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Hark! Lock it in and hark to the Mosen Explosion while doing your civic duty

Dude! I mean, … … dude! We are getting inexorably closer to the moment where the big fat fellow comes down the chimney, leaves you toys and rinks the beer you left out for him. Dude! So there’s plenty of festive fun to be had on this week’s edition of The Mosen Explosion.

That means we are getting even closer to votes closing in this year’s Mushroom FM holiday countdown and Christmas party. All you have to do to score yourself a much sought-after invitation to said party is cast your vote for your top 10 holiday songs. Hurry!

Four Festive Fun hours on the Mosen Explosion

There’s no doubt we’re well into the season now. Fa la la la la la la la la la la la la la. So what better way to feel the festive spirit than donning that gay apparel, being sure you’ve voted in the Mushroom FM Christmas countdown for 2019, and joining me for another four hours of great conversation and music on The Mosen Explosion.

I’ll be playing plenty of festive favourites and telling you about a few technology adventures I’ve had this week. There are plenty of listener contributions and questions already.

It's back! Mushroom Fm is again counting down the top 100 holiday songs as voted for by you

The holidays are all about traditions and rituals. Turkey, mistletoe, Santa and more. And we're proud that Mushroom FM has become part of a tradition that's now looked forward to by many. The Mushroom FM Holiday Countdown and Christmas party is back yet again for 2019, where we're making a list, checking it twice, and presenting a 10-hour extravaganza of the top 100 holiday songs as determined by our listeners.

Will 2018's number one Christmas song, "A Maori Christmas", reign supreme once again? Or will there be a new Christmas number one to knock Billy T. James off his perch?

It's beginning to look a lot like...The Mosen Explosion

I’ve been doing this radio malarkey in various forms for about 46 years now, which is truly scary and ridiculous. And one of the things that I know causes all sorts of argument is the question of when to dust off the Christmas music.

I have a clear rule in Mosen Towers, the 25th of November, one month before the jolly old fat fellow comes down the chimney and brings me masses of electronics, is the right day to start playing it. So I’m already feeling festive as we prepare to introduce some festive tunes into the Mosen Explosion mix.

Yes dogs! Yes dogs! It's The Mosen Explosion

Hello exploding types. We’re almost ready for another Mosen Explosion coming live at you on Mushroom FM at 2 PM Eastern, 7 PM in the UK.

We’ll have the usual mix of some of the best music ever made and some great conversation.

As well as a little tech chatter, this week I’d like to hear about issues you’ve had gaining access to public facilities as a blind person. I suspect most of these stories will come from guide dog users but I don’t want to restrict the discussion.

Welcoming Dan Sweeney to the Mushroom FM line-up, with Dan Sweeney's One Hit Wonders

Every Wednesday night at 8 PM Eastern, and again on Sundays at 3 AM Eastern, stay tuned after Bob Kanish for Dan Sweeney's One Hit Wonders.

The Sound of Music, linguistic peeves and a smattering of tech stuff, all on this week's Mosen Explosion

Spring is supposed to have sprung in the world’s coolest little capital, but no one would be guilty of having ever thunk it as the rain pelts down and we’re all stuck in doors. Nevertheless, the sun’s always shining on The Mosen Explosion, where every week we bring you four hours of great music and conversation.

The time changes are over for a while and The Mosen Explosion's made it to the other side

One very positive thing about this current configuration of global time differences is that I get to sleep in, relatively speaking, on a New Zealand Sunday morning! The Mosen Explosion now begins at a quite respectable 8 AM on Sunday morning in New Zealand, that’s still Saturday at 2 PM Eastern, 7 PM in the UK.

On the show this week, there’s the usual technology chatter including a busy week for Microsoft, a fix for the MFI hearing aid issue with VoiceOver and a call to improve LinkedIn’s interface in iOS.

There's still a Mosen Explosion in these changing times

If there’s one thing that’s constant, it’s change. Oh the irony. Even time isn’t constant anymore. A few weeks ago, New Zealand’s clocks went forward for the summer. This meant that I started my show an hour later, since we keep US Eastern time, which didn’t change.

Last weekend, the clocks went back in Europe and the UK. This meant that for the last week, Mushroom FM shows have been an hour earlier in that part of the world, since US Eastern time hadn’t gone back.

The songs on the Explosion go bleep bleep bleep

It’s true! Due to a lack of qualified personnel, I’m back with another edition of The Mosen Explosion on Mushroom FM at 2 Pm Eastern, 7 PM in the UK.

It’s getting more and more common to find our digital assistants bleeping in the middle of song titles that were always thought to be perfectly innocent. I mean, dude, even Aunty BBC has played these songs! I’ll give you some examples, and can assure you that whenever possible, the word Soup will continue to be bleeped on this show as it ought to be.


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