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The second annual U Magazine 30 Under 30 awards in association with Boots were held at Dublin’s prestigious Number Twenty Two on South Anne Street on Tuesday, 25th July.

The annual awards honouring Ireland’s brightest young female talent, celebrated remarkable women in fields as diverse as STEM, Politics, Fashion, Arts and Entertainment, judged by a panel of experts including Enterprise Ireland’s Sarita Johnston, journalist and activist Sinead Burke, RTE’s Kathryn Thomas, businesswoman Norah Casey and many more.

WLR’s Teresanne O’Reilly won the award for Radio in the Arts and Entertainment category. The judges described Teresanne as a ‘true all-rounder who quickly rose through the ranks in radio’.

Teresanne started working in radio part-time during university in 2009 before taking on a full-time on-air slot on WLR’s sister station Beat 102 103 after graduation. She was then head-hunted by Commincorp (Today FM, Newstalk, Spin) to present on both Spin 103.8 in Dublin and Today FM nationally. At the same time, she also worked as Editor-in-Chief of Communicorp’s digital publication ‘In Magazine’. Teresanne then decided to make the move back to Waterford in 2015 to take on the more challenging role of Assistant Programme Director and Head of Online Content in WLR, all while presenting the station’s prime-time show ‘The Dive Home’ every weekday from 3-6pm.

Speaking about the award, Teresanne says, “Even to be considered among the bright minds and talented people in the room on the night was fantastic, but to ultimately win the award was both a shock and an honour.”

Teresanne’s award is not the only thing WLR is celebrating this week.

The latest Joint National Listenership Research figures show that WLR remains Waterford’s most listened to radio station, ahead of all regional and national stations with 64% of all adults in Waterford listening to WLR every week.

There have been gains across most WLR programmes. The Big Breakfast Blaa scored its highest ever figure in this book. The show has seen an increase in audience by almost 2,000 listeners every 15 minutes; while The Drive Home now has more people listening every day than ever before.

Commenting on the recent success, WLR’s Programme Director, Michael Byrne says: “WLR is a different place to what it was 5 years ago, and we’re changing and improving all the time. The last 6-months has seen some new faces join the ranks and they have made a brilliant contribution to what is a very experienced team. We are delighted with the results.”

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