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Your Favorite Holiday Tunes by Request

Heather McClain
90.5 WESA

For over thirty years WESA director of internships Kevin Gavin has hosted his All-Request Holiday Music Special. Kevin joins us for a preview of this year's special as well as a look back at Christmases past.

Gavin explains that he first got started airing holiday music in Pittsburgh 38 years ago, when WESA (then WDUQ) general manager Ken Duffy noticed a lack of Christmas music on the airwaves in Pittsburgh. Duffy asked Gavin to play whatever holiday music he could find, and Gavin dug up some holiday record albums and became an impromptu disc jockey.

Without even putting out a call for requests, Gavin was inundated with listeners calling to ask to hear their favorite holiday tunes. Since then, he’s kept up the tradition of playing holiday music by request. The All-Request Holiday Music Special will air on Christmas Eve from 9-1.

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