Ann Marie Walsh

About Me:

I joined Christmas FM as one of the elves in 2016.  In my teens, I got my start in media on Radio Kilkenny where I presented an award-winning show. After graduating from the Rock School Ballyfermot, I ran gigs at Project Arts Centre, worked as a club DJ and with 2FM on festival OB’s and on the Fanning show. In Germany I worked on Expo 2000 and with ‘Madchester’ Tony Wilson on UK music industry conventions.

I’m a presenter/producer with and I run Novatone Music Media, working with Irish & international artists, events and tours. I’ve managed radio PR campaigns for Fringe Festival, St Patrick’s Festival, Festival of World Cultures & more.  I work as a stage & event manager, a lecturer in music media colleges and I enjoy songwriting & recording.

Your role at Christmas FM:

Promotions & Administration and On Air.

Why Christmas FM:

Christmas FM has an incredible reach to listeners across the world who count down the days to the start of our FM broadcast with great enthusiasm. The reaction from listeners is amazing and Christmas FM is central to the festive experience for so many. It is a pleasure to be part of a team who work tirelessly to bring the magic of Christmas to our listeners. It’s been very moving to witness our charity partners benefiting so much from the generous donations – thats what its all about!

My Favourite Christmas Song:

‘Driving Home for Christmas’ Chris Rea – I’ll always remember my brother and I singing along to it in the car coming home one Christmas eve.

My Favourite Christmas Food:

Our homemade stuffing with lots of sprouts. Yummy – as long as they’re not overcooked!

My Favourite Christmas Movie:

Anything with good animation and laughs.

My Favourite Christmas Tradition:

Watching our dog Darby ripping open his Christmas cracker!

Where I’m From:

I currently live in north County Wexford but I’m originally from Co Kilkenny, daughter of a farmer who was also a big band musician and a mother who loved singing. I grew up surrounded by nature and music – two things I still love. I won the ‘Best Regional Presenter’ Award from Hot Press Magazine for my Radio Kilkenny music show. I have spoken as a music industry panelist at conferences and I enjoy teaching students, helping guide them as they start their careers.

My Elf Name is:

Twinkle Toes or Elf Ann Marie