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About WLR FM

Listen to the online radio of WLR FM live, which was officially launched in 1989 but had also operated as a pirate radio station for a decade prior. The radio is owned by The Irish Times. WLR FM functions as a local commercial radio station primarily serving the people of its home county as the most important source of information and music. WLR FM has earned multiple awards, including the "Local Station of the Year" title at the PPI Radio Awards in 2012 and Ireland's IMRO Local Station of the Year award in 2019, 2020, 2021, and 2022. The station's playlist features the best pop music from the last 40 years, with specialist programmes also including country and Irish music. Traditional Irish culture is not only reflected in its music but also in native language programmes. As a local radio station, WLR FM provides airtime for debates on locally relevant politics, current affairs, community issues, and a wide range of topics of importance in its talk shows. The broadcaster ensures that oversleeping on weekdays is impossible with its morning show, "The Big Breakfast Blaa", hosted by Ollie Carroll and Dymphna Nugent, airing from 6am to 10am.

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WLR FM frequencies

Ballymacarbry, NE Waterford - 97.5 FMEast County Waterford - 94.8, 97.5 FMSuir Estuary - 94.8 FMWaterford City - 95.1 FMWest County Waterford - 95.1 FM
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News about WLR FM

CEO Des Whelan to step down from WLR after 45 years in radio
Des Whelan, the founding Director, and shareholder of WLR, is stepping down from his role as CEO after 45 years in radio.More >>
radiotoday.ie - 27.01.2024
WLR Christmas Appeal raises €100,000 for St. Vincent de Paul Society
The WLR Christmas Appeal for St. Vincent de Paul has raised €100,000 this year.More >>
radiotoday.ie - 22.12.2023
Five radio station contracts renewed by Coimisiún na Meán
Coimisiún na Meán has renewed broadcasting contracts for radio stations in Galway, Louth and Meath, Mayo, Waterford, and Clare..More >>
radiotoday.ie - 20.12.2023
Today FM, Cork’s Red FM and WLR win top awards at the IMROs
All the winners from the IMRO Radio Awards 2022 have been announced including the top Station of the Year titles. The Full-Service Station of the Year award went to Today FM, Music Station of the Year was won by Cork’s Red FM, whilst the Local Station of the Year award went to WLR FM...More >>
radiotoday.ie - 07.10.2022
Here’s how the new WLR FM studios look after major refurbishment
The brand-new look for WLR FM was unveiled this week after a major refurbishment and technical upgrade was made to the studios. The first two of six WLR studios are now in operation and began broadcasting this week. This is the first major refurbishment in a number of years and it will enhance WLR’s audio, video and digital offering...More >>
radiotoday.ie - 08.09.2022
The WLR Christmas Radio Appeal raises over €100,000
The WLR Christmas Radio Appeal has raised over €100,000 for the St Vincent De Paul in Waterford, Tramore and Dungarvan. Through a series of events over the month of December, WLR listeners came together to raise funds for those most in need in Waterford. Michael Byrne, WLR’s Operations Manager said: “The appeal is a massive undertaking for the station but worth all the time and effort...More >>
radiotoday.ie - 04.01.2022
Vinny and Aoibhin host their first WLR Big Breakfast Blaa
Vinny Bradley and Aoibhin Fallon go back a long way. It’s easy to tell they’re completely relaxed in each other’s company as they dissect their first morning on air together on WLR’s all new Big Breakfast Blaa. Vinny, originally from County Wexford but living in Waterford City for almost two decades, is well used to the early starts having moved from sister station Beat, where he was an integral part of Beat Breakfast for 15 years...More >>
radiotoday.ie - 31.08.2021
WLR’s Christmas Appeal raises over €90,000
This year’s Christmas Appeal at WLR has raised over €90,000 despite restrictions over activities due to the coronavirus. The Money raised will go directly to the SVP in Waterford so they can continue to help the people of Waterford City and County. The services provided not only include financial assistance for food, bills, rent, fuel, and electricity where necessary, but also, support for people in making a better life for themselves and their families. Events this year were difficult due to restrictions, but several virtual events took place including the ‘Wear Red Day’, the annual Santa run, a virtual swim, 12-dogs of Christmas...More >>
radiotoday.ie - 23.12.2020
Showtime returns to WLR FM with Wayne Brown
WLR FM is bringing back its Showtime show with music from the musicals every Sunday with Wayne Brown. Showtime, starting September 20th at 7pm, will feature songs from old favourites like ‘Les Misérables’, ’Chess’ and ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’ to the best up to date modern musicals such as ‘Dear Evan Hansen’, ’Come From Away’ and ‘Hamilton’. Plus – classic shows like ‘Oklahoma’, ‘Fiddler on The Roof’ and ‘My Fair Lady’ mixed with movie musicals like ‘Mamma Mia!’, ‘The Greatest Showman’ and ‘La La Land’. There’ll even be some Disney tunes and Movie Themes thrown in for good measure...More >>
radiotoday.ie - 10.09.2020

