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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.

WLR FM slogan: "First for Waterford"

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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

John Keane returns to WLR as new presenter of the Spin Home
He's coming home! John Keane is set to make a return to WLR as the station's newest presenter.More >>
radiotoday.ie - 22.03.2024
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

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Playlist 19

WISHING WELL - TERENCE TRENT D'ARBY
04:23WISHING WELL - TERENCE TRENT D'ARBY
COLA - CAMELPHAT & ELDERBROOK
04:19COLA - CAMELPHAT & ELDERBROOK
HEAVEN AND HELL - 20TH CENTURY STEEL BAND
04:14HEAVEN AND HELL - 20TH CENTURY STEEL BAND
MYSTERIOUS WAYS - U2
04:10MYSTERIOUS WAYS - U2
WLR-IMRO LOCAL STATION OF THE YEAR.
04:10WLR-IMRO LOCAL STATION OF THE YEAR.
ABOUT DAMN TIME - LIZZO
04:07ABOUT DAMN TIME - LIZZO
TIME OF YOUR LIFE - GREEN DAY
04:04TIME OF YOUR LIFE - GREEN DAY
WLR-IMRO LOCAL STATION OF THE YEAR.
04:04WLR-IMRO LOCAL STATION OF THE YEAR.
STRAWBERRY FIEL - THE BEATLES
04:01STRAWBERRY FIEL - THE BEATLES
I'LL BE MISSING YOU - PUFF DADDY AND FAITH EVANS
03:58I'LL BE MISSING YOU - PUFF DADDY AND FAITH EVANS
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WLR FM's programmes19

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.
06:00 - The Big Breakfast Blaa
Start your day with Ollie Carroll, Dymphna Nugent and the WLR News team on The Big Breakfast Blaa, who will bring you plenty of on-air banter, laughter, great music, fantastic competitions, features and much, much more… And as well as being entertained you’ll also be kept well informed with all the very latest news, sport and traffic updates from our team. It's as much a part of Waterford life as the Blaa itself! The Big Breakfast Blaa is brought to you in association with Coffee House Lane Listen back to The Big Breakfast Blaa here.
10:00 - Déise Today
The award-winning Déise Today is Waterford's most listened to radio show, with topics that are relevant, diverse, sometimes sad, sometimes funny, and always compelling. Damien Tiernan delivers a quality programme day after day, dealing with the issues that matter to Waterford people and providing a voice to the ordinary person. There’s also no hiding for the decision-makers! If you have a story to share with us, email deisetoday@wlrfm.com. Déise Today is brought to you in association with EirGrid Listen back to Déise Today here.
12:00 - The Live Wire
Cruise your way through the afternoon with Gemma Delaney whose cheery tones and energy will have you sailing blissfully through that mid-day slump on The Live Wire! A great mix of interviews, classic hits, and fun, fun, fun, are just some of what Gemma has to offer each weekday until 3pm. The Live Wire is brought to you by Bolands Waterford. Listen back to The Live Wire here.
15:00 - The Spin Home
On The Spin Home, let John Keane fill you in on the happenings of the day and also entertain you with interesting features, competitions, and great music to take your mind off the gridlock! The music will keep you chilled out, the latest news and sports bulletins will keep you informed, and the regular traffic reports will ensure your journey isn’t longer than it needs to be! The Live Wire is brought to you by Waterford City Ford. Listen back to The Spin Home here.
18:00 - Lár Na Páirce
Listen in every Friday evening as Tomás McCarthy presents an hour-long GAA show, where he delves into the latest matches and events, with a special focus on Waterford games. "Lár Na Páirce" keeps you updated on all things GAA. Missed an episode? Catch up on "Lár Na Páirce" here.
19:00 - Special Brew
Kick-off your weekend dancing with Ray C on Special Brew every Friday evening. Ray C knows his music inside out, and it's reflected in his eclectic mix of tunes. Listen back to Special Brew here.
22:00 - Absolute Irish with John O’Shea
John O’Shea plays the best country and Irish songs for his legion of loyal listeners on Absolute Irish which is one of the most popular in the WLR evening schedule. Let John ease you into Monday morning with your favourite hits…what better way to lift your mood for the week ahead! Listen back to Absolute Irish here.