We have now done 19 This Is Rock 'n' Roll Radio Christmas shows. We did our first one in 1999, just before our first anniversary on the air. We've done one almost every year since then; technical issues forced the station off the air for a while in late 2007, so Christmas was cancelled that year. The wages of naughty, my friends--the wages of naughty. However, the intrepid team of Dan Pavelich and Lisa Mychols put together a Christmas Without Cancer special holiday edition of TIRnRR in 2013, two weeks before Dana and I did our own TIRnRR Christmas show. So, we still total 19 Christmas shows in 19 years, 2007 be damned.
The only constant fixture on all of our Christmas shows (except Christmas Without Cancer) is that we always play all of The Beatles' annual fan club Christmas messages. I think "It's About That Time" by The Idea is otherwise our most-played Christmas track. Here's a list of what we played over the course of 19 TIRnRR Christmas shows, along with a specific wish from the 2015 show.
Hearts can grow heavy at Christmas. The bright lights, the clamor, and even the warmth itself can seem empty promises to one who feels alone, unappreciated, vulnerable, unloved. All of us, every single one of us, knows someone like this, whether we realize it or not.; many of us have suffered it first-hand.
Although it is, we admit, just a gesture, we offer this show for all of you. We offer it for our friends, our families, our loved ones, for people we barely know, and for people we may never know. We offer you the joy of music, the comfort of companionship, the giddiness of laughter, and maybe even a brief, fleeting moment of peace. Whoever you are, and however you are, we wish you a peace that will overcome torment, and we wish you a belief in magic that transcends creed. We wish you the merriest.
PETER WOOD SINGERS & ORCHESTRA: Winter Wonderland
ROY WOOD WITH WIZZARD: I Wish It Could Be Xmas Every Day
XTC: Countdown To Christmas Party Time
XTC/THE THREE WISE MEN : Thanks For Christmas
GREGG YETI & THE BEST LIGHTS: Christmas Quarantine