The Christmas Show


Mal and Maria with a Fistful of Mal’s Christmas Albums

Mal Bellairs’ Christmas Show is a tradition for many Chicagoans, now including former Chicagoans all over the place. As Mal describes in the 1998 airing of his show, he started the show in 1955 at WBBM. Later, he continued the show at WIVS, his station in Crystal Lake. Mal describes the music here as the real music of Christmas. The tradition can now continue on the internet.

You can listen to the 1998 show here.

Merry Christmas! (Scroll down for links to the show from other years.)

Here are some of the album covers from the LPs Mal used.

We have added different years to our collection of Christmas shows:

WBBM — 1955 & 1967
The tradition of the Christmas show started at WBBM in 1955. This is the show after a dozen years.
Click here to hear earlier versions recordings from 1955 and 1964. 
( The 1955 tape is not the complete Christmas show.)
WIVS — 1975 & 1977
The show continued when Mal and Jo moved to Woodstock. These are recordings at WIVS/WXRD in Crystal Lake on December 21, 1975 and again on December 18, 1977. (We do not have tapes from every year though Mal did produce it every year.)
The 1998 show was done after Mal had been retired for a number of years. But Christmas was the time for him to bring you his show one more time.

1998 – The Last Show

We have created a separate track for each of the 72 songs to make it easier for you to recognize and select your favorite carols.

5 comments on “The Christmas Show

  1. Wayne Zawila

    I’m 63 now and I think every Sunday before Christmas was spent listen to the Christmas show

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  3. Elaine Kinney

    My new neighbor, Pat Bellair, loaned me 3 CD’s of all this music. Words cannot convey my gratitude to her for giving me the pleasure of all this nostalgic music and history included. Merry Christmas to all.

  4. Mary Kelly

    for years, from WBBM and then to Crystal Lake, every pre-Christmas I addressed my cards with Mal and his Christmas show. I will never forget the peace it brought me. Thanks for letting me comment on that wonderful memory! xoox

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