90.5 WERG presents our 17th-annual broadcast of

A Golden Christmas
Christmas Eve 2021

Mid.       One Silent Night

Distinguished newscaster, the late Walter Cronkite, was the special guest for the Choir's 2002 Christmas Concert. A highlight of the program was his narration of "Silent Night, Holy Night," the story of the Christmas Truce of 1914.  Preserved for all time in this recording, we present it here on A Golden Christmas.

 

12:30am Christmas Carols Then and Now

Join internationally renowned recording artist Natalie Cole in “Carols Then and Now”, with The Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square, as they celebrate the enchanting music of Christmas.

 

1am       A Dickens Christmas

Featuring narration by John Rhys-Davies (Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade).

 

1:30am Songs and Stories of Christmas

We all know the songs and carols...but where did they come from?

 

2am       Ring Christmas Bells

The sounds of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, with special guest performances by Brian Stokes Mitchell and Edward Herrmann (Gilmore Girls; Nixon).

 

2:30am A World of Christmas

Featuring songs of the season from around the globe.

 

3am       Christmas Light

Orchestrations of Christmas and Holiday melodies with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square.  Conducted by Craig Jessop and Mack Wilburg.  Special guest: Norwegian soprano Sissel Kyrkjebø.

 

3:30am O, Holy Night

Christmas is a time of year to gather, to set cares aside and bask in the warmth and cheer of family and friends. It is a time to enjoy the lights and sounds of this enchanting season and to remember the light that came and continues to come from that holy night when Christ was born.

Special guest Sandi Patty joins the world renowned Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square.

 

4am       Ring-In the Season

The perfect sounds to usher in wonderful Holiday memories of peace, joy, and hope.  Mack Wilburg conducts the Mormon Tabernacle Choir with organist Clay Christiansen.  Hosted by Lloyd Newall, a former anchor for CNN and WSEE Television in Erie, PA.

 

4:30am A Decade of Christmas

Celebrate the past decade of Christmas music on Temple Square with special guest artists Natalie Cole, Angela Lansbury, David Archuleta and many more, as they join the world-renowned Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square, Orchestra at Temple Square, and Bells on Temple Square for “A Decade of Christmas,” a special Music and the Spoken Word Christmas program featuring the best performances of the last 10 years.

 

5am       Christmas Tunes with Deb on 90.5 WERG

Christmas music, both traditional and new.  Deb mixes-in the likes of Mannheim Steamroller, Jack Johnson, Pentatonix, and Wolf Alice with traditional favorites from Aretha Franklin, Bobby Helms, Vince Guaraldi, and Nat King Cole.  It's a great way to welcome-in Christmas Eve!

 

9am       Christmas Carols Around the World

The Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square perform seasonal classics from around the world, including “Ding, Dong! Merrily on High,” the French carol “Whence Is That Goodly Fragrance Flowing,” “Trepak” from “The Nutcracker,” “O Green and Shimmering Tree,” the Nigerian carol “Betelehemu” and “Silent Night.”

 

9:30am Christmas Organ Pipes

Organist Rick Elliott of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, with his fun, crazy original arrangements of seven favorite Christmas carols.

 

10am     A Tradition of Christmas

"Joy to the World" - "O, Come All Ye Faithful" - "Angels from the Realms of Glory" - "I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day" and more.

 

10:30am Christmas Favorites

Deborah Voigt joins The Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square for this Christmas special. Ms. Voigt is recognized as one of the world’s most versatile dramatic sopranos and one of music’s most endearing personalities.

 

11am     One Silent Night

Distinguished newscaster, the late Walter Cronkite, was the special guest for the Choir's 2002 Christmas Concert. A highlight of the program was his narration of "Silent Night, Holy Night," the story of the Christmas Truce of 1914.  Preserved for all time in this recording, we present it here on A Golden Christmas.

 

11:30am The Last Noel

From the WERG archives: the story of a very special Christmas, as told by former Gannon College professor, Dr. John Rouch.  During the seventies, Dr. Rouch hosted a series on WERG called "The Storyteller," narrating tales spun-out of his real-life experiences.  Originally broadcast over WERG on Dec 18, 1973.  With grateful appreciation to Skip Niebauer of American Artist Studio in Erie for this digital restoration.

 

Noon     Dani’s Christmas Favorites

Dani is one of our DJ’s on 90.5 WERG, and loves Christmas music.  She compiled the music for this program, which she scripted and produced, for an edition of Radio Roulette in December 2019.  We preserved the recordings and now present an encore presentation of it here.

 

3pm       Christmas Tunes with Chet on 90.5 WERG

Christmas music, both traditional and new.  Chet mixes-in the likes of the Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Coldplay, Train, and The Lumineers with traditional favorites from Bing Crosby, John Denver, Johnny Mathis, and David Bowie.

 

7pm       The Hott 80's Christmas Party

Join Bob around the tree for three hours of Christmas and Holiday favorites.  Grab a mug of hot chocolate and settle-in!

 

10pm     Handel’s Messiah!

 

11pm     Christmas Carols Then and Now

Join internationally renowned recording artist Natalie Cole in “Carols Then and Now”, with The Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square, as they celebrate the enchanting music of Christmas.

 

11:30pm One Silent Night

Distinguished newscaster, the late Walter Cronkite, was the special guest for the Choir's 2002 Christmas Concert. A highlight of the program was his narration of "Silent Night, Holy Night," the story of the Christmas Truce of 1914.  Preserved for all time in this recording, we present it here on A Golden Christmas

Program Director for A Golden Christmas: Deb Carlson, '09, '13M

 

Christmas Day: a special Holiday presentation with the staff of Super Soul Saturday.

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