It’s one of the longest running radio shows in American history.
Every day during the holiday season, people from all over tune into ‘Prairie Christmas’ for inspiring, heartwarming stories of Christmas, along with the holiday music hosted by longtime radio announcer Jeff Gould.
For many, the holidays are about tradition and that includes the decades old program ‘Prairie Christmas.’
“It was originally called ‘Holiday Inn’ and Ray Loftesness started that, I want to say the mid 40s, and he came back from war and he had that show for many, many years,” Gould said.
Gould has hosted ‘Prairie Christmas’ for the past 15 years.
“My style is about stories. I like stories. I think they are perfect for the holidays. I like something that makes you think that makes you feel better; I like to tell those stories,” Gould said.
Stories that are a reflection of all of our lives.
“When I turn on a microphone that person is there. I can’t see them, but I can feel them,” Gould said.
While ‘Prairie Christmas’ originated in KELOLAND, it’s now syndicated in 50 markets.
“It’s not a geographic thing. It’s a heart thing and people like that all over the country,” Gould said.
When asked how long he wanted to continue the program? His answer is as heartfelt as some of his stories.
“I’d like to do it as long as it means something to me. I can’t know when that will end. God knows that, but I’d like to be doing it til I’m relevant. As long as I’m relevant,” Gould said. “I want everyone to have a Merry Christmas.
This Thursday, Gould will be broadcasting Prairie Christmas live from the campus of Mount Marty in Yankton at 7:30 pm. Click here for more information.