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Date Posted:10/22/2011 07:33:33

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Re:At least one radio station has gone all-Christmas already

Date Posted:10/22/2011 08:48:24


My official Christmas music playing season begins October 1st; so it's never too early for me!





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Re:At least one radio station has gone all-Christmas already

Date Posted:10/23/2011 10:47:32

So, on the one hand, we already have people playing Christmas music; and, on the other hand, they're still playing baseball.

Fall is a funny time of the year.
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Re:At least one radio station has gone all-Christmas already

Date Posted:10/23/2011 05:10:23


Quite; considering that fall runs from September to December.

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Re:At least one radio station has gone all-Christmas already

Date Posted:10/23/2011 08:25:41


Christmas music on the radio before Halloween?!   As founder and President-For-Life of CSI (Citizens for Seasonal Integrity), I must object!

Oh well; I guess they have internet radio stations that play Christmas music all year long, don't they?  So, as Motown Mike wrote:  "I guess it was inevitable, huh?"

I have to confess though, that even though I usually don't officially start playing my Christmas music until Veterans Day, I'm afraid that this year I fell off the wagon and started a little early.

You see, I visited a web site called "Elevator Club" (Did someone here at the Yule Log tell me about it?).  On that page I found links to download their Christmas music broadcast for December 19, 2010. So I went to the library last week and downloaded the first half of the show.  When I got home (mea culpa) I couldn't resist listening to it (strictly for verification purposes, mind you, just to make sure it wasn't a corrupted file or something), and it was so much fun that I feared that I might end up skipping my Halloween MP3 playlist completely this year and just jump straight from my summer music to my Christmas music.

Yesterday I went back to the library to download the second half of the show, but was unable to connect to the server.  Drat!  So, maybe I'll get over there tomorrow to give it another try.

In the meantime, Chip, since you've already started your Christmas music season, what's on your playlist this week?
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Re:At least one radio station has gone all-Christmas already

Date Posted:10/24/2011 06:35:24


Will,

I really don't have a pre-set agenda of what I'm going to play when I listen to my Christmas music; I pretty much play what I am in the mood for on that particular day.


As far as 24/7 Christmas music on the radio before Halloween is concerned, I don't think WEZW would be doing it unless they thought there was a demand for it. If in the end they find that there isn't a demand, you can bet they will certainly terminate it. However, if they find that there is indeed a demand, then those who don't want to listen to it can exercise their prerogative by changing the dial and tuning into something else. There are many folks like myself who listen to Christmas music all year through. In my opinion, there is no wrong time to listen to it. It's meaning and power is no less potent whether you listen to it in December or whether you listen to it in July. So don't beat yourself up for stating a little early this year; life is too short!

 

 

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Re:At least one radio station has gone all-Christmas already

Date Posted:10/24/2011 12:14:11

I quite agree Chip,

I listen to Christmas music throughout the year.  The thing that gets me is if I tell someone that there are only x number of days before Christmas and it's the middle of June, they take offense at it.  But if you tell them that their birthday will be coming up soon, they don't mind.

These can be people who go to church on a regular basis and everything.  I'm talking about the birth of Jesus whom we celebrate and they take offense about it but yet they talk about Jesus in Church.

Again, Christmas isn't just about playing Christmas music from Thanksgiving until Midnight, December 26th.  So why should it be offensive to people who don't complain about talking about their own birthday coming up?

I keep The Spirit of Christmas Alive 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and I think that has a lot to do with getting  through these past 3 months.  By keeping Jesus in the forefront of my mind and listening to Christmas music is a great way to do that.  But I don't want to start a Religious Debate, just want to point out that if it is OK to talk about someone elses birthday before it is here, then it should be OK to talk about Jesus' birthday too.

