WKSC on the other hand avoids Christmas music aside from Mariah Carey. Java Joel played Nat King Cole a couple timed on the last night before Christmas break. That’s going on 16 years ago.
In Milwaukee, WXSS played Pop Christmas songs “KISSmas Cuts” as they called them in the late 90s up til around 2001. 2002 was the only year I remember them playing the traditional ones. Christmas Eve 2002. They tweaked to a very rhythmic direction in February 2003 and I haven’t heard anything since. Their lone competition (WRNW) went Sports last year, but they would play the traditional songs (Brenda Lee, Burl Ives, etc) on Black Friday. Some years they would run a Rick Dees Christmas Special on Christmas Eve. WKSC did the same.
Radio Disney (Basically defunct aside from their mobile app) Would routinely play both Teen Pop Christmas songs and traditional. I was listening to WRDZ on Christmas Eve 2001, I remember someone calling in and requesting “Burl Ives” and the DJ “I know who you’re talking about.” The last network station (WSDZ in St. Louis) actually went off the air in 2015 at the end of Pop remake of “Do You Want To Build A Snowman” which is not a Christmas song but they ran it as one. Not sure if the lyrical content was intentional or not, but it sure fit the sign off quite well.
Up until he passed away, WLUM in Milwaukee ran Scott Weiland’s Christmas crooner album on a loop a few years in a row. They called it “A Very Weiland Christmas”
Some CHR and Alternative stations would play novelty Christmas songs. KBKS in Seattle did back in the CBS days.
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