On-Air Highlights

Christmas 2018 on WITF FM

Written by Fred Vigeant, Director of Programming and Promotions for TV and Radio | Dec 13, 2018 8:50 AM

Here is the complete rundown of specials airing across Christmas Eve and Christmas Day on WITF 89.5 & 93.3.

Monday December 24:

9:00am - 9:30am - The Christmas Skater -

An essay like "An Affair to Remember" but with a Christmas theme.

9:30am - 10:00am - B-Side Radio Holiday Special -

Stories of holiday cooking, shopping, tree hunting and charity gone awry.

10:00am - 12:00pm - A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols -

Hosted by Michael Barone, this is 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 - 1:00pm - Carols and Cheer -

Host Scott Blankenship reviews his favorite carols this holiday season. Audiences will love singing along as he shares his top picks for the Christmas season, performed by today's leading artists and ensembles.

1:00pm - 3:00pm - St. Olaf's 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.

3:00pm - 4:00pm - 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.

 

//All Things Considered and Marketplace//

 

7:00pm - 8:00pm - 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.

8:00pm - 9:00pm - 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."

9:00pm - 10:00pm - 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.

10:00pm - 12:00am - 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.

 

Tuesday December 25

 

9:00am - 10:00am - 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 - 11:00am - 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.

11:00am - 12:00pm - Tinsel Tales One -

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.

12:00pm - 1:00pm - Tinsel Tales Two -

NPR fills millions of homes each holiday with humor, warmth, and a host of festive voices. 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. Hosted by Lynn Neary.

1:00pm - 2:00pm - Tinsel Tales Three -

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

2:00pm - 3:00pm - Tinsel Tales Four -

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.

3:00pm - 3:30pm - The Christmas Skater - (repeat)

An essay like "An Affair to Remember" but with a Christmas theme.

3:30pm - 4:00pm - B-Side Radio Holiday Special - (repeat)

Stories of holiday cooking, shopping, tree hunting and charity gone awry.

 

///All Things Considered and Marketplace///

 

7:00pm - 9:00pm - 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.

9:00pm - 10:00pm - Happy(ish) Holidays from Terrible, Thanks for Asking

Some people celebrate the holidays with cheer and eggnog and magic. Some people don't celebrate the holidays at all. And a lot of people endure the holidays with a grin on their face and a pain in their heart. Because the holidays are tough, and host Nora McInerny is going to talk about it. With special guests and stories from listeners, it is an honest look at why some people aren't so jolly during this difficult time of year.

10:00pm - 12:00am - A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols - (repeat)

Hosted by Michael Barone, this is 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.

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