Well, it's hard to believe, but we've already been back on for just over a week! And we already have listeners in 44 states, Washington, DC and 39 other countries and territories! Thanks so much for giving us such an awesome start!
As usual, it's very busy here. We're constantly loading music and going through stacks of the latest CDs and mp3s (not really stacks of mp3s, but you know what I mean). The first 2000 songs are already up and playing, and there are plenty more on the way!
The All Request Hour is back at noon each weekday (click REQUESTS to make yours) and the New Music Hour is back at 8:00pm each weeknight (all times are Eastern). With luck, Two For Tuesdays should be running by Thanksgiving!
Special thanks to Michael Dulin, Jean Watson, Rick Lang, Debi Smith and Larry Carlton for sponsoring this year's broadcast and joining the Sounds of Christmas family! And extra special thanks to Luanne Hunt, Sarah Pierce, Kenny Davies, Danny Wright and Shelby Lynne for returning for another season to help get us running, and keep us running! Without them, there wouldn't be a Sounds of Christmas! You can click on each of their names and visit their homes on the web, check out their music, and, if so moved, buy their stuff! Or look them up on Amazon, iTunes, etc. Or just visit them on Facebook or Twitter and show them some love!
That's the news for now, so let's move on to our first top twenty of the season! Since the Sounds of Christmas plays so many songs, all the top ten's are actually top twenty's. It just seems hard to limit it to only ten, when we play so many!
By the way, here's how the rating system works at Live 365. To be able to vote on songs, you have to have an account with Live 365. This is free and only takes a minute or two to set up. Just go to their home page RIGHT HERE and click LOG IN/SIGN UP in the upper right. Then follow the prompts to start a new account.
To vote, listen through the Live 365 website HERE. On the player, when you hover your mouse over it, you'll see a cartoon "thumbs up" hand and a cartoon "thumbs down". Click on either during the song you want to vote on. Oh, and Live 365 also counts it as a "thumbs down" vote when you turn off the station, so don't turn us off when it's a song you really like. Hope that all makes sense! If not, you can check out a previous blog which goes into a little more details RIGHT HERE!
Anyway, here's this week's list of the highest-rated songs on the Sounds of Christmas....
1) Smokey Robinson and the Miracles "Christmas Everyday"
2) Marilyn Scott "Christmas Time Is Here"
3) Daryl Hall and Jose Feliciano "Christmas Must Be Tonight"
4) Larry Carlton "The First Noel"
5) Zoe Bentley with Canadian Brass "Very Merry Christmas"
6) Yule Logs "North Pole 45789"
7) Susan Boyle "I Believe In Father Christmas"
8) Perry Como "That Christmas Feeling"
9) Lisa Kessler "The Christmas Song"
10) Harry Connick Jr. "When My Heart Finds Christmas"
11) Darlene Love with the Brian Setzer Orchestra "Deep In The Heart Of Xmas"
12) Anthony Hamilton "Tis The Season"
13) Carole King "Love For Christmas"
14) Empty Pockets "Run Run Rudolph"
15) Joan Jett and the Blackhearts "Little Drummer Boy"
16) Michael Dulin "Deck The Halls"
17) Rod Stewart "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas"
18) Vanessa Williams "Christmas Time Is Here"
19) Whitney Houston "Joy To The World"
20) Queen "Thank God It's Christmas"
Thanks again for listening, and sharing the beginning of the season with us! If you know someone who loves Christmas music, please send them my way!
And may you always believe in Santa Claus!