcast Material and Submitting Written Material.

Who can Enter?

Entries can be made by licensed analogue and digital terrestrial commercial and public service radio stations operating on the island of Ireland. Entries must have originated from and been first broadcast on the island of Ireland.

Independent radio producers are eligible to enter but must present proof of transmission by the relevant qualifying station. In addition to the maximum of 5 entries which each station is permitted to submit in each category, independent producers may submit one entry per category on the payment of the €100 euro entry fee. Proof of broadcast from a qualifying station must be submitted with all independent entries.

Please note that all entries must be signed off by the Station Manager or Head.

How do I enter this category?

Once you have read all the entry requirements and conditions of entry for this category, and have finalised your audio entry, go to Enter Online and register (if you haven’t already done so). Then complete the entry form for this category and upload your audio entry. Click on Save to Later. This allows you to edit, print draft copies, delete or update your entry right up to the closing date (4pm on Thursday 30th June 2016).

Judging Criteria for this category

Judges will look at the following criteria

  • Value: How effective the programme is in raising awareness of issues, informing and stimulating its audience
  • Creativity: Judges will be looking for innovation, originality and novelty
  • Production: This relates to the technical side of the entry, the production process itself. Is the chosen piece well-produced? Is quality evident?
  • Presentation: How the programme is presented? Is it well scripted? Is it polished and professional?

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D2 On-Air Competition / Promotion

Awarded to the on-air competition or promotion that demonstrates the most effective use of creativity, innovation, audience participation and radio production techniques.

Entry Requirements and Conditions of Entry

The competition must have been broadcast within the validity period: 1st June 2015 to 31st May 2016.

Entries should include a compilation of unedited extracts up to a maximum of 20 minutes duration.

The extracts must be separated with a 2 seconds dead air, so that Judges will understand where each extract ends and the next one begins. You will be asked to complete the running order of extracts on the entry form.

Additional post-production audio material such as voice links, introductions or sign-offs are not permitted i.e. do not use voice links, stings, music beds or other post-produced elements. Judges are specifically instructed to disqualify should this occur.

The entry must be supported by a 250 word paragraph. The online entry form is designed to only permit a maximum of 250 words.

You must now go to rules for rules regarding Submitting Broadcast Material and Submitting Written Material.

Who can Enter

Entries can be made by licensed analogue and digital terrestrial commercial and public service radio stations operating on the island of Ireland. Entries must have originated from and been first broadcast on the island of Ireland.

Independent radio producers are eligible to enter but must present proof of transmission by the relevant qualifying station. In addition to the maximum of 5 entries which each station is permitted to submit in each category, independent producers may submit one entry per category on the payment of the €100 euro entry fee. Proof of broadcast from a qualifying station must be submitted with all independent entries.

Please note that all entries must be signed off by the Station Manager or Head.

How do I enter this category?

Once you have read all the entry requirements and conditions of entry for this category, and have finalised your audio entry, go to Enter Online and register (if you haven’t already done so). Then complete the entry form for this category and upload your audio entry. Click on Save to Later. This allows you to edit, print draft copies, delete or update your entry right up to the closing date (4pm on Thursday 30th June 2016).

Judging Criteria for this category

Judges will look at the following criteria

  • Creativity: Judges will be looking for innovation, originality and novelty
  • Production: This relates to the technical side of the entry, the production process itself. Is the chosen piece well-produced? Is quality evident?
  • Entertainment Value: Does the programme entertain its audience? Does it achieve its objective? Does it effectively encourage audience participation?
  • Presentation: How the idea is presented? Is it well scripted? Is it polished and professional?

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D3 Station Imaging

This category is for jingles, station imaging and all pre-produced elements used to define and identify a station's overall “sound” character and brand position. A station's identity package is in essence what a station says about itself and how it says it.

Entry Requirements and Conditions of Entry

The programme from which your entry is extracted must have been broadcast within the validity period: 1st June 2015 to 31st May 2016.

Entries should include a compilation of unedited extracts up to a maximum of 20 minutes duration.

The extracts must be separated with a 2 seconds dead air, so that Judges will understand where each extract ends and the next one begins. You will be asked to complete the running order of extracts on the entry form.

Additional post-production audio material such as voice links, introductions or sign-offs are not permitted i.e. do not use voice links, stings, music beds or other post-produced elements. Judges are specifically instructed to disqualify should this occur.

The entry must be supported by a 250 word paragraph. The online entry form is designed to only permit a maximum of 250 words.

You must now go to rules for rules regarding Submitting Broadcast Material and Submitting Written Material.

Who can Enter?

Entries can be made by licensed analogue and digital terrestrial commercial and public service radio stations operating on the island of Ireland. Entries must have originated from and been first broadcast on the island of Ireland.

Independent radio producers are eligible to enter but must present proof of transmission by the relevant qualifying station. In addition to the maximum of 5 entries which each station is permitted to submit in each category, independent producers may submit one entry per category on the payment of the €100 euro entry fee. Proof of broadcast from a qualifying station must be submitted with all independent entries.

Please note that all entries must be signed off by the Station Manager or Head.

How do I enter this category?

Once you have read all the entry requirements and conditions of entry for this category, and have finalised your audio entry, go to Enter Online and register (if you haven’t already done so). Then complete the entry form for this category and upload your audio entry. Click on Save to Later. This allows you to edit, print draft copies, delete or update your entry right up to the closing date (4pm on Thursday 30th June 2016).

