Holiday programs, 2017


Add WSKG to your holiday celebrations! Here’s a list of Christmas, Chanuka and New Year’s programs on Radio and TV

WSKG Radio and WSQX Radio

WSKG Radio  Binghamton 89.3 | Ithaca 90.9 | Hornell 88.7 | Elmira/Corning 91.1 | Oneonta 91.7 | Cooperstown 105.9 | Odessa 89.9
WSQX Radio Binghamton 91.5 | Ithaca 92.1 | Corning 90.7 | Greene/Norwich 88.1

12/11 1:00 PM WSKG – Advent Voices
Lynne Warfel presents an hour of gorgeous, contemplative music related to the Advent season, the Christmas story, and its symbolism.

12/13 1:00pm WSKG – A Chanukah Celebration with Chicago a cappella
Join Jonathan Miller, artistic director of Chicago a cappella and a longtime champion of Jewish choral music, for an inspiring and informative show featuring choral music set to Chanukah texts.

12/14 1:00pm WSKG –  Candles Burning Brightly
In celebration of Chanukah, the Jewish Festival of Lights. “Candles Burning Brightly” explores Chanukah foods and traditional activities – and plenty of music.

12/18 9:00pm  WSKG – The Canadian Brass: Christmas Time is Here
Music by Vince Guaraldi and Luther Henderson as well as traditional favorites from “A Charlie Brown Christmas,” “The Grinch Who Stole Christmas,” “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” “Frosty the Snowman” and more

12/18 10:00pm WSKG – Christmas with the King’s Singers
An a cappella Christmas from England with the King’s Singers, in an exclusive New York appearance recorded at The Greene Space.Timeless carols, Christmas classics and new arrangements.

12/19 1:00pm WSKG – Rose Ensemble: La Nochebuena
An exploration of the great variety of holiday music that filled the royal court of Ferdinand and Isabella, and flooded the chapels and streets of Renaissance Spain. Serene choral music from 16th-century masters is balanced with spirited cantigas for solo voice and harp.

12/19 10:00pm WSKG –  A Handel and Haydn Society Christmas Christmas
Choral music from America’s oldest continuously performing ensemble, Boston’s Handel & Haydn Society.

12/20 1:00pm WSKG – Christmas with Madrigalia
The Rochester, NY based choir Madrigalia presents its annual, expansive interpretation of the December holidays, with works of Hanukkah, Christmas, celebrations both secular and sacred, meditations on the darkness of the winter solstice, and words of hope.

12/20 9:00pm WSKG – Christmas with Calmus
The 5-voice a capella ensemble performs at Wolftrap.

12/20 10:00pm WSKG – Musical Gifts: Joshua Bell/Friends
Violinist Joshua Bell performs traditional favorites and new holiday arrangements. Features special guests Michael Feinstein, Frankie Moreno, the Young People’s Chorus of New York and more.

12/28 1:00pm WSKG – Musical Gifts: Joshua Bell/Friends
Encore of program heard 12/20, 10pm

12/21 9:00pm WSKG – Paul Winter Solstice Celebrate the Return of the Sun – and the Warming of the heart with Paul Winter’s Annual Winter Solstice Celebration.

12/22 8:00pm WSKG – Jazz Piano Christmas
It’s a Mardi Gras Christmas at the Kennedy Center.

RADIO, continued…

12/22 9:00pm WSKG – WSKG Holiday Expressions
WSKG recorded this Expressions program in our studios. Features Miles Ahead, The Little Big Band, Ultra Vibe and the duet of Ron Emerick and Rhonda Plunkett.

12/24 1:00pm WSQX – WSKG Holiday Expressions
Encore of program heard on WSKG 12/22 at 9pm.

12/22 11:00pm WSKG – Festivo Alt.Latino
A 2015 encore featuring songwriter/performer Gaby Moreno and her band performing tracks from her popular holiday album Posada – recorded live at the KUT studios in Austin, Texas.

12/15 11:00pm WSKG – All Songs Considered for Holidays
Kacey Musgraves, Conor Oberst and more special guests join All Songs hosts Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton on a steam engine to the north pole.

12/23 4:00pm WSQX –  Afro Blues Christmas
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.

