WLR FM was Irelands Local Radio Station for the year 2013 and the dominant media force in Waterford. The station's share of the radio audience is considerably larger than that of the national and regional stations in Waterford and the quality and diversity of programmes attracts over 75% of all adults each week.
WLR FM broadcasts 24 hours a day from state of the art studios in both Waterford City and Dungarvan. You can follow WLR FM on Facebook and Twitter and also listen to WLR FM on your Android and IPhones.
WLR FM is currently Irelands Local Station of the Year 2013. WLR FM have won many awards over the years including: A BCI New Adventures Award; A GAA McNamee Award; A South East Marketing Award; 2 Business to Arts awards, A Fairplay for Airplay award. A Digital Media Award for best Web podcasting and many Radio Advertising Awards.
WLR FM have been successful in winning some PPI Radio awards over the years for Best Short Feature 2002 for "On This Day" , Best Current Affairs Programme 2003 for "Deise AM", Best Drama 2003 for "In My Father's House" , Best Community Focus 2004 for "How are EU?", Best Sports Programme 2005 for "Confessions of an Exeter City Nut" , Bronze Award for Best Sports Coverage 2008 for "The Final Chapter", Silver Award for Local Station of the Year 2008, PPI Award for Outstanding Achievement 2008 for Des Whelan, Silver Award for Best Sports Story 2009 for "The 2008 All-Ireland" Bronze Award for WLR FM Station Imaging 2009, Winner of Best Local radio station of the year 2009 and Bronze Award for Best Documentary 2010 for "Waterford's Hurling Jubilee.
WLR Fm were also short-listed for PPI awards in: Best Documentary 2003 for "On The Beat", Local Station Of The Year 2003 for "Full Service", Best Drama 2004 for "Little Bits". Local Station Of The Year 2004, Best Drama 2005 for "The Boy Soldier", Best Speech Broadcaster 2005 for Billy McCarthy, Best Documentary 2006 for "Waterford and The Great War", Best Documentary 2007 for"The Glass", Best Community and Social Action 2007 for "The WLR FM Trawler Tragedy Appeal" Best On-Air competition 2007 for "The WLR FM Sony Centre Star Search", Best Drama 2009 for "Murder Cove", Best Station Radio Imaging 2009, Best News Bulletin 2010 for "The WLR FM Lunch-time News".
The original WLR, which was a pirate station, launched on June 23d 1978 broadcasting from just outside the city. This unlicensed operation was one of the longest lasting in the country and continued for just over a decade until its closure at the end of 1988 - new radio licences were to be awarded by the then IRTC (now BAI) in 1989. WLR, with a number of local businessmen on board formed a consortium to apply for the franchise to broadcast to Waterford city and county. The IRTC held oral hearings for the Waterford licence at the Tower Hotel in Waterford city on the 27th April 1989 where all three applicants presented their case. Shortly afterwards it was announced WLR's consortium was victorious. The licensed WLR FM launched on the 8th of September 1989 from studios on Georges Street above the Georges Court Shopping Centre in Waterford City. The station broadcast from these studios for many years until the building of the present purpose-built Broadcast Centre, at Ardkeen, Waterford.
The station has 9 purpose built studios at "The Broadcast Centre", Ardkeen, Waterford City (shared with regional youth station Beat 102 103) and at the Dungarvan studio at The Plaza, Dungarvan. The Broadcast Centre was opened by then Taoiseach Bertie Ahern in 2003 replacing WLR FM's previous studio at Great Georges Street in Waterford City, while the new Dungarvan studio was opened by the Chief Executive of the BAI, Michael O'Keefe on November 10 2007 replacing the existing studio at Harbour Bay in Dungarvan.