Jin­gle bell rock at Christ­mas FM

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - Weekly Guide To Entertainment Friday 04.12.2009 - lmur­phy@irish­times.com

The street lights are up, the shop win­dow dis­plays are at full-tilt, and now the air­waves have been in­vaded by yule­tide cheer.

Christ­mas FM, Ire­land’s only ded­i­cated Christ­mas ra­dio sta­tion, went on air in Dublin (100.3FM), Cork (106.7FM) and on­line this week for the sec­ond year run­ning. The sta­tion will broad­cast a mix­ture of Christ­mas songs and chat 24 hours a day un­der a tem­po­rary li­cence un­til De­cem­ber 28th. It hopes to raise more than ¤35,000 for the Si­mon Com­mu­nity through on­line do­na­tions, texts and cor­po­rate spon­sor­ship.

What’s more, the sta­tion is also run­ning a na­tion­wide song con­test to find the best orig­i­nal Christ­mas ditty. The gaunt­let was thrown down to mu­si­cians in Oc­to­ber. A panel of judges (in­clud­ing yours truly) whit­tled down the en­tries to five songs, which will be un­veiled to­day on www.christ­masfm.ie.

The short­listed songs will be played on the sta­tion and made avail­able on­line this week­end, and lis­ten­ers can vote for their favourite by text be­fore the win­ner is an­nounced next Wed­nes­day.

Joint pro­gramme di­rec­tor Daragh O’Sul­li­van said that mu­si­cians had risen to the chal­lenge with aplomb. “We’re now call­ing on the pub­lic and Christ­mas FM’s lis­ten­ers to join in the fes­tive spirit by tex­ting in and by do­ing so, help­ing the Si­mon Com­mu­ni­ties of Dublin and Cork.”

Fe­line fes­tive: don’t say we never give you any­thing

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