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Monday, November 28, 2011

Hanukkah Lights 2011
Airs December 17 at 2PM on AM 820, December 18 at 8PM on AM 820, and December 20 at 3PM on 93.9 FM
A perennial NPR favorite, Hanukkah Lights features Hanukkah stories and memoirs written by acclaimed authors expressly for the show, as read by NPR's Susan Stamberg and Murray Horwitz.

A Great Miracle Happened There: A Hanukkah Special
Airs December 18 at 4PM on AM 820 and 6PM on 93.9 FM
A conversation between Rabbi Ismar Schorsch and host Larry Josephson about the history, rituals, foods and meaning of Hanukkah--and its importance to American Jews in our time. Cantors David Lefkowitz and Elisheva Dienstfrey sing the music of Hanukkah.

A Chanukah Musical Celebration
Airs December 20 at 8PM on 93.9 FM
The spirit of Chanukah, a holiday joyous at freedom's triumph and spiritual rededication, is richly reflected in the folk melodies and songs from countries across the globe where Jews have lived and worshipped for centuries. WQXR host Naomi Lewin presents this music for all to enjoy in A Chanukah Musical Celebration.

The 42nd Annual Jonathan Schwartz Christmas Show
Airs December 18 at noon on 93.9 FM
Jonathan’s annual Christmas Show with a roundtable of guests and performers for conversation and live music.  This year’s guests include: Judy Collins, Tim McCarver, John Pizzarelli, Jessica Molaskey, Tierney Sutton, Bill Charlap, Loston Harris, Curtis Stigers, Charles Osgood, John Weidman, John Guare, Andrew Bergman, Marie Brenner, Deborah Solomon and Jay Leonhart.

Spinning On Air Presents A John Zorn Christmas
Airs December 18 at 8PM on 93.9 FM
John Zorn has a reputation for creating challenging, daring music. The MacArthur "genius" award-winning composer prolifically explores atonal improvisation, orchestral pieces, rock, jazz and other genres, and he has been pursuing what he calls "radical Jewish culture." As Zorn reveals to host David Garland here, his Jewish family celebrated Christmas throughout his childhood, and he continues to love those memories and the holiday music that evokes and celebrates them. Zorn presents selections from his new album "A Dreamers Christmas," an unexpectedly sweet collection of his arrangements of Christmas classics, plus some of his favorite recordings of holiday songs performed by Miles Davis, Frank Sinatra, Vince Guaraldi, and others.

A Paul Winter Solstice Concert
Airs December 22 at 8PM on 93.9 FM and January 1 at 9PM on 93.9 FM
The towering walls of the Cathedral of Saint John the Divine reverberate with sounds of celebration in this holiday tradition hosted by WNYC's John Schaefer. Paul Winter welcomes gospel singer Theresa Thomason, multi-instrumentalist/singer Arto Tunçboyaciyan, double reed wizard Paul McCandless, and the Paul Winter Consort in live performances from their Grammy-winning album MIHO and their timeless solstice songs.

Leonard Lopate Annual Christmas Gospel Hour
Airs December 23 at 1PM on 93.9 FM and AM 820 and December 25 at 11AM on 93.9FM
Leonard’s annual Christmas presentation of gospel music for the holiday.

A Christmas Carol
Airs December 23 at 3PM on 93.9 FM, December 24 at 2PM on AM 820, and December 25 at 8PM on AM 820
Produced from this year’s live performance of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” at The Greene Space.  Starring F. Murray Abraham as Ebenezer Scrooge with WNYC and WQXR personalities John Schaefer, Jeff Spurgeon, Jad Abumrad, Richard Hake, David Garland,  Naomi Lewin, Nimet Habachy, Elliott Forrest, Brian Zumhagen, Lorraine Mattox, Robert Krulwich, Brooke Gladstone, and Jalen Robinson as Tiny Tim. With Prairie Home Companion sound effects artist Fred Newman shaping the audio atmosphere and John Forster playing piano. The production is directed by Elliott Forrest.  

Tinsel Tales 2: NPR Christmas Favorites
Airs December 23 at 8PM on 93.9 FM, December 24 at 6AM on 93.9 FM, and December 25 at 10AM on AM 820
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.

Holiday Standard Time with Michael Feinstein
Airs December 24 at 8PM on 93.9 FM and December 25 at 4PM on AM 820
An hour-long celebration of the American holiday songbook, with rarely heard recordings from Peggy Lee, Rosemary Clooney, Louis Prima, and Donny Hathaway, and featuring Michael Feinstein performing three holiday favorites.

Christmas with Morehouse and Spelman Glee Clubs
Airs December 25 at 10AM and 10PM on 93.9 FM
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. NPR's Korva Coleman hosts.