Even if the events of the past 3 months didn't happen, I would still keep The Spirit of Christmas alive throughout the year.
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Re:At least one radio station has gone all-Christmas already

Date Posted:10/24/2011 05:38:30


Let's remember what Edmund Gwenn as Kris Kringle said in the classic picture Miracle on 34th Street: "Christmas isn't just a dayit's a frame of mind."


How profound; I quite agree.


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Re:At least one radio station has gone all-Christmas already

Date Posted:10/25/2011 01:43:22

Hmm, that's interesting that you and Susan listen to your Christmas music all year long, Chip.

I wonder how many other Yule Log Message Board members also listen year round.

And if there are any others, like me, who reserve their Christmas music for November and December.

P.S.  I went over to the library today to try to download the second half of that Elevator Club radio show, but, again, I got a message saying the browser couldn't access the download server.  Is there anyone here who could conduct an experiment to see if they can get through?

Here's a link to the page that has the download link (I don't know how to do podcasts, duh!)

It's the 4th link down from the top of the page labeled

Download Link Part 2:  http://www.megaupload.com/?d=7EO95DPR

I'd be grateful if someone could check it out and let me know if the link works for them.  Maybe the problem has something to do with the computers at my neighborhood library.


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Re:At least one radio station has gone all-Christmas already

Date Posted:10/25/2011 08:36:11

Will,

I don't think you'll find too many people like me and Susan who listen to Christmas music all year through. We are the exception rather than the rule.

As for the link, I tested it and it works fine.

 

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Re:At least one radio station has gone all-Christmas already

Date Posted:10/25/2011 02:05:42

Thank you Chip,

I do think that we are the exception rather than the rule.  It's something that was embedded into us when we were very young and I believe that there is a reason; albeit unbeknownst to us that we listen to Christmas music all year around.  Yes, conciously, there is an effort to listen to the music, but I think there is something else going on too.

Maybe it's a gift.  Maybe it's part of our destiny to keep The Spirit of Christmas alive throughout the year.

Not to say that we don't listen to other music too, but to refer back to your post about Percy Faith.  I can't remember the exact wording without going back to the particular post.  Also, my mind is in a million different places still trying to get settled into my new apartent. But there is an Angelic quality about the Christmas music as if it is coming down from the Heavens.

Also, if you look at my signature below my name on all my posts, it say it all.  Just like Chip's quote:

"Let's remember what Edmund Gwenn as Kris Kringle said in the classic picture  Miracle on 34th Street: "Christmas isn't just a dayit's a frame of mind.""

On a different note, I don't know if all Time Warner Cable customers have this or not, but "Music Choice" has changed since I last had it several years ago with either DirecTV or Dish Network.  They used to have the title and artist of the song for a few moments on the screen.  Now, they show pictures of the artist and along with the song title, they have the year and even where it charted on Billboard.  They also have interesting tid-bits about the artist.

I was listening to the "Easy Listening" channel last night and they were playing a song by Percy Faith and they were showing information about his biography.  I think the song was "The Song from Moulin Rouge (Where Is Your Heart?)"  Again, my short-term memory isn't working right now because I am trying to get things settled in my apartment.  But I really found it to be nice change to the "Music Choice" channels instead of a screen saver.  I think they used to have paw prints on the screen but that was several years ago.

I do miss the Sirrius/XM channels, but I guess I could always invest in a home Satellite Radio system now that my rent is a lot lower.  Just so I can listen to a couple of different Christmas music stations without commercial interruptions.  Though there was a lot of Promos for another station on Sirrius/XM last Christmas.

