WNYC Holiday Specials 2012

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Tuesday, December 04, 2012

Hanukkah Lights 2012
Airs Saturday, December 8 at 12pm on AM 820 and 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 Sunday, December 9 at 7am on AM 820 and 7pm 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.

The Jonathan Schwartz Christmas Show 
Airs Sunday, December 16 from 12-4pm on 93.9FM
Live broadcast from uptown. Tentative guest list includes: John Pizzarelli, Jessica Molaskey, Mandy Patinkin, Bill Charlap, Sandy Stewart, Jeff Greenfield, Charles Osgood, John Weidman, Andrew Bergman, Deborah Solomon, Jay Leonhart, Kate McGarry, Stacy Sullivan, Mike Renzi, Lee Musiker, Gene Bertoncini, Bucky Pizzarelli, and more.

A Paul Winter Solstice Concert
Airs Friday, December 21 (Winter Solstice) at 9pm on 93.9FM 
On the darkest night of the year, NPR presents the Illuminating Tradition from New York's Cathedral of St. John the Divine. The 32nd annual Paul Winter Solstice Celebration, featuring gospel singer Theresa Thomason, Mbira Master Chris Berry and The Paul Winter Consort with Paul McCandless, Eugene Friesen, Paul Sullivan, Eliot Wadopian, Jamey Haddad, Tim Brumfield and the glorious Cathedral Pipe Organ. The performance brings traditional holiday favorites including JS Bach and American gospel -- and welcomes new sounds from as far as Zimbabwe and Brazil -- and as near as the mountains of North Carolina. WNYC'S John Schaefer hosts.

Tinsel Tales: NPR Christmas Favorites 
Airs Saturday, December 22at 6am on 93.9 FM and 2pm on AM820, and Tuesday, December 25 at 2pm on 93.9FM & AM820
This program features stories from the NPR archives that touch on the meaning of Christmas. David Sedaris, Bailey White, John Henry Faulk -- these and other NPR voices, past and present, tell stories of the season. Hosted by Lynn Neary.

A Christmas Carol 
Airs Saturday, December 22 at 12pm on AM820 and 3pm on 93.9FM,  Sunday, December 23 at 8pm on AM820 and Monday, December 24 at 8pm 93.9FM.
Produced from the live New York Public Radio production of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” that took place in The Greene Space on December 13.  A Christmas Carol features Brian Cox as Ebenezer Scrooge and various WNYC and WQXR hosts to fill out the rest of the cast.

Slavic Wonders: Christmas with the Rose Ensemble
Airs Tuesday, December 25 at 10am on 93.9FM & AM820
The Rose Ensemble is back with Slavic Wonders a celebration of the season featuring some truly brilliant gems from the libraries and monasteries of Krakow, Prague, and Moscow. The Rose Ensemble of Minnesota has put together a program of dazzling, passionate music for Christmastime in the great variety and range they are known for. Hear everything from soaring soprano lines, to the signature Slavic sound of rumbling basses; Slavic Wonders is an engaging and curious mixture of chant, carols, and glorious polyphony.

Christmas with Morehouse and Spelman Glee Clubs 
Airs Tuesday, December 25 at 11am on 93.9FM & AM820
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.

Leonard Lopate’s Annual Christmas Gospel Show
Airs Tuesday, December 25 at 12pm on 93.9FM & AM820
Leonard’s annual Christmas presentation of gospel music for the holiday.

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

A Season's Griot 2012
Airs Saturday, December 29 at 6am on 93.9FM and 2pm AM820 and Sunday, December 30 at 8pm on AM820.
An hour-long Kwanzaa celebration in story and song, again hosted by Madafo Lloyd Wilson. This year's program features youth as the special guest griots, reading their own original and traditional stories. Familiar and favorite elements of Griot will also be in place with plenty of music, and an original composition by the show's poet laureate, Beverly Fields Burnette.

Radio Deluxe
Airs Monday, December 31 (New Years Eve) at 10pm on 93.9FM & AM820
Radio Deluxe returns for another New Year’s Eve program on WNYC.  Join musician John Pizzarelli and 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.  

Comments [8]

Herb Goodfriend from Elizabeth, N. J.

For New Year's Eve, I went to First Night Morris in Morristown, N. J. One of the performers I heard was the great jazz guitarist Bucky Pizzarelli, who still has it going at age 86. My friend wondered where was Bucky's son John. On the way home I tuned the car radio to WNYC and who is talking but John Pizzarelli and Jessica Molaskey. Their reminiscences about Bucky were great to hear after just having listened to the master perform (and they were playing some very nice music).

Jan. 01 2013 09:20 AM
elaine r. shiber from oakdale, long island

for many years (no, i don't know how many) on december 24th at 10 am you broadcast on wnyc the program that started off my holiday: carols and (the biblical christmas story) from westminster chapel in london, live, at 4 pm their time. i probably have the title all wrong, but i think last year was the first year it wasn't aired. it had become a tradition with me and probably a few others, and i miss it. whatever happened to it and can i find it anywhere? many thanks and merry christmas!

