I’ll be honest. This idea of an annual Christmas episode started as something of a cheat. Back during the first year of this show’s existence–this would be 1993–I found myself up against the clock when it came to writing and producing one more show before Christmas.
Craig Venn, the technical producer at the time, had the same issue. “Why don’t we just do a Christmas-themed show?” he said. So we did. The whole thing was slapped together in a couple of hours.
But then a weird thing happened. People said they actually liked the result. So we did it again the following year. And the year after that. And the year after that.
This year marks the 25th Ongoing History Christmas show (note that there was a three-year hiatus when I was on walkabout). It looks like this.
Bros, These Things Comfort Me
William Shatner and Iggy Pop, Silent Night
Fake Shark, Winona Ryder Hates Christmas
Mounties, Merry Christmas Maybe
Mariah Scary, Spooky Christmas
Whitehorse, Ho Ho Ho
Psychostick, Oh Tannenbaum
Small Town Titans, You’re a Mean One Mr Grinch
Man Overboard, Father Christmas
Fine Times, Subterranean Christmas Blues
The Damned, There Ain’t No Sanity Claus
Henry Rollins, ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas
Eric Wilhite has created this handy playlist for us.
The Ongoing History of New Music can be heard on the following stations:
- 102.1 The Edge/Toronto – Sunday night at 7
- Live 88-5/Ottawa
- 107.5 Dave-FM/Kitchener
- FM96/London – Sunday night at 7, Monday night at 11
- Power 97/Winnipeg (Sunday nights at 11)
- Rock 97.7/Grand Prairie – Sunday nights at 6.
- Sonic 102.9/Edmonton
- The Zone/Victoria
- The Fox/Vancouver
- Live 105/Halifax
- WAPS/WKTL The Summit/Arkon, Canton, Cleveland, Youngstown The show runs at 11 am Sunday. This, by the way, is a great option for American listeners who are prevented from listening to the show live because of geo-blocking,
We’re still looking for more affiliates in Calgary, Kamloops, Kelowna, Regina, Saskatoon, Brandon, Windsor, Montreal, Charlottetown, Moncton, Fredericton, and St John’s and anywhere else with a transmitter. If you’re in any of those markets and you want the show, lemme know and I’ll see what I can do.
If you ever miss a show, you can always get the podcast edition available through iTunes, Spotify or wherever you get your on-demand audio.