Radio AM to FM: December 21, 2001
Get into the spirit tonight with KNX (1070 AM) and Arrow 93 (KCBS-FM 93.1) as the two stations present special programming for the holidays.
Arrow 93 morning man Joe Benson hosts Uncle Joe's Rockin' Christmas Show on Arrow 93 starting at 6:00. Promising all your favorite classic rock artists singing Christmas music, the two-hour program features such favorites as Happy Xmas (War is Over) sung by John Lennon and Santa Claus is Coming to Town from Bruce Springsteen. Some new ones that I have not personally heard include Pat Benetar and Neil Giraldo performing Christmas in America and Jingle Bell Rock from .38 Special.
In addition to Arrow 93, over 100 other stations around the world will be broadcasting Uncle Joe's Christmas Show via the Westwood One Radio Network.
KNX is airing old time holiday programming on its popular Drama Hour. Tonight at 9:00, Gunsmoke presents Twelfth Night, starring William Conrad as Marshall Matt Dillon. At 9:30, a hitchhiker tells a strange story to a soldier on duty during Christmas in a Suspense episode entitled A Korean Christmas Carol.
Saturday night at 9:00, Jack Benny goes Christmas shopping on The Jack Benny Program, followed at 9:30 by Fibber McGee and Molly as they, too, decide to go shopping. 10:00 brings up a "Grand Central Station" episode entitled "Miracle for Christmas," and Challenge of the Yukon presents an episode entitled Christmas Present at 10:30.
Sunday at 9:00 PM, the Lux Radio Theater features Jimmy Stewart and Donna Reed re-creating their famous movie roles in It's a Wonderful Life. This show originally aired in 1946.
A Christmas Carol starring Lionel Barrymore as Ebenezer Scrooge will air Monday night at 9:00. This special presentation was originally broadcast on the CBS Radio Network back in 1934 and pre-empts regular Drama Hour programming for the evening.
Internet radio news and information site laradio.com reported last Tuesday that the Dodgers are going to move from KXTA (1150 AM) to KFWB (980 AM) for the 2003 season.
Some companies may be cutting back on their web radio services, but others are expanding. In addition to the many net-only stations, the excellent rhythmradio.com and the wonderful lycosradio (http://music.lycos.com/radio), Yahoo has announced that it has re-launched LaunchRadio at http://launchradio.com. The good: nice selection of formats; you can choose artists to make your own station. The bad: It's not really "radio," as there are no personalities like there are on most others, making it more of a streaming music service. The really bad: it uses the horrendous Windows Media Player.
Copyright © 2001 Richard Wagoner and The Copley Press.
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