Judging Criteria for this category

Judges will look at the following criteria

  • Production: Of vital importance, since it is what the station is saying about itself!
  • Creativity: Is the imaging original, innovative or novel?
  • Communication: How effective is the imaging? Does it achieve its objective?

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D4 Entertainment Inserts

This category recognises the entertaining items and links between music and other programming material within a radio programme, acknowledging the person or persons responsible for devising, writing and producing them.

Entries could include entertainment features, funny phone calls, song parodies, short form satirical elements, features or pastiches used to enhance radio strips, sequences or programming strands.

Comedy programmes should be entered in category C9 Comedy Programme

Entry Requirements and Conditions of Entry

The programme from which your entry is extracted must have been broadcast within the validity period: 1st June 2015 to 31st May 2016.

Entries should include a compilation of unedited extracts up to a maximum of 30 minutes duration.

The extracts must be separated with a 2 seconds dead air, so that Judges will understand where each extract ends and the next one begins. You will be asked to complete the running order of extracts on the entry form.

Additional post-production audio material such as voice links, introductions or sign-offs are not permitted i.e. do not use voice links, stings, music beds or other post-produced elements. Judges are specifically instructed to disqualify should this occur.

The entry must be supported by a 250 word paragraph. The online entry form is designed to only permit a maximum of 250 words.

You must now go to rules for rules regarding Submitting Broadcast Material and Submitting Written Material.

Who can Enter?

Entries can be made by licensed analogue and digital terrestrial commercial and public service radio stations operating on the island of Ireland. Entries must have originated from and been first broadcast on the island of Ireland. Independent radio producers are eligible to enter but must present proof of transmission by the relevant qualifying station. Please note that if an independent producer submits a winning entry, the award will be presented to the broadcaster, with the producer credited.

Entries can be made by licensed analogue and digital terrestrial commercial and public service radio stations operating on the island of Ireland. Entries must have originated from and been first broadcast on the island of Ireland.

Independent radio producers are eligible to enter but must present proof of transmission by the relevant qualifying station. In addition to the maximum of 5 entries which each station is permitted to submit in each category, independent producers may submit one entry per category on the payment of the €100 euro entry fee. Proof of broadcast from a qualifying station must be submitted with all independent entries.

Please note that all entries must be signed off by the Station Manager or Head.

How do I enter this category?

Once you have read all the entry requirements and conditions of entry for this category, and have finalised your audio entry, go to Enter Online and register (if you haven’t already done so). Then complete the entry form for this category and upload your audio entry. Click on Save to Later. This allows you to edit, print draft copies, delete or update your entry right up to the closing date (4pm on Thursday 30th June 2016).

Judging Criteria for this category

Judges will look at the following criteria

  • Entertainment Value: Does the item entertain its audience?
  • Creativity: Judges will be looking for innovation, originality and novelty
  • Production: This relates to the technical side of the entry, the production process itself. Is the chosen piece well-produced? Is quality evident?
  • Presentation: Is it well scripted? Is it polished and professional?

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D5 Innovation

This award is to acknowledge an outstanding radio idea that enhances the experience and participation of the listener beyond the radio broadcast, in an innovative way.

The award will acknowledge the entrant who uses the radio medium to entertain, surprise and excite in a new way. It will reward the entry that can do something different rather than doing the same thing better.

This is not a technology award but can be enhanced by social media, messaging, podcasts, blogs etc. The award may be offered for a new format, a one-off experience or a series of programmes.

Entry Requirements and Conditions of Entry

Include a compilation of unedited extracts up to a maximum of 30 minutes duration. The entry must be supported by a 250 word paragraph. Examples of stand-out on-line elements should be attached as well as relevant press articles or associated publicity material.

You must now go to rules for rules regarding Submitting Broadcast Material and Submitting Written Material.

Who can Enter?

Entries can be made by licensed analogue and digital terrestrial commercial and public service radio stations operating on the island of Ireland. Entries must have originated from and been first broadcast on the island of Ireland.

Independent radio producers are eligible to enter but must present proof of transmission by the relevant qualifying station. In addition to the maximum of 5 entries which each station is permitted to submit in each category, independent producers may submit one entry per category on the payment of the €100 euro entry fee. Proof of broadcast from a qualifying station must be submitted with all independent entries.

Please note that all entries must be signed off by the Station Manager or Head.

How do I enter this category?

Once you have read all the entry requirements and conditions of entry for this category, and have finalised your audio entry, go to Enter Online and register (if you haven’t already done so). Then complete the entry form for this category and upload your audio entry. Click on Save to Later. This allows you to edit, print draft copies, delete or update your entry right up to the closing date (4pm on Thursday 30th June 2016).

Judging Criteria for this category

Judges will look at the following criteria

  • Innovation: Judges will be looking for innovation, originality and the exciting use of the radio medium.
  • Value: Does the entry entertain, excite and stand out? Does the use of other mediums – social media / video / web posts enhance the entry?
  • Production: Did the entry use any non traditional avenues to enhance and expand the programme, as well as maintaining high radio values? Do the additional platforms integrate well into the programme experience?

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E1 Music Presenter of the Year

Awarded to a music Presenter working principally within the field of music radio i.e. a presenter of any programme eligible to enter categories A1 General Music Programme or A3 Breakfast Programme.

Judges will be looking for an ability to interact with listeners in an entertaining way through the use of music.

