Radio stations offer holiday specials

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Several local stations are taking a holiday break from their regular programming schedules.

All-news KQV-AM will switch to Christmas programming at 7 p.m. Christmas Eve. Among the highlights: "One Silent Night" with special guest Walter Cronkite (7 p.m.); "A Wondrous Christmas" (7:30 p.m.); "A Christmas Carol" (8 p.m.); "Miracle on 34th St." (9 p.m.); Mass (10 p.m.); "Music From the Messiah" (11:30 p.m.). From midnight until 8 a.m. on Christmas Day, KQV will air a variety of holiday music programming.

WQED-FM

Christmas Eve: Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols -- Live from Kings College, Cambridge, England (10 a.m.); "The Nutcracker" (6 p.m.); "Joshua Bell and Friends" (8 p.m.).

Christmas Day: St. Olaf Christmas Festival (6 a.m.); Pittsburgh Holiday Performances -- Rebroadcasts of holiday concerts by Carnegie Mellon University, Heinz Chapel Choir, River City Brass, Mendelssohn Choir and the Pitt Men's Glee Club. (9 a.m. to 4 p.m.): "Glad Tidings of Great Joy" -- Medieval and baroque Christmas music (8 p.m.).

WESA-FM

Christmas Eve: Kevin Gavin All-Request Holiday Music Special -- Kevin Gavin hosts his 37th annual version of this holiday tradition (9 a.m. to 1 p.m.); "Backstory w/the American History Guys: Naughty & Nice: The History of the Holiday Season" (8 p.m., repeats Christmas Day at 3 p.m.).

Christmas Day: Jazz Piano Xmas XXIX (9 a.m.); "A Christmas Gift to You" -- Story behind the 1963 album, with performances by The Ronettes, The Crystals, Darlene Love and others (noon and 8 p.m.); Christmas with the Morehouse and Spelman Glee Clubs (9 p.m.).

WYEP-FM

Christmas Eve: Kevin Gavin's All Request Holiday Music Special -- Simulcast with WESA-FM (9 a.m. to 1 p.m.); WYEP's Holiday Music Mix with Rosemary (1 to 6 p.m.); "World Cafe Christmas Music Special" (6 to 8 p.m., repeats Christmas Day from 6 to 8 p.m.) ; WYEP's Holiday Music Mix (8 p.m. to 4 a.m.).

Christmas Day: WYEP's Holiday Music Mix (6 a.m. to 6 p.m.).

For complete listings of holiday programing on local public radio stations, visit their websites:

* http://wesa.fm/post/2013-holiday-programming-905-wesa.

* http://www.wqed.org/fm.

* http://www.wyep.org/events/1081.


Adrian McCoy: amccoy@post-gazette .com or 412-263-1865.

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