12/24 10:00am WSKG – A Festival of 9 Lessons and Carols
The annual 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.

12/24 11:00pm WSKG – A Festval of 9 Lessons and Carols
An encore of the program heard this morning at 10:00am.

12/25 9:00pm WSKG – A Leroy Anderson Christmas
Hosted by conductor Leonard Slatkin and the composer’s son Kurt Anderson, the program features recorded performances of Leroy Anderson’s Christmas Music with Leonard Slatkin conducting the BBC Concert Orchestra, and Leroy Anderson conducting his “Pops” Concert Orchestra.

12/25 10:00am WSKG – A Chanticleer Christmas
A concert by Chanticleer recorded live. Hear why this superb 12-man ensemble is known as “an orchestra of voices,” as they perform holiday classics and new favorites, with choral commentary by host Brian Newhouse.

12/25 11:00am WSKG – Christmas with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir
The Mormon 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.

12/25 12:00pm WSKG Christmas with the Morehouse-Spelman Glee Clubs
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.

12/25 1:00pm WSKG – Welcome Christmas
New for 2017, “Welcome Christmas!” is a perennial Christmas favorite from VocalEssence, one of the world’s premier choral ensembles. Join host John Birge for an hour of traditional carols and new discoveries, including the world premiere of two carols from the annual Christmas Carol Contest.

12/25 9:00pm WSKG – St. Olaf Christmas Festival A service in song and word with hymns, carols, choral works, as well as orchestral selections celebrating the Nativity and featuring more than 500 student musicians in five choirs, and the St. Olaf Orchestra. SymphonyCast host Alison Young shares the sights and sounds of this choral favorite.

12/26 1:00pm WSKG – The Canadian Brass: Christmastime is Here
Features favorites from “A Charlie Brown Christmas,” “The Grinch Who Stole Christmas,” “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” “Frosty the Snowman” and more – timeless classics infused with jazz and lush harmonies.

12/27 1:00pm WSKG – A Handel and Haydn Society Christmas
An hour-long special featuring Christmas choral music from America’s oldest continuously performing ensemble, Boston’s Handel & Haydn Society.

Radio continued…

12/23 12:00pm WSQX – Tick, Tock, Circadian Clock – A Brains On! Special
Brains On!, the public radio science show for kids and curious adults, explores the fascinating science behind circadian rhythms. Host Molly Blooms delves into how humans have a ticking clock inside them, looks at what happens to hibernating animals and explores how all life is affected by light and dark. “Tick, Tock, Circadian Clock” offers a unique, scientific celebration of the Winter Solstice.

12/30 12:00pm WSQX – Marketplace Tech’s “The Holidays of the Future” Host Molly Wood explores the future of holiday purchases and celebrations. How will the holiday experience change in the next decade? How will we buy things? What machines and bots will join us around the dinner table? What companies will be household names? How will people with less money be utilizing technology? It’s an entertaining examination of current tech trends and predictions on tech’s lasting effects on our most special occasions.

1/1/18 11:00am WSKG – New Year’s Day From Vienna The Vienna Philharmonic presents 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.

1/1 10:00pm WSKG – New Year’s Day From Vienna
Encore of program heard at 11am this morning.

1/6 12:00pm WSQX – The Hilarious World of Depression Holiday Coping Mechanism Spectacular
An hour of fun, unusual, and intriguing ways for people with depression to get through the holiday season. Entertaining, moving, useful, and, yes, hilarious stories from celebrity guests and listeners about the unusual tips and tricks they use to get through the holidays.



12/3 – 11:00 am – Rick Steves: European Christmas
Rick visits friends and families in England, France, Norway, Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Italy to reveal their customs and practices of the holiday season.

12/9 – 8:00 pm – Christmas with Daniel O’Donnell
A winter wonderland of yuletide carols and seasonal favorites in a concert filmed in Dublin. Guests include Mary Duff, the Billie Barry Kids and the renowned Kilkenny Presentation Choir.

