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Northern Ireland radio stations strike 'gold' at this year's IMRO Awards

Connor Brennan from Q Radio won the Newcomer of the Year award

NORTHERN Ireland radio stations and presenters have struck 'gold' at this year's IMRO Awards.

The annual event celebrates the best in radio content and talent that Ireland has to offer.

This year's awards ceremony was hosted online by Irish comedian Dermot Whelan with hundreds of radio figures from across Ireland tuning in from the comfort of their own homes.

Among those to receive a coveted accolade was Q Radio presenter Connor Brennan, who scooped gold in one of the most hotly contested categories, Newcomer of the Year.

The Radio Awards committee named it the Gay Byrne Award this year, with the accolade recognising the best in new talent.

Mr Brennan said he was "incredibly honoured to win" adding "what a year it's been - thank you to anyone who listens to me talk nonsense on the radio and of course the amazing team at Q Radio".

It was also the only gold awarded on the evening to a local commercial radio station from Northern Ireland.

Another 'gold' winner on the night was John Toal, who scooped both the 'Magazine Programme of the Year' and 'Specialist Music Broadcaster of the Year' awards.

BBC Radio Ulster and Foyle also won several golds in different categories, including The Nolan Show which scooped the best 'Interactive Speech Programme'.

The big winners on the night were Newstalk who won 'Station of the Year', Cork's Red FM winning 'Music Station of the Year' and WLR (Waterford Local Radio) scooping 'Local Station of the Year'.

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