A) I started Friggin Fabulous Radio in 2002 when I was working at an NYC news radio station. I used to be a Rock DJ at WHTG, FM106.3 in Asbury Park, NJ and I really missed it! Through Friggin Fabulous Radio I get to interview really talented artists and bands and play some of their music. Several of the bands I’ve interviewed are clients of Cyber PR/Ariel Publicity.
Q) What characteristics make a great holiday song?
A) A great holiday song should either remind you of great holiday moments in your past or crack you up. I prefer the latter. Such examples are “Christmas Wrapping” by the Waitresses, “The Chanukah Song” by Adam Sandler, and “Christmas with the Devil” by Spinal Tap.
Q) What are some of your favorite holiday songs/renditions?
A) Wow, I should have read this question before I answered it in the previous one. There are a few more holiday songs that I like including “White Christmas” by Irving Berlin (there are so many great versions of this song, but Johnny Mathis’ version is up there for me), “The Little Drummer Boy” by Katherine K. Davis, as sung by Bing Crosby and David Bowie, and “Christmas in Hollis” by Run D.M.C.
Q) When is it appropriate to start playing holiday music? My mother seems to think November 1st is the “official” start date; any take on this debate? She also claims that January 1st is the end date.
A) I truly believe that holiday music should not be played anywhere in the world until the day after Thanksgiving. I agree with your mother about the January 1st end date. I also believe that stores should not sell holiday wrapping paper before Thanksgiving, and the only holiday infomercial that should be shown before Thanksgiving would be for the holiday themed “Snuggie.”
Q) Any quirky holiday memories that you care to share?
A) When I was about 8 years old a bat got in to our living room on Christmas morning and my mother called the police. One of the officers was chasing the bat around the Christmas tree with a broom, swinging wildly. He never hit the bat, but he did knock the tree over-right into the burning fire place. It was awesome!