More: Religious Christmas Songs Banned on WRIT
We decided to do some more systematic sampling, and tracked every song played on WRIT-FM from 8:30 p.m. until midnight on November 22nd. We used the “Last 10 Played” section of the station’s website, which we printed every half-hour or so.
We counted 58 songs (all Christmas songs) played during that period. None was a religious song, with only one possible exception. Vince Gill’s “Let There Be Peace on Earth” mentions God. But that’s the only one.
It’s also interesting that the songs are picked from albums that are liberally laced with Christian Christmas music. WRIT, for example, plays an Andy Williams “Happy Holiday Medley” which comes from Disk 10 of the “Classic Album Collection, Vol. 2.” But that disk contains six secular Christmas songs, and six religious ones. Likewise, the station played a secular song from Harry Connick’s “Harry For The Holidays,” but six of the sixteen tracks on the album make specific reference to the Nativity.
Thus, it’s not that they happen to be playing certain artists, who just happen not to record religious Christmas music. They are picking very carefully.