I'm writing this a couple days before Thanksgiving, just after I finished scheduling our Thanksgiving music (including our annual visit with Arlo Guthrie's Alice's Restaurant), and I'm feeling very grateful.
Running the Sounds of Christmas is a labor of love. It's not a big money-maker, nor was it ever intended to be. I love Christmas music, and felt that there was so much great Christmas music out there, and most of it was being ignored by traditional radio. Judging by the traffic this site gets, and the increasing number of listeners that find us and tune in each year, I'm not alone.
Lots of artists find us, too, and I am very grateful for that. Some record special announcements for us. Some simply send us their music for airplay consideration. And some elect to pay us to advertise their latest release. Some names you may know. Some you may only know because you've heard them regularly on the Sounds of Christmas. And some may be completely new to you.
I'd like to take a moment here to thank those that have chosen to support us this season.
Anyway, each weekday at 1am and 7am, and 1pm and 7pm (Eastern), you'll hear an hour's worth of music featuring those singers and bands that have been instrumental in keeping the Sounds of Christmas going.
And while there are many worthy charitable organizations out there, I'm particularly grateful to the American Cancer Society, Feeding America and the Shelter Pet Project for letting me help spread the word about the wonderful work they do. You can click on each of their names to find out more about them.
I also want to thank those that have been so kind as to donate to us through the PayPal link. I wasn't going to mention this, as I didn't want to sound like I was seeking donations, but there have been so many lately, that I couldn't let it go by without acknowledging and expressing my gratitude. I'm adding the link here because some have asked, but I really don't want anyone to feel like I'm asking for donations, or expecting them. The Sounds of Christmas is a free online Christmas music station, and you can listen without every giving us a nickel.
Thank you for listening. When I started the Sounds of Christmas back in 2007, I had no idea that it would still be going strong so many Christmases later. And it wouldn't be if you weren't tuning in.
Truth is, I'm feeling a little overwhelmed as I take a look at where listeners are tuning in on this Thanksgiving week...
I hope the Sounds of Christmas brings you joy, makes you smile and enriches your holiday. Knowing you're out there listening certainly does that, and more, for me!
Thank you again. Thank you a million times. And then a million more.
And may you always believe in Santa Claus.