The following is a correspondence is between myself and the program director at a Buffalo, NY, radio station which seasonally play all Christmas music all the time.
Here's my original submission, via their cite:
Question: Your question or comment?
Answer: Hi, Your alpha-numeric code system on the Christmas song request page does not work. It keeps sending error messages, despite my opening the computer's setting to allow for it to work as well as entering the correct letters and numbers. Anyway, here're my 3 requests, which you didn't have on your list (I guess you had to save room for bad Jessica Simpson versions of Christmas songs...): "Thank God It's Christmas" and "A Winter's Tale", both by Queen, and "Silent Night" by Mike Oldfield. All three of these tracks are easy to find. "Thank God It's Christmas" appears on Queen's Greatest Hits III collection, "A Winter's Tale" can be found on their Made In Heaven album and "Silent Night" can be found on his 1993 "Tattoo" CD single (this one might be harder to find, but you'll be glad you made the effort, as will your listeners.
The Program Director's reply, his name is ironically Brian DeMay:
Thanks for the feedback, however this time of year the Jessicas and the Britneys get a bunch of requests (along with Nat King Cole, Bing Crosby, etc.), while Queen gets zero. No offense. I like Queen, but I’m not familiar with the songs you mentioned, and I would wager neither are my listeners.
To be honest, the goal during the holidays is to be brutally familiar with our playlist. That’s what wins the ratings game, and ratings (or the lack, thereof) determine whether I get to keep my job or not. Believe me, there are a lot of songs I personally would like to play, too, but in this case, majority rules.
Thank you for listening, and for taking the time to write. I hope you have a great Holiday.
Okay, so here's my reply:
No offense taken and none is intended in the following reply...
Ignoring the fact that I worked in radio for a number of years, both in programming and on-the-air, I'd think that at least *offering* the two Queen songs for listenership would be a place a start. If they get no further requests, you're well within your wisdom to discontinue their rotation. If you want concrete justification for playing them, here are a few stats:
"Thank God It's Christmas" was number 21 on the 1984/1985 charts (over the Christmas/New Year season). It's a fairly recent original composition, which breaks up the monotony of hearing another cover of "White Christmas," "Jingle Bell Rock" or "Frosty The Snowman" (great songs, yes, but a man can only listen to these so often before needs something new).
"A Winter's Tale" was number 6 in 1995, again over the holiday season (its single was paired with "Thank God It's Christmas" [as the B-side]). This was the last original song written by Freddie Mercury and is a beautiful piece.
Your station has an impressive cross-section of artists and styles (The Vince Garauldi Trio, Bing Crosby, The Trans-Siberian Orchestra [whom I've seen live] and Jessica Simpson [not my favourte artist, but I won't deny her popularity], to name a few), and I sincerely believe that the Queen tracks I'm suggesting will not only fit well into your rotation, but can become perennial favourites if given a chance. Songs and styles and artists go in and out of fashion all the time. While Queen has always been popular world-wide, the 1980s and 1990s saw a decline in their North American impact, but there is definately a resurgence this decade. You could be a trailblazer in introducing a new generation to these holiday songs. Take a leap of faith!
You'll thank me.
So, here's what I need everyone to do: Write this guy and the station and request the hell out of these Queen songs. "The majority rules," he says. so be it! We Queen fans are legion and will not be ignored. Write pleasant, polite requests to hear these songs on his station. Let it be known throughout the land that Queen have something to offer the holiday season!
Brian DeMay's email:
The radio station in question (The Star): http://www.mystar1025.com
Let's hit them en force! Remember, be nice about it.
I'll keep you posted on development and if he decides to add them to the rotation.
Merry Christmas, brothers and sisters, whatever your faith/beliefs/atheism.