March 08, 2015

NEWS: War on Christmas comes early: New York radio station now plays Christmas music all year long

Rebel Staff

It's not even spring, but the annual War on Christmas is beginning already.

New York radio station WQSH-FM -- once branded as "PopCrush" -- changed its call sign to "Santa 105.7" last Wednesday night and started playing nothing but Christmas music. reports that Townsquare Media, which own the station, insists that there is a demand for Christmas music all year long.

“This might strike some as being risky in this environment of new media, but I've looked at the numbers and they don't lie,” said Townsquare Media's local market president, Jake Demmin, in a statement.

“There's literally a clamoring for Christmas music 24/7/365/52.”

Some former fans of PopCrush disagree. Comments on PopCrush 105.7's Facebook page (which hasn't been retitled yet) tell a different story.

“I can't believe you ruined the best radio station in Albany. Good luck making a profit with this blunder. I will be deleting this station from my programmed lineup,” wrote one user.

“I'm very upset about the change. It was one of my favorites. Finally a pop station with variety. There are soooo [sic] many other options for people who want to listen to Christmas music all year round,” wrote another.

Not all comments are negative, with some people from outside the New York area wanting to know how they too can access the station.

The answer? Anyone can listen via the station's website, here.

What do you think of the idea of playing Christmas music all year long?


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commented 2015-03-09 23:12:22 -0400
It would be cooler to have a radio station 24/7/365. But then we’d probably get squashed again by the crtc, right?
commented 2015-03-09 21:20:57 -0400
Personally, I love Christmas, but if I had to listen to it everyday, no thanks…I can barely handle it all of December. Once in a while, sure. Maybe have a call in Christmas hour instead?
commented 2015-03-09 17:28:41 -0400
As someone who has wonderful childhood memories of Christmases past, I think it’s great.
I wouldn’t necessarily tune in every single day, but to be honest, with this world of every conceivable form of radio entertainment, including stations that play nothing but Elvis or Bruce Springsteen…I’m surprised there isn’t already a year round Christmas station.
There is often “Christmas In July” events on the Sirius old time radio station.
commented 2015-03-09 15:21:27 -0400
James Small – I was thinking the same thing….how is this a War on Christmas? The way I see it, the left and the wider media want to dilute Christmas to a side-show or a gimmick to a point that is is not Christian at all. Just my opinion…..

Imagine if we mocked Eid like this? 5 alarms would be going off.
commented 2015-03-09 15:14:04 -0400
Coming from a radio market with no frequencies available, I can understand the outrage at taking what appears to be a successful format, and changing to what is admittedly a small niche of listeners. I could see doing this as an internet radio station, but to use up a spot on the FM dial for it seems a bit baffling.
commented 2015-03-09 11:49:04 -0400
Wow….this is bizarre..but, it’s up to want to listen..tune in…don’t want to listen…tune out..simple deduction. If they are doing this in a spirit of mean-ness,,I hope they lose their advertisers. Their call…
commented 2015-03-09 11:40:49 -0400
If that is what people are asking for, then why not? I don’t see this as diluting the value of Christmas. Those who may decide that they don’t want it after being exposed to songs are clearly missing the true meaning and may want to invest in a radio that turns off or is capable of being switched to another station. As someone who has fought many battles in defence of Sun News and now The Rebel, my consistent argument was that if you don’t like it, don’t subscribe to it. There is no need to wage a war to have this station removed because you simply don’t like it.
commented 2015-03-09 11:33:17 -0400
I don’t see how anything in this article amounts to any kind of “war on Christmas” as the headline suggests. Will someone please explain?
commented 2015-03-09 09:59:33 -0400
I love Christmas music but not before December 1st. Too much. No way would I be listening to a station that played Christmas music year round.
commented 2015-03-09 08:44:53 -0400
Political correctness makes me ill. At work last year, I wished my Muslim co-worker a “Happy Holiday” for Eid – he looked at me like I fell out of a tree and corrected me and said, “dude, it is Eid”……I raised one eyebrow and said “EXACTLY”!
commented 2015-03-09 08:20:01 -0400
Christmas music come once a year anything more will diminish its value.
Good way to get rid of the Holliday, flood the market then no one wants it
Only way to stop this is to stop listening to the station may take time they will get message
commented 2015-03-08 22:20:12 -0400
The music of Christmas is one of those things that makes that time of year very special to me. Memories of Christmases-past come flooding back, and there isn’t anything like Christmas music to trigger those feelings of nostalgia. However, you can overdo it! As a baby boomer, music from the late 50s and the 60s trigger a lot of fond memories from my youth. However, if I listen to those tunes continuously, they lose their desired affect. In other words, my listening becomes jaded, and I “inoculate” myself against those euphoric feeling of nostalgia; not the affect I was looking for. I fear the same thing would happen if I was constantly being barraged with Christmas music. However, no one is forcing me to listen to it, are they? Just as long it isn’t piped into waiting rooms and elevators until the Christmas season.
commented 2015-03-08 21:02:22 -0400
Why not? Nobody is forced to tune in.