WKSU Airs Holiday Music 24 Hours a Day on HD RadioPosted Dec, 3, 2009
Beginning Dec. 1, Christmas music fans can have their fill of seasonal classical and folk tunes by listening to WKSU’s HD Radio side channels. Both HD-2 (Folk Alley) and HD-3 (WKSU’s all-classical channel) offer non-stop holiday music through Christmas. WKSU broadcasts three digital HD Radio signals – including the station’s primary program schedule as HD-1 – from each of the its five towers: 89.7 in Akron, 89.3 in Wooster, 91.5 in New Philadelphia, 89.1 in Thompson and 90.7 in Norwalk. The classical channel is also aired in Cleveland over 107.3 HD-3.
WKSU Program Director Mark Urycki says, “There is a huge canon of music that is only played at this time of the year. We want to help our listeners really enjoy the holiday season by offering an extended playlist of seasonal songs.”
The classical Christmas collection will also be available online at www.WKSU.org as streaming audio. The web site includes links to other holiday programs created by WKSU as well, including the award-winning “Ornaments & Icing” series of original recordings of music and spoken word pieces. The Folk Alley channel brings together the best in traditional and contemporary folk, Americana, acoustic and roots-based music and can be heard online on the WKSU-produced www.FolkAlley.com.
Along with expanded HD Radio broadcasts of seasonal music, WKSU presents special holiday programs throughout December and into January. A sure highlight of WKSU’s 2009 holiday program schedule is the debut on Dec. 23 of a new recording of Handel’s beloved “Messiah” opus from Jeannette Sorrell and Apollo’s Fire, the Cleveland Baroque Orchestra, with Apollo’s Singers and special guest soloists.
Other standouts include NPR’s “Hanukkah Lights with Susan Stamberg” on Dec. 6, “A Prairie Home Companion Christmas Show” on Dec. 19 (repeated on Dec. 20), “Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols” on Christmas Eve morning and “A Carolina Christmas from Biltmore Estate with Kathy Mattea” on Dec. 25. Jan. 1 offers a broadcast of the traditional New Year’s Day concert with the Vienna Philharmonic from the Golden Hall of the Musikverein in Vienna.
WKSU’s complete holiday program schedule can be found on the WKSU web site.
WKSU broadcasts NPR & Classical Music at 89.7 FM, and is a service of Kent State University. WKSU programming is also heard on WKRW 89.3 FM in Wooster, WKRJ 91.5 FM in Dover/New Philadelphia, WKSV 89.1 FM in Thompson, WNRK 90.7 in Norwalk, W298BA 107.5 FM in Boardman, and W239AZ 95.7 FM in Ashland. The station broadcasts three HD Radio channels – adding WKSU-2 Folk Alley and WKSU-3 The Classical Channel to the analog broadcast schedule. The Classical Channel can also be heard in Cleveland at 107.3 HD-3. View WKSU's holiday schedule.
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Robert J. Burford, WKSU