12/11 – 7:30 am (encore at 3:30pm) – Wild Kratts: A Creature Christmas
It’s Christmas time and the Wild Kratts are taking a break from creature adventuring to celebrate. But when the Wild Kratts receive an alert that their favorite creatures are suddenly disappearing around the globe, their holiday party quickly turns into a rescue mission. Will they be able to travel to the ends of the earth and return their baby animal friends to their homes in time for the holidays?

12/11 – 8:30 am – Curious George: A Very Monkey Christmas
Curious George and The Man with the Yellow Hat are having a wonderful time getting ready for Christmas. There’s only one dilemma – neither of them can figure out what to give the other for a present! In the end, both gift-giving predicaments are simply and beautifully resolved, revealing the true spirit of the holiday season.

12/11 – 11:30 am – Once Upon A Sesame Street Christmas
It’s Christmas Eve on Sesame Street! After putting out cookies for Santa, Elmo’s dad tells him a bedtime story about his great-great-grandmonster Elmo and how Sesame Street was once an unfriendly street. Everyone was grouchy and there was no holiday spirit. With the help of Grandmonster Elmo’s new friends, they try to find a way to bring back the holiday spirit in hopes that Santa would come to visit. They learn that all you need is kindness!

12/11 – 1:00 pm – Peg + Cat + Holidays
A special holiday episode of Peg + Cat featuring “The Christmas Problem,” “The Hanukkah Problem,” and “The Penguin Problem. ”

12/11 – 9:00 pm – Crane Candlelight Concert – Laude!
Laude! means Praise, and The Crane Chorus and Crane Symphony Orchestra come together to perform selections of praise, hope, and joy to celebrate the holiday season. Featuring over 300 carolers and musicians from the renowned Crane School of Music at the State University of New York at Potsdam, the concert includes traditional Christmas and seasonal hymns along with popular favorites.

12/12 – 6:30 am – The Cat in the Hat Knows A Lot About Christmas!
This adventure finds the Cat in the Hat, Nick and Sally on a journey around the world to help a lost reindeer find his way home to Freezeyourknees Snowland in time for Christmas. On the way, the Thingamajigger breaks down and they depend on a variety of animals — from African bush elephants to bottlenose dolphins to red crabs — and their remarkable abilities to help them make an amazing journey home.

12/14 – 8:00 pm – Christmas at Susquehanna: The 50th Anniversary Candlelight Service
Recorded in December 2016 at Susquehanna University’s Weber Chapel, the program captures the voices of students, faculty, staff, alumni, families and community members joining together to celebrate the 50th year of the cherished tradition. Produced by our colleagues at WVIA, Scranton.

12/15 – 9:00 pm – The Great British Baking Show #515 Christmas Masterclass
Join judges Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood as they detail how to make perfect mince pies, Christmas pudding and Christmas cake, and introduce some tasty treats for the holiday season.

12/15 – 10:00 pm – Christmas with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir Featuring Rolando Villazon
Celebrate the holidays with the renowned Mormon Tabernacle Choir. This season’s cross-cultural spectacular features the world’s leading tenor, Rolando Villazon, and seasonal favorites.

12/16 – 6:30 pm – Let’s Polka! #701 John Steven’s Doubleshot Part 1 – Holiday
Happy holiday polka music, recorded at WSKG’s studios with local dancers.

WSKG TV, continued…

12/17 – 8:00 pm – Last Tango In Halifax Holiday Special
Caroline’s new headship involves moving the family to a ramshackle farmhouse in time for Christmas. Alan has a difficult conversation with Gillian, who’s consumed by thoughts of the afterlife, convinced she’s being haunted by Eddie.

12/17 – 11:00 pm – Happy Holidays with the Boston Pops
The Boston Pops and Tanglewood Festival Chorus, under the direction of Keith Lockhart, performing beloved classics, including “Christmas Canticles” and “Hallelujah Chorus” from Handel’s Messiah. Country superstar Sara Evans sings songs from her 2014 holiday album “At Christmas,” and Mad Men and Broadway star Robert Morse reads “Twas the Night Before Christmas” with musical accompaniment. Of course, no Holiday Pops concert would be complete without the orchestra’s signature rendition of Leroy Anderson’s “Sleigh Ride,” a piece written expressly for the Boston Pops, and a visit from the one and only Santa Claus.

