Southeast Public Radio to Broadcast Variety of Holiday Specials in December

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo.,

Dec. 6, 2005 –In the spirit of the season, KRCU 90.9 FM will feature several unique programs throughout December. These feature programs will be mixed with KRCU’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 Monday, Dec. 19, with “Carols for Christmas,” a one-hour performance by Boston’s Handel and Haydn Society featuring festive music and carols at 7 p.m.

Special programming continues through Dec. 31. Some of the programs being offered this year include:

Airing 9 p.m. Dec. 20“Heartland Holiday with Peter Ostroushko 2005”: An hour with internationally renowned instrumentalist and “A Prairie Home Companion” regular Peter Ostroushko. Ostroushko and his Heartland Ensemble warm your soul with folksy holiday favorites and traditional carols from around the world.

Airing 8 p.m. Dec. 21“Christmas with Cantus 2005”: The 10-voice men’s choir Cantus offer their first-ever holiday broadcast. Their specialty is gorgeous close harmonies and beautiful arrangements of Christmas tunes new and old.

Airing 8 p.m. Dec. 22“A Musical Meander”: Join KRCU’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.

Airing 9 p.m. Dec. 23“Jazz @ Lincoln Center Red Hot Holiday Stomp”: A New Orleans style holiday bash with Wynton Marsalis and friends with Spanish tinged marches, blues and ragtime to spice up the holiday tradition.

Airing 8 p.m. and 11 p.m. Dec. 24“A Christmas Carol”: Local, state and national award-winning actor Arthur Wilhite comes home to KRCU with a new version of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol,” from Wilhite’s own adaptation for radio.

Airing 9 a.m.  Dec. 25“Christmas with the Philadelphia Singers”: One-hour performance by the much-loved Philadelphia Singers of traditional and contemporary holiday music.

Airing 8 p.m. Dec. 26“A Taste of Chanukah”: One-hour celebration of Chanukah with traditional and contemporary storytelling and music.

Airing 10 p.m. Dec. 31“New Year’s Eve Live from the Fitzgerald Theater with Garrison Keillor”: A three-hour live broadcast with musical guests The Guy’s All Star Shoe Band, along with Andy Stein, Jearlyn Steele, Duke Heitger,  Howard Levy, Butch Thompson, Prudence Johnson, and poet Billy Collins.

A complete listing of all of Southeast Public Radio’s holiday shows is available on the station’s Web site, www.krcu.org.

KRCU 90.9 FM is an affiliate of both Public Radio International and American Public Media. Southeast Public Radio is celebrating 15 years as a National Public Radio member station. The station is located on the campus of Southeast Missouri State University. More information about KRCU 90.9 FM can be found at http://www.krcu.org.