2012 PPI RADIO AWARDS
Outstanding Achievement Award
As we all know the development and production of a radio show demands great talent. Producers, researchers, presenters all seeking to be different, to be innovative and to be the best.
Over the years the PPI radio awards have celebrated the achievements of our talented ON AIR presenters. This year the PPI committee felt it was important to showcase the work of the unsung heroes, those who pull the strings behind the scenes and deliver great radio.
The first Outstanding Achievement Award goes to someone who had dedicated their life to radio. This person’s vision and drive for excellence in Independent Radio is a key force in the strong sector we have today. Her influence, philosophy and work ethic is evident in many of her colleagues, past and present. Having worked closely with this person her role was always of Mentor, challenging you to think and be better. At other times her role was of a sister and a mother.
Fiona Stack, General Manager of Radio Kerry
After joining Radio Kerry in 1991 and quickly rising to the position of Head of News and Current affairs, Fiona established her credentials on a National level through her involvement in the "Women on Air" initiative where she took an active part in developing the role of women in the industry.
In 2002 Fiona moved to Newstalk as Station Editor at a crucial time in its history. It was here that she worked tirelessly to establish the credibility of the station prior to its going National. This culminated in a PPI station of the year award in 2004.
Returning to Kerry in 2005 as General Manger, Fiona established a strong editorial influence on the programme schedule resulting in a PPI station of the year award in that same year.
Subsequently Radio Kerry under her guidance has won the station of the year award on two further occasions.
Since her return to Radio Kerry in 2005 Fiona has played an active part in many industry initiatives such as the Learning Waves training programme, which she has chaired, and is still an active committee member.
I know you will all agree that Fiona Stack is a most worthy recipient of the first Outstanding Achievement Award.