Radio stations get an earful from both sides about Christmas music.
“People have been calling for the last 10 days or so wanting to know when we’re going to start,” Woodward Communication’s general manager Greg Bell said. “Others say, ‘At least let us get the turkey out of the oven.’”
He and others compromise by streaming Christmas now on their websites for the diehards. Radio play waits until after Thanksgiving. A sampling of a few options:
• Woodward stations’ individual websites, like whby.com and wapl.com, have 24-hour Christmas livestreams. Scroll to the changing graphic panel on each site. Artists include Kelly Clarkson, Mannheim Steamroller and Paul McCartney. After Thanksgiving, it sprinkles Christmas into KZ-FM 104.3 and 92.9. WHBY has Christmas music on Christmas Eve and all day Christmas.
• The Avenue (www.avenueradio.com) streams Christmas now with artists like Janet Planet, Pretenders, Ray Charles and Andrea Bocelli. “We’ll start playing Christmas music on the radio (91.1 FM) on Thanksgiving night. We’ll play it every night and mix it in throughout the day,” said Shaun Shouldeen, the nonprofit station’s operations manager.
• The free radio website www.pandora.com mixes up Michael Buble, Maria Carey and the Eagles with traditional songs by Burl Ives, Andy Williams and Bing Crosby on its Christmas tab.
• SiriusXM satellite radio subscribers now can tap into holiday channels playing traditional or contemporary artists. It adds Hanukkah music Nov. 27 and country, pops, Latin and soul holiday channels in early December.
— Maureen Wallenfang: 920-993-1000, ext. 287, or firstname.lastname@example.org; on Twitter @wallenfang