There are two radio stations in the Springfield, Illinois radio market that are playing Christmas music 24/7.
90.5 WIBI has, since Thanksgiving, been playing Christmas songs, both old and modern, performed by contermporary Christian music artists such as Steven Curtis Chapman, the Catinas, etc. (they’re normally a CCM station). That’s about 90% of their Christmas playlist. The other 10% consists of some of the old “classics” such as White Christmas by Bing Crosby, The Christmas Song by Nat King Cole, etc. I’ve also heard some José Feliciano, the Carpenters, the Trans-Siberian Orchestra (Christmas Eve Sarajevo), and an ear-splittingly bad performance of The Prayer by Celine Dion and Andrea Boccelli (I much prefer the Charlotte Church/Josh Groban version), among other non-CCM Christmas songs.
93.9 WMHX has been playing what WIBI plays (minus the contemporary Christian stuff) plus a bunch of songs from the $4.99 CD bin at Target. Christmas stuff by Kenny G, Gloria Estefan, Mariah Carey, Ronny Milsap, Alabama, etc.
Also, when I’ve driven through Saint Louis, I’ve noticed that Red 104.1 KRDA has been playing Christmas songs by Frank Sinatra, Harry Connick Jr., and the like.
Any radio stations in your area doing this? I’d be especially interested to hear from non-US Dopers.
There are two in the Providence area. Don’t know the call letters, but one is Lite FM and one is 103.3 on the dial. It’s kind of hard to rock out in my SUV on the way to daycare with two stations down that way.
The odd thing about the Christmas season on the radio is that it ends just when it should be beginning. That is, December 25 is the first of the twelve days of Christmas, yet that’s the last day you will hear any Christmas songs on the radio.
80 Clear Channel-owned stations are doing this, and more than 250 in total. At least a dozen cities have three all-Christmas stations, including Indianapolis, Detroit, Columbus, Ohio and Virginia Beach.
It was pioneered a few years ago as a sort of desperation stunt by a failing station, which got a tremendous ratings boost out of it. And so do the majority of the stations that do so now.