I feel like I say thank you a lot, but I really want to convey how grateful I am that you continue to listen to this podcast and the Sounds of Christmas online station.
For the station, I don’t know that we broke any records this year. And, to be honest, with more people than ever listening on their phones, tablets and other devices, and with security improvements made to protect your privacy, we have the highest percentage ever of listeners in unknown areas.
In fact, unknown has more listeners than anywhere else except the United States (and I wouldn’t be surprised if it didn’t hit the number one spot in the next couple years).
Germany, Canada and the U.K. round out the top five. And those are followed by Australia, Brazil, Norway, Italy and France.
And, really, the geographic particulars aren’t that important, at least not to me. I started the Sounds of Christmas back in 2007, hoping to share my love of Christmas and Christmas music with any who might be interested. And it’s beyond gratifying to know that, sixteen years later, people are still sharing at least part of the season with me. No matter what state, or what country, they’re in.
I’m writing this in the afternoon on New Year’s Eve in Florida. And while I’m doing that, I’m listening to a version of “Run Rudolph Run” by the Dave Edmunds Band (along with listeners in Cincinnati, OH, Naperville IL, Redwood City CA, Germany, India and Afghanistan). And I think that’s pretty cool. I’m just so appreciative of everyone that takes the time to spend even just a little of this very special season with me.
So, thank you for listening. And while traditional radio stations have already put away their Christmas music, the Sounds of Christmas is still on, playing the Best Variety of Christmas all year long (except, as you probably know, when October rolls around and we switch to Halloween music for the month).
Okay, this next part might seem like I’m bragging again, but honestly, I’m so grateful, and I just want you to know that any successes this podcast have had has all been because you listened.
First, for the third year in a row, My Merry Christmas dot com named us the Best Christmas Music podcast. This comes from people voting on their website, and I am just gobsmacked that this has happened three times!
But as far as 2023 goes for the Sounds of Christmas station and podcast, all I can say is Wow. And thank you.
Thanks so much for listening, helping me share some Christmas Spirit and for continuing to support the Sounds of Christmas station and podcast.
May you always believe in Santa Claus.