Playlist 02

WLR-IMRO LOCAL STATION OF THE YEAR.
22:48WLR-IMRO LOCAL STATION OF THE YEAR.
DUBLIN IS ME - THE DUBLIN CITY RAMBLERS
22:44DUBLIN IS ME - THE DUBLIN CITY RAMBLERS
BRUACH NA CARRAIGE BAINE - MARY BLACK & SEAMUS BEGLEY
22:38BRUACH NA CARRAIGE BAINE - MARY BLACK & SEAMUS BEGLEY
WLR-IMRO LOCAL STATION OF THE YEAR.
22:38WLR-IMRO LOCAL STATION OF THE YEAR.
PEGGY GORDON (WITH THE SECRET SISTERS) - THE CHIEFTAINS
22:34PEGGY GORDON (WITH THE SECRET SISTERS) - THE CHIEFTAINS
GALWAY BAY - SEAN KEANE
22:30GALWAY BAY - SEAN KEANE
WLR-IMRO LOCAL STATION OF THE YEAR.
22:30WLR-IMRO LOCAL STATION OF THE YEAR.
THE WHISTLING GYPSY - ANDY COONEY
22:25THE WHISTLING GYPSY - ANDY COONEY
MOLLY MALONE - ERIN ISLE SINGERS
22:23MOLLY MALONE - ERIN ISLE SINGERS
WLR-IMRO LOCAL STATION OF THE YEAR.
22:22WLR-IMRO LOCAL STATION OF THE YEAR.
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WLR FM's programmes02

00:00 - Overnight Music
WLR doesn't switch off, so you don't have to either. Whether you're on the graveyard shift at work, on child-minding duties, or simply a night owl who snoozes during the day, our overnight music is a brilliant mix of classic, pop, 80s, 90s, 00s, rock, indie, Irish, and more.
07:00 - Seán's Saturday Sunrise
Sean Organ is up and about early on Saturday mornings to welcome in the weekend and uplift listeners with top-class music, a rundown of the morning’s papers and also some great competitions! Plus you’ll hear all the latest news, sport and happenings throughout the County. What better way to get your weekend off to a flying start! Listen back to Seán's Saturday Sunrise here.
09:30 - Farmview
You certainly don’t have to be a farmer to enjoy and be informed by Kieran O’Connor’s long-running ‘Farmview’ programme which continues to be a popular feature of the WLR schedule! Everything from farm gate to dinner plate is up for discussion with emphasis on local news and views across the county of Waterford. Farmview on WLR is brought to you in association with Tirlán. Listen back to Farmview here.
10:00 - The Saturday Café
Join Maria McCann and guests on The Saturday Café as they chat about news, pop culture and lifestyle in a relaxed and fun format. Put the kettle on, sit back and enjoy a cuppa on your Saturday morning while Maria entertains you with the best of talk, music and features. The Saturday Café is brought to you in association with Home Instead. Listen back to The Saturday Café here.
12:00 - On The Ball
Nigel Kelly presents WLR's flagship sports show On The Ball, which airs every Saturday from 12pm. Hear interviews with sporting stars from the GAA, soccer, rugby, golf, boxing, racing and athletics worlds and much more. Listen back to On The Ball here.
13:00 - The Saturday Jukebox
Timmy Ryan has all your sports updates, music and more on The Saturday Jukebox. You can also find Timmy and the WLR Street Team out and about around Waterford and city in the WLR Outside Broadcast Unit. Listen back to The Saturday Jukebox here.
16:00 - Here’s Ricky
Join Rick Whelan every Saturday and Sunday playing all your favourites on Here's Ricky! Whether your musical decade of choice is the 70s or 80s, you’ll find yourself in top form listening to Rick play the classic hits over the airwaves. Listen back to Here's Ricky here.
19:00 - Smash Hits
Ali Reville brings you a nostalgia-drenched celebration of the best 90s music and pop culture every Saturday night on Smash Hits from 7-9pm right here on WLR.
21:00 - Tóg Go Bog É
Tóg go Bog É is presented by Patrick Hennessey. The programme connects listeners on a variety of different topics ranging from music, arts and events, entertainment and anything else that’s happening across Waterford. Patrick has a passion for Irish Language and loves speaking to people, especially in his native tongue! Mixed with the best tunes, this is a show not to be missed each week. Tóg go Bog É , Saturday’s from 9pm-10pm and is repeated Sunday mornings from 6-7am on WLR. Listen back to Tóg Go Bog É here.
22:00 - Ceolta Déise
Ceolta Déise le Míchéal Ó Drisleáin airs Saturdays from 10pm-12am on WLR. Featuring the best in traditional music from Waterford and beyond, Míchéal will be inviting guests in for a chat, and maybe even a session of live music at times. Míchéal has been nominated for ‘Newcomer Of The Year' and ‘Best Irish Language Programme Of The Year' at the IMRO Radio Awards. Join Míchéal for the best of trad and folk music, Saturdays from 10pm here on WLR. Listen back to Ceolta Déise here.