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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 - http://tinyurl.com/6obsm6 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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Christmas Across The Lands 2008

http://www.christmasacrossthelands.com/

Christmas Across The Lands is a syndicated show purchased by radio stations across the US. A song list is available for this complete twelve hour radio show. So, if your local station carries this program, you may keep score at home!

Not only is there a playlist, hour seven is available for a listen!

Quite likely stations that buy this program will let the listener assume that Christmas Across The Lands is a local show. Since the entire twelve hours is "canned" station employees can be at home with their family and friends. Stations may also have the option to air the show at their convenience anytime Christmas Day.
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Here is what you may be hearing in the stores while you shop this season starting November 8, 2008:

http://www.dmxmusic.com/holiday/pdf/...Dholiday08.pdf

http://www.dmxmusic.com/holiday/pdf/dbsHoliday.pdf
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WCSF Public Radio - Joliet, IL USA

WCSF (88.7) serving the Chicago, IL area has their “Spirit of Christmas” page online. Look for the complete schedule (November 27 thru Jan 2) to be included soon! There is a listen link as well!

This is the 16th year for WCSF at the University of St. Francis in Joliet to offer the” Spirit of Christmas” for the community. Can you hardly believe WCSF still says Christmas instead of holiday? Good for them!

http://www.stfrancis.edu/wcsf/spirit/index.htm
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Something else you may hear on the radio or while shopping this season - http://www.customchannels.net/christ..._playlists.php
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BBC Radio Leicester

http://tinyurl.com/44tk57

Neat concept! BBC Radio follows carolers around as they visit different venues!

From the website:

SING CHRISTMAS is an interactive community carol service organised by the Leicestershire Churches Media Trust and broadcast live on Thursday 18 December 2008 at 19:00 by BBC Radio Leicester.
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I see two shows on the list that my parents (especially my dad) would love to hear. My dad used to sing in the local Choral Society and enjoys many of the old carols. He could sing in Baritone or Bass.

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

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KMST Missouri

http://www.kmst.org/holiday.html

Once again KMST of Rolla & Lebanon, Missouri is the first station that I found with their Christmas schedule posted. KMST offers an online broadcast so you can enjoy these specials on your computer!

Many public radio stations across the US will follow a similar schedule.

Wednesday, 11/26/08

1:00 PM
Harvest Home: Thanksgiving with the Dale Warland Singers
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.

Thursday, 11/27/08

9:00 AM
The Pleasures of Winter
The Pleasures of Winter 2008 is a collection of favorite live performances by acclaimed folk duo Jay Ungar & Molly Mason. Gleaned from years of holiday radio specials, the music ranges from lively and sometimes humorous offerings, to pieces that reflect the more thoughtful side of winter and the holiday season.

10:00 AM

The Splendid Table’s Turkey Confidential
A live, two-hour, call-in program on Thanksgiving morning for public radio listeners across the nation. Help is on the way for Thanksgiving cooks, kitchen helpers and their guests on this, the biggest cooking day of the year! Join Lynne Rossetto Kasper, the award-winning host of public radio's national food show, The Splendid Table, for real time turkey triage during the live broadcast of Turkey Confidential 2008.

1:00 PM

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.

Monday, 12/15/08

1:00 PM
Welcome Christmas!
A perennial broadcast favorite featuring the Minneapolis-based ensemble, VocalEsssence, led by the visionary Philip Brunelle.

Tuesday, 12/16/08

9:00 AM

Jonathan Winters' A Christmas Carol
An updated version of a public radio tradition hosted by NPR's Lisa Simeone. Master comedian Jonathan Winters presents a distinctive reading of Dickens' holiday classic, with a special performing edition prepared by Dickens for his own presentations.

11:00 AM

A Choral Christmas Card
What better way to greet the Christmas season than with voices, raised in song? Here are songs to usher us into the mystical and to transport us to Yuletides past, whether it's hundreds of years past or just last year. A Choral Christmas Card is a coast-to-coast sampler of the country’s best choirs singing carols for the season.

