2021 has been pretty terrific for the Sounds of Christmas, and I wanted to say thank you for being a part of that, whether you listened to this station or to the Sounds of Christmas podcast, Or both.
The Sounds of Christmas podcast is set to pass fifty thousand downloads this weekend. While in the grand scheme of things, or at least as far as that goes in the world of podcasting, that may not be a lot. But it seems like a lot to me, especially since I only started the podcast about eleven months ago.
While that milestone might give some the desire to pause and reflect, I’d rather look ahead at the year to come.
I do have a wish list of people I’d like to have on as guests, including a lot of artists who had advertised on the Sounds of Christmas station over the years, but haven’t necessarily released any new Christmas music lately. I’d like to check in with them, see what they're up to, talk about the Christmas music they did release, and, knowing me, probably ask them about making some new Christmas music, too.
I have a couple surprises in store, at least I hope I do, with some people I’m working on scheduling for the next month or two, but I don’t have anything set, yet, so I can’t reveal anything at this point. I don’t mean to tease; I just want you to know that I am working on some things I think you’ll like.
The Sounds of Christmas station will continue on, playing the Best Variety of Christmas Music, commercial-free, through the end of September. Then, once again, I’ll switch things over for October, and we’ll be playing the Best Variety of Halloween Music.
Then, on November 1, 2022, a brand new season of the Sounds of Christmas will begin.
I’m writing this on New Year’s Eve Eve, and I noticed that we still have people listening all over the United States and in at least forty other countries. And while that’s nice to see, I know full well it probably won’t stay like that. And really, that’s fine.
I know I mentioned earlier that this weekend the Sounds of Christmas podcast should cross the fifty thousand download mark, and I don’t mention that to brag. It’s more out of surprise and gratitude, which is the same feeling I have seeing all those who are listening to the station tonight.
I didn’t start doing any of this for the numbers, and I really hope it doesn’t sound like that’s the case. In fact, I fully expect the numbers on both the station and the podcast to drop significantly over the next week, with neither really going up much again until next fall.
And that is also fine.
Thanks so much for listening, to the podcast and to the station. It has been wonderful sharing part of the season with you, and I look forward to sharing more with you, whether it’s later in January, or April or July or next fall once the new season gets underway (or even if you wait to listen until next December).
Thank you for sharing the season with the Sounds of Christmas.
And may you always believe in Santa Claus.