Entry Requirements and Conditions of Entry

The programme from which your entry is extracted must have been broadcast within the validity period: 1st June 2015 to 31st May 2016.

Entries should include either a single broadcast or a series of unedited extracts taken from a number of programmes up to a maximum of 20 minutes duration.

The extracts must be separated with a 2 seconds dead air, so that Judges will understand where each extract ends and the next one begins. You will be asked to complete the running order of extracts on the entry form.

Additional post-production audio material such as voice links, introductions or sign-offs are not permitted i.e. do not use voice links, stings, music beds or other post-produced elements. Judges are specifically instructed to disqualify should this occur.

Telescoping in and out of music tracks, ad breaks and information segments is permitted. Permitted edit points should be marked by a 2 seconds dead air without any other indicators being added.

No other editing is permitted and all other programme material should be included in full.  For example you are NOT permitted to take the first three minutes of an interview, fade down and then include a further piece from that same interview. You may either include one excerpt from the interview or the entire interview, should it fall within the time allowed for that entry. Please go to the rules and read carefully all the rules relating to the Submission of Broadcast Material .  

The entry must be supported by a 250 word paragraph. The online entry form is designed to only permit a maximum of 250 words.

You must now go to rules for rules regarding Submitting Broadcast Material and Submitting Written Material.

Who can Enter?

Entries can be made by licensed analogue and digital terrestrial commercial and public service radio stations operating on the island of Ireland. Entries must have originated from and been first broadcast on the island of Ireland.

Independent radio producers are eligible to enter but must present proof of transmission by the relevant qualifying station. In addition to the maximum of 5 entries which each station is permitted to submit in each category, independent producers may submit one entry per category on the payment of the €100 euro entry fee. Proof of broadcast from a qualifying station must be submitted with all independent entries.

Please note that all entries must be signed off by the Station Manager or Head.

How do I enter this category?

Once you have read all the entry requirements and conditions of entry for this category, and have finalised your audio entry, go to Enter Online and register (if you haven’t already done so). Then complete the entry form for this category and upload your audio entry. Click on Save to Later. This allows you to edit, print draft copies, delete or update your entry right up to the closing date (4pm on Thursday 30th June 2016).

Judging Criteria for this category

Judges will look at the following criteria

  • Presentation
  • Creativity

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E2 Radio DJ

This category is for  DJs where more than 70% of the programme output is the general music as broadcast by the station. For this category engagement with the music is the critical part of the entry.

Judges will be looking to reward outstanding broadcasters who skilfully share their knowledge of and enthusiasm for music with their target audience in an informative and engaging way.

Entry Requirements and Conditions of Entry

The programme from which your entry is extracted must have been broadcast within the validity period: 1st June 2015 to 31st May 2016.

Entries should include either a single broadcast or a series of unedited extracts taken from a number of programmes up to a maximum of 20 minutes duration.

The extracts must be separated with a 2 seconds dead air, so that Judges will understand where each extract ends and the next one begins. You will be asked to complete the running order of extracts on the entry form.

Additional post-production audio material such as voice links, introductions or sign-offs are not permitted i.e. do not use voice links, stings, music beds or other post-produced elements. Judges are specifically instructed to disqualify should this occur.

Telescoping in and out of music tracks, ad breaks and information segments is permitted. Permitted edit points should be marked by a 2 seconds dead air without any other indicators being added.

No other editing is permitted and all other programme material should be included in full.  For example you are NOT permitted to take the first three minutes of an interview, fade down and then include a further piece from that same interview. You may either include one excerpt from the interview or the entire interview, should it fall within the time allowed for that entry. Please go to the rules and read carefully all the rules relating to the Submission of Broadcast Material .  

The entry must be supported by a 250 word paragraph. The online entry form is designed to only permit a maximum of 250 words.

You must now go to rules for rules regarding Submitting Broadcast Material and Submitting Written Material.

Who can Enter?

Entries can be made by licensed analogue and digital terrestrial commercial and public service radio stations operating on the island of Ireland. Entries must have originated from and been first broadcast on the island of Ireland.

Independent radio producers are eligible to enter but must present proof of transmission by the relevant qualifying station. In addition to the maximum of 5 entries which each station is permitted to submit in each category, independent producers may submit one entry per category on the payment of the €100 euro entry fee. Proof of broadcast from a qualifying station must be submitted with all independent entries.

Please note that all entries must be signed off by the Station Manager or Head.

How do I enter this category?

Once you have read all the entry requirements and conditions of entry for this category, and have finalised your audio entry, go to Enter Online and register (if you haven’t already done so). Then complete the entry form for this category and upload your audio entry. Click on Save to Later. This allows you to edit, print draft copies, delete or update your entry right up to the closing date (4pm on Thursday 30th June 2016).

Judging Criteria for this category

Judges will look at the following criteria

  • Presentation
  • Creativity

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E3 Specialist Music Broadcaster of the Year

Awarded to a broadcaster working principally in a specific genre of music i.e. a presenter of any programme eligible to enter category A2 Specialist Music Programme.
Judges will be looking for a distinctive ability to impart specialist knowledge and share enthusiasm in an engaging, informative and entertaining way.

Entry Requirements and Conditions of Entry

The programme from which your entry is extracted must have been broadcast within the validity period: 1st June 2015 to 31st May 2016.

Entries should include either a single broadcast or a series of unedited extracts taken from a number of programmes up to a maximum of 20 minutes duration.