Dec. 24 2012 08:38 AM
Nina from NYC

Thank you for the reading of "A Christmas Carol,". I loved it. :)

Dec. 22 2012 01:00 PM
Dennis Morgan from Morristwon NJ

Your Holiday Special Programming list on the website is useless because IT CANNOT BE PRINTED! Last year, it didn't print right on FireFox but I managed to get a copy using Internet Explorer. This year neither works. What use is a schedule if you can't print it and put by your radio?

Dec. 21 2012 02:18 PM
Kenneth Bennett Lane, Lake Hiawatha, NJ from Ricxhard Wagner Muszic Drama institute, Boonton, NJ

HANDEL'S ORATORIOS ARE THE MOST REVERED OF HIS COMPOSITIONS. ONE THAT IS NOT AS OFTEN PERFORMED AS IT DESERVES TO BE IS HIS "JUDAS MACCABAEUS." ITS "SOUND AN ALARM"' IS STIRRING. IT'S MY CLOSING SELECTION ON MY SOLO DEBUT IN THE ISAAC STERN AUDITORIUM OF CARNEGIE HALL CONCERT "{LIVE" ON MY VALHALLA RECORDS CD AND MAY BE DOWNLOADED FROM MY THREE WEBSITES. MOST CLASSICAL MUSIC, INCLUDING CHRISTMAS CAROLS, THE MESSIAH, ELIJAH, BACH'S CANTATAS, HYMNS AND MOTETS AND OPERAS LIKE BOHEME AND TRAVIATA THAT HAVE ALLUSIONS TO CHRISTMAS AND COMIC OR JOLLY OPERAS LIKE THE BARBER, L'ELISIR, CENERENTOLA AND DIE MEISTERSINGER AND PARTICULARLY HOUSEHOLD "CHESTNUTS" ARE EXCELLENT INGREDIENTS FOR A MERRY XMAS AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR !!! , My cousin MICHAEL BLANKFORT wrote both the books and screenplays for the 1953 film THE JUGGLER Hollywood film made in Israel starring KIRK DOUGLAS and the 1950 Hollywood film BROKEN ARROW starring JAMES STEWART and JEFF CHANDLER [Cochise]. The music for THE JUGGLER was composed by opera composer GEORGE ANTHEIL, in whose opera VOLPONE I sang the tenor leading role [Mosca] in its professional world premiere in NEW YORK in 1953. ANTHEIL, famous for his opera TRANSATLANTIC and BALLET MECHANIQUE looked exactly like Peter Lorre. I am a romantischer heldentenor. I have sung four solo concerts in the Isaac Stern Auditorium of Carnegie Hall. As part of my Ten Language Solo Debut concert at the Isaac Stern Auditorium of Carnegie Hall, I opened my three hour concert with the Invocazione di Orfeo from Jacopo Peri's opera EURIDICE composed in 1600, the first opera, composed in the same year as Shakespeare wrote HAMLET. It can be heard from the live performance on my three websites,, ,, and It received rave critical notices in newspapers and magazines. My voice teachers were the legendary MET OPERA singers Alexander Kipnis, Friedrich Schorr, Martial Singher, John Brownlee, Karin Branzell and Margarete Matzenauer. In another commentary on one commented about all operas that were once NEW but now not new anymore should be archived like museum pieces. That implies that just being new is better than old. As an opera composer myself ["Shakespeare" and "The Political Shakespeare"] I fully comprehend the assumed urgency of recognition of the still living. However, I would not trade any living composer for Bach, Beethoven, Mpzart, Verdi, Puccini or Wagner. Revere and enjoy the MASTERPIECES of art, music, literature, architecture and science in its multiple formats . I am the director of the Richard Wagner Music Drama Institute in Boonton, NJ where I train actors in all the Shakespeare roles and big-voiced singers in all the Wagner opera roles.

Dec. 06 2012 11:22 AM
Hazel from Manhattan

Special Hanukkah programs and acknowledgments lack thought, sensitivity, and overall interest. You air programs that are old, dated, and stale. As great as Larry Josephson's talks are, they have been heard over and over. Unless you focus on jokes, putdowns, and simple silliness when it comes to anything concerning Jews, Judaism, and Jewish customs, there is nothing representing dignity and respect. Again, I am sad and offended by both NPR and WNYC in their omission to show balance and fairness.

Dec. 04 2012 06:15 PM
SR from Staten Island, NY

I'm holding my tongue, and trying to be nice about Mr. Parkoff's comment. Are the programs not podcast? Can you not listen to them at a more convenient time? Just asking.

Dec. 04 2012 06:01 PM
Stephen Parkoff from New Jersey

Thank you WNYC for scheduling Jewish programs on a Saturday when most religious Jews do not listen to the Radio. It really shows your sensitivity to the Jewish population. You are beginning to take after NPR.

Dec. 04 2012 05:20 PM

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