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Old 09-07-2008, 05:10 PM
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2008 Holiday Radio Schedules

The 2007 version of this thread received a total of 1,684 views. In contrast, the 2007 Christmas TV Schedule threads (got so big, there were two) received a total of 13,612 views. I’m shootin’ for at least two thousand views this season with a two week later start! Reckon we minority audiophiles can pull it off? December 31 will tell.

Well boys and girls, the Radio in my screen (or is that scream) name ain’t for nothing! Once again, here come some radio sources for 2008 Christmas music/shows! Think of them as TV for the mind! And, you can listen to these in your car or record them for listening later!

Please post others as you find them! This includes X-M & Sirius Radio (I guarantee somebody will start a thread on these without looking here.)

We begin thusly-

Note - The dates listed for these American Public Media programs are when they will be available for public radio stations to download/receive. Air dates and times on your local station may vary.

From American Public Media comes this schedule of Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Eve programming. Keep in mind that the listed times are for "feeds". Air times may vary for your local or internet station. American Public Media is one of three main distributors for public radio programming.

Web page - Contains more info on each show with links to the left.

Giving Thanks with John Birge
A music-and-stories celebration of Thanksgiving. Host John Birge creates a thoughtful, contemporary reflection on the meaning of the holiday—perfect for broadcast while families gather at the table to share common blessings.
Program Length: 59:00 and 01:59:00
ContentDepot: Oct 28 at 9:00am ET

Harvest Home: Thanksgiving with the Dale Warland Singers
Moving selections of American choral classics celebrating Thanksgiving and harvest. The Dale Warland Singers provided magical performances to listeners across the country for over 30 years and were acclaimed as America’s premiere choir. Drawing upon the archive of their live performances, Dale Warland and host Brian Newhouse create an autumn musical feast.
Program Length: 59:00
ContentDepot: Nov 3 at 9:00am ET

The Splendid Table's Turkey Confidential
Thanksgiving is the biggest cooking day of the year. Thousands of amateur chefs will soon be making their way to their kitchens to prepare the feast... but things don't always go as planned: frozen turkeys, burned potatoes, lumpy gravy, pie-crust fires—yikes! Fortunately, The Splendid Table's Lynne Rossetto Kasper goes on the air for two hours of Turkey Confidential—a special, live, two-hour broadcast designed to save listeners from turkey troubles while entertaining and providing good company for anybody and everybody who's slaving over a stove or traveling to visit relatives.
Program Length: 1:59
ContentDepot: Thursday, November 27, 2008 (Thanksgiving Day)

Welcome Christmas!
A perennial broadcast favorite featuring the Minneapolis-based ensemble, VocalEsssence. An all-American program spotlighting 20th-century African-American composers Undine Smith Moore and R. Nathaniel Dett; and 21st-century masters Morton Lauridsen and Stephen Paulus. Recognized internationally as one of America's premier choral arts organizations, VocalEssence is led by the visionary Philip Brunelle. Hosted by John Birge.
Program Length: 59:00
ContentDepot: Nov 27 at 9:00am ET

The Rose Ensemble: An Early American Christmas
Gorgeous Shaker Tunes, Kentucky Harmonies, and Acadian dances done by one of America’s premiere early-music ensembles. Since it began in 1996, The Rose Ensemble has surprised and delighted audiences with performances of music from centuries past. Their 2008 Christmas program highlights the treasures of Appalachia.
Program Length: 59:00
ContentDepot: Dec 5 at 9:00am ET

A Choral Christmas Card
A coast-to-coast sampler of the country’s best choirs in carols for the season. We visit choral towns across the U.S. including Kansas City, Austin, Santa Fe, Boston and elsewhere and hear songs from hundreds of years past and beautiful selections of our own time. What better way to greet Christmas than with voices raised in song? Host: Valerie Kahler
Program Length: 59:00
ContentDepot: Dec 5 at 9:00am ET

Echoes of Christmas
Moving selections of choral classics celebrating Christmas. The Dale Warland Singers provided magical performances to listeners across the country for over 30 years and were acclaimed as America’s premiere choir. Their signature holiday concert—beloved by public radio listeners nationwide—was the annual Echoes of Christmas program. Drawing upon the archive of their live performances, Dale Warland and host Brian Newhouse create a very special Christmas musical treat.
Program Length: 59:00
ContentDepot: Dec 5 at 9:00am ET

Cantus: All is Calm
An uplifting musical drama about the surprising 1914 World War I Christmas Truce. Cantus, one of America’s most accomplished male choirs, has created a profoundly moving new work of musical radio theater. Using the diary entries of soldiers and beautiful new arrangements of Christmas favorites, All is Calm tells both sides of the story, as men who had been trying to kill each other in the fields of France, spontaneously put down their guns, walked across no-man’s land, and sang together. Host: Brian Newhouse
Program Length: 59:00
ContentDepot: Dec 5 at 9:00am ET

A Harpist’s Christmas
America’s premiere harpist, Yolanda Kondanasis, celebrates the season with treasures of Christmas harp music. Yolanda has custom-created this program for American Public Media listeners, spotlighting her heavenly instrument alone and with Joshua Smith, flute and Cynthia Phelps, viola—two of America’s top professionals. Host: TBA.
Program Length: 59:00
ContentDepot: Dec 5 at 9:00am ET

Conspirare: Christmas at the Carillon
America’s reining mixed-voice choir in a surprising classical- and popular-music collage for the season. The Austin, TX choir of 38 voices is America’s best-kept musical secret—but not for long as their powerful performances gain them new audiences worldwide. This special is a fresh take on Christmas, blending sacred and secular songs, as well as centuries-old classics and pop standards. Host: Steve Staruch.
Program Length: 59:00
ContentDepot: Dec 5 at 9:00am ET

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—now in its 134th year—includes hymns, carols, choral works, and orchestral selections celebrating the Nativity and featuring more than 500 student musicians who are members of five choirs and the St. Olaf Orchestra.
Program Length: 01:59:00
ContentDepot: Dec 12 at 9:00am ET

A Chanticleer Christmas
America’s finest male chorus celebrates the mystery and wonder of Christmas. Their 2008 Christmas special is an elegant blend of traditional carols, medieval sacred works, and jazzy spirituals. This San Francisco based chorus is recognized worldwide for its brilliant technique and musicality. This year’s program will be recorded live on December 10th in San Francisco. Host: Brian Newhouse
Program Length: 59:00
ContentDepot: Dec 17 at 9:00am ET

Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols
The legendary music and spoken-word broadcast from the chapel of King’s College in Cambridge, England. Since 1928, this service of Biblical readings with choral and organ selections has been broadcast live by the BBC. It is now a treasured worldwide Christmas Eve tradition. Michael Barone, host.
Program Length: 90:00 (live); 29:00 (taped)
ContentDepot: Dec 24
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