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Things are festive at Toronto's all-Christmas radio station

It’s not quite 8 a.m. but Erin Davis and Mike Cooper have already been awake for four hours.

It’s not quite 8 a.m. but Erin Davis and Mike Cooper have already been awake for four hours.

Inside the CHFI-FM studio the chipper morning crew of Toronto’s all-Christmas music station prepares to play today’s “Feel Good Favourite” song request.

Usually it’s an up-tempo, happy tune for people to bop along to on the way to work, but Christmas brings out more sentimentality. A few days earlier, a mother called the radio station to say her teenage son was battling cancer and getting his last radiation treatment that day. She requested his favourite Christmas song, Bing Crosby’s “Mele Kalikimaka,” as “a big happy hug to my son for crossing the finish line.”

On this day, another mother has requested “Jingle Bell Rock” so her two-year-old daughter can get down with the beat.

The station has been playing nothing but Christmas music since Nov. 21. The hosts love it.

Besides a couple of stray Santa hats and a wreath on the wall the studio doesn’t look particularly festive. Hosts and producers sit around a cluster of electronics and computers with a TV and surviving VCR in a corner of the ceiling.

The hosts, however, are wearing bright, Santa-red shirts. Davis sports some funky boots and a pair of jingle bell earrings.

Producer Ian MacArthur says they sound like wind chimes.

“That’s funny... I’ve heard that little clinking all day and I thought somebody had glasses,” adds Cooper.

As Amy Grant croons “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year,” Davis sings some mangled lyrics off-air: “It’s the most wonderful time for a beer.”

 
 
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