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Christmas Radio Countdown – Day 22

Straight outta Finland! Yo! It’s Radio Santa Claus, keepin’ it legit! We’re talkin’ Arctic Circle, yo!

Live from the Finnish frontier on the web and running mobile on TuneIn radio under “Radio Santa Claus”.


Christmas Radio Countdown – Day 21

“Bob” radio is one of the “stuff laying around on your iPod” FM programming formats that you can buy and just plug-in to any existing-but-needs-a-refresh station … one of the generic handful like “Edge” and “Jack” and “Kiss” that 90 percent of the North American FM spectrum seems to be using now. But, in a small saving grace, the Bob team has also slapped up a Christmas stream and it’s pretty good.

Take that, Jack.

Check it out on the web or hit up “Bob Christmas Radio” on TuneIn. It’s only here until the end of the month, so grab your piece now.

Christmas Radio Countdown – Day 18

Back to the 181 well once more … this time for some holiday hot licks and snowman slow jams (see what I did there?) from the “Christmas R#38;B” feed. This is the perfect way to reset before the weekend is upon us once again … and an optimal choice for any office gathering you might be having over the next week or so. Heavy on the classics – The Miracles, Jackson 5, Four Tops, Ella and Sammy – this one will please the whole gang. Hit the 181.FM web page on your computer or check out “Christmas R&B” on TuneIn.

Groovy, baby.

Door-To-Door Mail Delivery To End. About Fucking Time.

It’s about time. Fifteen years after it should have happened, Canada Post is dragging themselves out of the 19th century and putting an end to door-to-door mail delivery. Of course the assorted luddites, unions, and other know-nothing fenderheads are up in arms about it … which pretty much guarantees that this is a good idea.

Look – door to door mail service is about the worst business plan in the world. If I came to you and proposed a document delivery business where the service went to every potential customer location every single day, regardless of whether a particular customer actually had a delivery, and deliveries would cost the same no matter how far or short the actual delivery path was, and we would charge for this in a time when virtually everyone has instantaneous delivery of documents for free, and we would pay our employees some of the highest wages in the country to do this … you would laugh in my face.

No one needs a buggy whip any more. Nobody buys 8-track tapes. No one wants cell phones with keyboards. This is just another product that has become useless and unnecessary in the face of better options. But unlike buggy whips and Blackberries, this one costs taxpayers a whack of money. Time to pull the plug.

Hell, the only real difference is that the lazy-ass letter carrier will no longer tromp across my lawn instead of using the damn sidewalk.

Good riddance.

Christmas Radio Countdown – Day 17

“Christmas Kids Radio” is a bit of a misnomer. With a name like that you would think that it was all Muppets and Rugrats and The Wiggles and the like, but what you get instead is a lot of stuff from American Idol alumni and assorted boy bands. So it’s more “teen girl bland pop Christmas radio” but it’s not particularly horrible and you can probably put it on and not offend a single person, which is a handy thing to be able to do. It’s also got a few cuts from your Spongebobs and Grinches and the like, so I guess that is where the “kid” part comes from.

Hit the 181.FM web page to check it out, or look up “Christmas kids” on your TuneIn app.

If nothing else, you will be amazed at how many Christmas songs Kelly Clarkson has recorded.

Christmas Radio Countdown – Day 16

Hey! Christmas is the time for giving, right? So today spend your ho ho ho radio time with a station that is all about giving. Radio Christmas out of the U.K. is an annual effort to help kids in need around the globe. It started as a project to raise money to help street kids in Britain and now supports charities for young’uns around the globe. Homeless kids, hungry kids, kids who work in a dump for a dollar a day … there are a lot of kids who have generally sucky Christmases. Maybe it wouldn’t kill you to toss a couple of bucks their way.

Radio Christmas also has a very cool “Brit-centric” vibe that makes them stand out from the usual holiday fare. If you are a bona fide Scrooge you might get cheesed off by the reminders that it’s all about charity and desperate kids, but everyone else should enjoy the mix. On the web at or search for “radio christmas” on TuneIn.

Ho ho ho indeed.

Christmas Radio Countdown – Day 15

Boomer Radio sounds more or less like pretty much every other “Christmas mix” radio station – classics, some poppy stuff, and the requisite sprinkling of a few comedy songs. But it gets a Monday morning shout-out for one reason: It’s the only on-line station that ever seems to play Chrissy The Christmas Mouse, which is entirely awesome.

Note that there are a few scattered ads, but they are few and far between. Check it out on the web at Boomer Radio or search for “Boomer Christmas” in your handy TuneIn app.

Christmas Radio Countdown – Day 12

Friday! Time for some hot holiday licks! Boogie your way into the weekend with the last of SomaFM’s yuletide offerings … Christmas Rocks!

Pretty much every “rock n roll” holiday cut from the last 50 years is on this playlist, everything from the Beach Boys to Bad Religion with all the stops in between. And of course, commercial free. Check it out on Soma’s web site, or look for “Christmas Rocks” on your handy-dandy TuneIn app, and get ready to rock out with the fat man.

Christmas Radio Countdown – Day 11

With a name like “Smooth Christmas Radio” you might think that these guys are loaded with all sorts of Michael Bolton and Kenny G and other sorts of white-bread dreck. But you would be wrong! This is a really cool station, with a great mix of, well, everything! I’m a big fan of this one – lots of standards, a sprinkling of modern stuff, and just enough of an edge to be a teeny tiny bit irreverent.

This is an “all day and never get bored” kind of blend. Note that there are a few liners here and there, mostly to pimp the name of the “featured artist”, so it’s not completely wall-to-wall music. Get it in your browser at, or fire up the TuneIn Radio app and do a search for “smooth Christmas”.

Christmas Radio Countdown – Day 10

Hey! We don’t need no steenking eenglish! Ho ho ho and all that kind of stuff transcends borders! Language! Basic comprehension! So you can get your Christmas tunes anywhere … including Germany!

Check out Sclagerweihnacht for your mid-week injection of traditional carols. On the web here, or search for “schlagerweihnacht” (sorry!) on TuneIn Radio. You might not understand a word, but you know all the songs anyway and the arrangements here are first class. Really nice stuff to cruise through a dreary December mid-week day. Achtung!