Christmas music launches on Magic 106.7
It's beginning to sound a lot like Christmas — at least it is on WMJX/Magic 106.7, which switched from its modern adult-contemporary format to an all-yule playlist at 5pm yesterday(11/18) with Burl Ives' 1965's 2-minute classic "Holly Jolly Christmas"
Early songs on the station's playlist included "All I Want For Christmas Is You" by Mariah Carey, "Last Christmas" by Wham!, 'Underneath the Tree" by Kelly Clarkson and "Little Saint Nick" by the Beach Boys.
Once upon a time, it was a race to see and hear which Boston radio station was the first to go all-Christmas, with some jumping as early as Nov. 6. But that competition has cooled off after 2011 when Magic 106.7 became the solo go-to station during annual holiday period. For the past four years Magic has been staying the course and flipping to Christmas tunes on the third Friday in November :
Nov 24, 2003 : WODS/Oldies 103.3 and WQSX/Star 93.7
Nov 19, 2004 : WODS/Oldies 103.3
Nov.17, 2005 : WODS 103.3 and WMJX/Magic 106.7
Nov.15, 2006 WODS 103.3
Nov. 12 2007 : WODS 103.3 and WROR 105.7
Nov. 6 2008 : WODS 103.3 and WROR 105.7
Nov. 13 2009 : WODS 103.3 and WROR 105.7
Nov. 18 2010 : WODS 103.3 and WROR 105.7
Nov.11, 2011 : WODS 103.3 and WROR 105.7
Dec. 5, 2012 : WMJX 106.7
Nov. 22, 2013 : WMJX 106.7
Nov. 21, 2014 : WMJX 106.7
Nov. 20,, 2015 :WMJX 106.7
Nov. 18, 2016 : WMJX 106.7
Other major pop stations in the city may throw a Christmas tune or two into their hourly playlist as we approach Christmas Day but don't expect anyone to come out and challenge WMJX/Magic 106.7's bragging rights as Boston's Christmas Station.
BRW Notebook :
The Hiil-man extends : Entercom Boston announced earlier this week that WAAF 107.3/97.7's veteran morning host Greg Hill has signed a new, long-term contract that will keep him employed at Boston's Rock Station for the balance of his career. After a short lived stint at a local independent music TV station V66, Hill came to WAAF and started as the promotion coordinator in 1986. He became the station's morning host in 1989. The only two other local morning shows have been on the air longer than Hill - Matt Siegel on Kiss 108(January 1981) and Loren Owens and Wally Brine on WROR 105.7(September 1981).
This new agreement ensures Hill, partners Lyndon Byers and Danielle Murr, and producer Rob Stevens will anchor the WAAF personality lineup well into the future. Former Boston Bruin, Byers, has been with the show since 1997. Murr who also signed a new deal last week came on-board in 2005. Stevens replaced longtime producer Spaz in 2014.
Outside of radio business, The Hill-Man, as he’s referred to by his morning show listeners, is a professional restaurateur. Via his Whole House Group, he owns and operates 29 Sudbury, in Sudbury, and Flank, in Waltham and soon-to-open Battle Road Brewery and Restaurant in Maynard. He also owns several locations of the Howl at the Moon night club, including both the Boston and Patriots Place locations.