During Christmas, many Christian radio stations decide to include secular holiday music in their programming, while others decide to have exclusively sacred songs on their airwaves.
“With so many wonderful uplifting songs within Christendom, why would we need to air songs that feature Rudolf or Santa, when we can rejoice at the incredible news that our Savior was born in Bethlehem?”
In recent times, some Christian radio stations have included nonreligious Christmas season music, such as “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” “Jingle Bells,” and “I’ll be home for Christmas.”
Dwayne Harrison, music director at Positive Hits PER, which is based in Fredericksburg, Virginia, directed CP to a statement in which his station explained that the usage of secular holiday songs was part of their outreach to the broader culture.
“Our Christmas classics are a way to get people to land on Your 'PER, and hopefully stay! You may even have an opportunity to share the station with friends and family who may not have listened before — as they hear Christmas favorites, they'll also hear messages of how much God loves them,”
“As these secular songs air, they're surrounded by other Christmas songs with strong Christian content and the message of Christ, along with station imaging that lets them know how much they are loved.”
“Is it too much to ask the Christian radio station to leave secular Christmas to secular stations and to let the Christian station be, well, Christian?”
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