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Shari Hall
Davey Meshel

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Astian Taylor
Denny & Janie
Janie Bouchard

Updated: 11.19.2014


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Updated: 11.19.2014

(Dubious Records)

(Studio 988)

All Things Christmas
“It’s all about how you decorate your station for the holidays”
Programming checklist/suggestions as we approach Christmas
1. The on air presentation should remain up and contemporary. Sometimes when stations go to all Christmas music, the jocks tend to "soften" or bring the presentation down. The on air delivery should be up, fun and exciting.
2. When opening the mic, the jocks should always open with a line like: B106.1 The Christmas Music Station. (Please do not refer to the music as "Holiday Music" always call it Christmas music).
3. Other key Positioning lines to consider:
 - 100% Christmas Music
 - All Christmas Music, All The Time
 - Non Stop Christmas Music
 - All Your Christmas Favorites all season
4. Reinforce these lines every time. Not just sometimes. It's critical to drive home the All Christmas" message. It will not get tired.

5. The goal is to "dress up the station" with Christmas cheer. This is a 6 week tactic. Sound great and get all the ratings credit.

6. The right music list repeats a lot. You may get some complaints. That's ok. Wondering about your list? Call me and I'll tell you.

7. Dress the website for Christmas. Use the line "The Christmas Music Station". It's very important that when a listener goes to the website, it reflects what you are doing on the air. Same for Facebook pages. Do what you can with them to make it look like Christmas.

8. Have high production values. Use lots of holiday jingles. If you cannot get new Christmas jingles in time, take your current ones, and be creative. Add bells, chimes, and ho-ho-ho's to make them sound Christmas.

9. It’s all about Christmas. All live liners and recorded sweepers refer to Christmas.

10. Get involved with as many Christmas promotions as possible. Local sings, shows that are coming to town (Radio City Music Hall Christmas, etc). Look at a contest tactic like "Christmas Song of the Day."

11. Attention diary markets: No matter what the Arbitron, Ooops, I mean Nielsen people tell you, change your Arbitron SIP. Make sure it says "Christmas Music" "Xmas music" etc.

For market availability and a confidential discussion about your station, call Gary Berkowitz today. (248) 737-3727 or or

Mary J. Blige is the latest performer announced for A Very Grammy Christmas, and LL Cool J will host the new one-hour entertainment special, which will include performances of holiday songs as well as current pop hits. Previously announced performers include Ariana Grande, Maroon 5, Tim McGraw, and Pharrell Williams, and the nominations for Album Of The Year for the 57th Annual Grammy Awards also will be announced during the broadcast. A Very Grammy Christmas will air on Friday, December 5 at 9 p.m. ET/PT. Additional performers will be announced shortly.
Taylor Swift fans will want to watch Barbara Walters' annual list of the "10 Most Fascinating People" this year, since T-Swizzle has made the cut. 2014 marks Swift's first appearance on the list, and she's joined by Oprah Winfrey, Neil Patrick Harris, Chelsea Handler, and Scarlett Johansson. Walters will discuss the rest of her Top 10 on the Barbara Walters Presents: The 10 Most Fascinating People of 2014 special, airing December 14.

Speaking of Taylor Swift, she will be joined by Ariana Grande and Idina Menzel as honorees at this year's Billboard Women in Music Awards on December 12 in New York City. Grande will receive the 2014 Billboard Rising Star award, and Menzel will accept the Breakthrough Artist of the Year trophy. Swift has been previously named the 2014 Billboard Woman of the Year.
The American Music Awards' pre-show lineup has been announced, with a variety of celebrity co-hosts. Gavin DeGraw, Jordin Sparks, Lance Bass and radio host Ted Stryker will be among the hosts on the red carpet, while Becky G, Ella Henderson, Katy Tiz, Mary Lambert, and R5 will all perform during the pre-show. The AMA pre-show will stream live on Yahoo on Sunday, November 23 at 5 p.m. ET.
Rick Roasas, longtime bassist for Neil Young, has passed away at the age of 65 according to reports. Rosas played on multiple Young albums over the course of two decades and was the bassist for Crosby Stills Nash & Young in 2006 and the short-lived Buffalo Springfield reunion.


Jon Zellner
SVPP, iHeartMedia

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