                                                                                                      
Will,

I tried the link myself and it worked fine for me too.  I don't know how you are trying to access it, but maybe if you just try the actual link itself from your post here on the message board.  I tried it from the link on the website you posted and also the direct link from Megaupload that you posted and it worked both times.
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Re:At least one radio station has gone all-Christmas already

Date Posted:10/25/2011 08:00:16


Susan,

Here's exactly what I said on the other post about Percy Faith's Christmas music:

One of the many things that made Percy Faith the greatest Christmas artist of them all, bar none, is that his Christmas music had an ethereal, celestial and angelic quality to it. In fact, so much so, that it sounds like it was literally piped down from heaven. There was an otherworldly quality to it that no other artist has ever come close to in duplicating -- and I can categorically guarantee you that no one ever will. To be able to evoke such emotion to this degree with his music is what sets Percy Faith apart from anybody else and puts him in a class all by himself. This is exactly why when it comes to Christmas music, he is the undisputed King; the great Master and Maestro. And that is exactly why I will continue to fight to get back into print his second Christmas album, Hallelujah (aka Music of Christmas, Volume 2).

During the year, outside of my official Christmas music playing season from October 1st through Christmas, I still enjoy listening to it. And since the website and message board are a year-round proposition for me, Christmas is never far from my thoughts anyway.

As far a Music Choice is concerned, yes, they had changed their format quite a few years ago. They are still hands down the best music service as they have absolutely no interruptions at all... not for commercials, station promos or station IDs. It's just pure straight continuous music completely uninterrupted -- the way it should be.

 

 

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Date Posted:10/26/2011 12:11:38


Thanks, Chip and Susan, for checking out that Elevator Club download link for me.

I'm on such a limited income these days that I can't afford a high-speed internet connection (I still use NoCharge.com, a free dial-up ISP) so I have to go to the library to download large files.

The library computers are fickle, perhaps because the library has filters to prevent the downloading of malicious software, or something like that.  And the software on many of the individual computers at my neighborhood library seems to be corrupted.  For example, on many of the computers at the library, if I try to  play a music file, I'll get a message saying that Windows Media Player needs to be reinstalled.  I think this may be a sign of the budget cuts the library has suffered in the last few years.  So I'll keep trying different computers until I can find one that will download the second half of that radio show. 

Thanks again for confirming that the link *does* work!
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Re:At least one radio station has gone all-Christmas already

Date Posted:10/26/2011 02:34:24

Chip,

Thanks for reposting what you had said about Percy Faith's Christmas music.

We lost Music Choice quite awhile back but I can't remember if it was DirecTV or Dish Network and then they went with something else and later to Sirrius/XM and then DirecTV went with Sonic about 2 years ago. 

I really do like "Music Choice" as they did have a great Christmas playlist.  I don't know what it will be like this Christmas season being it's been several years since I had "Music Choice"  But too, Sirrius/XM did have some great Christmas Classics.


Will, have you tried going to McDonald's or any other places that offer free Wi-Fi?  I know Panera Bread has free Wi-Fi and a few other places, but I don't know what you have out in Seattle.
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Re:At least one radio station has gone all-Christmas already

Date Posted:10/26/2011 10:54:08

I actually listen to Christmas all year as well, though not frequently until about now.  But I have so many favorite Christmas albums, and each year have to buy new ones, so I really enjoy listening to them outside of the holiday season. 

Prior to CDs, I taped all my LPs onto audiocassettes, and often enjoyed making entire "programs" of LPs which I though blended well.  Of course, some are obvious, like the two Ed Ames Christmas albums, but on the same tape I included the holiday LP by the Ames Brothers.  Some are fun to program together, for example the entire Firestone series of 7 (?) LPs, I believe it is, fits nicely onto 3 cassettes.  Have lots of Motown/R&B/Soul Christmas tapes.  There's some great jazz LPs too, Kenny Burrell, Stan Kenton, and others, which are so much fun to listen to together.  My all time favorite singer is B.J. Thomas, who I think has recorded at least 4 Christmas albums. 

This is really the kind of music I love more than anything, so I couldn't wait till the day after Thanksgiving to start playing it each year.
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Re:At least one radio station has gone all-Christmas already

Date Posted:10/27/2011 02:18:30

That's right Dave, in the original "Firestone Presents Your Favorite Christmas Music" series there were 7 volumes; they were released from 1962 to 1968. By the way, speaking of B.J. Thomas, he is one of the many recording artists that my cousin Nick De Caro has produced over the years.

