BROADCASTING legend Joe Duffy has been named as one of three radio figures to be inducted into the PPI Radio Awards Hall of Fame.
The ‘Liveline’ presenter, renowned voice over artist and singer Bill Golding and managing director of Clare FM and Tipp FM Liam O’Shea were selected for the honour in recognition of their “exceptional contribution to radio in Ireland.”
The trio will be formally inducted into the Hall of Fame at a star-studded PPI Radio Awards ceremony attended by 650 guests at the Lyrath Estate Hotel in Kilkenny on Friday.
They join household names such as Gay Byrne, Marian Finucane, Jimmy Magee and the late Gerry Ryan, who have already been included in the rollcall of Irish broadcasting greats.
Commenting on his selection, Mr Duffy said: “It’s a great honour for me personally. I do firmly believe that ‘Liveline’ is a vital part of Irish life and contributes to the national discourse, debate, education and entertainment. It is an honour and a privilege to be such a part of it.”
Mr Golding, who boasts an enormous range of accents and characters, is the voice behind “Old Mister Brennan” and “Mister Kipling”. He is known and loved by generations of Irish children as ‘Rory’ in ‘Wanderly Wagon’.
Mr O’Shea joined Clare FM in 1998 and is credited with turning it from a loss-making to a commercially successful and multi-award winning station. He was also one of the founding members and a former director of Newstalk radio.