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TuneIn Lead Christmas Channel Debuts

Web-Radio launches holiday Internet radio directory

TuneIn, a California-based music, sports and news streaming service, has launched a Christmas channel.

The festive service features 250 free holiday stations and programs, from countries as diverse as the United States, Iceland, Brazil and Armenia. The channel draws from stations including North Pole Radio, Ho Ho Ho Radio, Christmas Jazz, Radio Snowflake, Tinsel & Tunes, Rudolph Radio and, ahem, Naughty Santa.

“Our listeners love holiday music so much, so that holiday content starts to become popular on TuneIn as early as June, with engagement ramping up heavily in October and continuing well into the new year,” said John Donham, CEO of TuneIn. The company’s research also discovered that the majority of these listeners live in the United States, Canada and Japan. In the United States, Pennsylvania, Ohio and Michigan are home to the listeners who stream the most holiday music.

TuneIn surveyed of its 40 million active monthly listeners’ most searched-for holiday artists and songs, and Bing Crosby took the top spot as the most searched-for holiday artist, while his “White Christmas” took first place as the most searched-for holiday song.

BRS Media’s Web-Radio, another streaming portal, will also feature holiday stations from around the globe, including 120 that are already playing festive tunes, according to the company.

“The Christmas section of Web-Radio continues to be one of our most popular features,” said George T. Bundy, chairman and CEO of BRS Media.

Listeners can stream online or download a widget, and Christmas section includes everything from Christmas classics and smooth jazz, to Romanian traditional carols and Christmas oldies.

Another streamer 181.FM also has stockingful of Christmas tune streams organized from Christmas Kountry to Christmas Swing.

Other stations into the spirit of the season include: Green Bay’s 104.3/103.5 AKA “The Christmas Station;” Townsquare Media’s and the Always-Christmas Radio Station.