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WKSU-FM Offers Holiday Music and More On-Air and Online

Posted Dec. 12, 2011
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A WKSU staff member wears a Santa
hat at the radio station. WKSU offers
a variety of holiday music and special
programming throughout the month of
December.

December is a month of holidays. From Christmas and Hanukkah to winter solstice, Kwanzaa and New Year’s Eve, music is a part of nearly every celebration. In that spirit of the season, WKSU-FM offers a variety of holiday music and special spoken word programming throughout the month of December. The full schedule is available online at www.wksu.org/features/holiday2011.

The fun kicks off with holiday music online at WKSU.org. These classical and folk sidestreams are a mix of the songs that make the season bright. On Dec. 12, the holiday streams move to WKSU’s HD-2: Folk Alley and HD-3: Classical HD Radio channels with Christmas classical compositions making their way into regular on-air broadcasts.

Spoken word entries include Tinsel Tales from NPR (Dec. 15 and 19), Hanukkah Lights (Dec. 20, the first night of Hanukkah), The Messiah Phenomenon (Dec. 22 and 25) and the Kwanzaa-focused A Season’s Griot (Dec. 30). WKSU-FM also continues a tradition by airing the Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols live from King’s College Chapel in Cambridge, England, on Christmas Eve at 10 a.m. (WKSU’s Saturday program schedule will be shifted to accommodate the broadcast).

Both folk and classical music will be well represented in special programs including An Early Music Christmas from Harmonia (Dec. 19), A Holiday Music Tour with Judy Collins (Dec. 23), Kathy Mattea with A Carolina Christmas from Biltmore Estates (Dec. 23), Jay Ungar & Molly Mason: The Pleasures of Winter (Dec. 25) and A Winter Solstice with Helicon (Dec. 25). All of the WKSU-FM music hosts will also assemble their own collections of festive holiday music.

New Year’s Eve, this year on a Saturday, holds its own surprises as Garrison Keillor and the crew from A Prairie Home Companion make their way to Hawaii for a live, three-hour, year-ending bash beginning at 10 p.m., filled with music, comedy and the unexpected moments for which Keillor is known. The party continues the next day at noon as the Vienna Philharmonic welcomes 2012 live from the Golden Hall of the Vienna Musikverein with a concert of waltzes, polkas and other lively tunes.