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89.1 WUFT-FM Holiday Program Schedule

FRI 12/23 @ 8PM: Festivo Alt.Latino with Cantigas

Cantigas performs live in NPR’s Studio 1. Colin Marshall/NPR

NPR Music’s Alt.Latino presents a 2014 encore performance featuring the 20-piece choral ensemble Coral Cantigas. This musical performance also includes stories about holiday traditions and cultures. Hear a traditional Peruvian Christmas Carol, folk music from Brazil, Spain, and Mexico plus Parrandas from Venezuela and Puerto Rico. The many rich styles of Latino choral music will unite listeners through the joyful and transformative power of music. Hosted by NPR’s Felix Contreras.

FRI 12/23 @ 9PM: An Afro Blue Christmas

Colin Marshall/NPR

Hosted by NPR’s Michele Norris. Join us for a very special holiday concert with Howard University’s premiere vocal ensemble Afro Blue and special guest pianist Cyrus Chestnut.  Hear the a-cappela group perform 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.

SAT 12/24 @ 10AM: A Car Talk Christmas Carol Redux

Tom and Ray Magliozzi; Richard Howard

A refreshed and updated version of a holiday classic, in a 29 minute radio special. Starring Tom and Ray Magliozzi and a stellar cast of public radio personalities including Robert Siegel as Bob Cratchit. From NPR and WBUR.



SAT 12/24 @ 12 Noon: Jonathan Winters’ A Christmas Carol (in place of Sikorski’s Attic)

71lwjmm8yelAn 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.

 SAT 12/24 @ 1PM: Tinsel Tales (1): NPR Christmas Favorites (in place of Animal Airwaves Live)

tinseltales_wide-3f917f415bd75b6f8aac6d7bbbeccca0b3391b8fHosted by NPR’s Lynn Neary. 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.


SAT 12/24 @ 3PM: A Season’s Griot 2016

aseasonsgriot_0This one-hour celebration in story and song is public radio’s only nationally syndicated Kwanzaa program (Kwanzaa begins 12/26). Hosted for nearly 20 years by acclaimed storyteller Madafo Lloyd Wilson, this annual special captures the tales and traditions of African American and African peoples.

This year’s program celebrates Family & Celebration. The show’s poet laureate, Beverly Burnette, and other members of the Season’s Griot family return and familiar and favorite elements of Griot will also be in place with plenty of music in this 2016 edition!

SAT 12/24 @ 7PM: Hanukkah Lights 2016

Hanukkah Lights: stories of the season from NPR.
Hanukkah Lights: stories of the season from NPR. Dominic Alves/Flickr

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. (Hanukkah begins 12/24).




SAT 12/24 @ 8PM: A Christmas Gift For You (in place of Soul Circuit Hour 1)

xmasgift_mediumThe inside story behind this 1963 album featuring performances by The Ronettes, The Crystals, Darlene Love and Bob B. Soxx and the Blue Jeans that raised the bar for pop/rock arrangements of classic holiday songs.  The All Music Guide says,  “This is the Christmas album by which all later holiday releases had to be judged,” and Rolling Stone lists it as one of the best albums ever made.  Includes interviews with singers Darlene Love and LaLa Brooks, musicians Nino Tempo, Don Randi and Hal Blaine.  Hosted by Anthony DeCurtis.

SAT 12/24 @ 9PM: HOB Radio: Blue Christmas (in place of Soul Circuit Hour 2)

christmasblues_mediumThe House of Blues Radio Hour is a weekly syndicated program hosted by Elwood Blues (a.k.a. Dan Aykroyd).  In this episode, Elwood roasts some chestnuts and plays Blues for Christmas.  Includes music by Gregg Allman, George Thorogood, B.B. King, Bonnie Raitt, Rufus Thomas, and many more.


SAT 12/24 @ 10PM: The Sound Opinions Holiday Spectacular: Santa Soul (in place of Soul Circuit Hr. 3)

santasoul_mediumHoliday music maven Andy Cirzan visits Sound Opinions every December to share with Jim and Greg a new collection of unique tunes for the season. From the weird to the wonderful, these are not your standard Christmas carols. By day Andy runs Jam Productions in Chicago. By night he searches through record stores, dustbins and basements to find gems for Sound Opinions and his annual compilation. This edition is called Santa Soul. You’ll be treated to holiday soul comps of yesteryear. These are killer Xmas dusties from the ’60s and ’70s —tracks by well-known artists like James Brown, Marvin Gaye, and Otis Redding as well as groovy underground acts. So light up the yule log and let the soul party begin! Cheers from everyone at Sound Opinions!

SAT 12/24 @ 11PM: Christmas with Morehouse and Spelman Glee Clubs

indexHosted by NPR’s Korva Coleman. 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.

SAT 12/25 @ Midnight till 2AM: Paul Winter’s 36th Annual Winter Solstice Celebration

paul_winter_1Celebrate the Return of the Sun — and the Warming of the heart with Paul Winter’s Annual Winter Solstice Celebration. On the darkest night of the year, we head back to New York’s Cathedral of St. John the Divine to hear The Paul Winter Consort and the glorious Cathedral Pipe Organ. The performance brings traditional holiday favorites and new sounds from around the world with special guests Ivan Lins and Renato Braz. Hosted by John Schaefer.

