Christmas Music Hits Boston’s Radio Airwaves

BOSTON (CBS) – It’s that time of the year again. Local radio stations have begun playing Christmas music.

Our sister station, 103.3 WODS kicked off the holiday season on Friday.

The annual tradition of 24/7 Christmas music started nearly a decade ago.

And while it may not even be Thanksgiving yet, it’s Christmas at WODS.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Carl Stevens reports

“You know what? This year, I’m ready for this, because it does make you feel better. And this has been a really tough year for everyone. So, I think it’s a good thing,” Paula Street, a DJ at WODS told WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Carl Stevens.

  • Julie the Jarhead

    Thanks for the warning.

    I STOP listening to stations who play Christmas music, and I usually don’t start listening again until well into the New Year.

    As the people at Nordstrom’s say, “One holiday at a time.”

  • Judge Amy Gray

    I skip listening to stations who play Christmas music. Either play music for all
    religions or play music for none.

  • Enough

    Another station to boycott. Its too early!

  • jak

    I stop listening to stations that play Christmas music this soon. I’m not a Scrooge but playing it this soon when Thanksgiving has not arrived yet stinks. 103.3 also plays Christmas music and I quit listening to them as well.

  • gramps

    Was my ‘Wife’s’ favorite Christmas song…

    My 1st holiday season without ‘Janey’, might as well face up to it, early.

    & so it goes…


    • Julie the Jarhead

      God bless Janey and God bless Karen Carpenter.

      • gramps

        ‘Semper Fi’…


    • Tsal

      Well now we found common ground gramps. It’s my husbands and my Christmas song. Perhaps we can work forward on that. Sincere condolences.

  • donny

    Any station that wants me as a listener is NOT playing Christmas music before Thanksgiving. Period.

  • emom

    This is so crazy, every year Christmas comes earlier and earlier, I mean it truly has lost its meaning. When people look at the material wealth of a gift, when children say “Is that all” and when a simple homemade gift makes one look at you and say “wow” but on the flip side they are saying cheap gift.
    Christmas has become MATERIALISTIC”. When the value of a gift is what counts. When going to a store, mall, or even a restaurant saddens you when one holiday has barely passed and another has yet to arrive, Both which come before.. When stores have Christmas foods, two months before and will run out 3 weeks before Christmas. Sad since many want to enjoy the tastes , sights and sounds of a special holiday , But will find they can only see and hear, But by the middle of the month we will be so sick of it we relish spring.
    As a young girl growing up , Holidays were a very special time of the year. I know I have wrote this before, But its how I feel and well its important to me.
    Today was veterans day, But didn’t feel so special, No honor, symbolism or anything, It was just a bunch of folks walking down the street waving in a meaningless wave, throwing some candy as trinkets and some music, no decorations and barely a float.
    Halloween is all about the candy they get for free, many barely are in a costume or even try and create one. I try and create a costume for me and my kid every year, something, I have given my kid great costumes over the years and we loved every one of them, they were praised for there creativity. Something my mom did with me growing up.
    Thanksgiving was a great time for family to get together, stuff our face and watch the games. We enjoyed being together and shared stories. It was an all day affair over 10 hours together.
    Christmas was running down stair in our pj’s gawking at the tree, the gifts under the tree, which seemed like hundreds, and looking at our stockings over flowing with goodies. BUT mom said breakfast first and then we could empty our stockings. Trinkets, candy so many small surprises, Hershey bars, a favorite, candy canes, a set or two of doll clothes, some jewelry, just some small things, but it was a treasure trove of wonder.
    Then it was off to get dressed, hurry up because we have a great day planned and it will be a long day. We gathered at the tree and mom and dad said we could open the gifts, mom or dad would tell us which ones to open, then we would find mom and dads gifts we made in school. Dad loved his tie me and mom bought and mom loved the gift I made in school. We finished opening gifts until mom said whats that in the back of the tree. It was a gift from Santa Claus.
    My eyes were full of joy as I opened the gift. It was the toy I wanted, a doll. Barbie. My Christmas was full of joy, Mom was busy in the kitchen cooking some wonderful food that we would have when we returned home.
    Now its off to the cousins house where everyone was to gather, grandparents and cousins, all under the same roof, we looked forward to Christmas then. But then we opened more gifts, It was a wonderful day, Then we sat said a prayer and enjoyed a huge banquet of wonderful Christmas foods, Turkey, ham, roast beef, potatoes, vegetables, biscuits, cranberry sauce, gravy, a few other types of food and lets not forget stuffing.
    Dessert pumpkin pie, apple , blueberry, cherry & rhubarb, all home made, we never had a store bought pie, and the best part waiting back home for the next day. Homemade vanilla bean ice cream. It was the best.
    CHRISTMAS was a joyous time of the year, You looked forward to it, went to stores to see special decorations, Jordan Marsh was wonderful because of the enchanted village, and then seeing Santa Claus and telling him what you wanted for Christmas.
    This is my Christmas of yesteryear, a time when the sights, sounds, smell and tastes where most wonderful. When happiness and joy where meaningful and felt by all. When the look of children’s eyes full of sparkle and wonder was worth all you did. Christmas of yesteryear has now since long gone for most.
    But today most do not hold this kind of holiday in their lives, and because stores and other places have rushed the season it leaves many wanting to get it over with and so children today seem to have little understanding of what CHRISTMAS IS TRULY ALL ABOUT.
    We all know it has many meanings, it all depends on how you lived it growing up. If you have tried to give that to your kids, its great , But for many having it 2 months before, that time it starts to loose much of what it means before it even begins. Making a holiday look sad and meaningless.
    I will have to find a much better way to enjoy it this year, and hope I can find a bit of joy in the mean time.

