Christmas: Great Season, Terrible Television

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I love this time of year. I don’t even mind the snow. I just wish it went away in January.

But I don’t love what the season does to radio and television. Consultants bombard radio stations to play burned-out Mariah Carey Christmas songs, some stations even flipping all-Christmas around Labor Day.

Television is just as bad. The dial fills up with half-baked television specials. And you already know the plot: Career woman working at a newspaper takes a vacation in a small town, hates their folksiness, saves their goofy Santa-esque tradition, and then quits her high-paying job to work at the local weekly paper. (What they don’t tell you is how she’s on food stamps three months later).

And don’t get me started on television news!