Friday 22 March 2019

C103's Patricia nominated for top award

Bill Browne

For almost three decades Patricia Messinger has been the voice of north Cork, broadcasting from the C103 studios in Mallow with her Cork Today daily staple for thousands of listeners across the region. 

This week her immense contribution to local radio was once again recognised by industry outsiders after Patricia was nominated for the IMRO Speech Broadcaster of the Year award in the Local/Regional category. 

First aired on November 15, 1990 on what was then 103FM County Sound, the Cork Today show has been essential listening for tens of thousands of people for more than a quarter of a century. It holds the distinction of being the longest running current affairs show on Irish radio. 

In 2015 the stations flagship show marked 25 years on air by scooping the Current Affairs award at the PPI Radio Awards for an emotionally charged edition that tackled the issue of care homes and workers following the Aras Atracta scandal. 

This was the fifth time that the show had been nominated and it beat off stiff competition from national stations, including Newstalk's Pat Kenny Show, to win the prestigious award. Patricia said she was delighted to receive the latest nomination. 

"Given the high level of broadcasting across the country in this category I feel a nomination is a win - anything else will be a bonus," she said.  "I want to thank all our loyal listeners who tune in each weekday to the show and contribute. It is great for media based in the county of Cork to be nominated in national awards." 

The Cork Today show producer John Paul McNamara said he believed one of the key ingredients to the success of the cork Today show was Patricia's empathy and her ability to encourage people to share their stories on air.

"She is such a familiar voice to so many people and after 28-years on air people feel they know and trusts her," he said. 

The category winners in this years IMRO National Radio Awards, which are run across the 32 counties on the island, will be announced at a gala bash taking place in Kilkenny next month.