Santa 101.7, formally based mostly in Hawley however probably not, is cranking out vacation music in early January
Every 12 months, we’re inspired to make the Christmas spirit proceed the next 11 months. Not only one month however 365 days.
Peace. Goodwill. Maybe pumpkin pie or figgy pudding in July. Music.
Wait. Christmas music all 12 months? You’re kidding.
By Christmas Day, even these of us who completely get pleasure from Christmas music (heavy on the moderation of barking canines, the Chipmunks and “Jingle Bell Rock”) are prepared to maneuver on.
Santa Claus coming to city is a giant deal. But not sufficient to plan on all of it 12 months. Besides, we all know he takes off 11 months and holidays in Winters.
Radio station KTJK, the voice of Hawley, apparently is making a go of the Christmas all 12 months ultimate.
As of Wednesday afternoon, Santa 101.7 still was in a vacation temper.
‘Silver Bells’ still ringing
KTJK by means of the season has promoted itself as sending Christmas favorites down our chimneys. Ho-ho-ho!
Sleigh bells still have been jingling.
Mommy still was kissin’ on Santa Claus (however possibly needing Chapstick)
Still holding out for that hippopotamus.
Rudolph, that red-nosed reindeer, has outlasted Mason Rudolph, the Steelers rookie quarterback, and Kyle Rudolph, the purple-clad Vikings receiver. Neither of their groups made it to the NFL playoffs.
The weekend highs in Abilene have been 70 every day however child, it is chilly exterior.
As abrupt as it’s when stations that had performed Christmas music since simply after Thanksgiving shift again to, say, hip-hop, on Dec. 26, it is stranger to hear Bing when your automobile dings turning the important thing in the ignition greater than every week into the brand new 12 months.
It was heat sufficient to roll down a window however did you need the man in the subsequent lane on the crimson mild to provide you that “Are you still playing Christmas music?” look.
The radio enterprise has a historical past of residing on the sting. Back in the day, deejays would lock the door and play a sure music time and again. Their gimmicks and promotions are stuff of legend.
So why not play Christmas music, even on Jan. eight, when Elvis was born? I am positive KTJK performed “Blue Christmas,” Elvis model, in his honor.
And if it performed “We Three Kings,” would we surprise, “Elvis and who else?”
Who are these guys?
Curious, I scouted round to seek out data on KTJK. I got here throughout mainly nothing.
It’s a part of Waco Entertainment Group LLC, for which I discovered no contact data. It has stations in Waco and close by, however the broadcast empire extends to Early, Mertzon (west of San Angelo) and Hawley.
Are the opposite stations playing Christmas music, too? Or did somebody overlook concerning the Hawley station?
I went to Google Maps as a result of throughout my early web searches, I noticed a locator map inserting the radio station between Abilene and Hawley, More particularly, on Summit Road simply off Pine Street close to its intersection with U.S. Highway 277 in northwest Abilene. Hawley?
Not actually. Not even South Hawley.
It’s in the neighborhood, nevertheless, of Impact, and again in the day, we’d have puzzled if an imbibing elf had visited a package deal retailer there, sneaked into the radio station and brought management.
“I do not know if there will be snow
But have a cup of cheer.”
Or possibly extra.
Google’s avenue map first confirmed a salvage yard and finally, two tall towers in a subject, accessed by a mud street. No constructing that we might see, negating our plan to hop in the sleigh to pay a go to.
Not precisely the North Pole. North Abilene possibly.
We checked Wednesday morning and positive sufficient, extra Christmas music.
“Ill Be Home for Christmas.”
Either the singer is absolutely late, probably held up by the partial authorities shutdown, or she or he is planning forward. Way forward.
Of course, nobody has to pay attention. But it has been enjoyable to test in, going from the oldies station at 100.7 to the rock station at 102.7. A couple of minutes of “Merry Christmas Baby” is nice for the soul.
The message from pulpits across the nation after Christmas challenged congregations to reside the Christmas spirit all 12 months, not only for one season.
It could also be unusual, however KTJK is doing simply that.
So have a Hawley Jawley Christmas.
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