Premiere Networks Kicks off the Holidays with Raymond Arroyo Christmas Special

--Barter-Free Christmas Merry & Bright: Play Backstories Hosted by Raymond Arroyo Available to Air November 17 - December 25, 2023--

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LOS ANGELES, November 15, 2023This holiday season, Premiere Networks is offering Christmas Merry & Bright: Play Backstories - three-hour, barter-free radio special hosted by award-winning broadcaster, New York Times best-selling author and acclaimed vocalist, Raymond Arroyo.  

In the special, Arroyo unveils the hidden backstories of some of the most beloved songs of Christmas - with new, big band arrangements from his Billboard chart-topping album, “Christmas Merry & Bright” and some classic tracks. Arroyo also interviews Grammy winners Jose Feliciano and Amy Grant for special insight into their massive Christmas hits.

Christmas Merry & Bright: Play Backstories reveals:

*The origin and true meaning of “Jingle Bells,” the most well-known song of Christmas. Did you know it's a drag racing, girl chasing, drinking song, which was written in a tavern?

*The story of how the beloved “Christmastime Is Here” from A Charlie Brown Christmas almost didn’t happen, and the man who not only saved it, but also wrote the lyrics. 

*The hidden, tragic backstory of “White Christmas,” and why it continues to stir up deep emotions nearly a century after its premiere. 

*The fact that “Joy to the World” and “Deck the Halls” were never intended to be Christmas songs.

*Neither the composer nor the lyricist of “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing” wanted to write the song.

Christmas Merry & Bright: Play Backstories is available for stations to air between November 17 and December 25, 2023. The market-exclusive special is available for download on November 15 and may be run multiple times over the broadcast window.

Stations interested in this commercial-free special can contact Kurt Kretzschmar at to check availability and request additional information.

About Raymond Arroyo
Raymond Arroyo has entertained and informed audiences in one way or another his whole life.  He’s a frequent contributor for Fox and CNN, has written multiple New York Times best-selling books, and made numerous appearances on The Today Show, Fox News, Good Morning America, CNN Headline News, Access Hollywood, Erin Burnett Outfront and The Ingraham Angle, among others.

Christmas Merry & Bright is Arroyo’s debut album in which his deeply rooted musical background takes center stage; having grown up singing in his native New Orleans, then graduating from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, followed by theater stints in London.

On Merry & Bright, Arroyo is backed by jazz supergroup, The NOLA Players. Christmas Merry & Bright showcases Kevin Kaska’s (The Greatest Showman, Jungle Book) beautiful, Big Band new arrangements of the timeless "I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day," a hard-driving “Joy to the World,” and a never-before heard orchestration of medley “The First Noel/We Magi of Orient Are.” Recorded at the historic Le Petite Theatre by multi-Grammy award winning producer Brad Michel, the album captures unexplored emotions of the season with an all-new rendition of the beloved “Feliz Navidad” -- complete with a moving duet with Grammy winner, José Feliciano. Soon to be a Christmas favorite, Christmas Merry & Bright will forever change the way listeners will experience these cherished songs.

Arroyo is touring in select markets in November and December in support of Christmas Merry & Bright, bringing a uniting, memory making, wonder awakening, experience to prepare for the yuletide season! Visit for more information.

About Premiere Networks
Premiere Networks, a subsidiary of iHeartMedia, syndicates more than 100 radio programs and services to more than 8,000 radio affiliations and reaches a quarter billion listeners monthly. Premiere offers the best in talk, entertainment and sports programming featuring the following personalities: Ryan Seacrest, Glenn Beck, Delilah, Steve Harvey, Clay Travis, Buck Sexton, George Noory, Dan Patrick, Colin Cowherd, Granger Smith, John Boy and Billy, Sean Hannity, Elvis Duran, Mario Lopez, Bobby Bones, Johnjay and Rich, Big Boy, Brooke & Jeffrey, Doug Gottlieb, Enrique Santos, Nancy Grace, and others. For more information, please visit

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Media Contacts:

Rachel Nelson
Premiere Networks

For Raymond Arroyo:
Monica Fitzgibbons