Will you run christmas music?

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Will you run christmas music?

The local A/C stations in Philly have gone all ho-ho-ho on us. So, fellow radio hobbyists, will you go all christmas? Is it worth it to be yet another christmas station when we can air whatever we really want? 


Is it the job of a radio hobbyist to defy the commercial norms and shy away from the radio trends to be our own trailblazer? 

Fellow Part15 Man furished

Fellow Part15 Man furished WLSL-LP with a link to his stream. We ran Christmas music for 24 hours starting Christmas Eve and ending Christmas evening. Hopefully he will delight us again. BTW, Christmas Eve 2017 will be the 111th aniversary of the FIRST music and talk broadcast.

Druid Hills Radio AM-1710- Dade City, FL. Unlicensed operation authorized by the Part 15 Department of the FCC and our Resident Hobby Agent.  

Last year I ran a little

Last year I ran a little something called Alternative Christmas.  Hopefully it proved that you don't have to blindly follow the mainstream to play Christmas music.

I LOVE Christmas Music

I switch to all Christmas music Thanksgiving evening at 6 PM.  I play NO rock and roll Christmas music, NO "contemporary" hit singer Christmas music. I play all the classics and have about 3,000 tunes in the Christmas library.

In addition, I keep Christmas music on until January 7th, as we have a lot of Eastern Orthodox followers (usually called Serbian Christmas around here).  Who due to some change in calendars years ago don't have christmas until the 7th. at 6 PM Serbian Christmas Eve (January 6th) I switch to all Serbian Christmas music programming, with a sprinkling of Serbian Christmas church programs as well. 

Darn near the entire town (all the stores) have my station on during Christmas. I had people from hundreds of miles away email and ask if they could some way hear some of my Serbian Christmas music programming -- I recorded several hours and uploaded mp3's they could download. 

I feel I "trailblaze" Christmas music in my own way. And best of all I really enjoy having Christmas music that I enjoy available throughout the immediate area with the flip of a switch.



I will get a few songs together that are Christmas related in a separate folder and add them to the mix and the folder can then be deleted.

I will stick to christmas songs in the rock and roll format like "little Saint Nick" by the Beach Boys or "Run Run Rudolf" by Chuck Berry etc..etc..etc....there's lots. They will just play at random in the mix. Elvis did a lot of Cristmas stuff, so did Darleen Love.

Really though, songs about snow don't thrill me much as who wants to see it or deal with it and one of my slogans is "sounding like summer all the time"

Will do this around the first week in December and after the 26th will be it.



Part 15 in Season

The holidays give all Part 15ers and radio hobbyists a time to present their favorites as we see by all the positive postings in this thread.

KDX tends to go with Atrain Radio... most other stations go all out with the christmas tunes, so we just stick to regularly scheduled talk programs so maybe somebody who got a new radio as a gift can hear what radio sounds like apart from the festive music.

I have a few programs that ridicule christmas which I'll post for anyone who is looking for novelty.

Carl Blare

Put This On Your Playlist

Our ALPB members have the best sense of huumor.

One of them shared this holiday song:

This Holiday Song

Carl Blare

Artisan: That was you I was

Artisan: That was you I was refering to.

Druid Hills Radio AM-1710- Dade City, FL. Unlicensed operation authorized by the Part 15 Department of the FCC and our Resident Hobby Agent.  

1 Man Network

Artisan Radio has become a 1-man radio network. From his Main Studio he supplies programming to WBCQ, WCFI, WLSL and KDX.

Q. What has he ever supplied to KDX?

A. Uh, well... um... I'll look it up and call back.

Carl Blare

I will be doing the

I will be doing the Alternative Christmas again this year.

On a side note, I'm just putting the finishing touches on Teenage Dreams V2 (music of the late 1950s & early 1960s that was targeted towards teens) and hope to do a show a week.  There are plenty of reasons NOT to do these shows due to time constraints, but I've really missed the obscure knowledge that I gain putting them together.

For example, I ran across the first recording Linda Scott did, under her real name of Linda Sampson (In Between Teen).  Never mind an early recording of Paul Simon under the name Jerry Landis (The Lone Teen Ranger).  And a hilarious novelty song by the Dellwoods (She's a Serious Teenager in Love), who released two albums in conjunction with Mad Magazine, containing such songs as Please Betty Jean Shave Your Legs, When the Braces on our Teeth Lock and my favorite, Don't Put Onions on Your Hamburger (a poignant enjoinder from a boy who cries every time he kisses his girlfriend due to an excess of condiments).

