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Thursday 18 September 2014

Nicky Byrne secures two nominations for radio awards

By Elaine McCahill

Published 04/09/2014 | 07:16

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2fm  Presenters Jenny Greene and Nicky Byrne  pictured at the Rte 2fm Summer launch at Rte Studios  in Donnybrook, Dublin.
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He's only been on air for a few months but Nicky Byrne has been shortlisted in two categories at this year's PPI Radio Awards.

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The former Westlife star has been nominated individually for Best Newcomer and his 2fm programme, which he co-hosts with Jenny Greene in the mid-morning slot, is also up for Best Music Programme.

"I'm beyond chuffed with the two nominations for the show.

"Jenny, along with producer Al, Lindy and Kate have become my on-air family - it's a very exciting time in 2fm," he told the Herald.

Louise Duffy

"I'm looking forward to the awards, it's a black tie affair so I can't wait to stick on an old Westlife suit," he joked.

The dad-of-three's weekday offering has been a major success over the past six months - even beating RTE stalwart Ryan Tubridy in last month's JNLR ratings. Nicky's show had more listeners than any other slot on 2fm, with a total of 145,000 people tuning in.

While they are new additions to the Today FM schedule, presenters Dermot and Dave have been nominated for Best Music Programme for their previous show on 98FM.

Overall RTE won out with 37 nominations, Newstalk received 19 and Today FM got 13.

However, out of 40 nominees just three women were nominated for this year's awards.

Today FM's Louise Duffy was nominated for Best DJ, Shona Murray of Newstalk for Best News Reporter and Sandy Harsch of RTE Radio 1 who is up for Specialist Music Broadcaster of the year.

Model turned presenter Daniella Moyles, who joined the Spin 1038 team on the Zoo Crew this week, took to her Twitter page to hit out at the lack of women recognised.

"Ugh this may appear to come from somewhere other than genuine curiosity, but three female nominees out of 40? Pretty (heartbreaking) for women in radio," she wrote online.

In a move that may shock listeners, radio stalwarts Pat Kenny and Sean O'Rourke weren't nominated individually for their respective shows.

Winners will be announced on October 3.

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