WIUM Tristates Public Radio

Holiday Program Schedule

This holiday season Tri States Public Radio will again bring you a selection of programs to compliment your quiet moments or holiday gatherings. Please be sure to check the schedule as programs will be offered through the holiday season.

Details on all of our holiday program offerings can be found below.


9AM – 10AM

New for 2018, "Welcome Christmas!" is a perennial Christmas favorite from VocalEssence, one of the world’s premiere choral groups. John Birge hosts an hour of traditional carols and new discoveries, including the world premiere of two carols from the annual Christmas Carol Contest.

10AM – 11AM

“A Chanticleer Christmas” – Celebrate the season with song! Brian Newhouse hosts this one-hour program of a cappella holiday favorites, new and old, presented live in concert by Chanticleer, the superb 12-man choral ensemble known as "an orchestra of voices."

11AM – 12PM

“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.



7PM – 8PM

“Holiday Standard Time with Michael Feinstein” – An hour-long celebration of the American holiday songbook, with rarely heard recordings from Peggy Lee, Rosemary Clooney, Louis Prima, and Donny Hathaway, and featuring Michael Feinstein performing three holiday favorites.

8PM – 11PM

“After Hours with Jeff Holtz” – Join us for an evening of holiday jazz on After Hours.  We’ll hear three hours of seasonal music; some upbeat and funny, some moving and heartfelt, played by some of the finest performers in jazz.  Listen to Jeff Holtz’ favorite show of the year and enjoy holiday jazz on After Hours.

11PM – 12AM

“A Swinging Holiday Jazz Party with Wynton Marsalis” – Wynton Marsalis hosts an hour of holiday jazz favorites by Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong, Cécile McLorin Salvant, Gregory Porter, René Marie, and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra.



9AM – 10AM

“All is Bright: Contemplative Music for Christmas” – 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.

10AM – 12PM

“St. Olaf Christmas Festival” – This service in song and word has become one of the nation's most cherished holiday celebrations. The festival includes 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. Valerie Kahler shares the sights and sounds of this choral favorite.



9AM – 10AM

“Christmas with The Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square” – 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.

Enjoy a warm, nostalgic holiday celebration featuring a choir of 360 voices, a 150-piece orchestra at Temple Square, the 32-member Bells on Temple Square, along with other artists and special guests. A 600-person cast will share a stunningly beautiful mix of carols in various unique arrangements.

10AM – 12PM

“A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols” – An annual and beloved Christmas tradition, “A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols” is an extraordinary and memorable live service of word and music from the Chapel of King’s College, Cambridge, England.

Share in a live, world-wide Christmas Eve broadcast of a service of Biblical readings, carols, and related seasonal music (anthems a cappella and with organ accompaniment, and congregational hymns), presented by one of the world’s foremost choirs of men and boys and performed in an acoustically and architecturally renowned venue.

This year’s broadcast will be the last service for Stephen Cleobury, King’s College Chapel Music Director, who has conducted the chapel choir since 1982. Cleobury will retire from his King’s College post at the end of the 2019 school term.