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Christmas Hope now live on Digital Radio

Chris Yates, 6th November 2015

For the seventh year in a row, Sydney’s Hope Media has launched its 24 hour Christmas music streaming service Christmas Hope.

Hope introduced a DAB+ digital pop-up station in 2013, which began as an Internet-only stream in 2009.

Christmas Hope celebrates the familiar carols, Christmas originals and holiday music of Christmas with today's most popular music artists,” explains Hope creator Andrew Morris. “We also delve back into the rich catalogue of Christmas classics from the 1920's to 1970's, every hour. You'll hear Elvis, Bing, Buble, Swift, Krall, Blind Boys of Alabama, Delta and some Paul Kelly!”

Christmas Hope is unique from a music perspective as its blends genres from pop, country, blues, jazz, soul, r’n’b and acapella.”

The service initially began due to demand from Hope’s audience, people wanted to hear more than one song every hour in the playlist. Morris says there was some inspiration from American radio stations that switch to round the clock Christmas playlists in November.

When the service launched in 2009, Morris summed up the service saying, “Christmas is a season that really brings a community together. It encourages a spirit of giving and often brings back some ‘feel good’ memories. At this time of year, sometimes one Christmas song every now and then just isn’t enough, Christmas Hope gives you that Christmas cheer whenever and of however long you want.”

Morris says they receive great feedback from Hope listeners to the service, not just in Sydney but around the world.

“Our listeners love Christmas and Christmas music a lot.”

Sydney listeners can access Christmas Hope on their DAB+ radios and listeners worldwide can tune in through the website.

Hope Media’s Android and iPhone apps have also been updated to enable listeners to stream Christmas Hope along with their other three radio stations – Hope 103.2, Inspire Digital and Fresh.

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