Two fantastic holiday programs have been produced by WHQR this year and distributed nationwide through Public Radio International!
The Great American Songbook: Holiday Special 2012
What makes a song last? Join host Philip Furia for an enduring body of holiday songs, performed generation after generation by musicians and singers in styles that range from jazz to blues, rock to country. Hear the stories behind the songs, and hear familiar artists singing them. The program shows how the Great American Songbook came into being during the first half of the 20th-century through the interplay of the sheet-music publishing industry known as "Tin Pan Alley," the Broadway musical, the emergence of radio in the 1920s, the advent of sound movies, the creation of a jazz repertoire, and developments in the recording industry.
Friday, December 21 @ 10 p.m. & Christmas Day at 1 p.m.
A Season’s Griot
An hour-long Kwanzaa celebration in story and song, again hosted by Madafo Lloyd Wilson. This year's program features youth as the special guest griots, reading their own original and traditional stories. Familiar and favorite elements of Griot will also be in place with plenty of music, and an original composition by the show's poet laureate, Beverly Fields Burnette.
Wednesday, December 26 @ Noon & Sunday, December 30 @ 6 p.m.