“Warning: Whamageddon happening in 10, 9, 8….”


It’s Christmastime and there’s a need to be afraid.

Yes, ’tis the season of Whamageddon!

If you’re not familiar with the seasonal tradition/game/obsession – amazingly many people aren’t aware of this particular brand of yuletide tyranny – you can read about it here.

The Whamageddon game can be played alone, even in secret, or with massive groups of mates. It’s up to you.

The rules (rules?!) are simple.

The object of the game is to avoid hearing Wham singing their Christmas classic ‘Last Christmas’ at almost any cost.

Whamageddon starts on December 1st, and finishes at the end of December 24th. (Use your local time zone).

Only the original version of the song applies.

You’re out as soon as you recognise the song and are deemed to have been ‘Whammed.’

I mean, nothing actually happens to you.

You’re just ‘out’ and have lost the game….until the fun begins again the next year on 1st December.

I was asked by a much-loved client to voice a Christmas package of imaging liners for his radio station. To my inestimable delight, some of the lines pertained to Whamageddon.

Now, listeners wouldn’t be caught unawares and could back away from their radios and retreat to a Wham-free place of safety.

Anyway, if you want to listen to it without jeopardising your own Whamageddon, just listen to the end of the bit that has my voice in it. If you’ve already lost Whamageddon 2022, listen with delighted abandon.

Enjoy, and have a very Merry Christmas


(Btw one consequence is that York Mix Radio has had to increase their rotation of ‘Last Christmas’ just so people can hear this piece of audio.  ABSOLUTE SCENES!)

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