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Enjoy KSUT's Holiday Programming

'Tis the season for old favorites and new classics. KSUT has a festive lineup of special holiday programming. Hear a variety of timeless storytelling, carols and festive Music Blends. Spend your holiday with the KSUT Family and lots of great radio.


Monday, December 21, Winter Solstice

7-9 pm, Down Home Girl Holiday Show: Join JJ for a festive 2 hours of seasonal bluegrass.

9-10 pm, Thistle and Shamrock Solstice:  This time of year may be experienced quite differently depending on where you live and which customs matter to you, but there is something universal about the music that marks midwinter, the older the better. Join Fiona Ritchie for a celebration of the traditions of midwinter through festive songs, carols and the magical music of the season.

10-11 pm, Paul Winter's Annual Winter Solstice Celebration: Celebrate the return of the sun - and the warming of the earth with an exuberant feast of sound captured live in the majestic Cathedral of St. John the Divine. Hosted by WNYC's John Schaefer.

11-midnight, An Echoes Winter Solstice Celebration: Bundle up for the big chill on a Winter Solstice Soundscape.  Echoes’ John Diliberto creates a soundscape of snow shrouded trees, silent saguaro cacti and white-out conditions.  It’s a winter fantasy with no Christmas carols, but a sleigh-full of music taking you into the celestial and chilled side of the season, including music by Tori Amos, Kevin Keller, Jeff Johnson, Tim Story, David Helpling and more. A Winter Solstice Soundscape, bringing serenity to the season.

Tuesday, December 22

7-9 pm, Barrelhouse Blues' Christmas Blues: Rob Rawls spins yule blues from Samantha Fish, BB King, Etta James, Sharon Jones, Keb’ Mo’ and many others.

9-10 pm, Jazz Night in America - A Holiday Celebration: Jazz Night in America brings you holiday classics from their past five seasons – featuring fresh arrangements and entertaining storytelling recorded live from Rose Theater in New York City. You'll hear the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis, plus special guest vocalists Catherine Russell and Kenny Washington. Christian McBride hosts.

Wednesday, December 23

7-9 pm, Tales of the New West: On tonight's Tales of the New West, host Chris Aaland gets into the holiday spirit with his annual Christmas celebration ... with Yuletide cheer ranging from classic (Burl Ives, Gene Autry, Merle Haggard & the Strangers) to the contemporary (The Mavericks, The Infamous Stringdusters, Nikki Lane). Plus, a Tales from the KSUT Presents segment that touches on the holidays featuring The Colorado Playboys from a 2006 KSUT Session. As always, this segment was generously supported by Bank of the San Juans.

9-10 pm, Sounds from the Mother Road: Holiday tunes from Jamie Hoover. 

Thursday, December 24, Christmas Eve

7-9 pm, Ike's America Christmas Classic: Join Ted Holteen for a classic Christmas celebration from the good ol’ days.

9-11 pm, A Christmas Carol with Patrick Stewart: Patrick Stewart presents a distinctive reading of Dickens’ holiday classic.

11-midnight, An Echoes Night Before Christmas: Get the sugar plums dancing with an Echoes Night Before Christmas. It's a time when life seems suspended between the Christmas build-up and the explosion of Christmas morning. It's not your shopping Mall Christmas carols. We'll hear music from the Ornamental and Dark Noel albums, Jeff Johnson's "Winterfold" and Smoke Fairies' "Wild Winter." John Diliberto decorates your ears with seasonal music that's cool and chilled on an Echoes Night Before Christmas. 

Friday, December 25, Christmas Day

9-10 am, Christmas Morning Blend:  Jim Belcher spins an hour of yule tunes for Christmas morning.

10-11 am, All Songs Considered for the Holidays: NPR's Bob Boilen curates this annual musical celebration.

11 am-noon, 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.

Noon-1 pm, NPR's Here and Now

1-4 pm, Christmas Afternoon Blend: Host Susie B spins yule tunes through the afternoon. 

4-7 pm, ATC/Fresh Air

7-10 pm, A k?ni Náshwa Holiday Chillout: Join Kenny B for a Christmas evening of chilled holiday cheer from around the world.

10 pm-midnight, An Echoes Christmas:  Get the sugar plums dancing with a Christmas Soundscape. Celebrate the season with Jeff Johnson’s “Winterfold” and Smoke Fairies' “Wild Winter." It’s not your shopping mall Christmas carols. We’ll hear music from the Ornamental and Dark Noel albums, including Paulina Cassidy singing a version of Frosty the Snowman that you won’t hear waiting in line for Santa Claus. It’s two hours of seasonal music that's cool and chilled, on an Echoes Christmas.       

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