The extracts must be separated with a 2 seconds dead air, so that Judges will understand where each extract ends and the next one begins. You will be asked to complete the running order of extracts on the entry form.

Additional post-production audio material such as voice links, introductions or sign-offs are not permitted i.e. do not use voice links, stings, music beds or other post-produced elements. Judges are specifically instructed to disqualify should this occur.

Telescoping in and out of music tracks, ad breaks and information segments is permitted. Permitted edit points should be marked by a 2 seconds dead air without any other indicators being added.

No other editing is permitted and all other programme material should be included in full.  For example you are NOT permitted to take the first three minutes of an interview, fade down and then include a further piece from that same interview. You may either include one excerpt from the interview or the entire interview, should it fall within the time allowed for that entry. Please go to the rules and read carefully all the rules relating to the Submission of Broadcast Material .  

The entry must be supported by a 250 word paragraph. The online entry form is designed to only permit a maximum of 250 words.

You must now go to rules for rules regarding Submitting Broadcast Material and Submitting Written Material.

Who can Enter?

Entries can be made by licensed analogue and digital terrestrial commercial and public service radio stations operating on the island of Ireland. Entries must have originated from and been first broadcast on the island of Ireland.

Independent radio producers are eligible to enter but must present proof of transmission by the relevant qualifying station. In addition to the maximum of 5 entries which each station is permitted to submit in each category, independent producers may submit one entry per category on the payment of the €100 euro entry fee. Proof of broadcast from a qualifying station must be submitted with all independent entries.

Please note that all entries must be signed off by the Station Manager or Head.

How do I enter this category?

Once you have read all the entry requirements and conditions of entry for this category, and have finalised your audio entry, go to Enter Online and register (if you haven’t already done so). Then complete the entry form for this category and upload your audio entry. Click on Save to Later. This allows you to edit, print draft copies, delete or update your entry right up to the closing date (4pm on Thursday 30th June 2016).

Judging Criteria for this category

Judges will look at the following criteria

  • Presentation
  • Creativity

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E4 News Broadcaster of the Year

For an individual presenter whose work is principally within the field of presenting radio news.

News reporters should enter this E5 News Reporter of the Year and current affairs presenters should enter E7 Speech Broadcaster of the Year.

Entry Requirements and Conditions of Entry

The programme from which your entry is extracted must have been broadcast within the validity period: 1st June 2015 to 31st May 2016.

Entries should include either a single broadcast or a series of unedited extracts taken from a number of programmes up to a maximum of 20 minutes duration.

The extracts must be separated with a 2 seconds dead air, so that Judges will understand where each extract ends and the next one begins. You will be asked to complete the running order of extracts on the entry form.

Additional post-production audio material such as voice links, introductions or sign-offs are not permitted i.e. do not use voice links, stings, music beds or other post-produced elements. Judges are specifically instructed to disqualify should this occur.

Telescoping in and out of music tracks, ad breaks and information segments is permitted. Permitted edit points should be marked by a 2 seconds dead air without any other indicators being added.

No other editing is permitted and all other programme material should be included in full.  For example you are NOT permitted to take the first three minutes of an interview, fade down and then include a further piece from that same interview. You may either include one excerpt from the interview or the entire interview, should it fall within the time allowed for that entry. Please go to the rules and read carefully all the rules relating to the Submission of Broadcast Material .  

The entry must be supported by a 250 word paragraph. The online entry form is designed to only permit a maximum of 250 words.

You must now go to rules for rules regarding Submitting Broadcast Material and Submitting Written Material.

Who can Enter?

Entries can be made by licensed analogue and digital terrestrial commercial and public service radio stations operating on the island of Ireland. Entries must have originated from and been first broadcast on the island of Ireland.

Independent radio producers are eligible to enter but must present proof of transmission by the relevant qualifying station. In addition to the maximum of 5 entries which each station is permitted to submit in each category, independent producers may submit one entry per category on the payment of the €100 euro entry fee. Proof of broadcast from a qualifying station must be submitted with all independent entries.

Please note that all entries must be signed off by the Station Manager or Head.

How do I enter this category?

Once you have read all the entry requirements and conditions of entry for this category, and have finalised your audio entry, go to Enter Online and register (if you haven’t already done so). Then complete the entry form for this category and upload your audio entry. Click on Save to Later. This allows you to edit, print draft copies, delete or update your entry right up to the closing date (4pm on Thursday 30th June 2016).

Judging Criteria for this category

Judges will look at the following criteria

  • Presentation
  • Creativity

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E5 News Reporter of the Year

For an individual news reporter whose work is principally within the field of reporting radio news or current affairs.

Entry Requirements and Conditions of Entry

The programme from which your entry is extracted must have been broadcast within the validity period: 1st June 2015 to 31st May 2016.

Entries should include either a single broadcast or a series of unedited extracts taken from a number of programmes up to a maximum of 20 minutes duration.

The extracts must be separated with a 2 seconds dead air, so that Judges will understand where each extract ends and the next one begins. You will be asked to complete the running order of extracts on the entry form.

Additional post-production audio material such as voice links, introductions or sign-offs are not permitted i.e. do not use voice links, stings, music beds or other post-produced elements. Judges are specifically instructed to disqualify should this occur.

Telescoping in and out of music tracks, ad breaks and information segments is permitted. Permitted edit points should be marked by a 2 seconds dead air without any other indicators being added.

