Learning Waves graduates shortlisted for IMRO Newcomer of the Year Award.
The shortlist for the IMRO Radio Awards 2022 were announced yesterday and Learning Waves is delighted to see two of its recent graduates shortlisted for the Gay Byrne New Comer of the Year Award.
Emma Hill who was a graduate from the Learning Waves Journalism Graduate Programme in 2019 is currently a producer for Tipp Today with Fran Curry across Tipp FM. Speaking to Learning Waves about being shortlisted Emma said, ‘It is great to be shortlisted for The Gay Byrne Newcomer IMRO Radio Award this year. It's so exciting! I kickstarted my radio career through the Learning Waves Journalism Graduate programme back in 2019 where I gained extensive journalism and radio production experience. I enjoyed every step along the way and made some great memories from the programme.
It really helped me to prepare for a fast-paced career in the world of radio & the media. I made so many new friends and connections along the way thanks to Learning Waves and their incredible staff, tutors and team. It's a fantastic programme and it's really been a huge benefit to where I am in the industry today, especially with this IMRO nomination and the work I put into get this far. It's absolutely fantastic. If anyone wants to get into radio - this programme is for you’.
Emma also presents an Irish music show called Premier Irish in Tipp FM. Speaking about her work in Tipp FM Emma said, ‘No day is the same and you are constantly learning new things and hearing new stories in an exciting environment. I am very passionate about the airwaves and I am dedicated to generating great radio content. TippFM is the heart of local radio and we always strive to be number 1 in the county for the latest current affairs & stories. I'm delighted and honoured to be representing TippFM this year for the awards in October’.
Max Kane who graduated from the Learning Waves Broadcast Bootcamp course in 2021 is currently working as Junior Researcher and Content Creator in East Coast FM. Speaking to Learning Waves about being nominated for the award, Max Kane said, ‘I owe so much of being shortlisted to my time with Learning Waves. The Broadcast Bootcamp course of 2021 had such a diverse range of people on it, many of whom I keep in contact with and many of whom have found success in the industry. According to Max, the wide variety of topics covered on the course gave him a huge advantage when he started his internship in East Coast FM. Max gave us advice for those looking to get into the industry, he said, ‘when starting out in the radio industry you need to be flexible, you need to be able to do any job that comes your way, you will learn about media law, how to edit, how to work on social media and so much more. In conclusion Max said that he would recommend this course to anyone looking to move their career forward in the radio industry.
The winner of the award will be announced on Friday 7th October at an awards ceremony in the Lyrath Hotel and we wish Emma, Max and all the award nominees the very best of luck on the night.