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Christmas Specials on WITF 89.5 & 93.3

Written by Fred Vigeant, Director of Programming and Promotions for TV and Radio | Dec 1, 2016 4:39 PM
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For Christmas WITF will set aside most of our regular programs for a festive mix of music (contemporary and classic) and spoken-word specials.  Morning Edition, Weekend Edition, and All Things Considered will continue to broadcast at their normal times through Sunday.  We'll also broadcast Diane Rehm's final show Friday at 10:00am. Otherwise, here is a rundown of programs to enjoy Friday December 23 through Sunday December 25 on WITF 89.5 & 93.3:

Friday December 23:

5:00am - 9:00am - Morning Edition

9:00am - 10:00am - Tinsel Tales 1 - This program features stories from the NPR archives that touch on the meaning of Christmas. David Sedaris, Bailey White, John Henry Faulk -- these and other NPR voices, past and present, tell stories of the season. Hosted by Lynn Neary.

10:00am - 12:00pm - The Diane Rehm Show

12:00pm - 2:00pm - A Christmas Carol - WITF is partnering with Open Stage to present a radio version of the production. Headlining the cast, as he did for eleven years on stage, will be Nick Hughes in the role of Scrooge. He will be joined by more than 20 other actors who participated in the production over its long run.  Join us for this special presentation in December.  

2:00pm - 3:30pm - The Canadian Brass: Christmas Time is Here - With over 130 albums and a world-wide touring schedule, The Canadian Brass is known for great brass music at any time of year. But their Christmas and holiday arrangements are special favorites for many. From a Gretna Music concert, WITF is pleased to present the Canadian Brass in Christmas Time is Here.

3:30pm - 4:00pm - A Car Talk Christmas Carol - A unique rendition of A Christmas Carol starring Tom and Ray Magliozzi and a stellar cast of public radio personalities including Robert Siegel as Bob Cratchit.

4:00pm - 7:00pm - All Things Considered & Marketplace

7:00pm - 8:00pm - Tinsel Tales 2 - Continuing with the tradition of the first Tinsel Tales program, this is another collection of the best and most requested holiday stories. Joy, hope, and childhood memories overflow as NPR voices, past and present, tell stories of the season.  

8:00pm - 9:00pm - Tinsel Tales 3 -  The third collection of extraordinary Christmas stories that will transport you to unexpected places. Audie Cornish, Ken Harbaugh, Nina Totenberg and other voices from NPR's past and present tell stories of the season in this special. Some tales are funny; some are touching; some are insightful or irreverent or nostalgic or surprising.

9:00pm - 10:00pm - Hollywood Holiday - Lynne Warfel takes you on a one hour musical retrospective of some of Hollywood's most cherished Christmas themed movies.  The special includes "You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch", "Star of Bethlehem" from Home Alone, "Polar Express Suite", "Scrooge" from Muppet Christmas Carol Soundtrack and many others.   

Saturday December 24:

5:00am - 6:00am - A Christmas Celtic Sojourn - Brian O'Donovan's A Celtic Sojourn has thrilled radio audiences for almost thirty years. For the last fourteen, the Christmas-themed live version of the show has drawn on Celtic, Pagan, and Christian traditions to celebrate the music of this season.

6:00am - 7:00am - Tinsel Tales 1 - This program features stories from the NPR archives that touch on the meaning of Christmas. David Sedaris, Bailey White, John Henry Faulk -- these and other NPR voices, past and present, tell stories of the season. Hosted by Lynn Neary.This program features stories from the NPR archives that touch on the meaning of Christmas. David Sedaris, Bailey White, John Henry Faulk -- these and other NPR voices, past and present, tell stories of the season. Hosted by Lynn Neary.

7:00am - 7:30am - The Christmas Skater - Sherwin Sleeves has retired to a small cabin on top of Marked Mountain in Lemon, New Hampshire. Every year at Christmas, he takes out his skates and goes for a ritual journey down a wilderness river...always hoping that a woman from his long ago past will finally agree to meet up with him at a certain special spot along the river.

7:30am - 8:00am - A Car Talk Christmas Carol - A unique rendition of A Christmas Carol starring Tom and Ray Magliozzi and a stellar cast of public radio personalities including Robert Siegel as Bob Cratchit.

8:00am - 10:00am - Weekend Edition

10:00am - 12:00pm - Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols (Live) -  A service of spoken-word and music (choral and organ) broadcast from the chapel of King's College in Cambridge

12:00pm - 2:00pm - A Christmas Carol - WITF is partnering with Open Stage to present a radio version of the production. Headlining the cast, as he did for eleven years on stage, will be Nick Hughes in the role of Scrooge. He will be joined by more than 20 other actors who participated in the production over its long run.  Join us for this special presentation in December.  

