Introducing the Merry Little Podcast

Introducing the Merry Little Podcast

We’re pleased to introduce The Merry Little Podcast — a tiny little preview of The Merry Podcast, now available exclusively for our premiere members. The Merry Little Podcast will run about 10 minutes for each episode. It will remain available on iTunes and it is free to all users. This little snippet of merriment is being developed as a vehicle for us to bring you Christmas audio features faster and more often — and it will give a sneak peek to what’s upcoming in future episode of The Merry Podcast, which plays only on Kringle Radio and is available forRead more

Merry Podcast #51 — Christmas Toy Fads of the Early 20th Century

Merry Podcast #51 — Christmas Toy Fads of the Early 20th Century

Christmas past of more than a hundred years ago is our topic as we explore Christmas toy fads of the early 20th century in the latest episode of the Merry Podcast. Within a span of about 15 years there were many toys that reach mass market status but real appeal was, like now, what drove sales. The first was the introduction of the Teddy Bear, a soft and fuzzy toy inspired by a President and a real live bear — that he refused to shoot. It’s a great story about a timeless toy that still finds its way under ChristmasRead more

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 #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 #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 #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