In what has been a tough year for all, Magic Radio has answered the call from listeners across the UK to help lift their spirits by flipping to a 100% Christmas playlist.
Magic Radio Breakfast Show hosts Ronan Keating and Harriet Scott have heard from thousands of people across the nation, as well as stars including Kylie, Gary Barlow and Sam Smith who have all shared how they’re putting their Christmas decorations up early this year in a bid to welcome in some much needed seasonal joy.
Having provided a much talked about pop up Christmas station, ‘Magic 100% Christmas’ in August as a response to the ongoing Coronavirus misery, Magic Radio will now overhaul its entire radio station to bring nothing but festive favourites from now until December 27th.
To kick off the festivities, Magic Radio Breakfast Show hosts Ronan Keating and Harriet Scott welcomed the Queen of Christmas herself Dolly Parton to launch the first Christmas song on the station which was ‘Step into Christmas’ by Elton John. Not only has Dolly recently been unveiled as one of the main donors to the Moderna Covid-19 vaccine, she joined the station to spread the Christmas cheer.
Dolly said “I love everything about Christmas. I love the wrapping, I love trimming the trees. I love the family, the fun, the food, the music. Everything about it I love.”
She gave an insight into one of her Christmas family traditions, and it’s incredibly wholesome. Speaking on the Magic Radio, Dolly said, “All my nieces and nephews and my little grand nieces and nephews, they come to my house on like a Saturday at noon. They stay all afternoon and all night with me until late the next day. We get out and play. It’s called Cookie Night. We make all kinds of cookies and fun stuff. We cook and get out and play Christmas games. Ride around on the golf cart on the farm. I just love doing that with the kids.”
There’s one tradition she won’t be taking part in however, that’s board games. She told Ronan and Harriet, “Everybody plays Monopoly, that’s pretty much monotony for me. I’m too busy to sit down and play a board game. It would be a ‘bored’ game to me!”
Magic Breakfast’s Ronan Keating and Harriet Scott said “Christmas songs bring so much cheer and we have been asked by so many of our listeners to switch the station. We listened and agree that the nation NEEDS Magic Radio 100% Christmas more than ever before. So, switch us on and settle in. It’s Christmas songs all day every day from now on in.”
Listen into Magic Radio from today to hear some of the most-loved seasonal songs from the last fifty years – with an emphasis on 80s and 90s classics such as WHAM!, ‘Last Christmas’, The Pogue’s ‘Fairytale of New York’, Mariah Carey’s ‘All I Want Christmas’, Elton John’s ‘Step into Christmas’ and Paul McCartney’s ‘Wonderful Christmastime’.
For more festive fun, you can also join the station’s ‘Magic of Christmas’ event and enjoy special performances from Gary Barlow, Sam Smith, Jess Glynne, Leona Lewis, Roachford, Jamie Cullum and The Shires.
Hosted by Ronan Keating and Harriet Scott, the virtual Christmas concert will take place as a Facebook Watch Party at www.facebook.com/magicradio on Sunday 29th November at 6pm, followed by an on-air broadcast on Tuesday 1st December at 7pm.
For more information on Magic Radio 100% Christmas and the Magic of Christmas event, head over to magic.co.uk.