    • Jack Lake

      Great story. MERRY CHRISTMAS to you as well..

    • Tsal

      Emom I got teary reading your story. It was very muchnlike Christmases we had. We always rushed to our cousins too. It was a game to say Merry Christmas first when my aunt called to say gifts were opened and come on up. My cousins family is all gone now as well as my mom, dad and brother but no one takes the memories. Now my husband and I share the same memories with our children and grandchildren. I think the secret is not tomlisten to the music till you are ready and ignore the decorations in stores until younger ready to look. I’m always ready for both about two minutes after thanksgiving dinner dishes are cleaned !!!

  • Karen

    I for one LOVE the Christmas music this early and could not wait to tune it in…I have been counting down the days until they would switch over…..Thank you, Thank you….There are plenty of stations to play ALL types of music and keep everyone happy…People need to lighten up a bit!!!

  • Ajay

    I love X–mas music as well, but not year round. The first line of the story is incorrect. Its NOT that time of year yet.

  • zaug

    I love it, with all this crazy music and rap nowadays (the only rap song i like was written 50 years ago by the supremes and four tops producers and sung, i mean rapped by lamont dozier “what goes up must come down” but anyway i love the christmas music!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Italo

    I kind of see it another way, as I’ve gotten older. It used to drive me nuts, too, when Christmastime music began being played earlier and earlier on radio stations. But as I’ve entered middle age, lost a sibling and a parent, see my remaining parent grow old and infirm, and experience my own physical health problems that challenge me more each day, this music becomes more and more a link to memories of things that aren’t the same anymore, and to people I shared them with who aren’t around any longer.

    And in a way, free choice makes me think that a radio listener has the right to hear anything he wants whenever during the year he wishes to hear it, in a lot of the same way that some people don’t want to hear certain things played ever, or else only during one narrow time during the year.

    My big complaint is that it’s the same few artists’ same few songs, played over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over again, just like the stations do with their non-Christmas lists the rest of the year. My personal favorites are the more solemn and religious Christmas songs usually reserved for Christmas Eve and Day — if they played those all during November, then I could see people who aren’t Christians or into the religious part of the holiday feeling uncomfortable or disliking it. But then, like I would do, just turn the station channel or the radio off; even maybe sing what you prefer out loud to yourself instead, maybe.

    • Tsal

      Italo get pandora on your computer. Choose your station and yout artist and listen to it all. I also listen to the stations on verizon TV. I have oldies on now but they have all types of music. I am sorry about your lost parent and sibling and that you are struggling

  • Tsal

    Ifitnwere not for the music being played earlynwe would not be sharing stories.

  • Thanksgiving Day Scrooge

    I can’t stand hearing Christmas music before Thanksgiving; it ruins both holidays. 103.3 and 105.7 have been removed from all of my presets until 12/26, or whenever I get around to putting them back.

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