Sleigh, what? Brisbane radio hosts’ Christmas Podcast is back


The Christmas trees are up, the shopping centres are bustling, the festive tunes are playing, and Christmas Podding is back.

Brisbane radio hosts Liam Renton and Vanessa Gibson are celebrating the 5th year of their Christmas-themed podcast, and they’re taking December by the horns … or should that be antlers?!

The podcasters say December is their time to shine, connecting on a personal level with listeners from right around the world who also love Christmas, through daily episodes and social media interaction.

These festive besties have been unpacking the big Christmas topics for more than 120 episodes, and this season’s awkward, quirky and at times touch topics include:

Why being alone on Christmas Day is the best way to spend the day

What to do with family members who hijack Christmas Day celebrations

Why kids should NOT be invited to Christmas parties.

Having hosted a breakfast radio show together for over a decade, it’s the chemistry that sets this podcast apart. Liam and Ness love working together as much as they love Christmas, and that shines through, with a festive feeling that others just can’t recreate.

Renton, who recently filled in on the drive program on Mix FM Sunshine Coast, says it’s a shame that capital city stations wrap up their shows at the end of November, just when families are getting into their favourite season.

“Podcasts like Christmas Podding are filling the void, where people will search out the Christmas content that relates to them and their tastes,” he says.

“Our podcast is a perfect example of people wanting to share Christmas with friends, and that’s where we come in – every day in December.”

Gibson says while a podcast that talks just about Christmas can sound cheesy, they love to push the boundaries in ways traditional radio won’t allow.

“There’s no set rules for the content we create, and that’s refreshing and exciting,” she says.

“We love what we do and the feedback and interaction from listeners reinforces that other people do too.”

You can find the Christmas Podding podcast here.

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Brad George
15 Dec 2022 - 9:37 am

Liam Renton – Mr Christmas every year. Without fail.

Christmas Carol
15 Dec 2022 - 10:33 am

I love this podcast and look forward to it every Christmas. These two are the King and Queen of Christmas Chit Chat. Thought they were great on the radio, even better on the Podcast.

Feliz Navidad
15 Dec 2022 - 10:36 am

The highlight of my year, have never missed a podcast, it has become as big of a Christmas tradition in our house as watching Hans Gruber fall of Nakatomi Plaza. I also admire a man who can rock a vest and that man certainly can. Can’t wait to listen again this year.

Bev Lee
15 Dec 2022 - 11:58 am

I remember those two when they were on the old 4KQ breakfast show. The news girl and traffic guy. I can only imagine what they talk about on a Christmas Podcast. “Santa has been arrested overnight on alledged charges of child labour, while the traffic’s building right now on Candy Cane Lane.


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