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Blake Shelton to host Air Force holiday program

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Tech. Sgt. Harry Kibbe gives a thumbs up after interviewing country supertar Blake Shelton for the 2013 “Red, White and Air Force Blue Christmas” radio special. (Dale Eckroth/ Air Force).

A voice you could hear this holiday season might just be Blake Shelton’s.

The famous country star will be on this year’s “Red, White and Air Force Blue Christmas” radio special, according to Dale Eckroth’s Air Force release. Produced by Air Force Recruiting Service, the one-hour program will feature songs from Shelton’s 2012 Christmas album “Cheers, it’s Christmas.”

The program will also give listeners a glimpse into the personal life of the reigning Country Music Association’s Entertainer and Male Vocalist of the Year. Shelton is also well-known for his work as a judge and coach on NBC’s “The Voice.”

The Air Force special — recorded at Spotland Productions in Nashville — will be sent to more than 2,000 country stations in the United States and the American Forces Network by mid-November and will air throughout the holiday season.

“Red, White and Air Force Blue Christmas” got its start 20 years ago as a holiday program called “The Gift.”

“It was and still is the Air Force’s gift to radio stations and their listeners to show our appreciation for all their support,” said Jimmy Spacek, broadcast operations chief at AFRS Headquarters, in the release.

“Country music fans have always gone out of their way to support military men and women serving around the world,” he said.

The program is now in its 12th season.

Learn more about the program by clicking here, and catch Blake Shelton when the Country Music Awards air Nov. 6 on ABC.

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