Glad to hear that you are another one who plays Christmas music all year through. As I said earlier, not only do I as well, but today I actually put up my Christmas tree! I would venture to guess that I am probably the only one in the country that has done so. On November 1st, after I take down my Halloween decorations, I'll put up the rest of my Christmas decorations. It's funny, because in January, even after putting everything up this early, it seems like it was hardly up at all. The time just goes so doggone fast.

 


 

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Re:At least one radio station has gone all-Christmas already

Date Posted:10/27/2011 04:01:26

Wow, that is amazing about the Christmas tree.  If it's a real tree, be sure to keep it watered!

I thought I had quite the Christmas record collection but it can't compared to yours.  I had no idea, for example, that the Golddiggers had ever recorded any LPs, let alone a Christmas LP.  I love the 60s and 70s era music so much.  I think my favorite label from that period, as far as Christmas albums go, might be Capitol.  They had such beautiful production, such wonderful studio musicians.  So many of their seasonal LPs are amongst my favorites:  Lettermen, Peggy Lee, Sinatra of course, so many others.

I think I have just about everything B. J. Thomas ever recorded so I'm going to look over the LPs to see which ones were produced by your cousin.  You're so well connected!

I'm sure you know the answer to this question.  Was the Firestone Vol. 1 ever released in Stereo?  I've never found it except in Mono, though I think I have all the other volumes in Stereo.  I'm not sure but I don't think these would come out each year, meaning the previously released volumes come out again.  I think in those sorts of series only the current volume would be available for the holiday season.  Am I right about that?  That might explain why Vol. 1 never was pressed in Stereo, if it was not.
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Re:At least one radio station has gone all-Christmas already

Date Posted:10/27/2011 07:04:20


Dave,

The exclusive yearly Christmas LPs that were issued by Goodyear, Grants, Firestone, Goodrich, A&P, J.C. Penny, True Value Hardware and all of the other sponsoring companies over the years were only printed for one year (the year of their release). That's why these records were promoted as "Limited Collector's Editions." These LPs were only available in the store the next year (along with that year's new release) if they had unsold copies of the previous year's LP. And no, Firestone Volume 1 was never issued in stereo, only in mono. As for the other LPs in the Firestone series: Volumes 2 thru 6 were issued in both mono and stereo, and Volume 7 was only issued in stereo.

Regarding the greatest record labels for Christmas music, the clear winners in my Top 300 would be Columbia (with major artists including Percy Faith, Ray Conniff, Johnny Mathis, Andy Williams, Mitch Miller, Frank DeVol Andre Kostelanetz, Jo Stafford, Patti Page, Barbra Streisand, Doris Day, Tony Bennett and The New Christy Minstrels); RCA (with major artists including Perry Como, Robert Shaw, Norman Luboff, Jim Reeves, Kate Smith, Al Hirt, Arthur Fiedler, Henry Mancini, The Living Stings, The Living Voices, The Ames Brothers and Ed Ames); Decca (with major artists including Fred Waring, Leroy Anderson, Bing Crosby, Bert Kaempfert, Kitty Wells, Brenda Lee and Burl Ives); and London (with major artists including Mantovani, Stanley Black, Franks Chacksfield and Ronnie Aldrich).

