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28-11-2010, 12:46   #1
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Christmas FM : Ireland's Christmas Station : 2010

Christmas FM is on the air!

Frequencies are: Dublin - 89.9 | Limerick -105.5 | Cork -106.7 | Galway -89.5 | South East -103.8

The station can also be heard on http://www.christmasfm.ie/ and via an iPhone app available here.

It's just test transmissions for the moment, - the live broadcasts start with the Breakfast Show at 8am with Keith Shanley.

I'll be doing a show myself on Saturday nights from 8 to 10pm (still have to decide on a name for it.. suggestions appreciated!).

Texts to 57000 (start your message with "XMAS") will cost 1 euro and all profits will go to this year's charity partner, Barnardos. The station hopes to raise over €100,000 for them.
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Hi,

Any way of getting involved with the station?

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great station/great cause.
If volunteers needed I would also be willing to help out!
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Hi,

Any way of getting involved with the station?

Ste.
Well they're going on air tomorrow morning so, as you can imagine, they have all the presenters, producers, etc. they need in place by now. The street promotion teams are being run by Barnardos themselves this year. In what way did you want to get involved?
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Well they're going on air tomorrow morning so, as you can imagine, they have all the presenters, producers, etc. they need in place by now. The street promotion teams are being run by Barnardos themselves this year. In what way did you want to get involved?
Should have looked into it earlier alright.

Presenting / News / Sport.

Then again, I'm also going to be away a fair bit in December so I might have to give it a miss.


Great station though, all the best to those involved.
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Yes, it would have been good to have inquired earlier. Presenting is sorted and they won't be doing news/sport - well not in the 'traditional sense' anyway. There will be a news service similar to what they did last year, in that there will be "Christmas Stories" (A mixture of real and fantasy .. Christmas themed happy news which ignores anything too serious - i.e.: bailout/NAMA/politics etc.) and "Traffic & Travel" presented during the Breakfast show.


[EDIT]: Incidentally, it's been pointed out to me that, under the forum charter, this should be appearing in the "pimp my show" thread and not stickied. I believed that this station merited an exception to that rule and I think the reasons why are obvious (i.e.: because it's a temporary/charity station and a very good cause - not specifically because I'm involved in it!). The sticky will be removed in 4 weeks. If you wish to discuss this decision or any other charter/rules based decisions, do so via PM with the moderators, NOT on the thread.

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whats the story with the Christmas Jumpers?
Are they on sale yet?
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Fave Christmas songs:

Wizzard
(Roy Wood is a genius, when will X Factor discover the next Roy Wood??!!)

Elton John

Gilbert O'Sullivan - one we don't hear very often

and my Mum likes David Essex - Winter's Tale!
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Schedule looks like this (for the first week anyway):

Weekdays:

Midnight - 7am : Overnight
Automated
7 - 10am : Christmas Breakfast
Keith Shanley (Mon-Thu) and Garv Rigby (Fri)
10am - 1pm: An All Christmas Morning
Noel McCaul (Mon), Doug Murray (Tue), Jim Kenny (Wed & Thu) and Daragh O'Sullivan (Fri)
1pm - 4pm: Christmas @ Work
Niall Boylan (Mon & Thu), Isobel Tobin (Tue), Chris Barry (Wed & Fri)
4pm - 7pm: Driving Home For Christmas
Enda Caldwell (Mon & Wed), Mathieu Norrie (Tue), Chris Murray (Thu & Fri)
7pm - 10pm: Jingle Bell Rock
Niall Cassidy (Mon), Mike Eastwood (Tue), Noel McCaul (Wed & Thu), Stevie Bolger (Fri)
10pm - Midnight: Christmas Classics
Bernie Jameson (Mon), Lucianne White (Tue), Wendy Grace (Wed), Ray Jackson (Thu), Declan Ralph (Fri)
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Saturday:

Midnight - 7am : Overnight
Automated
7 - 10am : Winter Wonderland
Dave Hynes
10am - 12pm : Christmas Countdown
Daragh O'Sullivan
12pm - 5pm : Continuous Christmas Classics
Jacki Ascough (12-2) & Lynsey Dolan (2-5)
5pm - 8pm : Teatime Show*
Mike Eastwood
8pm - 10pm : Saturday Night Show*
Niall O'Keeffe
10pm - 1am : The Best Christmas Party Ever!
Gary Matthews

*: Show name TBC

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Sunday:

1am - 6am : Overnight
Automated
6am - 8am : Winter Wonderland Stupot
Derek Jones
8am - 12pm : Christmas Wishes
Dave Hynes (8-10) & Damien Allen (10-12)
12pm - 5pm : Continuous Christmas Classics
Niall Cassidy (12-2) & Keith Shanley (2-5)
5pm - 7pm : Teatime Show*
Doug Murray
7pm - 9pm : Sunday Evening Special Show*
Walter Hegarty
9pm - 10pm : Soul Christmas
Chris Maher
10pm - 1am : Easy Christmas
Stevie Bolger

*: Show name TBC
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There's an iphone app, but has anyone successfully got it streaming on Android?

