I guess holiday music works

Bob DeMattia bob.bosra@demattia.net
Fri Jan 8 10:16:10 EST 2010

Please don't leave out Bob's WJIB 740!  I can hear that little
transmitter of his
almost 20 miles out in my car.


On Fri, Jan 8, 2010 at 10:05 AM,  <markwa1ion@aol.com> wrote:
> What bugs me about Christmas music formatting is how they kill it off so
> quickly the day after Christmas.  I'm not fully "in the mood" until about
> the second week in December so I'm not even listening for the first two or
> three weeks that WODS, WROR, et al. are playing the Yule tunes.  But by
> mid-December I'm into it.  As my company's shutdown is Christmas through New
> Year's, our family-and-friends visiting and celebrating is spread out over
> that entire period and sometimes even post New Year's.  I'm a whole lot more
> interested in having Christmas music in the background at parties and in the
> car on the 26th and 27th of December than on the 26th or 27th of November,
> but good luck finding any.  CD's and iPod's have to come to the rescue.
>  Would it hurt the stations to run one holiday tune every fifth or sixth
> song for two or three days after Christmas, as I seem to recall Top 40
> stations like WMEX and WBZ doing in the mid '60s ?  Is it nowadays all about
> "goosing" shopping, something the Thanksgiving (and even earlier) start-ups
> would suggest ?
> I do enjoy the music for a few weeks even though the emotions can mix
> between joyful recollection of one's own childhood and the less joyful
> realization (for many of us in the 55+ age group) that half, or more than
> half, of the people in those recollections are no longer with us.
> One thing that you can say about Christmas music is that it seems to be the
> only way any music before the Beatles era (pre-1964) gets on WODS.  It is a
> joy to hear the smooth voice of Nat King Cole on the radio at least for one
> month.  Of course on Dec. 26 Boston radio turns into a pumpkin again and
> those who like big-bands, pre-rock standards, and '50s / early '60s rock 'n'
> roll have to resort to "rim shot" stations such as WCAP-980 and WNBP-1450 or
> see what's offered on the Internet.  Mostly I rely on my own CD and MP3 file
> collections.  Thank goodness for Collectors' Choice Music, Yestermusic,
> Time-Life, and some of the other online stores out there.  Radio-wise one
> would never know that the baby boomer and older generations comprise a
> significant percentage of the population or have any money to spend ...
> except maybe at Christmas.
> Mark Connelly - Billerica, MA

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