Love it, hate it, or… Meh

Well, here we are, less than a week away. Thanksgiving, and the official departure of the Holiday season. So where does your taste in holiday music lie?

For the purposes of this little blog on the subject, I refer only to secular music, not to religious music. I’m talking about songs like “Santa Claus is coming to town,” “Winter Wonderland”, “Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree”, “Jingle Bell Rock”, “Frosty The Snowman”, “Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer”, and other titles like that. Do you like to hear these songs every year around this time? Do you shake your head every time you walk into a store during the holiday season and hear one of these tunes and try to get out of that store as quickly as possible? Or are you just lukewarm on the subject?

The reason I even bring this up is because being an on-air radio personality for several decades now, I’ve been playing these tunes every year around this time. In fact, one year, I believe it was the 2014 holiday season, Beasley Media Group business leaders have decided 96.3 KKLZ should play all the holiday music all the time November and December. Man, you should have heard some of the phone calls we got. We’ve heard people say they’ll never join our station again. Some have asked if it was a April Fool joke in November. Some listeners called us to tell us that they would come back with us in January. A lot of emotions were conveyed to us about this decision.

The fact is, every year since then, friends and 96.3 KKLZ listeners are starting to wonder if our station is going to revert to that “all holiday music” format when the weather starts to cool down in Vegas. The answer is no. But, we like to sprinkle in some of those holiday favorites that have been around since before many of us were even born, as well as some of the great holiday tunes of the 80s and 90s, like “Last Christmas” by Wham!, “Do They Know It’s Christmas” by Bandage, and “All I Want For Christmas Is You” by Mariah Carey.

So whether you absolutely love holiday music, can’t stand it, or can take it or leave it, you’ll hear some of these good old holiday favorites on 96.3 KKLZ this time of year, but we’re not going to “any holiday music” until Christmas Eve, when we launch our annual “Christmas without advertising.

In the meantime, keep your chestnuts away from that open fire, and say Jack Frost to get out of your face and leave your nose as it is. All of us here at 96.3 KKLZ wish you, your family and friends a safe, happy and healthy life Holiday season!

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larry martino is the longtime Afternoon Drive personality on 96.3 KKLZ. The views and opinions expressed in this blog are those of larry martino and not necessarily those of Beasley Media Group, LLC.

6 Holiday Gifts for All Classic Rock Fans

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Classic rock fans can be found across generations and more nuanced than you might think. Some classic rock fans like hair metal, while others prefer grunge. For every classic rocker who loves jam bands, you’ll find another that leans more punk.

With those differences in mind, we’ve put together a small but mighty list of holiday gifts that any classic rock fan will appreciate. Keep scrolling to find great gift ideas for the classic rocker in your life, even if that classic rocker is you. (Hey, who said you can’t give yourself a present this holiday season?)

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