Broadcasting a joyful noise


Christmas is coming… well actually, for me, Christmas has been on the cards for quite some time, but as I write this post, there are exactly 41 days to the day of good cheer.

Radio is a funny old place when it comes to broadcasting festive music. Even BBC Radio 1 side-lines some of its main stream music and harks back to some of the classics of yesteryear. But what is it that allows this rule to happen? More to the point, what is it about the jingly jangly sounds from years gone by that can’t be matched by artists of today?

I know for a fact that when I flick on the dial anywhere over the festive period, that I’m going to hear the new acts, and ghosts of X Factor past (who could forget them…!) attempt to bellow out a joyful sound, but the sounds of Sir Cliff and Wizzard will be wishing us a Merry Christmas with mulled wine and logs on the fire.

Christmas is a special time of year that allows radio stations just that little bit of flexibility to do what they like, and get away with it, but for the sake of the Christmas angel that sits a-top the tree, please don’t abuse this privilege. 

Ho ho ho.

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