Had it playing on an app called yxplayer but it's all over the place and unlistenable.
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Schedule looks like this (for the first week anyway):

Weekdays:

Midnight - 7am : Overnight
Automated
7 - 10am : Christmas Breakfast
Keith Shanley (Mon-Thu) and Garv Rigby (Fri)
10am - 1pm: An All Christmas Morning
Noel McCaul (Mon), Doug Murray (Tue), Jim Kenny (Wed & Thu) and Daragh O'Sullivan (Fri)
1pm - 4pm: Christmas @ Work
Niall Boylan (Mon & Thu), Isobel Tobin (Tue), Chris Barry (Wed & Fri)
4pm - 7pm: Driving Home For Christmas
Enda Caldwell (Mon & Wed), Mathieu Norrie (Tue), Chris Murray (Thu & Fri)
7pm - 10pm: Jingle Bell Rock
Niall Cassidy (Mon), Mike Eastwood (Tue), Noel McCaul (Wed & Thu), Stevie Bolger (Fri)
10pm - Midnight: Christmas Classics
Bernie Jameson (Mon), Lucianne White (Tue), Wendy Grace (Wed), Ray Jackson (Thu), Declan Ralph (Fri)
Saturday:

Midnight - 7am : Overnight
Automated
7 - 10am : Winter Wonderland
Dave Hynes
10am - 12pm : Christmas Countdown
Daragh O'Sullivan
12pm - 5pm : Continuous Christmas Classics
Jacki Ascough (12-2) & Lynsey Dolan (2-5)
5pm - 8pm : Teatime Show*
Mike Eastwood
8pm - 10pm : Saturday Night Show*
Niall O'Keeffe
10pm - 1am : The Best Christmas Party Ever!
Gary Matthews


Sunday:

1am - 6am : Overnight
Automated
6am - 8am : Winter Wonderland Stupot
Derek Jones
8am - 12pm : Christmas Wishes
Dave Hynes (8-10) & Damien Allen (10-12)
12pm - 5pm : Continuous Christmas Classics
Niall Cassidy (12-2) & Keith Shanley (2-5)
5pm - 7pm : Teatime Show*
Doug Murray
7pm - 9pm : Sunday Evening Special Show*
Walter Hegarty
9pm - 10pm : Soul Christmas
Chris Maher
10pm - 1am : Easy Christmas
Stevie Bolger


Looking at the lineup and adding a few more names that I read are involved - Mike Maloney, Hugh O'Brien, Paul Scanlon, Electric Eddie, Simon Young, Tommy Green, Ray G, Brendan Flanagan and Andrea Hayes - it is possible to see a few patterns.

Firstly, there are a number of people in the lineup who were previously involved with other temporary-licenced stations.

Mike Maloney, Niall Boylan and Chris Barry - Real Radio
Hugh O'Brien - Choice FM
Simon Young - Hot Country
Damien Allen - Choice FM and 949 The Rock
Tommy Green - 949 The Rock
Ray G - Premier FM and Play
Garv Rigby and Daragh O Sullivan - Premier FM, Choice FM and 949 The Rock.
Jim Kenny - Premier FM, Choice FM, Hot Country and very briefly behind the scenes Heartbeat FM
Enda Caldwell - The Word, Choice FM, 949 The Rock, The 90s Network, Hot Country, Real Radio and Heartbeat FM
Niall Cassidy - Premier FM, Hot Country and Heartbeat FM
Bernie Jamieson - Choice FM and Premier FM
Ray Jackson, Walter Hegarty, Derek Jones and Mike Eastwwod - Premier FM
Dave Hynes - Premier FM, 949 The Rock, Hot Country and Heartbeat FM
Niall O'Keeffe - Real Radio and Open FM
Gary Matthews - Premier FM and Heartbeat FM...
and AFAIK - Brendan Flanagan - Choice FM and 949 The Rock

There is also a strong correlation with Dublin's Country 106.8/Sunshine 106.8. The following have gone through that station (past or present): Mike Maloney, Hugh O'Brien, Andrea Hayes, Tommy Green, Keith Shanley, Noel McCaul, Niall Boylan, Chris Barry, Jim Kenny and Lynsey Dolan.

The following have done stints with 2FM: Mike Maloney, Hugh O'Brien, Electric Eddie, Simon Young and Paul Scanlon.
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Finally got it working on Android.

You need an app called XiaaLive Lite. And then the pls file should open and stream in that fine.

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Declan,

Niall Boylan and Mike Moloney's are more than just temp station guys as I'm sure you know... Mike having had a late night 2FM show for years and currently presenting on Radio Nova and Niall (and Chris Barry) having a history with 98FM and FM104. Andrea Hayes also worked on Real Radio with the lads but has also worked with TV3.

I'm Niall O'Keeffe (*waves*) and while you have me listed with Real Radio and OpenFM (both temps which I was involved with), I'm currently doing freelance newsreading and production work with iRadio.

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