In keeping with my desire to discuss Christmas music in every column every week of the year, as expected, Go Country 105 has temporarily become your Christmas destination again.
A review of music played just prior to my writing, including music by The Ronettes, Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gorme, Andy Williams and Elvis Presley, so it’s definitely not a country-oriented Christmas format. That being said, Blake Shelton, Thomas Rhett, Jake Owen and Lady A were also there… so there’s a nice mix. While I hate “losing” the country format, I generally like the variety of Christmas music that Go Country plays this time of year.
I put the word “lose” in quotes because country music hasn’t gone away entirely; It is still available in digital radio HD stream (105.1 HD3) as well as online, through various apps and through smart speakers. The HD stream temporarily replaces the “unforgettable” Sinatra and Standards format normally found there.
And don’t worry, I have more holiday music information…
The 12th annual KFI (640 p.m.) Pastathon has raised over $450,000 and almost 10,000 pounds of pasta and gravy as of this writing, although the numbers are sure to be higher once the final numbers are in.
The PastaThon benefits Caterina’s Club, a charity named after chef Bruno Serato’s mother. In 2005, the charity began serving hot meals to children in low-income motels. Since then, the project has expanded to 100 locations in 30 cities across Southern California, serving more than 25,000 meals a week. Since its inception, it has served over eight million meals.
In addition, help is being provided to move families into stable homes and vocational training in hospitality is being provided, all in an attempt to break the cycle of poverty, directly benefiting 260 families and 600 teenagers who have graduated from the Hospitality Academy to have.
This year, KFI has partnered with Smart and Final, Wendy’s and Barilla – yes, the pasta company – to help with the 2022 campaign. Water heater manufacturer Bradford White also donated $5,000.
Since KFI’s involvement in 2010, the station’s listeners and partners have raised over $4.6 million and £700,000 in pasta and gravy. That’s a lot of noodles!
Of course, the vast majority of radio listening still happens over the regular airwaves. However, according to Edison Research, streaming has increased in recent years. The company recently reported that about 12 percent of listeners listen to AM and FM radio through online streams, which include web browsers, apps and smart speakers.
Modern apps and smart speakers make it extra easy to listen to your favorite station, and there are some who believe streaming radio is the true future of radio…putting stations on an even playing field with good reception and fidelity, regardless of yours Location.
This will of course assume that universal WiFi Internet access becomes a reality for everyone.
Massachusetts Senator Ed Markey boards the Saving AM train. He recently sent a letter to 20 automakers urging them to ensure they continue to offer AM radio reception in their vehicles.
As reported by AllAccess.Com, Markey wrote, “Despite innovations such as the smartphone and social media, AM/FM broadcasting remains the most reliable, free, and accessible communication mechanism for officials to communicate with the public in times of emergencies. As a result, any emergency exit from AM broadcasting could pose a significant communications problem. While the auto industry’s investments in electric vehicles are critical to addressing the climate crisis and reducing greenhouse gas emissions, automakers don’t have to forego the benefits of radio in the process.”
The senator is asking companies by December 22 to answer questions about whether and why they made the decision to go AM, what their future plans are for AM reception in their vehicles, and whether they currently use digital (HD) radio to offer.
https://www.ocregister.com/2022/12/05/radio-when-the-country-goes-all-in-on-holiday-music/ When the Country Goes for Holiday Music – Orange County Register