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Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Christmas Podcasts 2017

Hi gang! I was privileged to be invited by four different podcasters this year to join them in discussions about Christmas entertainment. Each of these conversations is very different from the others, so I encourage you to give them each a listen, or perhaps the ones that most appeal to you. Let me introduce each one.

Christmas Past Podcast

Christmas Past is a podcast that tells the stories behind your favorite holiday traditions. Each episode is 10-15 minutes long, and features interviews with experts, archival audio, and Christmas memories from listeners. Its host is Brian Earl.

My discussion is Episode #16: Golden Age of Christmas TV Cartoons.

****You can listen at this link to the website: http://christmaspastpodcast.com/golden-age-christmas-tv-cartoons/  

Be sure to check out the other episodes for more discussions about favorite holiday traditions. You can also follow along with Christmas Past Podcast on Facebook HERE, on Twitter HERE, and on Instagram HERE.

Weird Christmas

Weird Christmas started as a Tumblr site with a collection of Victorian Christmas cards and postcards. It has since expanded into a website--and now a podcast too--to further the discussion about weird and unusual Christmas culture. It's host is Craig Kringle.

My discussion is WC #5: Weird Christmas TV and Movies. Yes, this conversation stems from my book The Christmas TV Companion and from the encyclopedia Tis the Season TV.

****You can listen at this link on his website: https://weirdchristmas.com/2017/12/03/podcast-weird-christmas-tv-and-movies-with-joanna-wilson/

Be sure to scroll down the Tumblr collection of weird Victorian Christmas cards and postcards HERE. The nineteenth century was strange, indeed. You can follow along with Weird Christmas on Facebook HERE, on Twitter HERE, and on Instagram HERE.

Woo-Hoo Wednesday: At Home with Holmsey
on Radio Once More

Are you into Old Time Radio? This is the place for you. Radio Once More is the place to listen to those old time radio programs from the past. Johnny Holmes hosts a culture show which explores conversations about his favorite cultural trends. This is I think, the fourth year Johnny and Helen have had me on their show--it's always a fun time and a great conversation.

This year we discussed the 1983 movie A Christmas Story, 1951's A Christmas Carol, 1946's It's a Wonderful Life, 1947's Miracle on 34th Street, 1973's Miracle on 34th Street, the 1965 animated special "Christmas Lost & Found" from Davey & Goliath, The Spirit of Christmas from 1950 featuring the Mabel Beaton Marionettes, and more!

****For a full description of our talk and the permanent link to listen, check out Johnny's website: https://jholmsey.wordpress.com/2017/12/02/radio-once-more-welcomes-back-joanna-wilson/

You can follow along with Radio Once More at their website HERE, and on Facebook HERE.

The fourth show is with Amanda, Nate and Dan of Made for TV Mayhem Podcast. 

This year we discussed the 1971 TV movie A Little Game which includes Christmas scenes, and we play a game, like we did last year, in which we guess the plot of Christmas TV movies. It's another fun one.

****You can listen to the 2017 podcast at the link here on The Made for TV Mayhem Show website: https://tvmayhempodcast.wordpress.com/2017/12/21/969/ ******

When I said these were all very different, I wasn't kidding. Please give them a listen and see what you think. Your comments are welcome here, and at the individual website links.

I enjoy joining people in conversations about Christmas entertainment. Feel free to listen to last year's podcasts too, at the links below:

Ed South invited me to talk about my favorite Christmas movies on his podcast What's Your Favorite Movie? last year. Thant was fun. Link HERE.

2016: Bloomington Review with Jim Inman Jr. We discussed How the Grinch Stole Christmas, A Christmas Story, and my book Triple Dog Dare. Listen HERE.

2016's It's a Christmas TV Movie Game Show! on Made for TV Mayhem Podcast. Link HERE.

2016's discussion with Johnny Holmes on Woo-Hoo Wednesday on Radio Once More. We discussed my book Triple Dog Dare, 1973's Miracle on 34th Street, and 1969's The Littlest Angel, among other things. Link HERE.

And, I was invited by Ken Reid to discuss our favorite Christmas programs on TV Guidance Counselor (11/22/16 episode) Find it on iTunes HERE. And, here's the link Ken's website: TV Guidance Counselor.

If you can stand the sound of my voice any further, HERE's a link of podcasts I did from 2015 too.

Lots to listen to. Thanks to all my wonderful hosts!

Joanna Wilson is a TV researcher and book author specializing in Christmas entertainment. Her latest book "Triple Dog Dare: Watching--& Surviving--the 24-Hour Marathon of A Christmas Story" was released in 2016. Her books can be found at the publisher's website: 1701 press.com



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  2. hahaha! I remember when i was a kid Christmas cartoons. Honestly i cant believe that I grew this much.I think we grow too fast. I love the podcast