Ho-ho-how to find this month’s Christmas-themed movies & specials

This December, are you dreaming of a white Christmas? Well, you can stream “White Christmas” and many other holiday favourites pretty much all month long if you’re all set up with a Crave, Netflix, Hollywood Suite (free through early January 5) or some other on-demand accounts. If you’re still getting your Xmas fix the old… Read on



This week’s podcast: Grinch, Peanuts or Rudolph?

The question comes up every December: which of the “Holy Three” of holiday specials — Rudolph The Red-nosed Reindeer, A Charlie Brown Christmas or Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas — is best? Really, they’re all great and deserve their evergreen status. When you’re on a radio show with other guests, however, you’ve got… Read on


This week’s podcast: Rudolph, Chuck and Jean

This week, CHML’s Scott Thompson gets me yakking about the 50th anniversary of Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer (airing Dec. 20 on YTV and Dec. 22 on CBC). I go into detail on stories I’ve posted recently about Toronto radio and TV legend Paul Soles,who voiced Hermey the Elf. Also mentioned are other Toronto-based voice artists who helped bring… Read on


Rudolph survives 50 years on heart and Soles

“What did Rudolph do? He saved capitalism! Kids got their presents. Can you imagine? The very idea that we won’t get our loot, our gifts, and there’ll be no Black Fridays—O my God!” That was Paul Soles, putting it all in perspective, when I spoke to him last week about Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer. Fifty… Read on



He’ll go down in history: Rudolph at 50

While some of us may not yet be in the holiday spirit, the above clip is a welcome bit of seasonal ballyhoo from CBS. It probably helps that I’ve spent the day speaking with folks connected to two classic Christmas specials, including Toronto-native Paul Soles, who voiced Hermy the elf in Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer. Ruddy,… Read on


This week’s podcast: why Rudolph still rules

It’s the most wonderful time of the year, so this week on CHML, Scott Thompson asks about the big sell out involving our favourite animated Christmas specials.Specifically, we talk about those Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer ads that are playing this month during other holiday specials.  Scott says the campaign features the Aflec health insurance duck… Read on


This week’s podcast: why Rudolph resonates

CHML’s Scott Thompson wants to know why the holy trinity of animated Christmas specials–Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer (1964), A Charlie Brown Christmas (1965) and Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas (1966)–continue to draw big ratings 45 years after they premiered. Last week’s re-broadcast of Rudolph on CBS (it originally aired on NBC) drew an overnight audience… Read on