2:00pm - 3:00pm - Tinsel Tales 2 - Continuing with the tradition of the first Tinsel Tales program, this is another collection of the best and most requested holiday stories. Joy, hope, and childhood memories overflow as NPR voices, past and present, tell stories of the season.  

3:00pm - 4:00pm - Tinsel Tales 3 -  The third collection of extraordinary Christmas stories that will transport you to unexpected places. Audie Cornish, Ken Harbaugh, Nina Totenberg and other voices from NPR's past and present tell stories of the season in this special. Some tales are funny; some are touching; some are insightful or irreverent or nostalgic or surprising.

4:00pm - 5:00pm - Welcome Christmas - The perennial Christmas favorite from VocalEssence, one of the world's premiere choral groups. An hour of traditional carols and new discoveries.

5:00pm - 6:00pm - All Things Considered

6:00pm - 8:00pm - St. Olaf Christmas Festival - A service in song and word that has become one of the nation's most cherished holiday celebrations. Tickets to the event - which takes place at St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN - are always gone months in advance. The festival includes hymns, carols, choral works, as well as orchestral selections celebrating the Nativity and featuring more than 500 student musicians in five choirs and the St. Olaf Orchestra.

8:00pm - 9:00pm - Christmas with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir - The choir continues its tradition of great artistry with touching arrangements of familiar carols, and surprises with lesser-known melodies that are fast becoming the new classics.

9:00pm - 10:00pm - A Chanticleer Christmas - Featuring holiday favorites, new and old, presented live in concert by the superb 12-man ensemble known as "an orchestra of voices."

10:00pm - 11:00pm - Carols & Cheer - Scott Blankenship and Matt Culloton team up  to review their favorite carols for the holiday season. Utterly "sing-a-long-able", their top picks will include the best of the Christmas season as performed by the leading artists and ensembles of today.

11:00pm - 6:00am - Christmas music continues through the overnight hours

Sunday December 25:

6:00am - 8:00am - Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols -  A rebroadcast of the service of spoken-word and music (choral and organ) broadcast from the chapel of King's College in Cambridge.

8:00am - 10:00am - Weekend Edition

10:00am - 11:00am - Welcome Christmas - The perennial Christmas favorite from VocalEssence, one of the world's premiere choral groups. An hour of traditional carols and new discoveries.

11:00am - 12:00pm - Christmas with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir - The choir continues its tradition of great artistry with touching arrangements of familiar carols, and surprises with lesser-known melodies that are fast becoming the new classics.

12:00pm - 12:30pm -  A Car Talk Christmas Carol - A unique rendition of A Christmas Carol starring Tom and Ray Magliozzi and a stellar cast of public radio personalities including Robert Siegel as Bob Cratchit.
 
12:30pm - 1:00pm - The Christmas Skater - Sherwin Sleeves has retired to a small cabin on top of Marked Mountain in Lemon, New Hampshire. Every year at Christmas, he takes out his skates and goes for a ritual journey down a wilderness river...always hoping that a woman from his long ago past will finally agree to meet up with him at a certain special spot along the river.

1:00pm - 2:00pm - Christmas with Morehouse and Spelman Glee Clubs - One of the great holiday traditions in America, the choirs of Morehouse and Spelman Colleges -- two of the most prestigious historically black institutions in the nation -- get together to present a spine-tingling concert program. This encore presentation features the best works of the last several years. It's a joyous celebration of the schools' tradition of singing excellence, with their trademark mixture of spirituals and carols.

2:00pm - 3:00pm - An Afro Blue Christmas - Join us for a very special holiday concert with Howard University's premiere vocal ensemble Afro Blue and special guest pianist Cyrus Chestnut.  Hear the a-cappela group perform a variety of holiday songs including African-American spirituals, jazz and pop tunes, and classical repertoire.  

3:00pm - 5:00pm - A Christmas Carol - WITF is partnering with Open Stage to present a radio version of the production. Headlining the cast, as he did for eleven years on stage, will be Nick Hughes in the role of Scrooge. He will be joined by more than 20 other actors who participated in the production over its long run.  Join us for this special presentation in December.  

5:00pm - 6:00pm - All Things Considered

6:00pm - 7:00pm - Carols & Cheer - Scott Blankenship and Matt Culloton team up  to review their favorite carols for the holiday season. Utterly "sing-a-long-able", their top picks will include the best of the Christmas season as performed by the leading artists and ensembles of today.

7:00pm - 8:00pm - Song Travels: Home for the Holidays - Join Michael Feinstein for an hour of yuletide cheer and music. This edition of Song Travels journeys from Hollywood's vintage silver screen to New York City's iconic Birdland club. The Michael Feinstein Big Band performs selections from the classic movie White Christmas, and Feinstein shares rare recordings from some of his favorite performers.

8:00pm - 9:00pm - A Centerstage Special presentation of The Music Box - For more than 25 years, Loran Fevens hosted the popular weekly program The Music Box on WITF.

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