Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Be Careful What You Whine About Wish For

Dear Star 102.5 in Buffalo:

If I promise never, ever to complain about your 9-to-5 No-Repeat Workday (and how repetitive the work week ends up being), will you please, please, please, oh, please lay off the Christmas/holiday* music?

I guess I understand trying to get folks in the Christmas/holiday spirit--though I'm not quite sure why it's so damned important to you. Are you getting kick-backs from Santa Claus or the major retailers? I can even see sneaking the occasional Christmas tune in a week or so after Thanksgiving. But 24/7 Christmas tunes beginning a week before Thanksgiving is just wrong, wrong, wrong. Sadistic and wrong and horrible. Add to that the fact that this is at least the third year in a row you've done it and I think you're really building up some bad karma.

I know what you're thinking--no one is making me listen to your station and you're right and, honestly, I haven't been listening to your station. But yours is my station of choice the whole rest of the year and when I can't listen to it, my choices here in my rural county are extremely limited (two country stations--one of which is "The Big Pig" WPIG, because "size matters"; one "oldies;" and one religious). Not having satisfying musical accompaniment in the delivery van and in the car makes whole portions of my day significantly less bearable. And I'll bet you a copy of Britney's "My Only Wish (This Year)" that I'm not the only one.

As Bruce Springsteen says (and says and says and says, especially on your station), "Santa Claus is comin' to town" and I bet there's some folks in programming that ain't gettin' nothin' but coal.


*It's not straight Christmas--they throw in Adam Sandler's "The Hanukkah Song" occasionally.


  1. Oh, AMEN, AMEN, AMEN! Our "easy listening" station starting playing Xmas straight through LAST WEEK! I love holiday music, but my gosh we haven't even carved the turkey yet from Thanksgiving!

    You know what's worse than the radio stations getting the jump? SANTA was already at the mall too. It's enough to make me Super Grinch!

  2. Youngest Sister11/23/06, 3:28 PM

    There was a woman that called into the station that I listen to and said that not only is her mother the only one she knows that bothers to put up THANKSGIVING decorations, she also took them down a week BEFORE Thanksgiving to put up Christmas decorations. It's a crazy, crazy world.