Dr. Gerry Grzyb's "The Christmas Show"
(last updated .11-12-2009)
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Each year in the week before Christmas, WRST offers what may be the widest variety of Christmas music heard on any single radio station. The programs are developed and hosted by Dr. Gerry Grzyb (known on the air as "Doctor Christmas"), a professor of sociology at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh who has also served as the station's seasonal music coordinator since 1989. Dr. Grzyb draws upon his personal collection of almost 5,000 Christmas CDs for his programs, which serve as a listener's guide to the very best of all types of Christmas releases. Since 1994 he has also written lengthy reviews of new Christmas CDs for the Appleton Post-Crescent (the largest paper in the listening area, with a circulation of 75,000). While he is only on the air for one week per year, his programs are very popular in Oshkosh and the surrounding area. For the past five years Gerry has served as a national judge for the "Indie" awards given by the Association For Independent Music (AFIM, formerly NAIRD). Not surprisingly, he judges in the Seasonal category.
For most of the year WRST is student-run (under faculty supervision). The station format is talk radio for the first part of the day (it is part of the Wisconsin Ideas Network of Wisconsin Public Radio), and the remainder of the day is mostly filled with jazz and alternative rock. But the students go home for Christmas break, and Gerry's programs constitute almost all of the music programming in the week before Christmas. As his playlists show, there are no format restrictions whatever on his programs.
Christmas Music Playlists 1994* 1999* 2004* 2009 1995* 2000 2005* 1996* 2001* 2006 1997* 2002* 2007 1998* 2003* 2008
Since Dr. Grzyb is only at the station for a few days before Christmas, please use the following ways to contact him:
MAILING ADDRESS: Dr. Gerard J. Grzyb, 3048 Saffron Lane, Neenah, WI 54956
OR: UW Oshkosh Dept. of Sociology, 800 Algoma Blvd., Oshkosh, WI 54901
Home Phone: (920) 729-6793 - Office Phone: (920) 424-2040
If you wish to view the pages as they originally looked, broken images, broken links, and all, the following links go to the pages as last backed up by the Internet Archive in November 2001, shortly before the WRST server died and all the pages became unrecoverable.
(Most of the CDs reviewed above can be obtained at the stores
listed on the
"More Information on Christmas CDs and Where To Get 'Em"
(page lost by WRST, no backups of anything)
Known links to this page: