Author Archives: Bobby Cherry

Youngstown’s Z104 radio station first in nation to go all-Christmas

It’s back! And a month earlier than last year!

Youngstown’s Z104 flipped from oldies music to holiday tunes on Friday.

“If ever ‘we could use a little Christmas, right this very moment’ it is this year. We simply want to lift people’s spirits,” Bill Kelly, Cumulus Youngstown vice president and market manager, said in a statement.

The station flipped last year at the end of October.

The station will return to oldies music after the holiday season.

Let’s have a parade! Macy’s announces plans for modified 2020 Thanksgiving Day parade

Yes, there will be balloons.

Though, Macy’s employees won’t be marching the balloons down the street. Specialized vehicles will be!

But the magic of a miles-long parade will be condensed into one block at the Macy’s flagship store in Herald Square, the company announced Monday.

The 94th Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade will be broadcast from 9 a.m. to noon on NBC — just as we’ve come to know.

“While it will certainly look different in execution, this year’s Macy’s Parade celebration will once again serve its historical purpose — to bring joy into the hearts of millions across the nation,” Susan Tercero, executive producer of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, said in a prepared statement.

Read more from The AP.

Meghan Trainor to release Christmas album

Get ready for “A Very Trainor Christmas.”

Meghan Trainor will release the holiday album Oct. 30.

South Carolina station goes Christmas

Haul out the holly… A South Carolina radio station has made the switch to Christmas music!

“The response to ‘Christmas in July’ was overwhelmingly positive, so we decided to bring a little joy and cheer to Labor Day weekend with a full slate of holiday music,” Steve Sinicropi, the senior vice president and market manager for Entercom’s Greenville-Spartanburg cluster of stations, told WYFF-TV.

You can look up Magic 98.9 on the Radio.com app if you want to give a listen.

The Macy’s Parade will go on, but…

The global pandemic has put a pause on a lot of our traditions — for good reason.

Some events have figured out ways to go on — including the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.

And organizers plan to take a page from the Macy’s Fourth of July fireworks show to help plan the parade.

“Everything is going to be different,” NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio said, CNN reported.

So what could we see different this year?

“Some is going to be virtual. There might be some small in-person pieces, spread out pieces, it’s not going to look at all of course like how we are used to. But the important thing is, the traditions will be kept in some way,” de Blasio said.

For the holidays, Lifetime will air its first LGBTQ movie

Lifetime announced that it will air feature an LGBTQ romance this holiday season.

In “The Christmas Set Up,” “Hugo, a New York corporate lawyer and his best friend Madelyn head to Milwaukee to spend the holidays with his mom Kate, who is also in charge of the local Christmas celebrations. Ever the matchmaker, Kate arranges for Hugo to run into Patrick, Hugo’s high school friend and secret crush, who has recently returned after a successful stint in Silicon Valley. As they enjoy the local holiday festivities together, Hugo and Patrick’s attraction to each other is undeniable and it looks as though Kate’s well-intentioned Santa-style matchmaking is a success. But as Hugo receives word of a big promotion requiring a move to London, he must decide what is most important to him,” according to Deadline.

If you think about it, the plot isn’t far off from what I previously came up with.

In addition, Lifetime plans to air its first holiday movie centered on a Chinese-American family. That movie is titled “A Sugar & Spice Holiday.”

Deadline lists several of the new movies planned for “It’s a Wonderful Lifetime.”