Radio personality Jeff Jacobs admits he's a penny-pinching grinch most of the year, but when it comes to the holiday season, he's no Mr. Scrooge.
To prove his point, Jacobs launched a new Internet music station -- www.tricitieschristmasstation.com -- in the Tri-Cities that broadcasts a range of Christmas music 24/7 from now through Dec. 25.
"My heart always grows bigger during the holiday season," Jacobs said. "I'll be playing the classics as well as current holiday hits. The library of music is huge."
During the past few years, some local radio stations added holiday music to their formats, but then last year nobody did it, Jacobs said.
"Each year, it was a guessing game as to what stations were going to play the Christmas music," he said. "So this year I started one and I've made the commitment to continue it each year because I think people love to listen to Christmas music."
His site can be tuned in on any electronic device that has web capability, he said.
"I am doing it so the Tri-Cities has one place every year that guarantees holiday music," Jacobs said. "They can listen while at work on their computer or on the go with their mobile devices. We're gonna have some fun with holiday contests, too."
Jacobs has been a Tri-City radio personality since the early 1990s at a number of local stations, most notably as the afternoon DJ for OK95 radio, before it fell into the graveyard of dead airspace in 1996.
He went on to be station manager for Power 99 and Thunder Country for a time before launching his own online radio station in 2004, which still simulcasts classic rock music online at urockfm.com and on the radio dial at 95.3FM, as well as thebeat.com on the radio at 107.3.
The stations reach listeners worldwide, even American soldiers serving in Afghanistan, Jacobs said. Families of those soldiers can make requests for certain songs to be dedicated to their loved ones overseas.
To make holiday music requests call 509-737-8762.
-- Dori O'Neal: 582-1514; firstname.lastname@example.org; Twitter: @dorioneal