UPDATED: Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus — 24/7 on two Boise radio stations

Update 11.14.12: There also is a a rumor that Variety Rock will change formats pemanently after Christmas. I have not confirmed the flip, but I have reason to suspect this might be true. Radio stations are notoriously tight-lipped about such matters, so we will probably have to wait. (Another country station? FM talk?)

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Sing with me!

“Dashing through the snow, in a one-horse open sleigh. O’er the fields we go, flipping stations all the waaaay!”

Two Boise radio stations cranked up Christmas playlists this week — Lite 107.9 FM on Saturday and Variety Rock 105.1 FM on Monday — for a non-stop barrage of holiday tunes through Christmas Day.

For Lite, it’s an annual tradition. The station has flipped formats temporarily to Christmas music since 1994. But for Variety Rock — to be called Variety Christmas for the next several weeks — this is a first-time venture, explains Journal Broadcast Group radio general manager Roy Williams.

“We feel that there is room for two all-Christmas music stations in a market this size,” he said in an email. “It is not uncommon in markets of this size or larger to have two or more all-Christmas music stations.”

I have just one request: Somebody please play the Heat Miser song.

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luckily...

...I know a Sunday night show that can play this whenever you want.
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local radio is a good thing.

But Tim,

any chance they'll play Pi$$ up a Rope, by Ween? It's not a Christmas song, however...Sunny...

Waste of airtime

if you ask me. Can't stand Christmas music. The old stuff is way overplayed, the new stuff is just a poorly done version of the old stuff--sounds like they rushed the album to cash in on the holiday. Very few new original songs that are done well.

105.1 might as well be called Gay-105 now.

No One Asked YOU!

Really don't care what you think.

I have WAY better Christmas music!

It's going out to my audio group for XMAS and on an NAB reel with my GX-636 to Mom's for Christmas, then we'll watch the kids sing on KBOI hopefully...I loved it last year and it helped Mom a lot after Dad died Dec. 10...

Every gift they got together for us was PERFECT as well. Mom wasn't going to have dinner but I did all I could to pitch in and it broke some ice. I'm glad.

This year her mom had to go to a care center though...Life is a breeder sometimes and guilded others.

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Nothing happened.

I rarely listen to Variety Rock-The Eagle wins again.

Quite frankly, you could trade it to Salt and Light for KGEM and I'd be jazzed.

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I LOVE RADIO, not I HEART.

Bah Humbug

and all that goes with it. Seriously, starting Christmas music 2 weeks before Thanksgiving is awful. Save it for the actual season. As for J105, they lost me several years ago. Their choices have been poor for a long time.