Blake 1From growing up in Ada, Okla., to spending Christmas Eve with his father for the last time before his passing, country superstar Blake Shelton shares his favorite, and at times emotional, family holiday memories on this year’s “Red, White and Air Force Blue Christmas” radio special.

Produced by the Air Force Recruiting Service, the one-hour program features songs from Shelton’s 2012 Christmas album, “Cheers, It’s Christmas.” The program also gives listeners an up-close and personal glimpse into the life of the reigning Country Music Association’s Entertainer and Male Vocalist of the Year, and of course, the “winningest” coach on NBC-TV’s smash hit “The Voice.”

About his childhood Christmases, Shelton recalled, “They were the greatest. It almost seems like they didn’t happen now. They were so awesome. Everybody was happy. It was the perfect Christmas situation. You learn to appreciate those good times and you go out of your way to recreate that again.”

Now in its 12th season, a Red, White and Air Force Blue Christmas will be sent to more than 2,000 country stations in the United States and the American Forces Network by mid- November. The public service program, which is designed to help ease the programming load for station program directors during the holidays, includes spot breaks for stations to sell commercial time.

Artists who’ve appeared on the Air Force holiday show include Reba McEntire, George Strait, Faith Hill, Toby Keith, Lady Antebellum, Lee Ann Womack, LeAnn Rimes and Darius Rucker.

 

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Air Force Tech. Sgt. Harry Kibbe gives a thumbs-up after interviewing country superstar Blake Shelton for the 2013 “Red, White and Air Force Blue Christmas” radio special. The one-hour program, recorded at Spotland Productions in Nashville, Tenn., will be sent to more than 2,000 country radio stations in the United States and the Armed Forces Network for airing during the upcoming holiday season. Air Force Recruiting Service produces the annual holiday special. (U.S. Air Force photo/Dale Eckroth)

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From growing up in Ada, Okla., to spending Christmas Eve with his father for the last time before his passing, country superstar Blake Shelton shares his favorite, and at times emotional, family holiday memories on this year’s “Red, White and Air Force Blue Christmas” radio special. Produced...