1:00 PM

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.

8:00 PM

Christmas with Madrigalia
On a summer night in 1975, a small group of singing friends in Rochester, N.Y., decided to form a madrigal group. The original members of Madrigalia performed their first Christmas concert at the University of Rochester the following year, and in the 33 years that have followed, this annual holiday celebration has become a beloved tradition in Western New York.


9:00 PM

Echoes of 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 archives of their live performances, Dale Warland and host Brian Newhouse create a very special Christmas musical treat.

Wednesday, 12/17/08

11:00 AM
A Chanticleer Christmas
A Chanticleer Christmas celebrates the mystery and wonder of Christmas with an elegant blend of traditional carols, medieval and Renaissance sacred works, and moving spirituals. The San Francisco based men’s chorus, Chanticleer, is one of the world’s best male choruses, recognized worldwide for their brilliant technique and musicality.

1:00 PM
Christmas with the Philadelphia Singers
An annual favorite, "Christmas with the Philadelphia Singers" is an hour-long concert of traditional and contemporary holiday music performed by the renowned choral group and hosted by Ed Cunningham. This year, the chorus presents new twists on recognizable favorites in Stephen Chatman's "Carols of the Nativity," and renews the tradition of the Burt Family Carols with several Alfred Burt selections.

7:00 PM
Carols for Dancing
Carols for Dancing explores the intimate connection between song and dance in this rich heritage of holiday music. Built around vigorous performances by Renaissonics — an award-winning improvisatory Renaissance dance band that produced new arrangements for this special — the program tells the story of the mid-winter holiday dance tradition with brief, intriguing narratives by host Ellen Kushner, creator and host of PRI's "Sound & Spirit."

Thursday, 12/18/08

9:00 AM
Songs of Joy and Piece – the Yo-Yo Ma Holiday Party
Imagine a musical party that celebrates the hopes, dreams and joy that animates seasonal festivals the world over. That is what inspired Yo-Yo Ma to create "Songs of Joy and Peace: The Yo-Yo Ma Holiday Party" with a remarkable group of friends.

11:00 AM
Hanukkah Lights 2008
A perennial NPR favorite, now well into its second decade. Acclaimed authors explore Hanukkah traditions in original stories written expressly for Hanukkah Lights. Hosted by Murray Horwitz and Susan Stamberg.

1:00 PM
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.

8:00 PM
Christmas Around the Country 2007
The best of holiday music-making from coast to coast. NPR takes you from churches to concert halls to auditoriums to town halls all across the nation in search of performances that express the best of the holiday season. Lisa Simeone hosts.

Friday, 12/19/08

11:00 AM
A Car Talk Christmas Carol Redux
A refreshed and updated version of the holiday classic. Starring Tom and Ray Magliozzi and a stellar cast of public radio personalities including Robert Siegel as Bob Cratchit. From NPR and WBUR.

1:00 PM
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.

8:00 PM
Jazz Piano Christmas XIX
This year, we’ll hear lots of Latin Jazz onstage at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington D.C. This ever-popular program will include original interpretations of holiday favorites performed in concert by established jazz stars and talented newcomers. This year’s exciting lineup includes Brazilian pianist and singer, Eliane Elias; Afro-Cuban jazz pianist and composer, Arturo O’Farrill; prolific pianist and composer of Latin and world music, Rebeca Mauleón; and New Orlean’s own premier modern jazz pianist, Ellis Marsalis. Felix Contreas hosts.

9:00 PM
Joy to the World 2008 is a rich, hour-long live performance of holiday jazz hosted by pianist Bob Thompson. Produced by West Virginia Public Broadcasting since 1993 in Charleston, W. Va., it is performed before a consistently sold-out audience at Charleston's Cultural Center Theater. Joy to the World has traditionally been the kickoff to the holiday season in Charleston.

Monday, 12/22/08

1:00 PM

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.