Jerry Landis

Druid Hills Radio AM-1710- Dade City, FL. Unlicensed operation authorized by the Part 15 Department of the FCC and our Resident Hobby Agent.  

Them Hairy Legs

I knew her. Oh, I'm referring to the song:  "Please Betty Jean Shave Your Legs."

They were like a Clydesdale Horse's legs which have hair growing right down around the feet. She became very bitter that men quickly turned away when they realized, but she never did shave them.

Holiday memories you can't forget.

Carl Blare

Jerry Landis

Druid Hills Radio AM-1710- Dade City, FL. Unlicensed operation authorized by the Part 15 Department of the FCC and our Resident Hobby Agent.  

The Dellwoods

I just realized that I could provide a series of Youtube links and voila, there would be my Teenage Dreams show.  Without the commentary (and one could argue that that would make it even better!).

However, it wouldn't be as much fun.

Here is a link to the Dellwoods song featured in my Teenage Dreams show.

And for Carl (it's Please Betty Jane, not Jean, my bad).

And now we return to our original thread.

Answer is

No. I will not be doing holiday music.

 Barry of 1200 AM BBR - WQYY 664

@ Artisan

The Teenage Dreams sounds good....I would listen if I could get it.

I'm going to make it

I'm going to make it available for download to Part 15 stations (appropriate copyright licensing required for broadcasting, of course) - details to be worked out & announced.

i started already

i run every 5th track a christmas track. 4 regular then 1 christmas.

christmas eve i run christmas old time radio till midnight then swithc to all christmas till new years.

Part 15 Engineer

Hindsight is 2020

I'm not a democrat or a republican, i'm a common sense moderate progressive


please don't forget to register and vote

My Christmas Song - License Free!

OK, never before shared beyond the listenership of my commercial radio morning show.

I do from time to time offer up my unique vocal stylings to my listeners, and I did this Christmas song a few years ago.  Now, available exclusively to the readers of this Part 15 forum.

You don't even need a music license to broadcast this, since the song itself dates back to the 1500's so it's deeply entrenched in the Public Domain,  and the lyrics in this version are by me, and I hearby give you all permission to broadcast it as much as you can stand it.  It contains valuable shopping advice.



In years past I mixed in

In years past I mixed in holiday tunes without going wall to wall except on Xmas Eve and Day. This year I may do an Xmas stunt to launch the new talker. The talk lineup isn't supposed to start until Jan 1st so we'll see.

Radio Free Cedar City Christmas Playlist

I've been running public domain Christmas insrumentals on 1410 AM in a small pocket of a Nashville, Tennessee suburb since Saturday afternoon during sun up to sun down hours and will keep them running until the day after Christmas. 

Something Special for Christmas Programming

The big box store is an inevitable part of the Christmas experience and in the large stores we hear music coming out of the ceiling which sooths us into feeling very friendly about using the credit card.

Reels of K-Mart Ceiling Music have been made available from Internet Archive, some reels actually contain the special sales messages that peppered the lovely music.

I run these tapes late at night sometimes and find myself doing on-line shopping.

K-Mart Sales Persuasion Music

Carl Blare

I don't usually go all

I don't usually go all-Christmas, but I do stick my share of Christmas music into my playlists from about now until Christmas/New Year's.  :)

Matt Boland

1650 AM, "Radio Free Connecticut"

Holiday Ruminations

As everyone packs the holiday songs away for next year I'll admit that KDX welcomes one annual program from Harry Shearer, whose weekly radio program is over 30 years old!

Each Christmas Harry presents a very well panned show of jazz-novelty music performed by himself and his many friends in music and comedy. It is much more adult than most stuff, which tends to appeal to the infantile mind (an actual area of the mind defined by psychologists, also the center of religious beliefs).

Also, not long ago on the Tommy Mischke podcast, Mischke visited an ex-priest who explained that he kept a Christmas tree up all year in his home office because it made him feel good. There's a thought!

The after Christmas sales start tomorrow, time for some serious shopping!

Carl Blare


Yup, sometime tomorrow which is today now I will be removing the folder with all the Christmas songs that were added to the mix and saving it for next year.

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