La Nochebuena: A Spanish Renaissance Christmas with the Rose Ensemble
Airs December 25 at 9PM on 93.9 FM
In La Nochebuena, The Rose Ensemble explores the great variety of music that filled the royal court of Ferdinand and Isabella, and flooded the chapels and streets of Renaissance Spain. Serene choral music from 16th-century masters is balanced with spirited cantigas for solo voice and harp. Spanish-language villancicos from court and countryside, and lively dances for vihuela, harp and percussion.

Soundcheck Critics Week
Airs December 19-23 at 2PM and 10PM on 93.9 FM
The end of year wrap up of film, books, technology, classical/opera, rock/pop/hip-hop.

Soundcheck Best Live Performances of 2011
Airs December 26-30 at 2PM and 10PM on 93.9 FM and January 1 between 1AM and 5AM on 93.9 FM
The annual “Best of Soundcheck Live Performances from 2011” all week long.

A Season's Griot 2011
Airs December 30 at 8PM on 93.9 FM
One-hour Kwanzaa celebration in story and song, this year exploring the theme of peace through storytelling, music and voices from the streets, hosted by Madafo Lloyd Wilson.

Radio Deluxe
Airs December 31 at 8PM on 93.9 FM and AM 820
Radio Deluxe returns for another New Year’s Eve program on WNYC.  Join musician John Pizzarelli and his wife, singer Jessica Molaskey, as they get together in their "deluxe living room" to make music, play CDs and have fun with their musical guests and introduce listeners to a new generation of performers who know the greatness of the American songbook.  

A Prairie Home Companion’s Hawaiian New Years Eve
Airs December 31st at 10PM on 93.9 FM and AM 820
Countdown to the new year as Garrison Keillor hosts a 3 hour live broadcast from Hawaii, with actors - Sue Scott, Tim Russell, Fred Newman - and Erica Rhodes; Rich Dworsky and the Guy's All-Star Shoe Band; Heather Masse, plus special guest performers, including slack key guitar and ukulele master, Led Kaapana. The broadcast will include - Guy Noir, Lives of the Cowboys and The News from Lake Wobegon.

Selected Shorts
Airs January 1 at 1PM on AM 820 and January 7 at 10PM on 93.9 FM
JAMES JOYCE’S CLASSIC NOVELLA, THE DEAD
The setting for James Joyce’s acclaimed short story “The Dead,” is a holiday party - “It was always a great affair, the Misses Morkan's annual dance. Everybody who knew them came to it…”  In the course of one evening, we meet a colorful cast of characters who provide a vivid glimpse of Ireland in 1904.  The story is a kind of party itself, taking us from room to room, and life to life, until, our souls “swoon” and we are left contemplating all that is attainable and unattainable in life.  Performed by Rene Auberjonois, Fionnula Flanagan and Isaiah Sheffer.   

A Paul Winter Solstice Concert
Airs December 22 at 8PM on 93.9 FM and January 1 at 9PM on 93.9 FM
The towering walls of the Cathedral of Saint John the Divine reverberate with sounds of celebration in this holiday tradition hosted by WNYC's John Schaefer. Paul Winter welcomes gospel singer Theresa Thomason, multi-instrumentalist/singer Arto Tunçboyaciyan, double reed wizard Paul McCandless, and the Paul Winter Consort in live performances from their Grammy-winning album MIHO and their timeless solstice songs.

 

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WNYC Programming

Verna,

We're glad you enjoyed the program, "A Great Miracle Happened There".

You can listen to the program again and find additional information at the producer's website: http://www.whatisajew.org/index.shtml

Dec. 29 2011 10:45 AM
Verna Jetter from East Brunswick, NJ

I listened to a very interesting NYCA broadcast last week,
" A Great Miracle Happened There: A Hanukkah Special"
aired December 18 at 4PM on AM 820 and 6PM on 93.9 FM.

Was this show archived so I can listen to it again, and if so, how can I access it? Thanks for checking for me.

Verna J

Dec. 28 2011 06:44 PM
Dennis Morgan

As usual, no one has given any thought as to make this
printable so that someone could post it as a reminder
instead to having to remember to keep logging on to the
website and checking the schedule. The page is most "user
UN-friendly", making it not possible to print in a form that
is readable because it cannot be formatted to get everything
on the page, unlike most websites that have competent and
thoughtful creators.

Dec. 20 2011 10:22 AM
abby from PDX

Is the Jonathan Schwartz Christmas Show going to be available through web streaming?

Dec. 13 2011 04:34 PM
Jonathan Brown from New York

Meredith---It is on WQXR

Dec. 08 2011 11:48 AM
Meredith from Brooklyn

Are you not airing the Kings College Festival of Nine Lessons?

Dec. 06 2011 03:30 PM

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