First, Let me admit to abusing alliteration in the title of this article. I know I will probably merit a gift of coal from English 101 Santa when he comes down my chimney to check the grammar and style of this piece. Those are the chances you take when you write radio articles for the holiday season.
Making Christmas Less Commercial - Literally
One of the best sources of commercial-free holiday music is on SiriusXM. Once again this year the satellite radio service is offering subscribers a wide variety of choices from traditional songs and classic Christmas carols and music for the Jewish holiday of Hanukkah to seasonal Latin sounds, Country Christmas classics, contemporary hits, and more.
The SiriusXM holiday music channels will be broadcast over several different channels and will also be available online in the "Holiday" category or accessible through browsers for subscribers to SiriusXM Internet Radio and via the SiriusXM Internet Radio app. The app works for Android, iPhone, and BlackBerry smartphones plus iPad and other connected devices.
Music begins on some channels as early as Tuesday, November 13 and then expands over several weeks.
Santa from Space
Here's a rundown of the channels SiriusXM will offer in 2012:
"Holiday Traditions" (channel 4/satellite - channel 755/Internet) - This is the real traditional sounds and classic tunes, most recorded from the 1940s through the 1960s. Artists include Andy Williams, Bing Crosby, Ray Coniff, and Nat "King" Cole. This channel will broadcast beginning Tuesday, November 13 through Monday, December 31.
"Holly" (channel 17/satellite - channel 756/Internet) - If you enjoy contemporary artists like Mariah Carey, Josh Groban, and Michael Buble then "Holly" will probably fit your listening needs. Other typical artists on this channel include Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Whitney Houston, and the cast of Glee. This channel goes live Tuesday, November 13 and airs through Monday, December 31.
"Holiday Pops" (channel 75/satellite - channel 757/Internet) - Christmas the classical way is the goal of this channel which features classical Christmas carols and other holiday songs as performed by virtuoso talents. "Holiday Pops" will feature ensembles like the Boston Pops, New York Philharmonic, and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir plus artists like Luciano Pavarotti, and Thomas Hampson. This channel begins Tuesday, December 4 and airs until Wednesday, December 26.