I was driving home today with the car radio tuned to B93.3. They’ve gone all Christmas music.
There are very few Christmas songs played on the radio that I don’t know the title and the artist almost instantly when the music begins.
So when this particular Christmas song started I wasn’t about to change the station.
The recording was from an album nominated for a 1997 Grammy Award for Best Pop/Contemporary Gospel Album. The song was the most played holiday record of 1996.
I listened with particular interest because I know how radio stations have treated this recording in the past. Maybe B93.3 would be different.
My radio told me the time was 5:48.
By 5:51 the song was over and the next holiday tune was playing.
How could that be? The recording is 5 minutes long.
It had been edited, nearly chopped in half, just like other stations have done for years. B93.3 was no different.
What’s been eliminated? The gospel section. Hmmm….
I realize stations want to get in as much music as possible. But this is the only selection I’m aware of that so blatantly gets the axe. That’s too bad. It’s a beautiful rendition.
Here is the full version.