OnMedia: The latest Christmas switch in years
If you're unhappy with the switch to all-Christmas music at 5 p.m. Thursday on WRIT-FM (95.7), remember back two years ago, when the oldies station went all-Christmas at 3 p.m. on Halloween, on a sunny day with the temperatures in the 70s.
Last year it was Nov. 13.
It's important to keep that in perspective when you complain about how early it is to hear Christmas music coming from your radio.
So far, only one station has made the flip. There's clearly enough of a holiday-obsessed audience to make money for a single all-Yule station. But in past years, its been WRIT and WMYX-FM (99.1).
WMYX announced this morning that it's going all Christmas on Monday, and it's certain to have a more contemporary feel than WRIT's holiday play list. WLDB-FM (93.3) says it won't be playing holiday music until the day after Thanksgiving.
Around the country, nearly 50 stations have already gone all-Christmas.
Other stations will start playing some Christmas songs as we get closer to the actual holiday, but WRIT has the jump on everybody. It'll be interesting to see how it plays in the December ratings under the new portable people meter ratings system.
In its first evening of holiday music, the oldies station resurrected some artists who only get airplay at Christmas time: Bing Crosby, Johnny Mathis, Perry Como, Burl Ives, and Andy Williams.
I don't voluntarily listen to Christmas music until after Thanksgiving, but if you're an early adopter, here's a little video to put you in the mood:
Keith Murphy's passing: Former WMCS-AM (1290) and Milwaukee Public TV personality Keith Murphy, who died over the weekend, apparently suffered a head injury.
Richard Prince reports in his Journal-Isms column that the 56-year-old Murphy had fallen Saturday in an apartment in Baltimore that he had just rented.
Services are tomorrow in Landover, Md., for Murphy, who did a couple stints at WMCS before moving to the East Coast four years ago to do a daily show for XM Satellite Radio.
On TV: The first Simon Cowell-less season of Fox's "American Idol" will cut its pool of finalists in half to 12. Executive producer Nigel Lythgoe tells TVGuide.com that finalists will come up with music videos and other new challenges. It returns in January.
- Channel 6 will air the Milwaukee Holiday Parade live at 9:30 a.m. Saturday in high-definition.
- CBS has formally canceled "Medium," with the series finale schedule for Jan. 21. The show jumped from NBC, where it's first five season aired, to CBS in fall 2009.
- David Letterman has snared Army Staff Sgt. Salvatore Giunta, the first living person to earn the Medal of Honor since the Vietnam War, for Wednesday night's show.
- Jay Leno is welcoming back his former band leader, Kevin Eubanks, on Tuesday's "Tonight Show." Eubanks has a new album out.
- If you're already planning your Black Friday viewing, TBS is planning a nine-hour "Seinfeld" marathon starting at 10 a.m. next Friday with "The Contest." It wraps up at 6:30 with the Festivus episode.
- Showtime is trying to bring Claire Danes back to television in a terror-themed show called "Homeland." If the pilot gets picked up, it'll be her first TV series since "My So-Called Life."
- NBC has released a list of "Saturday Night Live" hosts for next month. Robert De Niro hosts for the third time on Dec. 4, Paul Rudd hosts Dec. 11, and Jeff Bridges hosts Dec. 18. The Dec. 11 musical guest will be Paul McCartney.
- I'm on Chicago's WGN-AM (720) around 12:30 a.m. Sunday night to talk television with Steve King and Johnnie Putman.
It's that time of the year: Deer hunting season starts Saturday in Wisconsin, and Milwaukee Public TV has already aired its annual deer hunting special hosted by Dan Small.
If you didn't catch it and are interested in this annual Wisconsin ritual, put on your blaze orange and watch it here:
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