No other editing is permitted and all other programme material should be included in full.  For example you are NOT permitted to take the first three minutes of an interview, fade down and then include a further piece from that same interview. You may either include one excerpt from the interview or the entire interview, should it fall within the time allowed for that entry. Please go to the rules and read carefully all the rules relating to the Submission of Broadcast Material .  

The entry must be supported by a 250 word paragraph. The online entry form is designed to only permit a maximum of 250 words.

You must now go to rules for rules regarding Submitting Broadcast Material and Submitting Written Material.

Who can Enter?

Entries can be made by licensed analogue and digital terrestrial commercial and public service radio stations operating on the island of Ireland. Entries must have originated from and been first broadcast on the island of Ireland.

Independent radio producers are eligible to enter but must present proof of transmission by the relevant qualifying station. In addition to the maximum of 5 entries which each station is permitted to submit in each category, independent producers may submit one entry per category on the payment of the €100 euro entry fee. Proof of broadcast from a qualifying station must be submitted with all independent entries.

Please note that all entries must be signed off by the Station Manager or Head.

How do I enter this category?

Once you have read all the entry requirements and conditions of entry for this category, and have finalised your audio entry, go to Enter Online and register (if you haven’t already done so). Then complete the entry form for this category and upload your audio entry. Click on Save to Later. This allows you to edit, print draft copies, delete or update your entry right up to the closing date (4pm on Thursday 30th June 2016).

Judging Criteria for this category

Judges will look at the following criteria

  • Presentation
  • Creativity

Listen to the previous winner

E6 Sports Broadcaster of the Year

For a broadcaster (presenter, reporter or commentator) whose work is principally within the field of radio sport.

Entry Requirements and Conditions of Entry

The programme from which your entry is extracted must have been broadcast within the validity period: 1st June 2015 to 31st May 2016.

Entries should include either a single broadcast or a series of unedited extracts taken from a number of programmes up to a maximum of 20 minutes duration.

The extracts must be separated with a 2 seconds dead air, so that Judges will understand where each extract ends and the next one begins. You will be asked to complete the running order of extracts on the entry form.

Additional post-production audio material such as voice links, introductions or sign-offs are not permitted i.e. do not use voice links, stings, music beds or other post-produced elements. Judges are specifically instructed to disqualify should this occur.

Telescoping in and out of music tracks, ad breaks and information segments is permitted. Permitted edit points should be marked by a 2 seconds dead air without any other indicators being added.

No other editing is permitted and all other programme material should be included in full.  For example you are NOT permitted to take the first three minutes of an interview, fade down and then include a further piece from that same interview. You may either include one excerpt from the interview or the entire interview, should it fall within the time allowed for that entry. Please go to the rules and read carefully all the rules relating to the Submission of Broadcast Material .  

The entry must be supported by a 250 word paragraph. The online entry form is designed to only permit a maximum of 250 words.

You must now go to rules for rules regarding Submitting Broadcast Material and Submitting Written Material.

Who can Enter?

Entries can be made by licensed analogue and digital terrestrial commercial and public service radio stations operating on the island of Ireland. Entries must have originated from and been first broadcast on the island of Ireland.

Independent radio producers are eligible to enter but must present proof of transmission by the relevant qualifying station. In addition to the maximum of 5 entries which each station is permitted to submit in each category, independent producers may submit one entry per category on the payment of the €100 euro entry fee. Proof of broadcast from a qualifying station must be submitted with all independent entries.

Please note that all entries must be signed off by the Station Manager or Head.

How do I enter this category?

Once you have read all the entry requirements and conditions of entry for this category, and have finalised your audio entry, go to Enter Online and register (if you haven’t already done so). Then complete the entry form for this category and upload your audio entry. Click on Save to Later. This allows you to edit, print draft copies, delete or update your entry right up to the closing date (4pm on Thursday 30th June 2016).

Judging Criteria for this category

Judges will look at the following criteria

  • Presentation
  • Creativity

Listen to the previous winner

E7 Speech Broadcaster of the Year

For a broadcaster working principally within the field of presenting current affairs or speech radio.

Entry Requirements and Conditions of Entry?

The programme from which your entry is extracted must have been broadcast within the validity period: 1st June 2015 to 31st May 2016.

Entries should include either a single broadcast or a series of unedited extracts taken from a number of programmes up to a maximum of 20 minutes duration.

The extracts must be separated with a 2 seconds dead air, so that Judges will understand where each extract ends and the next one begins. You will be asked to complete the running order of extracts on the entry form.

Additional post-production audio material such as voice links, introductions or sign-offs are not permitted i.e. do not use voice links, stings, music beds or other post-produced elements. Judges are specifically instructed to disqualify should this occur.

Telescoping in and out of music tracks, ad breaks and information segments is permitted. Permitted edit points should be marked by a 2 seconds dead air without any other indicators being added.

No other editing is permitted and all other programme material should be included in full.  For example you are NOT permitted to take the first three minutes of an interview, fade down and then include a further piece from that same interview. You may either include one excerpt from the interview or the entire interview, should it fall within the time allowed for that entry. Please go to the rules and read carefully all the rules relating to the Submission of Broadcast Material .  

The entry must be supported by a 250 word paragraph. The online entry form is designed to only permit a maximum of 250 words.

You must now go to rules for rules regarding Submitting Broadcast Material and Submitting Written Material.

