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    Re: Should/will AC's go back to their regular format on 12/26...?

    I wish they wouldn't stop. My family won't celebrate until Wednesday.

    The spouses of my cousins have to spend the actual day with their families. Or at least I think that's how it works.

  2. #22

    Re: Should/will AC's go back to their regular format on 12/26...?

    In my market of Grand Rapids, MI, one AC station (105.7/WSRW) flipped back to its regular programming sometime between midnight and 7 a.m. on 12/26 this year. Our other AC station (100.5/WTRV) has announced that they will let the Christmas music "linger" until Sunday, December 30. I'm really happy about that because I'm not ready for the Christmas music to end just because 12/26 arrives. I usually like to continue listening to it between Christmas and New Year's.

    In 2010, when this thread was first started, Christmas Day fell on a Saturday. I remember that both AC stations in Grand Rapids continued Christmas music until the end of the weekend. (I think they both flipped back to their regular programming the morning of 12/27 that year.)

    (As I type this, I'm streaming Christmas music on 100.5. ;D)
    -A.J. from Michigan

  3. #23

    Re: Should/will AC's go back to their regular format on 12/26...?

    NYC's 106.7 Lite FM is still playing secular "winter" songs today, like "Let It Snow", "Winter Wonderland", "Sleigh Ride", and "Frosty the Snowman".

  4. #24

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    Quote Originally Posted by satech
    NYC's 106.7 Lite FM is still playing secular "winter" songs today, like "Let It Snow", "Winter Wonderland", "Sleigh Ride", and "Frosty the Snowman".
    Sounds good to me.

    Anything about The Magi is still legal to play until Epiphany.

  5. #25

    Re: Should/will AC's go back to their regular format on 12/26...?

    WSB-FM/B98.5 Atlanta never went all-Christmas at all this year...not even for an hour. They were still playing their regular AC format with a few Christmas songs sprinkled in all day Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. The change to a currents-intensive format earlier in the year and the fact there are four CHRs (two mainstream, one rythmic and one "Top 20" currents) and a hot AC in Atlanta are the reasons. In the 6+ ratings B98.5 is the top rated of all seven stations. They couldn't risk losing listeners this year.

    BTW one of those CHRs (Q100) and the hot AC (Star 94) went all-Christmas. Q100 for a few hours, and Star 94 for most of Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

  6. #26

    Re: Should/will AC's go back to their regular format on 12/26...?

    Doesn't 104.7 The Fish do all-Christmas in Atlanta still?

    In Detroit, 100.3 WNIC (Fresh 100) switched back immediately at midnight on 12/26, and WMGC (Today's 105.1) waited until noon to switch back. 105.1 continues all-Christmas on its HD2 (which is normally an '80s hits format). 101.5 The River in Toledo, OH kept mixing in some Christmas songs with the regular music, but they appear to have dropped that.

    Personally, I think any and all songs mentioning Santa Claus immediately become obsolete and irrelevant at midnight on 12/26, and I don't care to hear them again until the following year. I don't, however, mind hearing (as A.J. said earlier) general "wintertime" songs that don't mention Christmas in the lyrics (such as "Sleigh Ride," "Let it Snow," "Marshmallow World," or "Winter Wonderland") or religious Christmas carols after the 25th. From my experience, it's the contemporary Christian stations that do the best job of keeping the real feeling of Christmas going after the big day itself is over, because they tend to stick to the Christian carols and also non-carols by Christian artists who don't get played on secular radio. Although I did hear one CCM station play "O Come, O Come, Emmanuel" today - being an Advent song, I think that one has outlived its usefulness until next year.

  7. #27

    Re: Should/will AC's go back to their regular format on 12/26...?

    I remember WLIT in Chicago always switching back to their regular format at midnight 12/26 for years. They were doing this way before CC took over WLIT.

  8. #28

    Re: Should/will AC's go back to their regular format on 12/26...?

    Quote Originally Posted by ChrisInMI
    Doesn't 104.7 The Fish do all-Christmas in Atlanta still?

    In Detroit, 100.3 WNIC (Fresh 100) switched back immediately at midnight on 12/26, and WMGC (Today's 105.1) waited until noon to switch back. 105.1 continues all-Christmas on its HD2 (which is normally an '80s hits format). 101.5 The River in Toledo, OH kept mixing in some Christmas songs with the regular music, but they appear to have dropped that.

    Personally, I think any and all songs mentioning Santa Claus immediately become obsolete and irrelevant at midnight on 12/26, and I don't care to hear them again until the following year. I don't, however, mind hearing (as A.J. said earlier) general "wintertime" songs that don't mention Christmas in the lyrics (such as "Sleigh Ride," "Let it Snow," "Marshmallow World," or "Winter Wonderland") or religious Christmas carols after the 25th. From my experience, it's the contemporary Christian stations that do the best job of keeping the real feeling of Christmas going after the big day itself is over, because they tend to stick to the Christian carols and also non-carols by Christian artists who don't get played on secular radio. Although I did hear one CCM station play "O Come, O Come, Emmanuel" today - being an Advent song, I think that one has outlived its usefulness until next year.
    BBN once aired Christmas music during all of December. I didn't try it this year. I was afraid to find out they were airing some non-musical program when I needed some music. During the times I normally check out BBN, they were playing music.

  9. #29

    Re: Should/will AC's go back to their regular format on 12/26...?

    One place you have been able to hear Christmas music is commercials. Although the rock version of "Deck the Halls" for Belk was one song I did NOT want to see come back. They got more traditional with their music closer to the big day.

    Belk is like Macy's, but in the South.

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    Just heard KQEZ 106.3 in Idaho Falls, ID airing "Same Old Lang Syne" Dan Fogelberg - on JULY 18TH!!! What the heck is that about?
    I've also heard "Celebrate Me Home" Kenny Loggins in July - also mainly heard in Christmas formats.

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