On-Air Highlights

Christmas on WITF 89.5 & 93.3

Written by Fred Vigeant, Director of Programming and Promotions for TV and Radio | Dec 6, 2017 1:57 PM

WITF will provide a mix of spoken word and musical specials from December 22 to December 25.  Here is a rundown of all the specials you can expect to hear.

Friday December 22:

9:00am & 7:00pm - Tinsel Tales 4 - In keeping with a well-loved NPR holiday tradition, hear the fourth collection of extraordinary Christmas stories that will transport you to unexpected places. NPR's past and present tell stories of the season in this hour-long special. Some tales are funny; some are touching; some are insightful or irreverent or nostalgic or surprising. You might recognize them from our broadcast archives -- or you might fall in love with them for the first time. Hosted by Lynn Neary.

Saturday December 23:

12:00pm - 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.

1:00pm - Tinsel Tales 2 - 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. Hosted by Lynn Neary.

2:00pm - Tinsel Tales 3 - Hear 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 hour-long special. Some tales are funny; some are touching; some are insightful or irreverent or nostalgic or surprising. You might recognize them from our broadcast archives -- or you might fall in love with them for the first time. Hosted by Lynn Neary

3:00pm - Tinsel Tales 4 - In keeping with a well-loved NPR holiday tradition, hear the fourth collection of extraordinary Christmas stories that will transport you to unexpected places. NPR's past and present tell stories of the season in this hour-long special. Some tales are funny; some are touching; some are insightful or irreverent or nostalgic or surprising. You might recognize them from our broadcast archives -- or you might fall in love with them for the first time. Hosted by Lynn Neary.

4:00pm - Canadian Brass: Christmas Time is Here - Hosted by WQXR's Jeff Spurgeon, this program features arrangements of music by Vince Guaraldi and Luther Henderson as well as traditional favorites from "A Charlie Brown Christmas," "The Grinch Who Stole Christmas," "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer," "Frosty the Snowman" and more - timeless classics infused with jazz and lush harmonies. The selections on this program are featured on the quintet's album, "Christmas Time is Here."

...regular programming 5:00pm-8:00pm...

8:00pm - Big Tiny Desk Concert Holiday Special - Celebrate the season with amazing holiday performances from The Tiny Desk Concert series including Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings, Steve Martin, Hanson, The Polyphonic Spree and more! Hosted by NPR Music frenemies Bob Boilen and Stephen Thompson.

9:00pm - Hollywood Holiday - Lynne Warfel presents an hour-long musical retrospective of some of Hollywood's most cherished Christmas-themed movies.

10:00pm - A Conceirto Christmas - Frank Dominguez hosts a special holiday edition of the national bi-lingual program that features music by Spanish and Latin American composers and performers presented in English and in Spanish. This new edition of the program features a broad range of sacred and seasonal selections, spanning from Renaissance Spain to the 20th century in South America and the U.S. Southwest.

 

Sunday December 24:

6:00am - A Christmas Carol - In partnership with Open Stage a radio version of the production. Featuring a number of different narrators who describe the action in dramatic fashion using Dickens' own text. The original stage sound design by David Walker will be enhanced with radio drama sound effects created by WITF's Cary Burkett.

...regular programming 8:00am-10:00am...

10:00am - Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols - A live service of spoken-word and music (choral and organ) broadcast from the chapel of King's College in Cambridge, England. The 30-voice King's College Choir performs the legendary Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols service of Biblical readings and music.

12:00pm - Christmas with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir - Join the world-renowned Mormon Tabernacle Choir, accompanied by the Orchestra at Temple Square, for their annual Christmas concert.

1:00pm - 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.

2:00pm - Welcome Christmas - The perennial Christmas favorite from VocalEssence, one of the world's premiere choral groups, led by Philip Brunelle. Join host John Birge for an hour of traditional carols and new discoveries.

3:00pm - A Choral Christmas with Stile Antico - Celebrate Christmas with the sound of soaring voices,. Stile Antico, the award winning choir from London, pays a visit to St. Paul's church on Harvard Square for a concert of radiant sacred music for the Christmas season by the most acclaimed composers of the renaissance. Hear the group's luminous blend of voices sing the intricately woven music of Thomas Tallis and William Byrd. Hosted by Cathy Fuller of WGBH. Presented by NPR Music.

4:00pm - A Christmas Celtic Sojourn - Brian O'Donovan's "A Celtic Sojourn" has thrilled radio audiences for almost thirty years. For the last fifteen, the Christmas-themed live version of the show has drawn on Celtic, Pagan, and Christian traditions to celebrate the music of this season.

....regular programming 5:00pm-6:00pm...

6:00pm - 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.  The joyous celebration includes one of a kind arrangements on traditional holiday songs plus new compositions...music perfect for the holidays and the spirit of Christmas.  Hosted by Michele Norris.

7:00pm - Jazz Piano Christmas - NPR Music brings you another classic concert from the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Hear a variety of virtuoso pianists play unique renditions of holiday favorites. Hosted by Felix Contreras.

8:00pm - A Christmas Carol - In partnership with Open Stage a radio version of the production. Featuring a number of different narrators who describe the action in dramatic fashion using Dickens' own text. The original stage sound design by David Walker will be enhanced with radio drama sound effects created by WITF's Cary Burkett.

10:00pm - Messiah with the PSO - Handel's much adored oratorio, Messiah, returns to Heinz Hall! Led by Music Director Manfred Honeck and featuring a cast of guest vocalists and the Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh, this work is a religious story of hope, inspiration and timeless expression.

 

Monday December 25:

9:00am - Welcome Christmas - The perennial Christmas favorite from VocalEssence, one of the world's premiere choral groups, led by Philip Brunelle. Join host John Birge for an hour of traditional carols and new discoveries.

10:00am - 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."

11:00am - Christmas with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir - Join the world-renowned Mormon Tabernacle Choir, accompanied by the Orchestra at Temple Square, for their annual Christmas concert.

12:00pm - Carols and Cheer - From holiday classics to contemporary hits, audiences will love singing along as the two share their top picks for the Christmas season, performed by today's leading artists and ensembles.

1:00pm - 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. Korva Coleman hosts.

2:00pm - A Christmas Carol - In partnership with Open Stage a radio version of the production. Featuring a number of different narrators who describe the action in dramatic fashion using Dickens' own text. The original stage sound design by David Walker will be enhanced with radio drama sound effects created by WITF's Cary Burkett.

...regular programming 4:00pm-7:00pm...

7:00pm - 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.

8:00pm - Tinsel Tales 2 - 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. Hosted by Lynn Neary.

9:00pm - Tinsel Tales 3 - Hear 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 hour-long special. Some tales are funny; some are touching; some are insightful or irreverent or nostalgic or surprising. You might recognize them from our broadcast archives -- or you might fall in love with them for the first time. Hosted by Lynn Neary

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