Christmas Music Follow-up

01.05.09 | Cecil Van Houten | Comments[4]

Happy New Year to all and thanks for your input on the Christmas music blog.  I received, along with the blog comments, about 50 emails from listeners who had comments on FLN's  Christmas programming.  Thanks to everyone who participated.

A brief update.  Overall the comments on the Christmas programming (and I'm referring here to the FM radio programming, not the separate streaming Christmas audio on the website) were very positive.  Listeners enjoyed the mix of older songs with newer ones, especially some of the non-traditional titles like Faith Hill's, "A Baby Changes Everything."  Most listeners appreciated the classic Christmas oldies from Perry Como, Andy Williams and other artists.  The inclusion of some of the secular songs ("Here Comes Santa Claus", "Rudolph", etc.) drew responses that were about evenly divided.  Some listeners thought they were fine; recognizable "fun" tunes they remembered from childhood or songs their kids know, and others felt they were in conflict with the true message of the Christmas season.  So the jury's out on whether they'll return next year.

What is interesting is that in a short period of time - yesterday it was within half an hour - I'd get an email from a listener that was very positive about some aspect of the Christmas programming and thanking it for us, followed by one with just the opposite opinion about the same thing.  So that old cliche, that you can't please all the people all the time certainly holds true.

We'll be doing more evaluation of the overall programming and making adjustments where we feel they're needed to make our Christmas 2009 programming as on-target as possible.  And believe it or not, that process begins in April. 

As I'm sitting in my office looking at the snow falling and blowing around, it's hard to think about next Christmas.  If the Lord tarries, it will be here before we know it.  But between now and then there's a lot of work to be done.  I appreciate your emails, calls and letters - oh, and by the way, you may know this already but someone at the Post Office told me that the Christmas stamps are not 'forever' stamps, so use them up quickly.  There's your tip for the day.  I'm here to help.

Have a great New Year.  And thanks for listening.

Comments

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on 10.06.09 Anonymous commented

I REALLY THOUGHT THE CHRISTMAS MUSIC WAS GREAT. ANYONE ON CHRISTMAS EVE AND CHRISTMAS DAY CAN TURN THE RADIO,TV,OR RADIO ON AND EACH CHANNEL WILL HAVE A VARIETY OF CHRISTMAS MUSIC, BUT ON OUR STATION WE CAN SEND OUR MUSIC OUT SAYING HAPPY BIRTHDAY JESUS BY ALL THE TUNES PLAYING IT SAYS WERE A FAMILY. AT MY HOUSE AND MANY OF MY CHRISTIAN FRIENDS SING ALL THE MUSIC.

on 12.05.09 Karen commented

I love Christmas music and Christmas season. Sometimes I need a break from the hustle and bustle of the secular Christmas. It's great to have fln to come to for a bit of refuge.
In some ways Christmas season is not the most wonderful time of the year for me, especially having lived long enough to go through some great sadness and loss of family and friends. I focus more on Christ than I used to. His gift of sacrifice is truly amazing.

About the fln Christmas music, I am so thankful for it. I love the songs that focus my mind on Christ.I would appreciate it if there was less repetition of songs, especially the secular ones. I suppose your computer program can count how many times a song is played. Specifically, I would like to hear less of "Sleigh Bells," and "It's the most wonderful time..."

Thanks for caring enough to listen.

on 12.07.09 Dave and Barb Thorsen commented

Cecil, I am not sure you are the person we are suppose to contact but I am so I will tell you the problem, Over the week-end especially during Gospel Greats another station was trying to push into FLN signal. A friend said the same thing, but it happened off and on all week. Just thought you should know and we were just wondering what is going on??

While you are getting info on Christmas music, I know we talked about this at the advisory board and I thought we were going to try to get away from having so many songs with out a Christian message. Let Snow has not mention of Christmas, Chestnuts roasting on an open fire is that leaning anyone toward thinking of the real reason for Christmas. I know it is hard to keep everyone happy but putting jingle bells with Mary did you know, just does not do it for us!!! I would rather have secular two or three songs then the Christian. I enjoy some of the old times songs but not always popping up with songs talking about our Savior. Dave and Barb T Merry Christmas to you and your family. Pray you are still doing well.

on 12.20.09 Ty commented

How do I listen to Christmas music in the media player? What is the Play URL ?

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