Who can Enter?

Entries can be made by licensed analogue and digital terrestrial commercial and public service radio stations operating on the island of Ireland. Entries must have originated from and been first broadcast on the island of Ireland.

Independent radio producers are eligible to enter but must present proof of transmission by the relevant qualifying station. In addition to the maximum of 5 entries which each station is permitted to submit in each category, independent producers may submit one entry per category on the payment of the €100 euro entry fee. Proof of broadcast from a qualifying station must be submitted with all independent entries.

Please note that all entries must be signed off by the Station Manager or Head.

How do I enter this category?

Once you have read all the entry requirements and conditions of entry for this category, and have finalised your audio entry, go to Enter Online and register (if you haven’t already done so). Then complete the entry form for this category and upload your audio entry. Click on Save to Later. This allows you to edit, print draft copies, delete or update your entry right up to the closing date (4pm on Thursday 30th June 2016).

Judging Criteria for this category

Judges will look at the following criteria

  • Presentation
  • Creativity

Listen to the previous winner

E8 Newcomer Award

For and on-air presenter or reporter who is part of the regular schedule and is new to Radio (excluding licensed community/hospital/campus radio) and to Broadcasting (since June 1st 2015).

The entrant should display their versatility and passion for the medium.

Entry Requirements and Conditions of Entry

The programme from which your entry is extracted must have been broadcast within the validity period: 1st June 2015 to 31st May 2016.

Entries should include either a single broadcast or a series of unedited extracts taken from a number of programmes up to a maximum of 20 minutes duration.

The extracts must be separated with a 2 seconds dead air, so that Judges will understand where each extract ends and the next one begins. You will be asked to complete the running order of extracts on the entry form.

Additional post-production audio material such as voice links, introductions or sign-offs are not permitted i.e. do not use voice links, stings, music beds or other post-produced elements. Judges are specifically instructed to disqualify should this occur.

Telescoping in and out of music tracks, ad breaks and information segments is permitted. Permitted edit points should be marked by a 2 seconds dead air without any other indicators being added.

No other editing is permitted and all other programme material should be included in full.  For example you are NOT permitted to take the first three minutes of an interview, fade down and then include a further piece from that same interview. You may either include one excerpt from the interview or the entire interview, should it fall within the time allowed for that entry. Please go to the rules and read carefully all the rules relating to the Submission of Broadcast Material .  

The entry must be supported by a 250 word paragraph. The online entry form is designed to only permit a maximum of 250 words.

You must now go to rules for rules regarding Submitting Broadcast Material and Submitting Written Material.

Who can Enter?

Entries can be made by licensed analogue and digital terrestrial commercial and public service radio stations operating on the island of Ireland. Entries must have originated from and been first broadcast on the island of Ireland.

Independent radio producers are eligible to enter but must present proof of transmission by the relevant qualifying station. In addition to the maximum of 5 entries which each station is permitted to submit in each category, independent producers may submit one entry per category on the payment of the €100 euro entry fee. Proof of broadcast from a qualifying station must be submitted with all independent entries.

Please note that all entries must be signed off by the Station Manager or Head.

How do I enter this category?

Once you have read all the entry requirements and conditions of entry for this category, and have finalised your audio entry, go to Enter Online and register (if you haven’t already done so). Then complete the entry form for this category and upload your audio entry. Click on Save to Later. This allows you to edit, print draft copies, delete or update your entry right up to the closing date (4pm on Thursday 30th June 2016).

Judging Criteria for this category

Judges will look at the following criteria

  • Presentation
  • Creativity

Listen to the previous winner

E9 Best Live Sound- Music

This award is for a sound engineer and is designed to recognise the skill involved in capturing a live performance. The sound engineer’s skill will be looked at from the perspective of balance, instrumentation and overall finished mastery of the performance. This award recognises the skill of the engineer rather than the actual performance or act performing.

Judges will be looking at sound production, EQ, arrangement, use of technology and final mastered performance. Radio Sessions and live performances can be entered in this category as long as the performance has been broadcast on air.

Entry Requirements

The programme from which your entry is extracted must have been broadcast within the validity period: 1st June 2015 to 31st May 2016.

Entries should be from a single live broadcast or a compilation of extracts from several live broadcasts in chronological order up to a maximum of 20 minutes duration.

The extracts must be separated with a 2 seconds dead air, so that Judges will understand where each extract ends and the next one begins. You will be asked to complete the running order of extracts on the entry form.

Additional post-production audio material such as voice links, introductions or sign-offs are not permitted i.e. do not use voice links, stings, music beds or other post-produced elements. Judges are specifically instructed to disqualify should this occur.

Telescoping in and out of commercially released music tracks, ad breaks and information segments is permitted. Permitted edit points should be marked by a 2 seconds dead air without any other indicators being added.

No other editing is permitted and all other programme material should be included in full. For example you are NOT permitted to take the first three minutes of a piece, fade down and then include a further piece from that same piece. Please go to the rules and read carefully all the rules relating to the Submission of Broadcast Material .  

The entry must be supported by a 250 word paragraph. The online entry form is designed to only permit a maximum of 250 words.

You must now go to rules for rules regarding Submitting Broadcast Material and Submitting Written Material.

Who can Enter?

Entries can be made by sound engineers working in licensed analogue and digital terrestrial commercial and public service radio stations operating on the island of Ireland. Entries must have originated from and been first broadcast on the island of Ireland.