Tuesday, 12/23/08

11:00 AM
A Harpist's Christmas with Yolanda Kondonassis
America’s premiere harpist, Yolanda Kondonassis, 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.
1:00 PM
Choirs & Carols: An NPR Christmas
Hear musicians from around the world in NPR's performance studio as they share special holiday moments. Join host Lisa Simeone for ancient harmonies from Trio Medieval, traditional carols from the Riga Dom Boys Choir, and a rarely heard Christmas song by Sibelius, straight from Finland's YL Choir. The Pittsburgh Brass unpacks a pair of 500-pound bells to ring in the holiday, and the members of Trio Voronezh tune up a balalaika or two.

8:00 PM
Mendelssohn’s Magnificat
According to the Gospel of Luke, when the Angel Gabriel revealed to Mary that she would bear the Son of God, she replied with the familiar words of the Magnificat, which begins, "My soul doth magnify the Lord, and my spirit hath rejoiced in God my savior."
"Magnificat," an American broadcast debut, features the Yale Schola Cantorum in a period-style performance of Felix Mendelssohn's setting of the text, directed by Simon Carrington.

9:00 PM
Welcome Christmas!
A perennial broadcast favorite featuring the Minneapolis-based ensemble, VocalEsssence. Recognized internationally as one of America's premier choral arts organizations, VocalEssence is led by the visionary Philip Brunelle.

Wednesday, 12/24/08

11:00 AM
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.

12:00 Noon
Handel’s Messiah
Join The Choir of King’s College, Cambridge and The Brandenburg Consort for this magnificent recording of Handel’s classic masterpiece.

7:00 PM
Lessons and Carols from Washington National Cathedral
Each Christmas Eve, the Cathedral hosts a quietly spectacular Lesson and Carols, one of its most attended and cherished events of the year. The service combines biblical readings that chronicle the story Jesus' birth with age-old and all-new carols, from folk to ethereal polyphony. Attendees and listeners thrill to the swell of many voices and organ together, as well as to the contemplative hush of "Silent Night" as the service ends.

Thursday, Christmas Day

An uninterrupted day of the best Christmas specials the season has to offer.

8:00 AM
A Choral Christmas Card (see earlier description)

9:00 AM
Echoes of Christmas (see earlier description)

10:00 AM
A Chanticleer Christmas (see earlier description)

11:00 AM
Christmas with the Philadelphia Singers (see earlier description)

12:00 PM
A Harpist's Christmas with Yolanda Kondonassis (see earlier description)

1:00 PM
St. Olaf Christmas Festival (see earlier description)

New Year’s Eve

12/31 7:00 PM to 1/1/09 4:00 AM

Toast of the Nation
Count down to 2009 this New Year’s Eve with live jazz on Toast of the Nation. Party with live music from coast to coast, celebrating midnight in four time zones. From New York to Chicago and Denver to Seattle, we’ll hear exclusive performances by many talented jazz artists. The show starts in Boston with the dynamic pianist Hiromi performing at the Berklee College of Music. Hosted by Rhonda Hamilton.

New Year’s Day from Vienna
The traditional live New Year’s Day Concert with the Vienna Philharmonic. Scheduled to begin at 10:00 AM.
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WXRU - Roanoke Rapids, NC

WXRU is slated to go all Christmas from November 23 through December 25 - http://www.wzru.org/events.html

No online listen link was found though I could have very well overlooked one.

From the web site:

December 2008 "Christmas at Home" Sooner than you think it will be the Holiday season and we at WZRU are gearing up for yet another great Christmas music Program. WZRU invites you to participate in our "Christmas at Home" programming schedule, during which WZRU presents 50 years of easy holiday favorites. This year's schedule begins November 23rd and runs through December 25th. It has been a busy year with some changes. One thing that has not changed is our music format. Our signal is now heard in 25 counties. We have also installed generators to keep us on the air and bring valuable information to our listeners during weather related disasters. So, let is snow!
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