Phoenix's KEZ 99.9 starts playing all-Christmas music

Wednesday, 15 November 2017, 03:08:53 AM. KEZ 99.9 made its annual switch to an all-Christmas format on Tuesday, Nov. 14.
It's beginning to sound a lot like Christmas, at least for listeners of 99.9 KEZ. The popular Phoenix radio station made its annual switch to an all-Christmas format on Tuesday, Nov. 14, at 7:40 a.m.  "Everyone knows that we’re the Christmas music station," said Paul Kelley, program director for KESZ-FM. "People talk about it all year."  It's certainly become a tradition in the Valley. The station has been flipping to a Christmas format since 1998. As in past years, the change was signaled with a spin of Andy Williams' "It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year."  AZCENTRAL Things To Do app: Get the best in events, dining and travel right on your device The 1963 recording "truly defines what the season is about," Kelley says, but it's more than simply that: The tune is a favorite of Beth McDonald, the station's flagship personality.  Radio personality Beth McDonald is genuinely a fan of Christmas music. (Photo: iHeartMedia) Williams doesn't normally feature on the station's playlist, but the holiday season typically brings him back into the fold.  "Some things change, some things never change," Kelley says. "Andy Williams, Nat 'King' Cole, Bing Crosby, Brenda Lee, Johnny Mathis — those are always there, but as time goes on, we hear updated versions of some of the songs from Michael Bublé, Kelly Clarkson and Josh Groban." There is a reason holiday material continues to resonate with audiences.  "I think all music has an emotional connection for people," he says. "People tie...Read more
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