Independent radio sound engineers are eligible to enter but must present proof of transmission by the relevant qualifying station. In addition to the maximum of 5 entries which each station is permitted to submit in each category, independent producers may submit one entry per category on the payment of the €100 euro entry fee. Proof of broadcast from a qualifying station must be submitted with all independent entries.

Please note that all entries must be signed off by the Station Manager or Head.

How do I enter?

Once you have read all the entry requirements and conditions of entry for this category, and have finalised your audio entry, go to Enter Online and register (if you haven’t already done so). Then complete the entry form for this category and upload your audio entry. Click on Save to Later. This allows you to edit, print draft copies, delete or update your entry right up to the closing date (4pm on Thursday 30th June 2016).

Judging Criteria

Judges will look at the following criteria

  • Sound Quality: Sound quality and how this relates to the technical side of the entry, the production process itself. Is the sound quality evident?
  • Technique: How the engineer captures the performance under the headings of
    • Use of equipment avaiable to the engineer
    • Sonic composition and landscape
    • Use of compression, EQ and FX
    • Mixing the performance

Outstanding Achievement Award

This award recognises the achievement/s of an individual working in radio, in any capacity, in the recent past. The committee will submit nominations for this Award and following due consideration, the committee will select the winner.

No list or shortlist of nominees will be produced in this category.

Hall of Fame

The PPI Hall of Fame recognises individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to radio on the island of Ireland over several decades.

The committee may admit members to the Hall of Fame annually at the PPI Radio Awards ceremony.

F1 Local Station of the Year

Only open to stations with an all adult (15+) Analogue Service Area under 500k.

The nominated day for station of the year is Thursday 28th April 2016.

Two 30 minute MP3 entries are required in this category - one entry contains extracts from the nominated date (to be advised) and one entry contains a compilation from the year within the validity dates of 01 06 2015 – 31 05 2016. The nominated date entry is required to be in chronological order but the year-long entry is not required to be in chronological order. There is a change in the judging criteria this year in that 75% of marks will be allocated to the year-long entry with 25% of marks allocated to the nominated date entry.

Entry Requirements and Conditions of Entry

The programmes from which your entries are extracted must have been broadcast within the validity period: 1st June 2015 to 31st May 2016.

Each mp3 file should contain a minimum of 6 unedited extracts taken from a number of programmes and not exceed 30 minutes duration. The designated date entry is required to be in chronological order but the year- long entry is not required to be in chronological order.

The extracts must be separated with a 2 seconds dead air, so that Judges will understand where each extract ends and the next one begins. You will be asked to complete the running order of extracts on the entry form.

No other editing is permitted and all other programme material should be included in full.  For example you are NOT permitted to take the first three minutes of an interview, fade down and then include a further piece from that same interview. You may either include one excerpt from the interview or the entire interview, should it fall within the time allowed for that entry. Please go to the rules and read carefully all the rules relating to the Submission of Broadcast Material .  

Additional post-production audio material such as voice links, introductions or sign-offs are not permitted i.e. do not use voice links, stings, music beds or other post-produced elements. Judges are specifically instructed to disqualify should this occur.

The entry must be supported by a 500 word paragraph. The online entry form is designed to only permit a maximum of 500 words.

You must now go to rules for rules regarding Submitting Broadcast Material and Submitting Written Material.

Who can Enter?

Entries can be made by licensed analogue and digital terrestrial commercial and public service radio stations operating on the island of Ireland. Entries must have originated from and been first broadcast on the island of Ireland.

Entries to this category are free of charge

For further details see Submitting Written Material on 'How to Enter' page.

How do I enter this category?

Once you have read all the entry requirements and conditions of entry for this category, and have finalised your audio entry, go to Enter Online and register (if you haven’t already done so). Then complete the entry form for this category and upload your audio entry. Click on Save to Later. This allows you to edit, print draft copies, delete or update your entry right up to the closing date (4pm on Thursday 30th June 2016).

Submission information

There are two mp3 files required for each entry in this category. The first mp3 is a compilation of material broadcast during the validity period 1st June 2015- 31st May 2016, containing a minimum of 6 extracts, up to a maximum of 30 minutes duration. The second mp3 is a compilation of material broadcast on the specific date nominated, containing a minimum of 6 extracts, up to a maximum of 30 minutes duration. All stations will be notified of this date retrospectively.

The entry must be supported by a 500 word paragraph.

F2 Music Station of the Year

Relevant stations are invited to enter.

The nominated day for station of the year is Thursday 28th April 2016.

Two 30 minute MP3 entries are required in this category - one entry contains extracts from the nominated date ( to be advised) and one entry contains a compilation from the year within the validity dates of 01 06 2015 – 31 05 2016. The designated date entry is required to be in chronological order but the year- long entry is not required to be in chronological order. There is a change in the judging criteria this year in that 75% of marks will be allocated to the year-long entry with 25% of marks allocated to the nominated date entry.

Entry Requirements and Conditions of Entry

The programmes from which your entries are extracted must have been broadcast within the validity period: 1st June 2015 to 31st May 2016.

Each mp3 file should contain a minimum of 6 unedited extracts taken from a number of programmes and not exceed 30 minutes duration. The designated date entry is required to be in chronological order but the year- long entry is not required to be in chronological order.

The extracts must be separated with a 2 seconds dead air, so that Judges will understand where each extract ends and the next one begins. You will be asked to complete the running order of extracts on the entry form.

