Holiday Hit Parade

Hark! The Herald Angels Sing. And sing. And sing. Five years ago, just a handful of local radio stations would switch to an all-Christmas-music format a day or two before the holiday. Now, nearly 240 stations across the country have gone all Christmas, all the time, even before the Thanksgiving leftovers go dry. Two stations--KOSY in Salt Lake City, Utah, and KNEV in Reno, Nev.--even started spinning White Christmas as Halloween ended. "The decorations are around for a long time," notes Jim Ryan, program director at New York City's top-rated station, WLTW, one of no fewer than six in the New...

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