12/21 – 8:00 pm – Expressions Holiday Harmonies
Recorded at WSKG’s studios – local performers with holiday music.

12/22 – 9:00 pm – Christmas at Belmont
Host Sheryl Crow is joined by nearly 700 student musicians, Belmont School of Music faculty and Nashville Children’s Choir for a production of traditional carols, classical masterworks, world music and light-hearted seasonal favorites.

12/23 – 10:30 am – Chef’s Life Holiday Special
Vivian Howard serves up the best of her Southern cooking heritage and the Chanukah traditions of her husband Ben. From humble Hoppin’ John to elegant red velvet cake, sample a charming and delicious holiday celebration.

12/23 – 6:30 pm – Let’s Polka! John Steven’s Doubleshot Part 2 – Holiday
Happy holiday polka music, recorded at WSKG with local dancers.

12/24 – 7:00 pm – The Great British Baking Show #215 Christmas Masterclass
Mary and Paul share favorite recipes for Christmas classics like stollen, mincemeat streusel and a gingerbread house, and some lesser-known bakes: Scottish black bun, Tunis cake and Boxing Day pie-the perfect way to use trimmings from the day before.

12/24 – 8:00 pm – Last Tango In Halifax Holiday Special
Caroline tells Gillian the truth about why she took the new headship. Gillian’s mounting guilt over Eddie’s death drives her to make a life-changing decision. On the night of Celia’s play, a twist of fate means Alan is forced to confront his fears.

12/24 – 11:00 pm – Holiday Handbells: The Raleigh Ringers
The Raleigh Ringers, an internationally acclaimed community handbell choir based in Raleigh, North Carolina, present song selections from old yuletide favorites to Vince Guaraldi’s A Charlie Brown Christmas and other sounds of the season. Highlights include: a lighthearted take on “Flight of the Bumblebee,” the solemn French carol “Pat-a-pan,” “March of the Toys” from the operetta Babes in Toyland, Chopin’s “Valse Brilliante,” and an instrumental version of “Silent Night.”

12/25 – 9:00 pm – Call The Midwife Holiday Special 2017
Join the midwives as they battle snow, ice, power cuts and frozen pipes to provide patient care during the coldest winter in 300 years. Valerie helps a young couple who experience a traumatic birth and Sister Julienne tries to reunite a family.

12/30 – 6:30 pm – Let’s Polka! #703 John Steven’s Doubleshot Part 3 – Holiday
Happy holiday polka music recorded at WSKG, with local dancers.

12/31 – 7:00 pm – The Great British Baking Show #315 Christmas Masterclass
Watch Mary prepare a pavlova wreath, and Paul a Chelsea bun Christmas tree. Mary makes decadent trifle layered with fruit compote and a rosace a l’orange. Paul puts leftovers to use in turkey and ham pie and closes the show with a towering pandoro.

12/31 – 9:00 pm – Live from Lincoln Center – NY Philharmonic New Year’s Eve: Bernstein on Broadway
Ring in 2018 with a celebration of Leonard Bernstein’s best-loved works for Broadway, including West Side Story, featuring the New York Philharmonic and special guests.

12/31 – 11:00 pm – ACL Hall of Fame New Year’s Eve
Enjoy the 2017 Austin City Limits special as Roy Orbison, Rosanne Cash and the Neville Brothers are inducted into the Hall of Fame. Performers include Neko Case, Brandi Carlile, Trombone Shorty, Raul Malo, Ry Cooder and more. Chris Isaak hosts.

1/1/18 – 12:00am – Foo Fighters – Landmarks Live In Concert: A Great Performances Special
Rock with the great American stadium rock band, having sold 25 million records and won of 11 Grammy Awards, captured in peak performance at the iconic ancient amphitheater at Athens’ Acropolis, hosted by Chad Smith, Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer.

2 thoughts on “Holiday programs, 2017

  1. Thank you very much, Greg, for putting together “Holiday programs, 2017”. Makes it nice having all that information in one place. Well done and much appreciated.


  2. Thanks so much Greg, for putting together Holiday Programs 2017. It is just one more wonderful thing that WSKG gives to its listeners. Also, I would miss out on some wonderful programming if I did not have this.


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