...inspired by a Radio George listener.
In December of 2010, an email from a Radio
George listener suggested a channel of traditional Christmas music. At
first, the idea struck me as a little odd. I had created the three
Smooth Jazz Christmas channels specifically to get away from the
same old stuff on the temporary all-Christmas formatted radio stations
on the AM/FM band, and the music permeating the air in every other
store, restaurant, or office building you enter this time of year.
What was I missing that someone asked for
a traditional Christmas music channel?
Then it hit me: there are none!
The music on "temporary Christmas" AM/FM
stations and in stores is a thrown-together mess, with (1) traditional
songs, and selections by contemporary artists whose producers seem to have
to screw around with the arrangements simply to be "different," and
(2) the recordings that were forced upon artists between the 60's
and 90's to record, simply to have 10-12 tunes to make up a Christmas album to
The problem with that is that Conway
Twitty's version of "White Christmas" will never be considered a
memorable hit, nor will the Beach Boys singing "We Three Kings of
Orient Are" [yes, they actually did record that], nor will
"God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen" by Smokey Robinson & the
Miracles. Got it?
In contrast, the Christmas tunes by
singers such as Andy Williams, Johnny Mathis, Nat King Cole, the
Boston Pops, and a slew of others ARE the ones that are remembered and
continued to be loved today--traditional Christmas
So my Christmas gift to all Radio
George listeners who remember the greatest Christmas songs of all
time: three and a half hours' worth from the fifties to the seventies.
The response to this
channel in 2010, the year it was introduced, was simply overwhelming. More people from around the
world listened to it that December than any other Radio George channel. That's why
traditional channels two and three were added the next year, in 2011.
Enjoy them, email your friends who will
want to hear A Traditional Christmas on Radio
George---and of course, thanks for listening.