Larry Martino

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Well, here we are, less than a week away from Thanksgiving, and the official start to the Holiday Season. So, where are on the spectrum are your tastes when it comes to holiday music?

For the purposes of this little blog about the topic, I am only referring to secular music, not religious music. I’m talking about songs like “Santa Claus Is Coming To Town,” “Winter Wonderland,” “Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree,” “Jingle Bell Rock,” “Frosty The Snowman,” “Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer,” and other titles like that. Do you love hearing these songs every year around this time? Do you shake your head every time you walk into a store during the holiday season and hear one of these tunes and try to get out of that store as quickly as possible? Or, are you just luke-warm on the subject?

The reason I even bring it up is that being an on-air radio personality for several decades now, I have played these tunes every year around this time. In fact, one year, I believe it was the holiday season of 2014, Beasley Media Group corporate executives decided 96.3 KKLZ should play all holiday music all the time throughout November and December. Man, you should have heard some of the phone calls we received. We heard from people who said they would never tune in to our station again. Some asked if it was an April Fools joke in November. Some listeners called to tell us they would check back in with us in January. There was a lot of emotion conveyed to us about that decision.

The thing is, every year since then, some friends and 96.3 KKLZ listeners start asking me if our station is going to go back to that “all holiday music” format when the weather starts to cool off in Las Vegas. The answer is: no. But, we do like to sprinkle in some of those holiday favorites that have been around since before many of us were even born, plus some of the great holiday tunes of the 80s and 90s, like “Last Christmas” by Wham!, “Do They Know It’s Christmas” by Band-Aid, and “All I Want For Christmas Is You” by Mariah Carey.

So, whether you absolutely love holiday music, you can’t stand it, or you can take it or leave it, you will hear some of those good ol’ holiday favorites on 96.3 KKLZ this time of year, but we won’t go “all holiday music” until Christmas Eve, when we kick off our annual “Commercial Free Christmas.”

In the meantime, keep your chestnuts away from that open fire, and tell Jack Frost to get out of your face and leave your nose as is. All of us here at 96.3 KKLZ wish you, your family and your friends a safe, happy, and healthy Holiday Season!


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Larry Martino is the long-time Afternoon Drive personality on 96.3 KKLZ. The views and opinions expressed in this blog are those of Larry Martino and not necessarily those of Beasley Media Group, LLC.


6 Holiday Gifts for Every Classic Rock Fan

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Classic rock fans can be found across multiple generations and be more nuanced than you think. Some classic rock fans love hair metal, while others prefer grunge. For every classic rocker that digs jam bands, you’ll find another that leans more punk.

With those differences in mind, we put together a small, but mighty list of holiday gifts that every classic rock fan will enjoy. Keep scrolling to find some great gift ideas for the classic rocker in your life, even if that classic rock happens to be you. (Hey, who says you can’t buy yourself a gift this holiday season?)

  • Vinyl Bluetooth Turntable with 36 Watt Bookshelf Speakers

    Vinyl is back, baby! It’s not uncommon to see turntables in living rooms (or other rooms) again. So, if you’re looking to get back into vinyl again, you obviously need a new turntable and set of speakers. Why not check out this option from 1 BY ONE? It’s minimalist, neutral design will go with most room decor. Plus, it’s received over 2,000 5-star reviews.

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  • Vinyl of the Month Club: The Golden Era

    If you or the classic rock fan in your life is looking to rebuild their vinyl collection, Amazon’s Vinyl of the Month Club is the perfect gift. This monthly subscription has a theme of “The Golden Era” highlighting some of the biggest, most influential titles released in the ’60s and ’70s ranging in artists from Led Zeppelin to Aretha Franklin to Miles Davis.

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  • Record Holder Display Racks - 6 Pack

    LP sleeves are often works of art. What better way to decorate then by utilizing those sleeves with these Record Holder Display Racks! Coming in a pack of six, these record holders are made from clear plastic and can be installed in any configuration imaginable.

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  • MTV Unplugged T-Shirt

    MTV Unplugged gave music fans some of the most iconic performances of the past three-plus decades. From Nirvana to Eric Clapton to Paul McCartney, some of the biggest names in rock went acoustic and showed why they’re so beloved. Rep your fandom of this classic show with this killer shirt.

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  • Time Life's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame: In Concert

    Since 1986, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony has provided for some of the most unforgettable live moments. Thanks to Time Life, you can now own those incredible moments. Coming in 13 and 26 DVD options, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame: In Concert features performances from Bruce Springsteen, Bon Jovi, U2, AC/DC and many more.

    13 DVDs: Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Concert – 201 Performances on 13 DVDs – Time Life
    26 DVDs: Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Deluxe Edition – 301 Performances on 26 DVDs – Time Life

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  • Time Life's Ed Sullivan's Rock 'N' Roll Classics

    The Ed Sullivan Show aired on CBS for over 20 years. During that time, the variety show featured some of music’s most iconic performances from The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Doors, The Supremes, Elvis Presley and more. Time Life has curated a 10 DVD set featuring those classic performances and more.

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