PPI RADIO AWARDS
The Irish Radio industry gathered at Lyrath Hotel, Kilkenny this evening to celebrate the thirteenth annual PPI Radio Award ceremony. The PPIs is the premier annual event in the radio industry calendar, known as the ‘Oscars’ of Irish radio. The PPIs recognise excellence in all areas of Irish radio broadcasting including news, talk, sport, music and entertainment.
The evening started with the presentation of the coveted ‘The Outstanding Achievement Award’ to Ian Dempsey of Today Fm by Dick Doyle CEO PPI. Ian will join luminaries such as Michéal Ó Muircheartaigh, Jimmy Magee, Marian Finucane, Des Whelan, Gay Byrne, Larry Gogan, Mario Rosenstock, and Fiona Stack as Outstanding Achievement Award winners.
This year, 75 judges from Ireland and the UK had the task of selecting the finest in their field from a record number of entries, over 600, from almost every station broadcasting in the country. The gala event reached a record attendance with over six hundred and fifty representatives from radio from North and South. The PPIs is supported by Broadcasting Authority Of Ireland. (BAI).
It’s tough to get to the top, and even tougher to stay there. To be successful, you need both the will to win and a determination to make your mark. It’s almost a presumption to say that a strong ego is necessary to achieve success of any kind. Yet in contrast to this, Ian Dempsey has remained at the top of his game for 25 years. Unchanged by his success and never losing his common touch, Ian’s unassuming personality belies the myth that only the aggressive will succeed. He has charted his way to the top showing understanding for all around him and never failing to understand the needs and ambitions of his audience.
It all started for Ian over 30 years ago when he was drawn to the excitement of the pirate radio scene in Dublin. By 1980, the national broadcaster RTE sought to capture some of that excitement and included Ian Dempsey in its trawl of talent. Before long, he was hosting the weekend Breakfast Show and later Poporama (with Ruth Buchanan), the Night Train and the Great Giveaway Show. He was also key in developing the Hotline, a novel idea in a pre-digital age where you phoned in and requested your song from a list printed in a daily newspaper! In the mid eighties, he moved to the Breakfast Show and by 1989 had established himself as the pre-eminent breakfast show presenter. During this time, the now iconic afternoon television show, “Dempsey’s Den” hit our T.V. screens. As well as endorsing Ian’s talent, the show gave birth to the alien twins, Zig and Zag, which gave them their big break into television. Ian’s style is best described as informal and relaxed and his rapport with contributors was particularly strong whether it was with Des Cahill on sports or Simon Young providing comedy with the character Jimmy. Surrounded by success, it was presumed he had achieved much of what he had set out to do – but there was more to come.
In 1998 Ian Dempsey was offered the breakfast show on the newly re launched Today FM and made what was an extremely brave move at the time to the fledgling station. Launched with one of the great advertising lines, “Look Who We’ve Poached for Breakfast”, Ian set out to add a new dimension to his radio career with a brand new team and his own brand of positivity and fun for Ireland’s early morning risers.
The Ian Dempsey Breakfast Show has grown to be not just one of the most notable shows on Today FM’s schedule, but also the most popular entertainment-based breakfast shows in the country. He might have an above average interest in David Bowie, but Ian has helped bring many new artists and their music to the fore through his show. He was very much central in bringing Mario Rosenstock’s comedic talent to the attention of Irish audiences through Gift Grub. This has developed from being a 5 minute radio slot into a property that has spawned albums, DVD’s live tours and a TV series. Guiding it along the path was Ian in his role as executive producer.
At all times Ian has used his celebrity status well seeking to endorse good work for charitable purposes, most notably through his advocacy of the Special Olympics of whom he is now a patron. With Today FM he has travelled to Japan and America on a number of occasions to highlight the good work being carried out by this charity. He has won many awards for his programme, including a batch of PPI’s.
Ian Dempsey has won the hearts and minds of the Irish public more than once and is living proof that while it is nice to be important, it’s more important to be nice.
Further information : Lindsey Holmes 01 4970313/087 2562835