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Christmas music and stories tonight on The Early Years

When you finish enjoying the songs that didn't make the Mushroom FM 2017 Christmas Countdown at 6 PM, Mushroom FM'S Christmas programming continues with The Early Years Christmas Eve edition featuring Christmas music primarily by Canadians, and stories written and read by Canadians.
So pore a glass of your favourite Christmas beverage and keep your virtual dial tuned to Mushroom FM throughout the Christmas season for the best Christmas entertainment anywhere!

It's Christmas Eve this Week on Come by the Hills!

The holidays can be very busy, but if you've got some time while you're toasting the season, and perhaps your toes, by the old yule log, why not hang out with me for a Celtic Christmas? We've got music from a lot of great Celtic artists and groups and in the second hour, there's a special treat: a reading by Dylan Thomas himself of his beautiful collection of Christmas memories called "A Child's Christmas in Wales." I always enjoy listening to this story on Christmas Eve, and this year, I thought I'd share it with you.

A Rhythm & Blues Christmas this week on The Juke In The Back

The Juke In The Back” focuses on the “soul that came before rock n’ roll,” the records that inspired Elvis, Buddy Holly, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones and countless others.
The entire “Juke In The Back” is loaded with the greatest RB Christmas records from the late 1940s and 1950s. It’s the yuletide soul that came before rock n’ roll. From the all-time classics by Clyde McPhatter & The Drifters and The Orioles to some rarer Christmas plattahs from Amos Milburn, JB Summers and The Five Keys. So grab some ‘nog and get groovin’.

A Rhythm & Blues Christmas this week on The Juke In The Back

The Juke In The Back” focuses on the “soul that came before rock n’ roll,” the records that inspired Elvis, Buddy Holly, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones and countless others.
The entire “Juke In The Back” is loaded with the greatest RB Christmas records from the late 1940s and 1950s. It’s the yuletide soul that came before rock n’ roll. From the all-time classics by Clyde McPhatter & The Drifters and The Orioles to some rarer Christmas plattahs from Amos Milburn, JB Summers and The Five Keys. So grab some ‘nog and get groovin’.

It's the Carpenters Christmas Collection, Thursday on The Sara Hillis Show!

Yep, if you love Christmas music and love The Carpenters, you'll definitely enjoy Thursday's Sara Hillis Show! It'll be four more sleeps till Christmas by then, and I've decided to crack open this great collection of music and to go through all 31 songs on the two-disk set. (Well, alright. They're not disks here, but you know what I mean.) I have very fond memories of The Carpenters Christmas Portrait album, and we'll be going through it in the first hour of the show.

Join Jonathan Mosen for the Christmas Castoffs, songs that didn't make the top 100

At 5 AM Eastern time on Tuesday, and once again in the usual Mosen Explosion slot of 2 PM Eastern on Christmas Eve, I’ll be continuing the tradition I started last year of playing songs that people voted for, but which didn’t make the top 100 countdown. Altogether, the mushroom crowd voted for 269 songs, so there is plenty to fill a four-hour show and then some.
We’ll have a mix of genres including country, traditional, and of course novelty.
I hope you’ll join me for one of the playings of Christmas Castoffs, only on your famous festive fungal station, Mushroom Fm.

'Tis the Week Before Christmas on The Sara Hillis Show!

Yes, we're plunging into the Christmas spirit this week on The Sara Hillis Show with all Christmas music all the time! I'll try to unearth hidden treasures from the Mushroom holiday vault and maybe evenn find a few forgetable fiascos along the way, but I promise that every song will be Christmasy in nature. So, if you're looking for a way to celebrate the fact that the number of sleeps is slowly growing smaller until the day itself, then tune into my show at noon and midnight eastern for the next five days for two hours of holiday tunes from our four decades and beyond!

Thanks for a great countdown and party

On 17 December 2017, we broadcast our holiday countdown and Christmas party. It was the culmination of a two-week voting process, in which voters nominated over 200 of their favourite holiday songs.

On that Sunday, we all got together to hear the top 100, and to share some holiday cheer via email and Twitter. Thanks to everyone's participation, it was an unforgettable day, a party in true Mushroom FM tradition.

A Christmas Gift For You tonight on The Early Years

I hope you're enjoying the Christmas Countdown and I hope the songs you voted for will be at the top of the chart. We'll know by the time The Early Years is on. It's an abbreviated show tonight to allow the countdown the time to complete. When it does, I have A Christmas Gift For you; a radio documentary about the making of what many rock musicologists consider to be the first complete rock and roll Christmas album, Phil Spector's My Christmas Gift For You. It's narrated by American author and music critic, Anthony DeCurtis.

Winter is Coming this Week on Come by the Hills!

Don't worry. This episode does not have anything whatever to do with Game of Thrones. However, it does have to do with winter. We're going to hear lots of songs about holly and ivy, snow and frost, and all in honour of the shortest day of the year in the northern hemisphere. It's coming up soon, you know, and we have lots of snow here in Ontario, so we're going to curl up in the warm and hear songs about the cold.

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