One of the worst memories of working at urban radio during the holidays for me was the now defunct KACE 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 long 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 music. 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 edge and make them leap off a building with their glass of Bourbon and Eggnog. Am 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 died off over time 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 are 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.