Spokane Man’s Musical Christmas Light Show: ‘It’s My Full Time J - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Spokane Man’s Musical Christmas Light Show: ‘It’s My Full Time Job Now’

SPOKANE, Wash – It's an impressive display to say the least; 43,000 lights, 12 control panels, 2 miles of electric cords, and about $10,000 over the years.

But it's Terry Vogel's passion.

He's been putting on the Christmas light show for more than a decade, and every night during the holiday season, there's a long line of cars parked down the street from his home to watch them flicker and flash, off of Hastings & Perry in the Wandermere neighborhood of north Spokane.

What's more impressive?

Vogel manually programs each strand of lights to match each beat of every song he transmits over a radio station that can only be heard within a half mile of his home.  He does it note by note, usually in three second chunks, and told KHQ it takes him about 30 hours per song – and he has 12 in a loop on the air right now, and another 19 in the works.

"I'm just happy other people are enjoying it," he said.  "That's what I do it for, it's a lot of work, but I enjoy doing it."

Now retired, he says this time of year setting up the display is his full-time job.  He begins laying everything out on the lawn and composing around September 1st, and by October, he's working on it 7 hours a day.

 "Every beat of the song is to a different light," Vogel said.  "I saw a guy on YouTube that made it famous, setting lights to Wizards In Winter, and I thought, ‘I've gotta do that.'"

 Once Vogel's work is done, a computer system runs the show, and has the capability of running 240,000 lights - six times what he has up now.

 If you haven't been out to see it, it runs 5-11 every night at Perry & Hastings in Wandermere, and will continue to even after Christmas.  Vogel says he plans to switch to a New Years Theme through January 1st, including party songs and the classic ‘Auld Lang Syne.'

 

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Deer Park homeowner tied up, robbed at gunpoint; deputies search for suspects

    Deer Park homeowner tied up, robbed at gunpoint; deputies search for suspects

    Thursday, February 22 2018 8:22 AM EST2018-02-22 13:22:31 GMT

    DEER PARK, Wash. - The Sevens County Sheriff's Office is requesting the public's help in identifying the suspects and a vehicle in a recent home invasion robbery. Deputies report that on February 12 around 6:45, they responded to a report of a robbery that took place on McKenzie Woolard Rd. in the Deer Park area. Two men and a women forced their way into the victim's home at gunpoint, tied the victim up, and stole numerous items including guns and the victim's debit card.

    >>

    DEER PARK, Wash. - The Sevens County Sheriff's Office is requesting the public's help in identifying the suspects and a vehicle in a recent home invasion robbery. Deputies report that on February 12 around 6:45, they responded to a report of a robbery that took place on McKenzie Woolard Rd. in the Deer Park area. Two men and a women forced their way into the victim's home at gunpoint, tied the victim up, and stole numerous items including guns and the victim's debit card.

    >>
  • Canadian medal winner takes off silver medal right after it's put on her neck

    Canadian medal winner takes off silver medal right after it's put on her neck

    Thursday, February 22 2018 9:36 AM EST2018-02-22 14:36:11 GMT

    KHQ.COM - The Canadian women's hockey team wept on the ice as they accepted their silver medals after losing to the Americans at the Pyeongchang Olympics.   One Canadian player, Jocelyne Larocque, took her medal off immediately and held it in her hands as the Americans stood nearby awaiting their gold Thursday.   Larocque says, "It's just so hard."

    >>

    KHQ.COM - The Canadian women's hockey team wept on the ice as they accepted their silver medals after losing to the Americans at the Pyeongchang Olympics.   One Canadian player, Jocelyne Larocque, took her medal off immediately and held it in her hands as the Americans stood nearby awaiting their gold Thursday.   Larocque says, "It's just so hard."

    >>
  • Coeur d'Alene deputy city administrator resigns after DUI arrest

    Coeur d'Alene deputy city administrator resigns after DUI arrest

    Wednesday, February 21 2018 11:15 PM EST2018-02-22 04:15:16 GMT

    COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho - Coeur d'Alene's deputy city administrator was booked into jail over the weekend on suspicion of driving under the influence and released on a $500 bond according to jail booking records. Sam Taylor of Post Falls was arrested just after midnight on Monday near the intersection of Highway 53 and Highway 41 in Rathdrum.

    >>

    COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho - Coeur d'Alene's deputy city administrator was booked into jail over the weekend on suspicion of driving under the influence and released on a $500 bond according to jail booking records. Sam Taylor of Post Falls was arrested just after midnight on Monday near the intersection of Highway 53 and Highway 41 in Rathdrum.

    >>
HD DOPPLER 6i
/