First up, tonight--yes, this very night--it's Roy's Record Room on Canada's CKUA with an hour of Santa Songs. Expect to hear from Bob Seger & The Last Heard, Terminators Of Endearment, Marty Martin (aka Boxcar Willie), Big John Greer, Barbara Mandrell and more. Your host, Roy Forbes, is an accomplished Folk singer, but also one heck of a Christmas music collector.
The program runs between 6 and 7 pm, Alberta Canada time. Now, me, I always screw up the time zones. But, this year, we have a new tool, we seekers of the distant radio signal. DAR.FM is a new service that will record radio programs for you for delayed listening (or even if you're just forgetful, left to your own devices). They give you something like 50 gigs of free storage and you can absolutely pay them more to give you more, if its more you need. But 50 gigs free? That's all I need. Now I've already programmed Roy's Record Room into my free DAR account (search for CKUA and scroll down "Today's schedule" until you see him, then click record. Damn, that was easy. Anyway, if you'd prefer to stream it live, you can do that on the CKUA web site. DAR says it's 5 pm Pacific which is like, what, 8 pm Eastern? I think.
Rob also has a show, with Sarah Delia, on Thursday night at 9 pm, called "Under The Influence". On this Thursday's program, Rob and Sarah will play Christmas songs submitted by YOU, the listener, along with the memories that make that song special to you. As they'll begin producing the show on Wednesday, you've still got a day or so to submit your songs and stories via the Under The Influence Facebook page (so don't dawdle). Pretty neat.
There's Christmas Eve on Roy's Record Room on CKUA. Same time as tonight's show (8 pm? Ah, just program yer DAR and record Roy every week). Expect an eclectic mix from Santa Roy that'll include the Sonics, Wilf Carter, Etta Jones, Voices, Bobby Gimby, Art Grant & His Northern Lights (an Aragon 78), Bert Jansch, Staples Singers etc.
Rob Martinez is back between 7 and 9 pm (EST) with the first of two all new Christmas specials on WBOI. Two more hours scheduled for Christmas night.
And, lest we forget, Jon Solomon is back with his Christmas Eve marathon beginning 6 pm (EST) Christmas Eve on Princeton's WPRB and ending 24 hours later. I guarantee that, if you listen to Jon for just a little while, you're going to hear Christmas tunes you have never heard before. We told y'all bout Jon back in 2010, if you'd like to refresh your memories. And this is, I believe, his 24th year of 24 hour Christmas Eve marathons. Whoa! That's impressive.