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KRPS continues holiday program tradition

December 07, 2011 12:00AM

From now through the end of the year, the air and the airwaves will be filled with holiday music. KRPS 89.9, the public radio station at Pittsburg State University, is no exception, with more than 100 hours of holiday music and programs scheduled.

And, KRPS officials note, not once during that 100-plus hours, will listeners hear “Grandma got run over by a reindeer!”

“Our special holiday programming has become an important tradition for many people in the Four-State area,” said KRPS General Manager Missi Kelly. “There are always new and different things on the program, but some others are annual favorites.”

Kelly said it wouldn’t seem like Christmas for some listeners without Handel’s “Messiah,” “Lessons and Carols from the Washington National Cathedral,” or Jonathan Winters reading “A Christmas Carol.”

The holiday programs begin at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Dec. 1, with “A Vermont Christmas with Counterpoint.” At 2 p.m. that day, the station will air “Christmas with the Morehouse and Spelman Glee Clubs.”

The holiday programming is selected to give listeners a variety of music appropriate for the season, Kelly said. It includes not only classical and traditional holiday music, but also jazz, blues, folk and popular genres.

A complete list of programs and times is available at

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