KIOS-FM 2016 HANUKKAH, CHRISTMAS AND NEW YEAR SPECIAL PROGRAMS
Wed., Dec. 21, 8:00pm – “Jazz Piano Christmas XXXII”
Join the Kennedy Center and NPR Music for a special family affair at this year’s holiday concert that features Chicagoans Willie Pickens and daughter Bethany Pickens, plus husband and wife Bill Charlap and Renee Rosnes. Hosted by Felix Contreras.
Thu., Dec. 22, 8:00pm – “Joy to the World – A 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.
Fri., Dec. 23, 12:00pm – “Hanukkah Lights 2016”
A perennial NPR favorite, with all-new Hanukkah stories. Authors include R. L. Maizes, Elisa Albert, Ellen Orleans, and Lia Pripstein. Hosted by Susan Stamberg and Murray Horwitz.
Sat., Dec. 24, 9:00am – “A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols”
A 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.
Sat., Dec. 24, 10:30am – “Henry's Story”
Enjoy KIOS-FM’s own original Christmas program. Written by Doug Marr, and read by Laura Marr, with music by George Winston, “Henry’s Story” shows that the true meaning of Christmas can be found anywhere – even in a fourth grade classroom.
Sat., Dec. 24, 11:00am – “Jonathan Winters’ ‘A Christmas Carol’”
Master comedian Jonathan Winters presents a distinctive reading of Dickens’ holiday classic, with a special performing edition prepared by Dickens for his own presentations. An updated version of a public radio tradition hosted by NPR’s Susan Stamberg. Also featuring Mimi Kennedy.
Sun., Dec. 25, 9:00am – “Tinsel Tales: NPR Christmas Favorites”
This program features stories from the NPR archives that touch on the meaning of Christmas. David Sedaris, Bailey White, John Henry Faulk, and other NPR voices, past and present, tell stories of the season. Hosted by Lynn Neary.
Sun., Dec. 25, 10:00am – “Tinsel Tales II: More NPR Christmas Favorites”
NPR fills millions of homes each Christmas with humor, warmth, and a host of festive voices. 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.
Sun., Dec. 25, 11:00am - "Tinsel Tales III: Even More NPR Christmas Favorites”
In keeping with a well-loved NPR holiday tradition, hear the third collection of extraordinary Christmas stories with will transport you to unexpected places. Audie Cornish, Ken Harbaugh, Nina Totenberg and other voices from 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. Hosted by Lynn Neary.
Sun., Dec. 25, 2:00pm – “All Is Calm: The Christmas Truce of 1914”
Produced by Minnesota Public Radio, this program shows that even the “War to End All Wars” can have a profound effect on people’s lives at Christmas time.
Sun., Dec. 25, 3:00pm – “A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols” (repeat)
This repeat broadcast of the legendary service from King’s College in Cambridge, England features the 30-voice King’s College Choir.
Mon., Dec. 26, 12:30pm – “Henry's Story” (repeat)
By popular demand, enjoy this repeat broadcast of KIOS-FM’s own original Christmas program. Written by Doug Marr, and read by Laura Marr, with music by George Winston, “Henry’s Story” shows that the true meaning of Christmas can be found anywhere – even in a fourth grade classroom.
Fri., Dec. 30, 12:00pm – “The Capitol Steps: Politics Takes a Holiday”
If only the Capitol Steps had some funny material to work with in 2016!...is something that will never cross your mind when listening to their Year in Review New Year’s special! All your election favorites will be there: President-Elect Trump, Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders, Vladimir Putin…wait, what?!?
Sat., Dec. 31, 8:00pm – “Toast of the Nation 2016-17”
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 special venue, throughout the country. We’ll hear sets from Buika, The Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Joshua Redman and Brad Meldau, pianist Fred Hersch and more.