Southeast Public Radio to Broadcast Variety of Holiday Specials in December

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In the spirit of the season, Southeast Public Radio will feature several unique programs throughout December.

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Nov. 26, 2007 — In the spirit of the season, Southeast Public Radio will feature several unique programs throughout December.

These feature programs will be mixed with the station’s regular selection of holiday music on its locally produced programs, “Caffè Concerto,” “Afternoon Classics,” “Night Music,” “Broadway Melodies,” “Themes Familiar,” “Your Folk Connection,” “You Must Remember This” and “A Musical Meander.”

The special programming begins on Tuesday, Dec. 4, with “Chanukah in Story and Song,” narrated by Leonard Nimoy and sung by the acclaimed vocal sextet The Western Wind Vocal Ensemble. “Chanukah in Story and Song” is a unique holiday program created especially for public radio listeners.Special programming will continue through Dec. 31. Some of the programs being offered this year include:

  • “Zorba Paster on Your Health: In the Kitchen for the Holidays”: Dr. Zorba Paster and Tom Clark are in their radio kitchen for the holidays, inviting friends in and sharing heart-healthy recipes perfect for this festive time of year. Airs Dec. 16 at 9 a.m.
  • “A Musical Meander”: Join Southeast Public Radio’s Alan Journet as he presents his annual solstice program, featuring seasonal musical selections and readings from James Finn Garner’s collections of politically correct children’s stories. Airs Dec. 20 at 8 p.m.
  • “Jazz @ Lincoln Center Red Hot Holiday Stomp”: If Saint Nicholas played trumpet in New Orleans, it might sound like this. Wynton Marsalis (trumpet), his dad Ellis (piano), singer Roberta Gumbel, newcomer Dan Nimmer (piano) and old friends and band mates Herlin Riley (drums), Wycliffe Gordon (Trombone) and Wes Anderson (alto saxophone), make this annual holiday party a hit. Our favorites include “Let It Snow,” “The Sheik of Araby” and “Good King Wenceslas” with a “Cajun-flavor.” Airs Dec. 21 at 9 p.m.
  • “A Christmas Carol”: Local, state and national award-winning actor Arthur Wilhite comes home to Southeast Public Radio with a new version of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol,” from Wilhite’s own adaptation for radio. Airs Dec. 24 at 9 p.m.
  • “Season’s Griot”: “A Season’s Griot 2007” is public radio’s only nationally syndicated Kwanzaa program. Hosted for the last 15 years by acclaimed storyteller Madafo Lloyd Wilson, this annual one-hour special captures the tales and traditions of African American and African peoples. This year, the program focuses on the National Association of Black Storytellers, in honor of the group’s 25th anniversary. Airs Dec. 30 at 9 a.m.

A complete listing of all of Southeast Public Radio’s holiday shows are at the station’s Web site, www.southeastpublicradio.org. For more information, call Southeast Public Radio at (573) 651-5070.

As the area’s source for diverse musical programming and award winning NPR news, Southeast Public Radio 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 9,500 watt repeater station located in Farmington. The station broadcasts 24 hours a day from the campus of Southeast Missouri State University.