Stations have begun flipping to an all-Christmas format for the holidays and that includes digital multicast channels.
For example, Greater Media Detroit’s oldies WCSX(FM) HD2 has flipped to an all-Christmas tunes format. The first song aired was Perry Como’s “It’s Beginning to Look A Lot like Christmas.”
Listeners can tune in their HD Radio to 94.7 HD2, stream on-line at WCSX.com or listen on a mobile device via the WCSX app.
Station Program Director Jerry Tarrants says, “We’re interrupting our normally programed great oldies stars like, Elvis, The Temptations and The Beach Boys to bring Michigan the best Christmas music experience over several modern platforms.”
Christmas on Detroit’s Oldies 94.7 HD2 includes continuous and uninterrupted holiday music combined with Christmas history, kids who stay the darnedest things and listeners’ favorite holiday moments.
Presents under Detroit’s Oldies Christmas tree will be used as listener giveaways, according to the station.
Satcaster SiriusXM has also announced its Christmas programming lineup as well. It says it will have eight channels, running the gamut — “traditional holiday songs, classical Christmas carols, country Christmas classics, contemporary holiday tunes, soul music, Hanukkah music and Latin seasonal music.”
The first stations, Holiday Traditions and Holly, start Nov. 11and run through Dec. 31. Others start on various days in December and run through at least Dec. 26. The lineup and channels can be found here.