WKQC-FM (“K” 104.7) is Charlotte’s only station playing non-stop Christmas music, and it’s hauling in big ratings, reports Charlotte Observer Media columnist Mark Washburn.
– WKQC began its Yuletide playlist the day before Thanksgiving. It will switch back to its top hits format Dec. 26.
– All Christmas all the time was a big thing in the Queen City several years ago. But other stations have since changed formats and WKQC sits on top.
— Thankfully, the station now waits until Thanksgiving. In past years, it revved up the holiday cheer right after Halloween.
— It’s a ratings bonanza: Last month, WKQC ranked No. 10 among CLT stations. This month: Likely No. 1.
— Seems like just about everybody listens to Christmas music on Christmas Eve: Ratings surge 582 percent.
It’s been almost a week of continuous Christmas music playing in my house and I’m slowly going insane
— Adam Johnson (@adam_johnson05) December 20, 2014
The List So, what holiday tunes do Charlotteans love? Based on WKQZ research: (1) José Feliciano’s 1970 “Feliz Navidad”
Feliz navidad madafakas — ℂℋℐℕᎾ (@juanram64621963) December 21, 2014
Still wondering why Carnage made a Feliz Navidad remix with Borgore…
— Bill Sells (@willieeyuum) December 19, 2014
(2) “All I Want for Christmas” by Mariah Carey
Currently sipping on Starbucks, jamming to Mariah Carey Christmas music and panicking because my snap chat won’t work I. Feel. So. Basic. — Marissa Connell (@MarissaConnell) December 21, 2014
(3) “The Christmas Song” by Nat King Cole
(4) “Wonderful Christmastime” by Paul McCartney
I would be so pissed if my next door neighbor was one of those Christmas people who synchronize their lights to music and go all out
— juicy jenks (@Gavin_Jenks9) December 18, 2014
(5) “A Holly Jolly Christmas” by Burl Ives
(6) “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year” by Andy Williams
The Panthers getting in the Christmas spirit – Mile Tolbert was playing “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year” in the locker room. — sharon thorsland (@sharonasports) December 17, 2014
(7) “Jingle Bell Rock” by Bobby Helms.
What, no Springsteen’s “Santa Claus is Coming to Town?” C5 readers, Tweet @Charlotte_Five and tell us your favorites and most hated. We’ll update this story with your answers. Updates:
@Charlotte_Five McCartney’s “Wonderful Christmastime” – mock me if you want (it’s happened before) Great to sing w/the kids in the car!
— Wilson (@WilsonsWorld) December 23, 2014
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