KRCU to Broadcast a Variety of Holiday Specials

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Dec. 10, 2010 — KRCU at Southeast Missouri State University announces plans to air a variety of holiday specials during the month of December.

The special holiday programming is in addition to the station’s locally produced programs that always feature holiday-themed selections. Listeners will enjoy classical holiday music during “Caffe Concerto” and “Afternoon Classics,” weekdays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Plus, locally produced programs such as “A Musical Meander,” “Your Folk Connection” and “Themes Familiar” will join in the holiday celebrations.

KRCU will present other specials that include “A Christmas Gift For You” on Sunday, Dec. 19, at 9 a.m. The program features performances by The Ronettes, The Crystals, Darlene Love and Bob B. Soxx and the Blue Jeans.

General Manager Dan Woods says that the station enjoys sharing special programming around the holidays.

“It’s a chance to thank our listeners for their support throughout the year and offer programming that complements the holiday season,” he said. “It’s a great way to celebrate this time of year.”

On Christmas Eve at 8 p.m., the station will present Big Easy Holiday: “Crescent City Gospel” and invites listeners to stomp in the holidays New Orleans style. Wycliffe Gordon leads listeners “Down by the Riverside,” on “Just a Closer Walk with Thee” and in “The Battle Hymn of the Republic.” Then at 9 p.m., a locally produced version of “A Christmas Carol” will be presented. Local actor Arthur Wilhite offers up a new version of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol,” from his own adaptation for radio…a holiday tradition on KRCU.

On Wednesday, Dec. 29 at 7 p.m., KRCU presents “A Season’s Griot 2010,” public radio’s only nationally syndicated Kwanzaa program. Hosted for the last 17 years by acclaimed storyteller Madafo Lloyd Wilson, this annual one-hour special captures the tales and traditions of African-American and African peoples.

The complete list of holiday specials is available at www.krcu.org.

As the area’s source for diverse musical programming and award winning NPR news, KRCU strives to continuously excel in providing the highest quality public radio programming to Southeast Missouri and Southern Illinois. Nearly 1.9 million people within the listening area have the opportunity to tune in to KRCU 90.9 FM which is a 6,500 watt station located in Cape Girardeau and KSEF 88.9 FM, a 20,000 watt repeater station located in Farmington. The station broadcasts 24 hours a day from the campus of Southeast Missouri State University. More information is available at http://www.krcu.org/.