And lastly, with regard to B.J. Thomas, it might have been my cousin Frank DeCaro, not Nick that produced and arranged for B.J. Thomas. I checked the list of artists that Nicky worked with and it shows Danny Thomas and Irma Thomas, but not B.J. So it must have been Frankie (Nick and Frank are brothers by the way). One of them definitely worked with B.J. in the late 1970s. I distinctly remember it because on one our trips out to L.A. during that time I remember my aunt saying she knitted a pair of booties for B.J. and Gloria's newborn baby girl. I don't have an artist list for Frankie, but posted below is list of recording artists that Nicky has worked with as either producer, arranger, songwriter, or session-player during his career (it's in alphabetical order):

Yasuko Agawa, Alessi Brothers, Gregg Allman, Tori Amos, Herb Alpert, Paul Anka, Ashes, Baja Marimba Band, Shirley Bassey, Marc Benno, George Benson, Bonnie & the Treasures, Brewer & Shipley, Jorge Calderon, Glenn Campbell, Roberto Carlos, Vicki Carr, Mel Carter, Johnny Cash, Cecilio & Kapono, Blondie Chaplin, Beth Nielson Chapman, Chunky, Novi & Ernie, Judy Collins, Ry Cooder, Rita Coolidge, Crackin', Randy Crawford, Credibility Gap, Patti Dahlstrom, Dancer, Mac Davis, Denise DeCaro, Martin Denny, Jackie DeShannon, Neil Diamond, Michael Dinner, Dion, Doobie Brothers, Lorraine Ellison, Everly Brothers, Fleetwood Mac, Glenn Frey, James Griffin, Flo & Eddie, Flower, Michael Franks, Jane Getz, Larry Groce, Arlo Guthrie, Paul Hampton, Harpers Bizarre, Goldie Hawn, Murray Head, Heat, Levon Helm, Dan Hicks & His Hot Licks, Amy Holland, Engelbert Humperdinck, Paul Humphrey, Tommy James, Tom Jans, Al Jarreau, Pete Jolly, Rickie Lee Jones, Kazuhiko Katoh, Michael Katakis, Barbara Keith, Clydie King, Kris Kristofferson, Bill LaBounty, Cheryl Ladd, Neil Larsen, Nicolette Larson, David Lasley, Albert Lee, Gary Lewis, Gordon Lightfoot, Little Feet, Claudine Longet, Donna Loren, Kate & Anna McGarrigle, Harvey Mandel, Larry Marks, Dave Mason, Steve Miller, Yoshitaka Minami, Liza Minnelli, Adam Mitchell, Mojo Men, Chris Montez, Montrose, Peter Moon Band, Michael Martin Murphey, Maria Muhldaur, Navarro, Randy Newman, Roger Nichols & a Small Circle of Friends, O'Jays, Ami Ozaki, Ozark Mountain Daredevils, Tom Pacheco, Gaby Pahinui, Parade, Gene Parsons, Dolly Parton, Paul Pena, Poco, P.J. Proby, Bonnie Raitt, Willis Alan Ramsey, Helen Reddy, Righteous Brothers, Jerry Riopelle, Rolling Stones, Ruby and the Romantics, Leon Russell, Samantha Sang, Sandpipers, Kathleen Saroyan, Harriet Schock, Seemon and Marijike, Del Shannon, Bobby Sheen, Sheila E, Ben Sidran, Carly Simon, Nancy Sinatra, Spirit, Phil Spector, Dusty Springfield, Starland Vocal Band, Starwood, B.W. Stevenson, Barbra Streisand, Sunset String, Gabor Szabo, James Taylor, Tommy Tedesco, Nino Tempo & April Stevens, Livingston Taylor, Danny Thomas, Irma Thomas, Allen Toussaint, Tanya Tucker, Turtles, Phil Upchurch, Bobby Vee, Ventures, Wendy Waldman, Jennifer Warnes, Jim Weatherly, Andy Williams, Robin Wilson.

 

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Re:At least one radio station has gone all-Christmas already

Date Posted:10/28/2011 06:39:03

Dave,

The album that my cousin Nick produced and arranged for B.J. Thomas was As We Know Him from 1982.


 

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Re:At least one radio station has gone all-Christmas already

Date Posted:10/29/2011 11:52:45

Since we are all confessing our Christmas secrets, I'll add mine! I usually get up early (5AM or before) and turn on my laptop. I start Windows Media Player and usually play a collection of Christmas Instrumentals. (All year long!) They include many of the Yule Log songs. Or sometimes I play the Yule Log songs themselves. They are pleasant to listen to all year long!

