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2019 Holiday Programming Schedule

Dionne Grayson
89.9 WWNO's 2019 Holiday Programming Schedule

WWNO's 2019 Holiday Programming Schedule is here!

December 22

9-10 p.m. - Chanukah in Story and Song, with Leonard Nimoy

The acclaimed vocal sextet, the Western Wind and the renowned actor present 25 eclectic selections, from the Ladino songs of the Spanish Jews and Yiddish melodies of Eastern Europe to modern Israeli tunes and their original version of “I Have a Little Dreydle.” The singers sing a cappella and are also joined by instruments including violin, accordion, bass and guitar. The narration written by Rabbi Gerald Skolnik sheds light on the holiday customs and rituals.

December 23

7-8 p.m. - Hanukkah Lights 2019

A perennial NPR favorite, Hanukkah Lights features all new Hanukkah stories. written by Lynne ponstein, R.L. Maizes, Susan J. Gordon, Jennifer Lang, and Kate Schmier. Read by hosts Susan Stamberg and Murray Horwitz.

9-10 p.m. - Tinsel Tales 4: Stories of the Season Told Through Music

For many of us, Christmas is about family and traditions. For others it's a stressful or even a sad time. No matter how good or bad your holiday is, it’s quite likely to include music. This year, Tinsel Tales includes stories of the season told thru music with interviews from the NPR Archives. Kenny Rogers, Katie Melua, Sting, Amy Grant and Jon Batiste talk about the power of music at Christmas. Hosted by Lynn Neary.

10-11 p.m. - Cab Calloway: A Hide De Hoe Centennial

An energetic showman, a gifted singer, a talented actor and a fashion plate, Calloway was a legendary figure in American pop culture. That, and he led one of the greatest bands of the Swing Era, and shared a birthday with Christmas.

December 24

9-11 a.m. - Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols

A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols is the Christmas Eve service held in King's College Chapel. The Festival was introduced in 1918 to ping a more imaginative approach to worship. It was first podcast in 1928 and is now podcast to millions of people around the world.

The service includes carols and readings from the Bible. The opening carol is always 'Once in Royal David's City', and there is always a new, specially commissioned carol.

7-8 p.m. - Dr. Martin Luther King's 1967 Christmas Message of Hope

On Christmas Eve 1967, Martin Luther King, civil rights leader, Baptist preacher and winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, agreed to deliver the prestigious Massey lectures on CBC Radio. His title, was "Conscience for Change." Although these lectures were recorded more than forty years ago, King’s words have lost none of their relevance as we still try to come to terms with many of the same issues.

8-9 p.m. - A Christmas Carol with Jonathan Winters

A public radio tradition hosted by NPR's Susan Stamberg. Master comedian Jonathan Winters presents a distinctive reading of Dickens' holiday classic, with a special performing edition prepared by Dickens for his own presentations. Also featuring Mimi Kennedy.

9-10 p.m. - An Afro Blue Christmas

Here's a very special holiday concert with Howard University's premiere vocal ensemble Afro Blue, and special guest pianist Cyrus Chestnut. The a-cappela group performs a variety of holiday songs including African-American spirituals, jazz and pop tunes, and classical repertoire. The joyous celebration includes one-of-a-kind arrangements on traditional holiday songs plus new compositions... music perfect for the holidays and the spirit of Christmas. Hosted by Michele Norris.

10-11 p.m. - Swinging Holiday Jazz Party with Wynton Marsalis

Wynton Marsalis hosts an hour of holiday jazz favorites by Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong, Cécile McLorin Salvant, Gregory Porter, René Marie, and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra.

11 p.m.-12 a.m. - Jazz Piano Christmas 2019

Join us for a twist on your favorite holiday classics! The Kennedy Center and NPR present A Jazz Piano Christmas, the holiday tradition and annual sell-out, where pianists perform their favorite seasonal music. This year features Kennedy Center favorite George Cables, Latin all-star Rebeca Mauleón, Mark G. Meadows and Hancock Institute International Piano Competition Finalist Joshua White.

December 25

Midnight - 1 a.m. - Welcome Christmas

The perennial Christmas favorite from VocalEssence, one of the world’s premiere choral groups. An hour of traditional carols and new discoveries.

1-5 a.m. - Classical Christmas Music

The perennial Christmas favorite from VocalEssence, one of the world’s premiere choral groups. An hour of traditional carols and new discoveries.

9-10 a.m. - Tinsel Tales: NPR Christmas Favorites

This year a radio tradition continues - 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.

10-11 a.m. - All Songs Considered for the Holidays

11 a.m. - 12 p.m. - The Big Tiny Desk Concert Holiday Special

Celebrate the season with amazing holiday performances from The Tiny Desk Concert series including Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings, Steve Martin, Hanson, The Polyphonic Spree and more! Hosted by NPR Music frenemies Bob Boilen and Stephen Thompson.

December 26

9-10 p.m. - A Seasons Griot Kwanzaa Special

A Season's Griot is public radio's only nationally syndicated Kwanzaa program.  Hosted for 25 years by acclaimed storyteller Madafo Lloyd Wilson, this annual one-hour special captures the tales and traditions of African American and African peoples. The show’s poet laureate, Beverly Burnette, and other members of the Season’s Griot family return with familiar and favorite elements of Griot.

December 29

9-10 p.m. - Candles Burning Brightly

Mindy Ratner hosts a new edition of this holiday favorite, in celebration of Chanukah, the Jewish Festival of Lights. "Candles Burning Brightly" explores Chanukah foods and traditional activities - and plenty of music.

December 31

7-8 p.m. - The BBC Arts Hour Holiday Comedy

In a special program, The BBC Arts Hour celebrates the New Year with a showcase of the brightest and funniest comedians from around the world. Malawian stand-up Daliso Chaponda hosts the international line-up, which includes Sofie Hagen, Janine Harouni, Eshaan Akbar, Masud Milas and Brodi Snook. The array of comedy talent will be tackling global issues and asking what's next for the world in 2020.

9 p.m. - 3 a.m. - Toast of the Nation

An NPR tradition every New Year's Eve since the 1970s, Toast of the Nation is the perfect audio complement for the occasion. It's festive jazz you can party to, all night long. This year we are featuring some of the best jazz collectives playing today. We'll hear the Baltimore Collective recorded live at The Keystone Korner, The Michael Leonhart Orchestra at The Jazz Standard, The SFJAZZ Collective in San Francisco and The Jazz At Lincoln Center Orchestra in New York City.

January 1, 2020

10 a.m. - NOON - New Year's Day LIVE in Vienna with the Vienna Philharmonic

The Vienna Philharmonic and conductor Christian Thielemann present its ever popular annual New Year's Day concert from the Golden Hall of the Musikverein in Vienna. You'll hear your favorite waltzes, polkas and more -- a festive way to start off the New Year. It's presented by NPR Music and hosted by WBUR's Lisa Mullins. 

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