This won't be much of a rant. I just wanted to take a little time to wish each and everyone of you a "very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year." I know in this day and age of political correctness, that isn't right. But, as a Christian that is right. So I will wish Merry Christmas to one and all. This time of year, does bring a lot of joy to everyone. I just, also, want to thank all of you who had a hand in the Adopt a Child campaign with the Department for Children & Families, People's Bank & Trust, and Country 102.9. It was another successful year. We've been doing this for 27 years, and I can't think of a year that all the kids on the lists given to us by the DCF, did not receive Christmas presents. We've been successful each year, and it's because of you that open your hearts and say "we can't have a child go without Christmas presents." So you give, and some of you give a lot. Some not as much, but it is with your hearts that you give, and you are truly appreciated.
The other thing I love about the Christmas season is the music. I love Christmas songs. Some more than others so in my own delightful way, here are the names of some of my favorite Christmas songs, and maybe some that I should get around to writing myself.
Favorites - "Christmas Cookies" by George Strait, "Santa Claus Is Watching You" by Ray Stevens, "Redneck 12 Days of Christmas" by Jeff Foxworthy. On a more serious note..."Oh Holy Night". I love this song by period, but my favorite recording is by Kenny Rogers.
SONGS THAT NEED TO BE REWRITTEN OR STRICKEN FROM ANYONE'S HOLIDAY PLAYLIST. "Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Somewhere Else". Dolly Parton's "Hard Candy Christmas". This is anything but a Christmas song. Just because it has Christmas in the title does not make it a Christmas song. It has nothing to do with Christmas and when you think of where the song comes from, you'd hopefully agree with me. Kind of like "Independence Day" by Martina McBride has nothing to do with the actual Independence Day holiday.
There's only one thing left to say....MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!
My radio career started right here in Hutchinson back in 1979, between my freshman and sophomore years in college. I was studying Communications with emphasis on Radio/TV Broadcasting. During my career, I've worked in Hutchinson, Wichita, Emporia, and Salina. Got my first job on a country station in 1986 when KSKU in Hutchinson was sold and became KZSN. We moved the studio to Wichita. From Wichita I moved to Emporia worked for a short time before moving back to Hutch. After 3 years, I moved to Salina. After about 6 years there, I moved back to Hutch. I llive here now for 17 years. I married my wife, Julie, 12 years ago. When I'm not working you can find me watching tv at home, playing bingo, playing golf, or riding my Goldwing Trike. I'm a member of the GWRRA (Goldwing Road Riders Assn.) I began doing public address announcing for the Hutch High Salthawks during the football season and will continue during the basketball season. I've been at Country 102.9, this time, since 2000. Really enjoy what I do and I love Country music. My favorite artists are Garth Brooks, Blake Shelton, Miranda Lambert and as I go back a few years with a classic artist...I love Johnny Horton. I plan on continuing doing this as long as I enjoy doing it or until people around this building don't want me around anymore. They'll have to pry the headphones off my ears to get me out of here.