Christmas music kicks off on WNIC, Allyson Martinek joins as morning cohost

- The holiday tradition continues! The Christmas music switch has been "flipped" on 100.3 WNIC -- and the crew was joined by a very special guest this year.

Jay Towers introduced Allyson Martinek as the stations new morning cohost, and even let her flip the big Christmas music switch. The first song that played was Andy Williams' "It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year."

"I needed to get outta the house. I was really bugging the other person that lives there," Allyson joked. She is formerly of 'Blaine and Allyson' on 96.3 WDVD, and she's been off the air for about a year and a half. She says she's so happy and excited to be a part of the listeners' mornings again.

Jay and Allyson say they were always friendly with each other even while they were morning show competitors, and they're excited to work with each other now.

"We want to win, but we want to get along, too," Allyson said of their time as competitors.

"As you get older, you start to let stuff go," Jay says. "I work in the same building as Mojo and we're pals now! So, everything's great! It's a big business, but a small business, and it's easier to have friends than enemies."

Jay and Allyson flipped the Christmas music switch around 8:30 a.m. on November 3.

"Some people go, 'Is it too early? Is it too late?' It seems just right today," Jay said. "We have, some might say, a little bit of a negative election year - so the good news is, this will make people happy."

For comparison, last year the Christmas music started on November 2.

Many stores have already begun setting up their holiday displays as well. Also, just yesterday, the Detroit City Christmas tree arrived at Campus Martius.

The 60-foot tall tree came from the Cadillac area in northern Michigan. It weighs more than 10,000 pounds.

Over the next couple weeks, the tree will be wrapped in more than 19,000 energy-efficient, multi-colored LED lights provided by DTE Energy. It also will be decorated with sparkling red and silver ornaments.

A lighting ceremony is scheduled for Friday, Nov. 18.      

The big question, though, now that we're thinking about Christmas, is whether or not it will be a snowy one.

FOX 2's Derek Kevra predicts this winter to be colder than normal with average snowfall.

Last year's winter was a real treat for those that needed a break from the polar vortex cold of 2014 and 2015: we were the 6th warmest winter of all time with only 65% of the normal snowfall.  It was… pretty easy.  This year will not be like that, he says, and it's all due to fancy scientific stuff like jet streams and El Nino.

You can read more about our 2016-2017 winter outlook here.

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