Holiday Memories: Yule Log & You Make the Call

During this Holiday Break 2008 it is heartening to see that TV and radio programmers are not taking time off where creativity is concerned.

Chicago’s WGN-TV brought their version of the Yule Log to Christmas Eve programming last night. Originated by WPIX-TV/New York in 1966, the Windy City’s Superstation broadcast non-stop video of a roaring fireplace accompanied by audio of classic holiday radio programs, which ran through the night. It was an unexpected treat, harkening back to another era.

Not as “heartfelt” but just as intriguing will be this Sunday’s WDFN-AM 1130 broadcast during the final Lions game. As WXYT-FM 97.1 (The Ticket) has actual rights to the game, Art Regner and “The Fan” will instead take calls and comment on each play. It is being billed as an opportunity to ‘turn down the sound’ of the game and listen instead to the unadulterated, “non-homer” commentary.

Great stuff, all!