Merry Podcast #49 — Turkeys and Tunes

Merry Podcast #49 — Turkeys and Tunes

Happy Thanksgiving! It’s time for our annual Thanksgiving show on the Merry Podcast, a festive celebration of the grateful season plus a preview of the great new music of season. In this episode we’re exploring the history of the American Turkey, the very staple of our feast. Plus we take an extended look at one of the best Thanksgiving movies of all time — Planes, Trains and Automobiles. And, of course, Christmas is not forgotten: we interview a real elf from the North Pole and talk about his role in tracking Santa. We’re also pleased to feature the music ofRead more

Merry Podcast #48 — The Pumpkin Spice Episode

Merry Podcast #48 — The Pumpkin Spice Episode

It is a jam-packed episode of the Merry Podcast, this time dedicated to all things Pumpkin Spice — a merry exploration a variety of Christmas topics! Lots of music, a little humor and timely topics to help prepare you for the season, including: — Another in-depth look at Miracle on 34th Street on the occasion of the passing of Maureen O’Hara — Santa’s beard: A Great Christmas Debate — The Christmas Music of Frank Sinatra — Christmas Food! Wassail, Eggnog and Butter Rum Lifesavers Plus more — in fact, we drag this out way beyond an hour of Christmas goodness.Read more

Merry Podcast #47 — O Little Towns of Christmas

Merry Podcast #47 — O Little Towns of Christmas

In this merry episode of the Merry Podcast we explore a little about the American Christmas carol “O Little Town of Bethlehem”, a story of inspiration where the writer of the poem was inspired by a visit to an important place in Christmas history. Where would your important places of Christmas history be? We asked that question of ourselves and came away not only with a list — but also a commitment to something we’re calling the Great American Christmas Road Trip. The little towns of Christmas featured in this episode are: 1. Santa Claus, Indiana — home to theRead more

Merry Podcast #46 — Highlights from Tracking Santa

Merry Podcast #46 — Highlights from Tracking Santa

This special edition of the Merry Podcast is fully dedicated to the recapping of highlights from Santa tracking last Christmas Eve on Kringle Radio. 2014 was the 2nd year of tracking Santa as part of an ambitious live radio event that took more than 50 hours to broadcast. Beginning on early Christmas Eve morning in the far corners of the world the flip was switched at Kringle Radio to the Santa-dedicated broadcast that featured commercial-free music interrupted on the quarter hour with news updates exclusively from the North Pole. Broadcast in conjunction with the published efforts at Santa Update.com theseRead more

Merry Podcast #45 — Classic Christmas Movie Trivia

Merry Podcast #45 — Classic Christmas Movie Trivia

We’re pleased to release Episode #45 of the Merry Podcast Titled Classic Christmas Movie Trivia. In the absence of any new Christmas movies on the horizon that have any hope of becoming another treasured classic we felt this episode looking back at the Christmas movies we love was appropriate and timely. Three great movies were made without about 18 months of each other in 1946-47 that we still enjoy every year: It’s a Wonderful Life, Miracle on 34th Street, and The Bishop’s Wife. We explore these three movies in detail and they take us on some unexpected journeys: — Macy’sRead more

Merry Podcast #44 — Christmas Destinations

Merry Podcast #44 — Christmas Destinations

It is summer, the kids are out of school and folks are thinking vacation. It is about as far away from Christmas as you can get. But for many who cannot celebrate Christmas at Christmas this is the time of year to go find it and in this episode of the Merry Podcast we explore great year round Christmas destinations. Christmas is never far from mind as one of the biggest dates in the countdown to Christmas each year approaches. It is called Leon Day and before we reach that milestone on June 25th we tell you what it isRead more

Merry Podcast #43 — The Great Thanksgiving Show 2014

Merry Podcast #43 — The Great Thanksgiving Show 2014

The Thanksgiving special edition of the Merry Podcast features the music of Thanksgiving and Christmas. New music in this episode from Carly Jamison **who rocks** a couple of new Christmas tunes this year showcases in a small way how the music of the holiday season has shaped our celebrations. While much of it is good some of it is controversial and in this episode we talk about songs and recordings that have stirred the waters of controversy over time, including the works of Elvis Presley and Stan Freberg. By request we take a closer look at the traditional Christian hymnRead more

Merry Podcast #42 — Christmas from Italy

Merry Podcast #42 — Christmas from Italy

The Christmas music contributions of Italian-American crooner Perry Como is explored from a career that spanned 60 years. The timeless classics such as There’s No Place Like Home for the Holidays and It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas are just the beginning of what there is to know about Como’s Christmas music. He was an extraordinarily consistent entertainer, a man whose private life shunned controversy and whose broad appeal for generations through music and television now extends well beyond his time. Also hailing from Italy is the Christmas witch-like character and legend of La Befana. We tell herRead more

Merry Podcast #41 — A Muppet of a Podcast

Merry Podcast #41 — A Muppet of a Podcast

The Merry Podcast gives another nod to A Christmas Carol with a fun look at The Muppet Christmas Carol. Released in 1992 this now-classic version of A Christmas Carol presented nothing but challenges for the producers who were looking to capture an accurate retelling of the Dickens tale. After all, if it was to be done by Muppets there had to be music — and how do you bring music to something so dark? And could a Muppet play Scrooge? Or even the Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come? And since it was to be done by Muppets, how doRead more

Merry Podcast #39 — Anticipating Santa

Merry Podcast #39 — Anticipating Santa

We celebrate Christmas in July by dedicating an entire episode to Santa Claus. Highlighting this episode and by popular demand is an edited recap of our 2013 Santa tracking from Kringle Radio — all the voices, all the characters, all the fun of more than 50 hours of world-wide Christmas Eve broadcasting. We also take a grateful look at Christmas legend Gene Autry, the Singing Cowboy. We tell the story of Jimmy Van Allen, an ardent fan of Clement Clark Moore, the author of A Visit from St. Nicholas. We likewise re-explore the debate behind Moore’s authorship of the famousRead more