Blake Shelton lends voice to Air Force Christmas radio program

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Kibbe and Blake Shelton (U.S. Air Force photo/Dale

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 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

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.