SUN 12/25 @ 2AM: All Songs Considered for the Holidays

Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton; Mito Habe-Evans

NPR’s All Songs Considered Host Bob Boilen’s had it with the holidays. He storms out of the studio and finds himself taking a Dickensian journey, with visits from some old friends including Carrie Brownstein (Portlandia, Sleater-Kinney), Dan Auerbach (The Black Keys), Aimee Mann, Ben Folds, and more. And um, they will also play the usual unusual holiday songs.


SUN 12/25 @ 3AM: Pink Martini’s Joy to the World: A Holiday Spectacular

Dave Christensen/OPB

Hosted by NPR’s All Things Considered’s Ari Shapiro. 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.

SUN 12/25 @ 4AM: Song Travels: Home For The Holidays

song-travels-home-for-the-holidays-small_wide-09c148be66e41ded7095deaef94002775adb26c3-s800-c85Join Michael Feinstein for an hour of yuletide cheer and music. This edition of Song Travels journeys from Hollywood’s vintage silver screen to New York City’s iconic Birdland club. The Michael Feinstein Big Band performs selections from the classic movie White Christmas, and Feinstein shares rare recordings from some of his favorite performers.

SUN 12/25 @ 5AM: Jazz Piano Christmas XXXII

Bill Charlap, Willie Pickens, Renee Rosnes and Bethany Pickens performed at the Kennedy Center in Washington for the annual public radio special A Jazz Piano Christmas; Jati Lindsey/Courtesy of the Kennedy Center

Hosted by NPR’s Felix Contreras. 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.

SUN 12/25 @ 10AM: Tinsel Tales 2: More NPR Christmas Favorites

Tinsel Tales
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Hosted by NPR’s Lynn Neary. NPR fills millions of homes each holiday 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.

SUN 12/25 @ 11AM: Tinsel Tales 3: Even More NPR Christmas Favorites

Christmas candle
Christmas candle Andrew Malone/Flickr

Hosted by NPR’s Lynn Neary. In keeping with a well-loved NPR holiday tradition, hear the third collection of extraordinary Christmas stories that 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.

SUN 12/25 @ 12 Noon: America’s Test Kitchen Radio Holiday Special – Food in Holiday Literature: From Dickens’ Christmas Pudding to Capote’s Fruitcake

americas_test_kitchenThis week we reminisce about our favorite food scenes in holiday literature, from Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol to Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women, and more. Gadget Guru Lisa McManus reveals her picks for the top ten holiday gift ideas, and we’ll speak with food writer Adam Gopnik. Then we’ll head into the test kitchen to learn how to make the ultimate Hermit Cookies for the holidays. And of course, we’ll be taking your calls to answer all of your cooking questions.

SUN 12/25 @ 8PM: Encore! – Selections from Sounds of the Season 2016/Holiday Traditions 2016

soundsofseason_2016_cotawebsite-1840x1328p50x50If you missed the concert on December 4 or you’d like to hear it again, be sure to tune in for an amazing performance by the UF Concert Choir, UF Symphony Orchestra, UF Women’s Chorale, the Gainesville Master Chorale, Welson Tremura, the UF Jazz Band and special guest Ensamble Vocal de Medellín.


SAT 12/31 @ 12 Noon: Capitol Steps: Politics Takes a Holiday New Year’s Edition 2016 (in place of Sikorski’s Attic)

The Capitol StepsIf 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, Bernie Sanders, Vladimir Putin…wait, what?!?

Let’s not let the election divide us any further.  Tune in, and let’s unite in laughter!  And for goodness sake, can someone give Merrick Garland a hug?

SAT 12/31 @ 1PM: A Season’s Griot 2016 (Rebroadcast) – In place of Animal Airwaves Live

aseasonsgriot_0Wind-down Kwanzaa with a rebroadcast of this one-hour celebration in story and song; public radio’s only nationally syndicated Kwanzaa program (Kwanzaa ends 1/1/17). Hosted for nearly 20 years by acclaimed storyteller Madafo Lloyd Wilson, this annual special captures the tales and traditions of African American and African peoples.

This year’s program celebrates Family & Celebration. The show’s poet laureate, Beverly Burnette, and other members of the Season’s Griot family return and familiar and favorite elements of Griot will also be in place with plenty of music in this 2016 edition!

SAT 12/31 @ 7PM: Chanukah in Story and Song 2016

cd_chanukkahWind-down Chanukah with the return of this hour-long Chanukah favorite: A celebration by The Western Wind performing Ladino songs of Spanish Jews, Yiddish melodies of Eastern Europe and modern Israeli tunes. Hosted by: Leonard Nimoy. (Chanukah ends 1/1/17)


SAT 12/31 @ 8PM: Toast of the Nation

blue-note-jazz-clubAn 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! We’ll hear sets from Buika, The Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Joshua Redman and Brad Meldau, pianist Fred Hersch and more.

SUN 1/1 @ 11AM: Innovation Hub – A Wiser, Better You

icon_456706345-649cf8217b860da9ce07554f70f11217d66d3c49The end of the year is a time of reflection. What went right? What went wrong? But it’s also when we look ahead at how we can make the next year better than the last. So this holiday season, a gift from “Innovation Hub” — a show on becoming a wiser, better you.