Playlist Mix Wins Best Podcaster – A Thank You

Playlist Mix wins Best Podcast at the 2008 Irish Web Awards
Photo robbed (hoping he won’t mind) from Keith Bohanna

So last night in Dublin myself, Costigan and 298 other people (maybe a few more or less) turned out for the 2008 Irish Web Awards.

While we had made plans to attend long before the longlists and shortlists were announced, it was nice also nice to be represented in two categories – myself as Best Podcaster with Playlist Mix (weekly on a Tuesday) and myself and Ross there to represent in the Best Music Site category. Little did I think I’d be walking away with a trophy and a bottle of champagne to match!

Then of course, little did Elly Parker think she’d end up wearing the bottle of champagne, but when someone sprays you in Formula One-style celebration, it’s only right to return the gesture.

I’ve no idea what I said in accepting the award – nothing to do with the two pints and a tequila I’d had before taking my seat for the start – but the surprise was genuine and I apologise if I sounded like a babbling idiot on stage. Though photo evidence suggests that both Ross and Darragh have the acceptance on video.

Seriously though – thank you. To the judges, to the other podcasters in the category, to Karl Deeter of Irish Mortage Brokers (category sponsor), to Damien and the web awards gang, (I’ve been looking for a new DVD player for ages), Darragh and Niamh for the roof over our heads for the night, to those of you who listen to the podcast and those of you who have yet to listen to the podcast (there’s plenty more to come!). Thanks to Ross as well, always nice to have one of your own share in something like that. Though I blame you for the tequila issues throughout the night. God help the Radisson staff… the look of sheer wonder and disgust on their faces at the same time.

Winning an award aside, the IWAs was simply one of the best nights had out in ages. There were a whole lot of hugs, drinks, chats, random singing, dancing, eating (the food was outstanding), more drinking, more chats, more hugs (why all the hugging?) and finally getting to meet up with the likes of Eoghan, Robin and more.

While it was good to catch up with familiar faces, the awards once again served as a fantastic outlet for connecting with new faces. Introductions were made, chats were had, ideas shared, plans revealed and batted around.

Forget to mention too – thanks (again) to Damien… for the poster. Something I developed as more of a promo graphic to be passed around blogs will now hang on my wall in an extremely lifesize manor… it’s huge, the print quality is great and it’s a total bonus 🙂

Of course, like an idiot, I left the award behind me. Shows how much I was actually expecting to win! Having guarded it safely for the night and stashing it behind the couch on returning to the house from the hotel, I remembered to pack everything into the van… except the award stashed safely behind the house.

While it gets minded in Dublin until Wednesday or Thursday, I’m going to pick out a shelf to hang and place the award on… it’s not all that often I pick up an award so I’ll treasure that one.





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  2. Jennifer October 12, 2008 at 8:37 pm

    Congratulations on your win!

  3. James Corbett October 12, 2008 at 8:43 pm

    Massive congrats to you Ken, you totally deserve the success.

  4. Grannymar October 12, 2008 at 8:49 pm

    Well done Ken, very well deserved!

  5. Sabrina Dent October 12, 2008 at 10:25 pm

    Oh, I was just so completely chuffed for you and you made a really nice speech and just looked so happy. Delighted, really. Well done, muffin 🙂

  6. Niall Kitson October 12, 2008 at 11:54 pm

    You win this time McGuire. But it’s not over until…oh…right…it is over. Ah nuts.

  7. Andy October 12, 2008 at 11:57 pm

    Couldn’t have gone to a more deserving guy – congratulations again!

  8. Ken McGuire October 13, 2008 at 12:05 am

    @Jennifer, @grannymar Thanks 🙂

    @Sabrina Muffin eh? The muffin man? That lives on Drury lane? Great to see you again last night.

    @Niall We’ll meet again. And it was nice to actually meet you and get a face to the name to match.

    @Andy Cheers dude 🙂

  9. Ken McGuire October 13, 2008 at 12:07 am


    Thanks James 🙂 Likely be the Blog Awards when I get to catch up with you again, see what happens.

  10. Phil October 13, 2008 at 12:29 am

    good to meet up again, damn that friend of yours does not know how to keep a low profile, mohawk or not!

    Congrats on the award. I touched it after you left it behind.

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  12. Ken McGuire October 13, 2008 at 12:50 am


    Can’t believe I left it behind – I was sure it was thefirst thing I put into the van this morning, seen as I remembered feckin everything else!

    Good to catch up again and get an an insight to the seedier side of Flickr at 5am!

    As for Costigan… he doesn’t know the definition of the term “low profile”

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  14. Darren October 13, 2008 at 10:11 am

    You won something?

  15. Ken McGuire October 13, 2008 at 10:13 am

    @Darren A hangover, perhaps. Forgot to congratulate you on winning that bottle of champagne…

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  18. Niamh October 13, 2008 at 5:55 pm

    Well done again Ken…I’m keeping it safe for you til we/he is in KK. Probably this week, you won’t have too long to wait!

  19. keith bohanna October 13, 2008 at 9:42 pm

    about time you pulled your finger out and won one of these 🙂


  20. Ken McGuire October 13, 2008 at 11:13 pm

    @keith It wasn’t intentional, but I’m smiling 🙂

  21. Ken McGuire October 14, 2008 at 12:20 am


    Ta for that 🙂 Gives me plenty of time to pick out a new shelf, or dust off an old one.

  22. Martin Bridgeman October 14, 2008 at 5:55 pm

    Nice won, sorry couldn’t resist the pun. Well done!! Maybe now you’ll resist the temptation to expose yourself on stage in future (;-p)

  23. Ken McGuire October 14, 2008 at 10:35 pm

    Cheers Martin… I’m hoping I won’t have to expose myself again on stage for quite a while. At least with the radio play at hand I’ll be able to keep my clothes on for another few months.

  24. Martin Bridgeman October 15, 2008 at 12:38 am

    Glad to hear it, Ken; let’s keep the clothes on and the imagination on loftier thoughts that the half a dozen knob gags that sprang to mind that night.

    Looking forward to TWOTW. Nothing like a bit of the ‘oul Armageddon to be going on with.

    Hang on.

    So sorry for the delay it took me a minute to get that word. I had to wait until Google asked me “Did you mean: “Armageddon ” I hope it didn’t spoil your reading pleasure.

    All joking aside, well done!! Ádh mór!!!!


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