Envision Networks®’ Holiday Countdown Will Reach 400,000+ Americans Overseas

Envision Networks® is thrilled to partner with the American Forces Network to provide The 100 Greatest Christmas Hits of All Time with Wink Martindale to more than 400,000 American service men and women, Department of Defense civilians and their families overseas this holiday season. The ten-hour radio special will be broadcast to American Embassies and Consulates in 175 countries and 200 U.S. Navy, U.S. Coast Guard and the U.S. Navy’s Military Sealift Command ships at sea.

“It will be a very merry Christmas this year for our US military serving overseas as they listen to The 100 Greatest Christmas Hits of All Time with Wink Martindale on AFN Radio,” American Forces Network Radio Director Scott E. Stover said. “We thank Envision Networks® for partnering with AFN Radio to ‘serve those that serve’ so far from home during the holidays.”

This award-winning special removes the stress of planning holiday programming for stations and creates a valuable sponsorship opportunity for advertisers. There are three four-minute commercial breaks per hour, providing a total of 12 minutes of commercial avails each hour for stations to sell. Available on a cash basis, this holiday programming is newly updated for 2016 and will once again count down everyone’s favorite Yuletide hits from 100 to number one.

Updated to include music from this past year, The 100 Greatest Christmas Hits of All Time is based on data compiled by Billboard Magazine and listings of the Christmas tracks most played on radio over the past decade.  This compilation includes hit singles as well as classic tracks from the most-loved and best-selling Christmas albums of all time.

Every form of Yuletide music is part of this special, from the goodtime gold (“Holly Jolly Christmas”), the sentimental songs (“I’ll Be Home For Christmas”), and the deeply romantic (“Merry Christmas Darling”) to the beloved carols (“Silent Night”) and the Santa/Rudolph/Frosty fantasy favorites (“Santa Claus is Coming to Town”). There are million-sellers and more galore – spanning the years from 1942 (Bing Crosby’s “White Christmas”) to today (“Mary Did You Know” from Pentatonix). It may be winter outside, but you’ll find over these ten unforgettable hours the heartfelt warmth, fun and frolic of the most beloved season of them all. It’s a portrait in sound of your favorite music, magic and memories.

Filling out each hour is a handful of “bonus tracks” – other beloved Yuletide gems guaranteed to make you laugh, move your heart and rekindle your life’s fondest memories. Wink Martindale supplies the story and fun facts throughout the 10-hour broadcast. Plus, hear insightful commentary from the hit-making stars themselves including (in alphabetical order):

Bryan Adams ● Eddy Arnold ● Gene Autry ● Band Aid ● The Beach Boys ● The Beatles ● Pat Benatar ● Justin Bieber ● Michael Buble ● Clint Black ● Jimmy Buffett ● Mariah Carey ● The Carpenters ● Johnny Cash ● Chubby Checker ● Kelly Clarkson ● Nat “King” Cole ● Perry Como ● Jim Croce ● Bing Crosby ● The Crystals ● Bobby Darin ● The Drifters ● The Eagles ● Enya ● Jose Feliciano ● Judy Garland ● Ariana Grande ● Amy Grant ● Josh Groban ● Merle Haggard ● Faith Hill ● Elton John ● Spike Jones ● Brenda Lee ● John Lennon ● The Lettermen ● Madonna ● Mannheim Steamroller ● Paul McCartney ● Mercy Me ● George Michael ● Anne Murray ● The New Kids On The Block ● Roy Orbison ● Pentatonix ● Elvis Presley ● Jim Reeves ● Kenny Rogers ● The Ronettes ● Darius Rucker ● Simon & Garfunkel ● Frank Sinatra ● Bruce Springsteen ● Lindsey Stirling ● George Strait ● Taylor Swift ● The Temptations ● Chris Tomlin ● The Trans-Siberian Orchestra ● Randy Travis ● Andy Williams ● and many more!

Listen to The 100 Greatest Christmas Hits of All Time demo online at http://bit.ly/GXH16. Stations interested in more information about The 100 Greatest Christmas Hits of All Time should visit goenvisionnetworks.com or contact Amber Wade at amberw@envisionradio.com or 216-831-3761.

About Envision Networks®:

Envision Networks® provides content and services to more than 2,100 radio stations and reaches millions of listeners each week. Envision Radio Networks, Inc. is the largest independently owned affiliate relations company in the country and supplies all types of programming and services to radio including morning show content, short-form vignettes, virtual weather-news-sports broadcasts, live syndicated morning shows, long-form weekend programming, 24/7 formats, comedy services, event programming, off-air tools, web content, album releases and artist specials. Envision Networks® is based in Cleveland, Ohio, with offices in New York City and Nashville.

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