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WLR major refurbishment revealed!

The brand-new look for WLR FM was unveiled this week after a major refurbishment and technical upgrade was made to the WLR Studios.

The first two of six WLR studios are now in operation and began broadcasting this week.

The studios were project managed by WLR’s Chief Engineer Pat Maher who led the project.

Pat said:

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β€œIt’s great to see all the work coming to fruition and presenters starting to use the updated studio. This is a major technology change for WLR and it opens up fabulous opportunities for what WLR can now do with technology and various ways of interacting with our listeners.”

This is the first major refurbishment in a number of years and it will enhance WLR’s audio, video and digital offering.

The upgraded studios have the latest digital audio products supplied by Radio services.

All studios are fitted with the latest video technology and utilise LED technology as well as a lighting system which is more energy efficient.

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WLR’s Operations Manager, Michael Byrne said: "The addition of video and new audio facilities allows us to reach more people across all platforms. It has been great to be part of the planning and delivery of the first phase of upgrade. Delivering a first-class local service to our listeners is our priority and investments like this are key in maintaining the high standards that we strive for daily.”

The studio re-fit is the final part of the overall upgrade of the WLR brand after upgrading our Outside Broadcast Unit, website, mobile app, Smart Speaker app and on-air imaging package in the last 18 months.

"When completed early in 2023, WLR will have world class studio facilities for producing radio, video and podcasts of the highest quality. We are very excited by the progress the city and county is making and want to be part of a forward-looking, positive Waterford. The facilities at the Broadcast Centre are the best anywhere and are important to help attract and keep the best talent, ” Des Whelan, WLR Managing Director said.

The Broadcast Centre has 10 radio studios in total and is shared between WLR FM and Beat.

The centre is also home to a state-of-the-art TV-style studio with live video and editing facilities.

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