Ah....decorations. I will be putting up our outside decorations on the first warm day in November. (Looks like the 2nd & 3rd!) The inside decorations go up slowly afterwards. Goal........everything is up and running my Thanksgiving Day!

Christmas music offers a stark contrast to much of what is played on the radio today! God bless you all and of course....Merry Christmas

Ray


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Re:At least one radio station has gone all-Christmas already

Date Posted:10/29/2011 08:44:15


Sounds good, Ray. And yes, November 2nd and 3rd look like promising days weather wise to put up your outdoor Christmas decorations. But as far as today is concerned, we are getting pelted with our first snowstorm!

Gee, looks like putting up my Christmas tree last Wednesday was a stroke of genius.


 






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Re:At least one radio station has gone all-Christmas already

Date Posted:11/05/2011 03:09:27

Lawrence,

BJ Thomas never made a bad album but I especially like "As We Know Him" from that era of his recordings, and it has a great photo of him on its cover as well.  "Every Time I Hear a Love Song" and "Love Brought Me Back" are my favorite tracks on that album. I hope working with him was a good experience for your cousin.  Thanks for the information.
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Re:At least one radio station has gone all-Christmas already

Date Posted:11/06/2011 03:50:10

Chip!

Where do you get all these wonderful Christmas/Snow/Holiday animated clip art? 

Thanks!
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Date Posted:11/06/2011 06:15:17


Glad that you like my animated GIFs.

As for where I get them... they come directly from Santa of course!

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Re:At least one radio station has gone all-Christmas already

Date Posted:11/06/2011 02:53:52

Diane,

I got the same answer from Chip about the animated GIF's etc. lol

I have some that I found here and there, but nothing quite as extensive as what Chip has.
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Re:At least one radio station has gone all-Christmas already

Date Posted:11/06/2011 04:58:59


A few days ago I hefted my big apple box of Christmas CDs, cassettes, DVDs, VHS tapes & 45s upstairs from my basement storage unit and set it on a shelf in the front hall with the lid off.  But I haven't been able to bring myself to start playing my Christmas music yet and yesterday it came to me why I think I'm still resisting the urge to start playing it:  Autumn's not over yet!  I can still see orange, red and yellow foliage from my apartment windows.  And I've still got my orange Halloween lights and decorations up.  It seems like Christmas music won't fit the view from my window until the autumn leaves have fallen and  the trees are bare.

I'm one of those Christmas outsiders who is not a member of the Christian faith.  But, even though my parents weren't Christians, we all  loved celebrating Christmas at our house when I was a kid.  So I grew up loving the music of the season.   And I've always loved singing, so a few years ago I took up the pastime of writing non-religious lyrics to old Christmas carols so that anyone of any faith could enjoy singing them. 

Here's one to the tune of "Hark the Herald" that paints the picture I'm waiting to see outside my windows before I drop the needle to officially begin my high-rotation Christmas music season:

Winter's Come

©2005-2006 William R. Anderson*

 

(Tune:  “Hark the Herald”)


Winter's come; the leaves have fallen

Ice has silenced every stream

Birds have flown; the trees are barren

Summer's warmth is just a dream

 

So we gather 'round the fireside

Grateful for the warmth of Yuletide

Singing carols in the night

Singing to keep our spirits bright

 

Once again the seasons turn

And once again

The Yule fires burn

Will in Seattle a.k.a. "Clueless"
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Re:At least one radio station has gone all-Christmas already

Date Posted:11/07/2011 01:59:22

Whoa, I can see I'm in a minority here.  I do not listen to Christmas music all year.  The anticipation gives me something to look forward to every year.  I do have a certain ritual, though.  The first item I listen to to start the season is the 1939 radio broadcast of A Christmas Carol with Orson Welles and Lionel Barrymore.

