Year 2 brings with it a new home at the D4 Hotel in Ballsbridge. The station is launched by Susan Boyle (a lookalike : ) and Dustin. We raise €70,000 for Simon Community, are now broadcasting to Dublin and Cork, and a Grafton Street Christmas FM Flashmob happens just as we come on air. It is the first year of the Christmas FM song contest with Funzo – This Christmas winning! EBS and Irish Daily Mail Sponsor us.
We’re still in the D4 Hotel and add Limerick, Galway and the South East to Dublin and Cork. Neil Delamare and Dustin launch the station this year, and in 2010, it properly snowed! Barnardos was our Charity Partner and we raised €86,000 for them. The song contest winner was Snow Business – Christmas Time and our costs were covered by EBS and Irish Daily Mail.
Still in the Alexander Hotel, we had the glory of Jedward launching the station. We had our first Charity Partner back this year and raised €100,000 for the ISPCC. The Henry Girls won the Christmas FM song contest with the wonderful Mr. Snowman. EBS, Irish Daily Mail and Clothing.ie sponsor the station this year.
We camp out in the Ballsbridge Hotel this year, and team up with Aware to raise awareness and fund wellbeing classes for teens, raising €85,000. The North East and North Midlands are added to our transmission area, as the station is launched by Brian Kennedy and Dustin. More snow this year : ) and Showstoppers win the song contest with CHRISTMAS. Centra, Vodafone and Irish Daily Mail help us pay the bills this year.
Our Charity Partner is Age Action with a goal of carrying out 5,000 care and repair visits. We end the run raising €107,000. North Wicklow is added to the transmission list, and Monster Monster win the Song Contest with Christmas in Liverpool. We are delighted to have a permanent home in the Ballsbridge Hotel now with Centra sponsoring the whole thing.
This is a record breaking year, as we team up with Make A Wish as our Charity Partner and raise an unprecedented €278,000. Lidl and An Post are the sponsors for this year, as we remain in the Ballsbridge Hotel. We are broadcasting into Wicklow Town for the first time as Imelda May launches the station. Celtic Chique win the Song Contest with Ireland in my Heart.
This year Kilkenny get a Christmas present of a Christmas FM transmitter, as we raise €365,000 for our Charity Partner Focus Ireland. Deirdre O’Kane launches the station which is sponsored by Tesco, Cadbury and An Post. Malcolm Lally and Christmas Time wins the Song Contest. We’re delighted to still be in the Ballsbridge Hotel.
We aim to give the gift of sight to over 5000 people with our Charity Partner Sightsavers. Our tranmission network grows with the addition of Tralee/Killarney, Letterkenny and Clare, and we raise €214,000 for Sightsavers. Vogue Williams launches the station which is sponsored by Dunnes Stores and Cadbury, in the year that Aisling and Maeve with This Christmas wins the Song Contest.