Many Facebook friends have been voicing their opinions about two Springield Christian radio stations that played Christmas music on Halloween. The traditional time to modify programming to a holiday format is after Thanksgiving. KWND has been airing secular and Christian holiday entertainment before the normal time for at least three years. KADI joined them Halloween in an effort to make the day more positive.
Christians are divided on whether it is approprite to broadcast seasonal music before Thanksgiving. It is a matter of preference. If you want to hear Christmas music before Thanksgiving, these two stations will provide you a source other that your own personal music collection. KWND usually airs holiday music on the weekends before Thanksgiving and 24/7 afterwards until Christmas. In past years KADI did not have holiday fare until Thanksgiving.
One of the problems with Christian stations and Christmas music early is the kind of holiday music that is played. Playing selections from Christmas albums by Christian artists could be inserted into the playlist any time of the year. Christian artists and music are what one listens to Christian stations for. Adding secular artists to the mix of Christian music when they are singing holiday songs may not be what those who tune in are looking for.
Secular radio stations are the place to listen to secular holiday entertainment. Adding these artists and selections to a Christian radio station’s holiday fare is like pre-empting Charles Stanley to broadcast Rush Limbaugh’s rendition of “Twas the night before Christmas.” While some may enjoy that, it is outside the normal approved catalog and does not fit the format that most listeners have come to appreciate.
Your Examiner’s radio has been tuned to KWFC and KADI because of this practice by KWND. Now it looks as though the choice is limited to KWFC or one of the other Christian stations year round.