No other editing is permitted and all other programme material should be included in full.  For example you are NOT permitted to take the first three minutes of an interview, fade down and then include a further piece from that same interview. You may either include one excerpt from the interview or the entire interview, should it fall within the time allowed for that entry. Please go to the rules and read carefully all the rules relating to the Submission of Broadcast Material .  

Additional post-production audio material such as voice links, introductions or sign-offs are not permitted i.e. do not use voice links, stings, music beds or other post-produced elements. Judges are specifically instructed to disqualify should this occur.

The entry must be supported by a 500 word paragraph. The online entry form is designed to only permit a maximum of 500 words.

You must now go to rules for rules regarding Submitting Broadcast Material and Submitting Written Material.

Who can Enter?

Entries can be made by licensed analogue and digital terrestrial commercial and public service radio stations operating on the island of Ireland. Entries must have originated from and been first broadcast on the island of Ireland.

Entries to this category are free of charge

For further details see Submitting Written Material on 'How to Enter' page.

How do I enter this category?

Once you have read all the entry requirements and conditions of entry for this category, and have finalised your audio entry, go to Enter Online and register (if you haven’t already done so). Then complete the entry form for this category and upload your audio entry. Click on Save to Later. This allows you to edit, print draft copies, delete or update your entry right up to the closing date (4pm on Thursday 30th June 2016).

Submission information

There are two mp3 files required for each entry in this category. The first mp3 is a compilation of material broadcast during the validity period 1st June 2015- 31st May 2016, containing a minimum of 6 extracts, up to a maximum of 30 minutes duration. The second mp3 is a compilation of material broadcast on the specific date nominated, containing a minimum of 6 extracts, up to a maximum of 30 minutes duration. All stations will be notified of this date retrospectively.

The entry must be supported by a 500 word paragraph.

F3 Full Service Station of the Year

Relevant stations are invited to enter

The nominated day for station of the year is Thursday 28th April 2016.

Two 30 minute MP3 entries are required in this category - one entry contains extracts from the nominated date ( to be advised) and one entry contains a compilation from the year within the validity dates of 01 06 2015 – 31 05 2016. The designated date entry is required to be in chronological order but the year- long entry is not required to be in chronological order. There is a change in the judging criteria this year in that 75% of marks will be allocated to the year-long entry with 25% of marks allocated to the nominated date entry.

Entry Requirements and Conditions of Entry

The programmes from which your entries are extracted must have been broadcast within the validity period: 1st June 2015 to 31st May 2016.

Each mp3 file should contain a minimum of 6 unedited extracts taken from a number of programmes and not exceed 30 minutes duration. The designated date entry is required to be in chronological order but the year- long entry is not required to be in chronological order.

The extracts must be separated with a 2 seconds dead air, so that Judges will understand where each extract ends and the next one begins. You will be asked to complete the running order of extracts on the entry form.

No other editing is permitted and all other programme material should be included in full.  For example you are NOT permitted to take the first three minutes of an interview, fade down and then include a further piece from that same interview. You may either include one excerpt from the interview or the entire interview, should it fall within the time allowed for that entry. Please go to the rules and read carefully all the rules relating to the Submission of Broadcast Material .  

Additional post-production audio material such as voice links, introductions or sign-offs are not permitted i.e. do not use voice links, stings, music beds or other post-produced elements. Judges are specifically instructed to disqualify should this occur.

The entry must be supported by a 500 word paragraph. The online entry form is designed to only permit a maximum of 500 words.

You must now go to rules for rules regarding Submitting Broadcast Material and Submitting Written Material.

Who can Enter?

Entries can be made by licensed analogue and digital terrestrial commercial and public service radio stations operating on the island of Ireland. Entries must have originated from and been first broadcast on the island of Ireland.

Entries to this category are free of charge

For further details see Submitting Written Material on ‘How to Enter’ page.

How do I enter this category?

Once you have read all the entry requirements and conditions of entry for this category, and have finalised your audio entry, go to Enter Online and register (if you haven’t already done so). Then complete the entry form for this category and upload your audio entry. Click on Save to Later. This allows you to edit, print draft copies, delete or update your entry right up to the closing date (4pm on Thursday 30th June 2016).

Submission information

There are two mp3 files required for each entry in this category. The first mp3 is a compilation of material broadcast during the validity period 1st June 2015- 31st May 2016, containing a minimum of 6 extracts, up to a maximum of 30 minutes duration. The second mp3 is a compilation of material broadcast on the specific date nominated, containing a minimum of 6 extracts, up to a maximum of 30 minutes duration. All stations will be notified of this date retrospectively.

The entry must be supported by a 500 word paragraph.

Group A
Music Programming Awards

Each programme may only enter one programme category and only once into that category. Stations may submit no more than 5 entries per category.

To recognize music programmes which have at least 60% music content

Group B
News and Sports Programming Awards

This group of awards is to recognize the best of programming in news, current affairs and sports

Each programme may only enter one programme category and only once into that category. Stations may submit no more than 5 entries per category.

Group C
Speech Programming Awards

Each programme may only enter one programme category and only once into that category.Stations may submit no more than 5 entries per category.

Group D
General Programming Awards

Stations may submit no more than 5 entries per category.

Group F
Station of the Year awards

Stations can enter only one of the categories F1 to F3 and entry here is free. Select the category most appropriate for your station.