The number of Christmas novelty songs is so immense that radio host Dr. Demento devotes an entire month of weekly two-hour episodes to the format each year, and the novelty songs receive frequent requests at radio stations across the country.
Radio broadcasting of Christmas music has been around for several decades in the United States and elsewhere. Since the mids, it has become increasingly common for stations to switch their programming to continuous Christmas music around Thanksgiving, or earlier.
As a part of a phenomenon known as " Christmas creep ", radio stations —responsible for so much of Christmas music broadcasting, popularization, and appreciation—are "going Christmas" earlier each year. Many stations now start rolling out holiday music in early November instead of Thanksgiving or Black Friday and a select few, such as WEZW since , have earned a reputation for beginning their Christmas music as early as October , because programmers "think that listeners will stick with the first station to change to a seasonal theme.
A Arbitron ratings study confirmed holiday-music surges at stations around the country. In the United States, many radio stations begin airing an all-Christmas format by Thanksgiving weekend,  with others starting the Friday one week prior and some making the switch as early as November 1. As of November 24, two days before Thanksgiving , there were over commercial U. When a radio station in the U. Darren Davis, Senior V. Adult contemporary , oldies , and country listeners tend to adjust better to an all-Christmas switch than do listeners of other formats such as hip-hop or hard rock.
A study published in the Journal of Business Research noted that shoppers respond well to hearing Christmas music in stores. Even many stations that do not play full-time Christmas music prior to Christmas Eve will often play Christmas music commercial -free the entire day on Christmas Day and often a portion of Christmas Eve as well, with only recorded interruptions for Christmas messages from station personnel and personnel from the station's parent company to give all but the governmental body-required number of personnel in the U.
Although the Christmas season by definition runs until January 6 Epiphany , and is observed until at least New Year's Eve by the public, almost all broadcasters skip the last Twelve Days of Christmas , abruptly ending all holiday music at or even before midnight on December 25, and not playing a single Christmas song again until the next November.
Several radio stations actually promote this, with ads that proudly proclaim to listeners weary of the Christmas music that the station's regular format will indeed return on December 26, as soon as Christmas Day is over. It is not uncommon for broadcasters to market the twelve-day period preceding Christmas December 14 to 25 as the "Twelve Days of Christmas", contrary to the traditional definition.
One reason for this is that much popular Christmas music is so closely associated with Christmas Day itself that it would be difficult or impossible to play after December 25 without bringing up references that the broadcaster may wish to ignore such as those that involve Santa Claus , who has already come and gone by Christmas morning.
On occasion, some Christmas music stations will continue to play at least some Christmas music through the weekend following Christmas, or even through New Year's Day particularly when stunting in anticipation of a format change; see below , but never any later. Christmas music is a popular stunt format for radio stations, either as a " Christmas in July " promotion, or as a buffer period for transitioning from one format to another. The end of a calendar year is a common time period for format switches, often following an all-Christmas format.
Doing so outside of the holiday season, or otherwise implying that the format is permanent, is a less subtle stunt. In April , the new radio station CFWD-FM in Saskatoon soft launched with an all-Christmas format in preparation for the station's official launch as a top 40 station.
Citadel Media produced The Christmas Channel , a syndicated hour radio network , during the holiday season in past years though in , Citadel instead included Christmas music on its regular Classic Hits network. Services such as Muzak also distribute Christmas music to retail stores for use as in-store background music during the holidays. The growing popularity of Internet radio has inspired other media outlets to begin offering Christmas music.
In Ireland, a temporary radio station named Christmas FM broadcasts on a temporary license in Dublin and Cork from November 28 to December 26, solely playing Christmas music. One station, iHeart Christmas, plays christmas music mostly known in the recent decade.
Their other station, iHeart Christmas Classics, mainly focuses on playing christmas music from past decades. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. For similar terms, see Christmas Album disambiguation. For the Decca album, see Christmas Music album. For other uses, see Christmas Song disambiguation and Christmas Songs disambiguation. For the Pixies song, see Come on Pilgrim.
List of Christmas carols. Blodget on a Roland U synthesizer, December 23, Performed a cappella by Kim Butler on December 15, A traditional Catalan Christmas carol, arranged for guitar.
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More than any other type of music, it spans and links generations with disparate musical taste buds. Engine's getting hot Dodge the kangaroos Swaggie climbs aboard He is welcome too All the family is there Sitting by the pool Christmas Day, the Aussie way By the barbecue! Playing Christmas music is all about having a larger audience after Christmas than you did before. People who find the station often stick around after the holidays and discover a new favorite station.
