November marks the start of the holiday season, and the most wonderful time of the year means festive music.
To celebrate its annual switch to holiday music across its stations on Friday (Nov. 6), iHeartMedia announced its iHeartRadio Holiday Special, a virtual concert hosted by Mario Lopez. The 30-minute event will feature festive performances by Carrie Underwood, who recently released her first Christmas album, My Gift, and Josh Groban. The Preservation Hall Jazz Band will also perform three holiday classics from the Preservation Hall in New Orleans.
“The anticipation and excitement surrounding our stations’ flip to Christmas music is a staple of the holiday season for our listeners across the country, and we are thrilled to celebrate this festive occasion with our first ‘iHeartRadio Holiday Special,’” said Tom Poleman, chief programming officer for iHeartMedia. “Given all the country is going through, we know everyone needs the uplifting spirit of holiday music. I can’t think of a better way to kick off the sounds of the holiday season for our music fans than with an intimate performance from Carrie Underwood and Josh Groban across our stations and on Oculus and iHeartRadio’s Facebook and YouTube pages.”
The show will broadcast on Nov. 25 at 7 p.m. local time across iHeartMedia’s AC, HOT AC and Classic Hits stations nationwide and on the iHeartRadio app. Video stream will be available iHeartRadio’s YouTube and Facebook pages, plus in VR on the Venues app for Oculus Quest.