Holiday shows fill airwaves
By Patrick Cloonan
Published: Monday, Dec. 23, 2013, 2:41 a.m.
Airwaves are full of reindeer, manger scenes and more:
Monday: WPCB-40 has Shannon Wexelberg's “Love Came for Me” at 2:30 p.m.
WQED-89.3 has “Christmas at the Movies” at 8 p.m. and Bach on “Exploring Music” at 9 p.m.
WTAE-4 has “Great Christmas Light Fight” and WQED-13 has “Christmas in Norway” with St. Olaf Choir at 9 p.m.
Christmas Eve: WPXI-11 airs My Macy's Holiday Parade at 2 a.m. and on Christmas at 5 a.m., with Wednesday PCNC 7 a.m. and noon replays.
KDKA-1020 offers Rob Pratte's “Seven Fishes” at 9 a.m.
WQED-89.3 will “Welcome Christmas” at 9 a.m., then air the “Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols” live from Cambridge, England at 10 a.m., London Philharmonic Orchestra's “Nutcracker Suite” at 6 p.m., “Joshua Bell and Friends” at 8 p.m., “Chanticleer Christmas” at 10 p.m. and “Anonymous 4” at 11 p.m.
WPCB-40 has a “Real Life” special Tuesday and Wednesday at 9 a.m., 1 and 8 p.m. and 1 a.m. On Tuesday it has “Stellar Tribute to the Holidays” at 9 p.m. and “Christmas with a Capital C” at 10 p.m.
WJAS-1320 begins 36 hours of Christmas music at noon; KDKA-1020 starts it at 6 p.m. as does WHJB-107.1, which features seasonal sounds and “Mannheim Steamroller's An American Christmas.”
KQV-1410 has “It's A Wonderful Life” with Jimmy Stewart at 7 p.m., “Miracle on 34th Street” at 8 p.m., Imagination Theater at 9 p.m., Mass from St. Paul Cathedral at 10 p.m. and Handel's Messiah at 11:30 p.m.
WPXI-11 has the movie “It's A Wonderful Life,” WPCW-19 offers “12 Dogs of Christmas” and WTAE-4 has “Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas,” all at 8 p.m.; WTAE-4 has a “Grinch” movie at 8:30 p.m.
WQED-13 has “National Christmas Tree Lighting” at 8 p.m., Mormon Tabernacle Choir at 9 p.m. and “Frontline: From Jesus to Christ: The First Christians” at 10 p.m. (and Dec. 31 at 10 p.m.).
Christmas: KDKA-1020 has Midnight Mass from SS. Peter and Paul Ukrainian Church in Ambridge. The Rev. Ron Lengwin has music and readings after Mass until 5 a.m., when holiday music resumes.
KQV-1410 has the Mormon Tabernacle Choir until 5 a.m.
WQED-89.3 has “St. Olaf Festival” at 6 a.m., Leroy Anderson at 8 a.m., re-airs of local concerts at 9 a.m., “Baroque Brass & Choral Holiday Concert” at 4 p.m., Canadian Brass at 6 p.m., “Tallis Scholars: Love is Better than Wine” at 7 p.m., “Glad Tidings of Great Joy” at 8 p.m. and “Carols the World Round” at 10 p.m.
WEDO-810 has the Passionist Mass at 8 a.m., “Echoes of a Polish Christmas” with the Rev. Dennis Bogusz at 9 a.m. and “Frania's Polish Koledy Christmas” at 10 a.m.
WTAE-4 has “Disney Parks Christmas Parade” at 10 a.m., “Hollywood Christmas at the Grove” at noon and an NBA doubleheader at 2 p.m.
WQED-13 has “Tracks of Imagination” at 1 p.m., “St. Thomas Christmas” at 2 p.m., “Purdue Christmas” at 3 p.m., “Shaun Johnson Big Band Experience” at 4 p.m., “B.E. Taylor Christmas Concert” at 5 p.m. and “Nature: Christmas in Yellowstone” at 8 p.m.
WPCB-40 has “Christmas from the Heart with B.E. Taylor” at 2 and 9 p.m., “BJ's Teddy Bear Christmas” at 3:30 p.m., “Superbook: The First Christmas” at 4:30 p.m., Annie Moses Band at 10 p.m. and Fort Lauderdale Christmas Pageant at 11 p.m.
WPCW-19 offers “Kung Fu Panda Holiday” at 8 p.m. and “Merry Madagascar” at 8:30 p.m.
WPGH-53 has “Ice Age: A Mammoth Christmas” at 8 p.m. and “Dreamworks Dragons: Gift of the Night Fury” at 8:30 p.m.
Thursday: WSHH-99.7 has holiday music and “soft rock” for the week after Christmas.
ESPN and KDKA-93.7 air the Pitt-Bowling Green Little Caesars Pizza Bowl at 6 p.m.
WQED-13 has “OnQ Christmas Stories Through Years I” at 8 and “II” at 8:30 p.m.
Saturday: WPMY-22 has “Disney's A Christmas Carol” and WPGH-53 “Stellar Tribute to the Holidays” at 1 p.m.
WQED-13 has “Memories From the Table” at 1:30 p.m.
Dec. 29: WPMY-22 has “Joy to the World” at noon.
WTAE-4 has “Happy New Year, Charlie Brown” at 8 p.m. and “Rudolph's Shiny New Year” at 9 p.m. KDKA-2 has “Kennedy Center Honors” at 9 p.m.
Dec. 30: Rose Tennent is a holiday sub for Sean Hannity at 3 p.m. on WPGB-104.7.
WPCB-40 offers “Real Life Family Time – Live!” at 7 p.m.
New Year's Eve: WQED-89.3 has “First Night Pittsburgh” at 6 p.m. KDKA-2 picks up coverage at 11:35 p.m.
WTAE-4 has “30 Greatest Women in Music” at 8 p.m. and Ryan Secrest at 10 p.m. WPXI-11 has Carson Daly at 10 p.m. WPGH-53 picks up Fox coverage at 11 p.m.
WPCB-40 offers a New Year's celebration starting at 10 p.m., with communion at midnight.
New Year's Day: WRCT-88.3's Jay Thurber has a 1973 countdown at 9 a.m., then “Professor Stripey's Sounds of the '60s and '70s” at noon.
WEDO-810 has “Echoes of Poland New Year's” with Father Bogusz at 10 a.m.
WTAE-4 and WPXI-11 air the Tournament of Roses parade at 11 a.m. WQED-89.3 has “New Year's Day from Vienna” at 11 a.m. and “Gala First Day Concert with Boston Baroque” at 3 p.m.
Patrick Cloonan is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-664-9161, ext. 1967, or email@example.com.
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