Here are a couple of items which may be of interest to Yule Log members.  The first one is the annual Christmas music survey for B101 in Philadelphia.  You may not live in the area, but it's fun taking the survey nevertheless.

http://www.b101radio.com/music/xmas11/

This is a rather neat reference.  As radio stations around the country launch their all-Christmas formats, they're added to this list which is updated regularly:

http://www.100000watts.com/specials.asp

So far, I haven't found a station to suit my taste, unfortunately, as they are all on the contemporary pop side, but every now and then you can still hear one of the classics we all know and love.  That doesn't matter, however, as I have found two stations in the past with the absolute best Christmas music libraries: KMGR in Manti, Utah, and WGCY in Gibson City, Illinois.  They're easy listening stations, but they don't go all-Christmas until Thanksgiving.  I'll let you know when they do.

Sidenote:  Now there's something that's better today than in the past.  Years ago (actually, up to about 10 years ago), I don't think we had all-Christmas radio stations... at least not this early.  You would never hear anything before Thanksgiving, and then you may have gotten a song or two every half hour.  Some of the old beautiful music stations would offer 36 hours of continuous Christmas music starting on Christmas Eve.  I believe this current trend started in 2001 as a way of healing the nation after the September 11th attacks.  Stations that do it have seen their ratings soar, so I'm glad the idea has caught on.

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Re:At least one radio station has gone all-Christmas already

Date Posted:11/07/2011 02:55:30

Hi Jim!

Don't you think it would be fun to create a Yule Log poll to find out when message board members play their Christmas music?

I tried clicking on the "New Poll" link but got a pop up suggesting I'm not qualified to start a poll.

Maybe Chip could set one up.

Or maybe we could start a new thread with the title:  "When do you play your Christmas music."

Creating a poll would probably be tricky because their are so many variables.   But it would be fun to try.
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Re:At least one radio station has gone all-Christmas already

Date Posted:11/07/2011 06:21:51


Here you go Will; Click here.


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Re:At least one radio station has gone all-Christmas already

Date Posted:11/09/2011 08:09:20

Finally, some of our local FM radio stations are playing Christmas Music 24 hours a day.  One of them carries Delilah's show and when she starts her Christmas program, they usually start playing Christmas music too, but this past weekend they must've been doing a rebroadcast of an earlier show because it wasn't Christmas music at all.

I checked our stations yesterday and they were still playing their regular format but today at least 2 are playing "All Christmas" now.  Better late than never, but too our stations play a lot more contemorary stuff than the traditional Chrismtas Standards.

They also have an Internet Stream as do a lot of stations now so you can listen to them all over the world.
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Re:At least one radio station has gone all-Christmas already

Date Posted:11/25/2011 07:18:11

I see Bobby Cratchit has already posted the 100000watts.com link. That is indeed a great resource for finding out which stations in your area (if any) have gone all-Christmas yet.

And yes, Bobby, I agree that the expansion of the all-Christmas format has been a great development over the last decade...or, rather, it [i]would be[/i] if they played a better grade of Christmas music recordings!
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Re:At least one radio station has gone all-Christmas already

Date Posted:11/25/2011 05:17:12


Did you hear this segment on NPR yesterday?

   On Commercial Radio, Christmas Is Coming Early

But, beware the link on the lower right of that page:   "New Holiday Songs: A Smart Career Move That's Fun, Too," unless you're in the mood for hip hop Christmas music!  Ack!
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Re:At least one radio station has gone all-Christmas already

Date Posted:12/09/2011 12:23:01

I previously mentioned I would provide the links to my two favorite stations once they started their Christmas music.  They have!

http://midutahradio.com/kmgr

http://www.wgcyradio.com/

These aren't all-Christmas, but they have a very nice assortment of yule-log type music mixed in...

http://www.whlc.com/

http://www.kahm.info/kahm.php

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