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ON CHRISTMAS MUSIC: Take the AC DJ and Board Op for Steak Dinner Time

pennies copyOne of the worst memories of working at urban during the holidays for me was the now defunct and the Christmas season. As far as KACE, all Sh…TY things come to an end (laugh) I KNEW that station would fail and I must say I’m glad it did and while that’s usually not my style, you would agree with me if I told   you the whole story     I got to work 6 hour shifts during the weekend in the middle of the holidays EVERY holiday. A true programmer would not put a jock on the air for 6 hours. I don’t give a damn about budgets. That’s just too damn and too damn lazy on the so-called programmer’s part.   From Thanksgiving (it’s earlier now) through Christmas day playing that dreaded ass Christmas . If one more black listener requested The Temptation’s Silent Night, I may have kicked Eddie Kendrick’s ass. I have heard The Temptations “Silent Night” at least 10,000 times… LITERALLY. Another favorite “What do the lonely do at Christmas” by the Emotions… A song that would surely push someone thinking about Yuletide Suicide over the and make them leap off a building with their glass of Bourbon and Eggnog. I the only black person that likes Eggnog? That sh… tastes good but you can tell if you drink a whole carton you might have a stroke.

Let’s not forget Charles Brown, Merry Christmas Baby, the requests for that one FINALLY off over and Eartha Kitt’s “Santa Baby” the only think Black people liked that Eartha did (laugh). Eartha was pretty much the grace jones of the 60’s and when I was a kid, I did think she was a dude in drag. Christmas music would not be so bad if the artists didn’t record the SAME DAMN SONGS OVER AND OVER AND OVER AND OVER AND OVER AND OVER AND OVER AND OVER AND OVER AGAIN!   How much appeal does Silent Night have when the same song is sung by 400 people?…. NONE! Can the writers get off their lazy asses and get creative and give us some NEW CHRISTMAS MUSIC so that we not listening to the same sh… from 1858. That’s why when Donny Hathaway came out with “This Christmas” in the early 70s it was an INSTANT HIT. It was a NEW song. Now of course everybody and their great grand mammy has recorded a version of that song DESTROYING it too. At any rate, thank God for iPods and MP3 Players in cars, mines will be in full swing this holiday season so I don’t have to hear that Christmas Sh…! I have warned my people to beware as I plan to wear my headphones in the stores and shopping malls too.

CEO of RF Focus, Radio and Music Industry Veteran. Radio DJ, Programmer, Musician and Voice Talent. Graduated from Performing Arts in Buffalo, N.Y. and worked at the legendary KKBT (92.3 The Beat) during its nationwide heyday in the early 90s. Also worked for Stevie Wonder at KJLH.


  1. Kev,

    I absolutely love Christmas music. It’s like one month out of the year reserved for a special set of songs that bring back many fond memories and other intangible feelings of contented joy. Now, I don’t listen to the radio. Long ago I made carefully sequenced cassette tapes that I have recently transferred to CD and now iPod playlists.

    True, certain song have been played way too much. True, it’s always cause for celebration when somebody comes up with a good NEW Christmas song (one of my most recent faves was Toni Braxton’s entire CD of sexy cuddle up Christmas ballads).

    Like any music though, it’s all about the sogns that resonate with you most. I only need one, maybe two versions of any classic Christmas carol or song. It’s all about the ones that somehow have a place in your life.

    You and I are about the same age, so you remember that when we were kids there were precious few Black Christmas albums. Therefore, along with our Nat, Motown, Stax, Ramsey, Mahalia, Charles Brown and Eartha Kitt Lps, we were listening to Tennessee Ernie Ford, Peggy Lee, Vince Guaraldi (“A charlie Brown Christmas”), Steve & Edie, The New Christy Minstrels and Gene Autry. I can’t imagine Christmas without hearing those. And almost every year afterwards, I have added a handful of new selections giving my holiday music canon much needed updates artist-wise and stylistically (Prince, Rotary connection, Mariah, Amy Grant, Lisa Fischer, TLC and many more). It’s like having your favorite artists stop by and hit you off with a lil’ Christmas cheer.

    In the days when I could actually do Christmas shopping (that’s on hiatus for a minute), I had a cassette specifically for driving around in all the madness. I had a tape for trimming the tree and a very special tape for Christmas Eve into Christmas day…

    In conclusion, it must have sucked to have to sit in a dank dire radio studio and push buttons of preprogrammed xmas infinitum…but if you could have selected and sequenced your favorites in a creative way that spoke to you, I bet it would have touched thousands of others as well.

    Ho Ho Ho,

    A. Scott Galloway

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