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Gene Autry , Oakley Haldeman. Jem Finer and Shane MacGowan. The Pogues with Kirsty MacColl. Mariah Carey and Walter Afanasieff. His death came after a spell in hospital earlier this month with a suspected bout of pneumonia. The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall led tributes to the star, who started his working life as a miner in his native Yorkshire before running a series of clubs and working as a wrestler and DJ.
I was one listeners from the early years until the beginning of the 70th. I hear now from the satellite astra 19 degrees aest in the german talk. Barry Alldis, You was the best. Top twenty every sunday and I love Del Shannon. What a sound, what a time. Memories from a Swede boy.
Fantastic radio luxembourg site, brings back memories beyond belief of total enjoyment of our youth. I wonder if you can help as I'm certain that when Simon Dee was at R Luxembourg he hosted a programme that the tag line was ," I've been trying to find the name of it so I can get a recording but to no avail!
I've been trying for years, so maybe with your brilliant archive you may be able to help! I do hope so! Anyway even if not the site is wonderful, thanks for all your work. I was an avid listener of Luxy from about through to the 80s. If there was ever a time for Luxy to return it's now, as internet radio is established!
Used to listen to Dan Dare every night as a schoolboy, in Newcastle on Tyne. It was a great station, even if it faded a bit. I know Luxy from It was fantastic os the radio from the other planet Remember the spring in the first three were Sunny,ABBA and very sweet song Uncertain radio receiving was especially charming Sometimes was a success tu rekord new hits that were on hooligan wave m It was fine to lesten to"Maybe the morning"at dawn Checrfulvoices of Dgs from Radio Luxembourg will always remain in my memory.
A friend of mine recently published a news clipping, it appeared, of her mother, who won the "Miss Radio Luxembourg" contest, being kissed by Rock Hudson.
I imagine she would share it if you are interested. Great sit brings back loads of memeories. Listening on the net to luxemberg, but it appears there web site has been suspended. Great memories from my childhood through my teens and into adulthood, great Radio Luxembourg. It had to be the most listened station in the British isles. I am very sad to find that the has closed again. There was so fantastic to hear and to se on Radio Luxemburg again via the "net".
There is still a market for the radio. You got a load of younger listeners during the time you were back again. Send my best to the chaps and take care now.
See and hear you! Much time has passed, but the emotions experienced with Radio Luxembourg, they are still alive and rooted in our minds.
RTL, the best station I ever listened. Tuning in at night with my old valve radio, especially during my student days. Lots of happy memories. Thank you very much indeed to radio Luxembourg for the so many wonderful hours spent on your tune in the late seventies! Ray Georges Thank you for initiating such a wonderful tribute site to enable us to keep these golden memories for ever. My earliest memories of Radio Luxemburg go back to around when I was 10 years old.
It helped to mould my musical tastes to Rock 'n' Roll from to Thank You Radio Luxemburg very much. Wow, those were the days!!! I used to listen to your radio from '71 to about ' After all these years your names bring back so many memories.
Thank you for all the great music and your warm voices that kept me company through my teenage years. These were happy days. Still in radio streaming 7 days a week KWXY. Just read the sad news about Dave Christian's passing. I worked with Dave in Luxembourg during the mids. He was a legend to work with and one of the nicest, most generous guys I've ever met. I am distraught today. I just came across this site purely by accident. So nostalgic, I feel like crying with joy!
I used to listen to the broadcasts as a young boy when I lived in Dublin on a Philips table top radio. The signal used to fade in and out, but such a joy to listen to at the time as it was the only "pop" station. Congrats for the site and the whole project! I hope I can tune it again some day! Radio Luxemburg was the radio of me growing up. I will never forget the station and that I did hear a lot of new music for the first time from Why can one not turn time back??
Thanks for all music you played!!! All the great hits from late sixties I used to listen to while I lived in Czech Rep. Thank you for keeping Radio Luxembourg alive. Through R-lux I learned English at school where we learned Russian. Program is well heard around midnight to 2 after the break. Thanks to all people who were creating this wonderful program. Hy teachers i was one of your students learning to do self up in , Oh la la Unforgetable time Just downloaded t Top Twenty shows.
Thanx a million for making it possible. Beautiful memories of the past. What about the April ? Much better songs as I was never a BEatles and those other shouting Brits. I prefer American artists. You can open this: Kindest regards from Poland.
It was the only place to hear the latest tunes. My favorite shows were: Top 20 and Presenting Elvis Presley both hosted by my favorite d. I wish I had some of those original RTL recordings. Too bad I got rid of all those reel-to-reel tapes. I miss them so badly now. Could anybody help me? My e-mail address is: Beautiful memories of the long gone past with RTL. Great and spectacular website. Keep up the great work. All my very best - Miro.
