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Special holiday programming scheduled on 88.9 KETR

This holiday season, 88.9 KETR will be offering a selection of special programming for our listeners to enjoy. The following schedule below details the special programming KETR will be airing. All of our other regularly scheduled programming will remain the same. Descriptions of each holiday program are provided below.
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Happy Holidays from all of us at 88.9 KETR!

Christmas Eve:

  • 11:00 am - Noon: Hollywood Holiday
  • Noon - 1:00 pm: Big Tiny Desk Holiday Special
  • 1:00 - 2:00 pm: Tinsel Tales 4
  • 9:00 - 10:00 pm: Tinsel Tales 3
  • 10:00 -11:00 pm: Tinsel Tales 2
  • 11:00 pm - Midnight: Jonathan Winters’ Christmas Carol

Christmas Day:

  • Midnight-1a: A World Cafe Holiday
  • 1-3a: Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols
  • 3-4a: Morehouse and Spellman Glee Clubs
  • 4-5a: Christmas with the Tabernacle Choir
  • 5-6a: All is Bright
  • 6-7a: Carols and Cheer
  • 11a-Noon: Carols and Cheer
  • Noon-1p: A World Cafe Holiday
  • 1-2p: All Songs Considered
  • 9-10p: Happy(ish) Holidays
  • 10-11p: Joy to the World - Holiday in Pink
  • 11p-Midnight: Festivo Alt. Latino

New Years Eve:

  • 9p-Midnight: Toast of the Nation

New Years Day:

  • Midnight-3a: Toast of the Nation

 Program Descriptions:

Hollywood Holiday:
Saturday Cinema host Lynne Warfel presents an hour-long musical retrospective of some of Hollywood's most cherished Christmas-themed movies.

Big Tiny Desk 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.

Tinsel Tales:
In keeping with a well-loved NPR holiday tradition, hear collections of extraordinary Christmas stories that will transport you to unexpected places. NPR's past and present tell stories of the season in this hour-long special. Some tales are funny; some are touching; some are insightful or irreverent or nostalgic or surprising. You might recognize them from our broadcast archives — or you might fall in love with them for the first time.

Jonathan Winters' Christmas Carol:
An updated version of 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. From NPR and KCRW.

A World Cafe Holiday:
From the World Cafe archives, hear special one of a kind holiday performances from big-name artists including Jack Johnson, Carole King, Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings, The Oh-Hellos and more. Hosted by Talia Schlanger, this musical Santa will provide a full hour of hour of hip holiday cheer.

Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols:
Pipedreams host Michael Barone presents this live service of spoken-word and music (choral and organ) broadcast from the chapel of King's College in Cambridge, England. The 30-voice King's College Choir performs the legendary Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols service of Biblical readings and music.

Morehouse and Spellman 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.

Christmas with the Tabernacle Choir:
The world-renowned Tabernacle Choir continues its tradition of great artistry this holiday season, with touching arrangements of familiar carols, and lesser-known melodies that are fast becoming the new classics. Julie Amacher hosts this annual favorite.

All is Bright:
Lynne Warfel hosts an hour of gorgeous, contemplative choral music that tells the traditional Christmas story with songs about angels, the star and the manger scene. Featured artists include Cantus, Chanticleer, Cambridge Singers, Bryn Terfel, Emma Kirkby, Jessye Norman, and a variety of choirs.

Carols and Cheer:
Host Scott Blankenship reviews his favorite carols this holiday season. Audiences will love singing along as he shares his top picks for the Christmas season, performed by today's leading artists and ensembles.

All Songs Considered:
It’s not a repeat after all! John Legend, Aloe Blacc, Lucius and more join hosts Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton to share holiday memories and play a mix of the seasonal songs they love most.

Happy(ish) Holidays:
Some people celebrate the holidays with cheer and eggnog and magic. Some people don’t celebrate the holidays at all. And a lot of people endure the holidays with a grin on their face and a pain in their heart. Because the holidays are tough, and host Nora McInerny is going to talk about it. With special guests and stories from listeners, it is an honest look at why some people aren’t so jolly during this difficult time of year.

Joy to the World - Holiday in Pink:
The internationally acclaimed “little orchestra" Pink Martini bedecks the airwaves with festive holiday songs from across the globe. From timeless classics to rarely heard gems, hear a multi-denominational, multi-cultural jubilee, overflowing with enough holiday spirit to warm your entire family. Hosted by All Things Considered’s Ari Shapiro.

Festivo Alt. Latino:
Hear the healing and uplifting power of the human voice with the Washington, D.C.-based group, Cantigas. The group's 25 members assembled in NPR's Studio 1 in front of a live audience to present an eclectic mix of songs and rhythms from Mexico, Spain, Venezuela, Brazil, Argentina, Peru, Cuba and Puerto Rico–the home country of its artistic director, Diana Sáez. From folk to sacred to contemporary sounds, Cantigas presents a broader view of Latin music for audiences around the country through sophisticated vocal interpretations and by also reaching back into history to embrace choral traditions brought to and developed in the "New World." Hosted by Felix Contreras

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. Spirited, improvised, and swinging, each segment stops in a Blue Note venue throughout the country and the world. Hear encore sets from Buika, The Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Joshua Redman and Brad Meldau, pianist Fred Hersch, Ron Carter, and Dee Dee Bridgewater.