Page is totally sensational - for someone who thrived on Barry Aldis and the gong; night after night. Any more top 20 shows coming up - from 61 for instance? It's shadow now entertains me on the internet and I still listen whenever I can. Radio Luxemburg ment a lot to us in the old days I am 67 now My memory may be a little rusty, but as far as I remember, I listened every night, when I was young. OH Oh to discover this website.
God bless y 4 the 2 tapes from 65 and Hoping that older tapes will be discovered soon. I am 54 years old. J listened to Radio Luxembourg every night. Thank you very much for the interesting photos and information. Great dj and beautiful voices Your Radio Luxembourg page brought back many memories.
Keep up the good work. I used to stay up most of the nights when i was a lad listening to Radio Luxembourge the best station on air in those days hope to be able to listen again as soon as im able to receive it. All the best with re-launch. Memories of teenage years brought to life again.
Fantastic site to turn the clock back a while. Radio Luxemberg Super Radio in 66's and ever. Thats what I needed. A good entry to rhe story of Radio Luxembourg. As well as the music there was so much other entertainment--Take your Pickpeople are funny--Dan dare Pilot of the future --opportunity knocks--shilling a second--candid mike ect ect and good old Garner Ted Armstrong!!! For me Radio Luxembourg was really the thing that made me lucky. In those quite boring times especially at sunday Radio Luxemburg was the real Star in the Sky.
Falling asleep with that Great Music. I worshipped those broadcasts. Ok, you got addicted but there was no harm caused by it. It was free of costs and the things they tried to sell we're not in reach anyway. Even the records we're hard to get. Getting in the mood again at once. In the autumn of my life but nobody can take that away from me Ik ben ook een radio adept van de 70's Noordzee en Veronica.
In mindere mate Luxemburg en Mi Amigo in Leuk dit stukje radio geschiedenis. I have just found your website,fantastic!! I listened to radio Luxembourg on M in the early s, to Dan Dare pilot of the Future too, and on into the s, so much better than the BBC, the top 20 show and other programmes ect, amazing times!! This is truly a fantastic site for Radio Luxembourg fans Well done Dick for your hard work here over the years Following on from my last posting It is so very familiar, and yet I'm not sure that I remember it being used on at all.
It certainly was most appropriate for the station, and fits comfortably with the time, but maybe somebody out there can shed some light on this one for me. Many Thanks Once Again. I was at boarding school from the late 50's to early 60's, and at night had my Perdio transistor radio with earphone to tune in.
Please could somebody tell me what the name of the tune was that introduced the Top 20 programme with Barry Aldis. Very distinctive, a kind of American marching song if I remember rightly. I have been listening to Radio Luxemburg since to the end of your broadcasting.
A part of radio history that I am proud to have been around at the time even though at times I only had a crystal radio in my bedroom so it was a hit and miss situation until the sitting room radio was vacated by my parents.
Luxembourg was a lifesaver in the sixties, when the BBC had the monopoly on broadcasting. I heard so much great stuff on Luxembourg, that I would never have heard via the Beeb. Fantastic memories of the "left ear in the speaker, right hand on the tuning knob" technique. Mick Weaver Torrance Ca. Great memories of a time gone by.
Thank you for having made me living that period again. Hi there guy's it is2: I'm so greatfull that i found you, i was listening to you in Poland in , 68, 69 i left poland toward the end of , so many years later Thank you Thank you Thank you. Ray DJ Luxembourg, Gr. I use to listen to it every night when I could I loved the tune that use to be played at the end of each evenings or should I say morning broadcast and I have tried to find that tune every where with out any luck what was it at the end of the day you'l hear me say thank you that is as much as I can remember now.
Radio Luxembourg was my favourite radio station of my youth in sixties and the Top Twenty on Sunday evenings stay unforgettable. This station stay in my heart forever. Brilliant reading the contents, seeing old charts, and putting faces to some of the names.
Radio Luxemburg was my preferite radio when I was young. I listen on my old AM radio in the late night. I always had in my ears the beautiful jingles A piece of my heart in this waves. I remember it well! Muriel Young Colin Hamilton Photos: Hans Knot archive I was a regular listener during the early s and have a couple of recordings in my collection.
The last night of Luxembourg was also relayed on many U. Boy those where the days the late 50s and most of 60s when real music whas created it sure makes me feel Good to bring back the memoris agin thanks to old and you for a great site.
That is where I first heard the news of the Lockerbee Plane crash! I am so glad to be able to relive the old and enjoy the new via the Web. What a goldmine your site is! In reading through the many colorful comments from over the years, I note lots of folks writing to say they were listening as early as the seventies or even the sixties!
Well, you guys are newbies--I regularly tuned in to from until mid I was then 11 to 14 years old, my US Army dad was posted to the embassy in Den Haag--still my favorite city in Europe.
These were three of the most glorious years of my life! We had several radio receivers around the house: All were sufficient to tune in Radio Luxembourg after dark--and this was my introduction to Rock'n'Roll! This was over 50 years ago, so I certainly can't remember all the shows I heard, but I do remember a show called " and View", and I did write to the station personalities a couple of times. In each case I got a reply--how I wish I'd saved those letters! But the greatest thrill of all was to go exploring on Medium Wave in front of the warm glow of the slide rule dial on the Balmet.
Hearing the hissing and crackling as you turned the big knob and watched the indicator line move past the names of all the big cities of Europe, and straining to hear the faint signals fading in and out as the atmospheric layers did their dance in the ionosphere--it was like a treasure hunt every night!
In case you're wondering what prompted me to find your website, here's the answer: Last week while watching a rented DVD we saw the previews to the film "Pirate Radio", and I mentioned to my wife that 50 years ago I regularly listened to the original pirate broadcaster, Radio Luxembourg. That of course prompted a discussion of what Medium Wave broadcasting was like in the fifties in Europe, as experienced by an American kid whose dad made sure there were always good radios in the house.
When I arrived at Bitburg,Germany Aug. Listened to it in the barracks and in my VW. Have been a huge fan of Luxy since a kid growing up in Ireland. It inspired me to become a radio broadcaster in Ireland and then on to doing radio commercials in Los Angeles. Just found it today online and have been listening for the past few hours. Does not have that same feel but certainly nice to listen to the podcasts Dick, thanks for taking the time to keep this site updated for so long.
I check it from time to time. I am now a professional web designer and would love to re-design your Luxy site I was In Radio Luxembourg studio In Bob Stewart show me around together with Mike Oldies, I took som picture from the studio. We was talking about the future, and satelite radio. I was lisening to Radio Luxembourg from I was old. It was a dream for me. You have a very nice page! It seems that Luxy on the Internet is dead as of From the age of 14 to almost 16 years of age, while living in Augsburg, Germany, I did some heavy duty listening to Radio Luxembourg from They rocked the radio waves hard back then.
Radio under the duvet in the 80's, what memories. Radio Luxemburg is radio I listened when I was young. I listen that radio today gladly.
Thanks for the interesting story! And now I listen. I am an ex-Brit, now Canadian, living in Canada since but visiting Florida for the winter. Remembering how I listened to RL every night from about I googled Radio Luxembourg and found your wonderful site.
I shall visit it again for a more detailed look, and follow the links, but just wanted to say thanks for the trip down memory lane! Just seeing the DJs names brings back wonderful memories. This is the world's number one Radio Station.
Love Radio Luxemburg; glad to have you back again. I looked after them, you know who were my regular customers. But one was Jimmy Edwards handlebar moustache. What was he doing there? Hello Dick, after several years I was the 25th to sign your guestbook in '98 , I returned to your WONDEFUL site about Radio Luxembourg that was the definitive soundtrack of our youth, during the years I found some old notes with a lot of Luxy charts, you maybe already have these data.
Ruffin 19 - Mr. Used to love listening to Gracie Fields on Radio Lux. Its a shame that radio luxembourg now is just a prerecorded loop only available via internet with a classicrock format. Forget about DRM shortwave for the moment,there are hardly any radios about,only have this when the radios are on sale and the technology is widely used,and AM technology is old hat and not worth considering with the fading and interference factor.
Gerry McCann Basseterre, St. The deejayroom; ready for broadcasting. On the night of April 18, I was very surprised to hear Barry Alldis on the radio again.
Two towers of 60 and 65 m height 1 passive reflector Geographic data: The Beatles click here Presented by Barry Alldis. Thanks to Ben Meijering. Radio Luxembourg's London Studio's: After more than 15 years I got more than Marius Ziuraitis David Kid Jensen. Tony Prince - Dave Christian. Barry Alldis and Cliff Richard. Beatles at Luxy studio in London. Hi Dick, What a fabulous site. It brings back great memories. Best wishes to all my listeners from those days of yesteryear.
Sir Jimmy Savile O. Jimmy Savile was also a professional wrestler and here with Alan Bailey he practises a few grunts and groans in Studio B.
The famous "Top Twenty" turntables. Doug Stanley and the Swinging Blue Jeans. I was an engineer at Hertford Street and recorded many of the programmes mentioned on your page. I still have recordings of most. I am writing a book covering my time there and since I was a keen photographer,I shall be using many of my photos. They've never been published. I can't wait to read more.
Week ending 19 december - Broadcast on sunday 27 december: The following sunday, 3 january , the first record chart, compiled by The New Musical Express, was broadcast. Note the very big difference: