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What to Watch20 Years of Christmas with the Tabernacle Choir December 13 at 8 p.m. on PBS 6 Watch a preview Stream on PBS The Nutcracker and the Mouse King December 14 at 9 p.m. on PBS 6 Watch a Preview Stream on PBS A Charlie Brown Christmas December 19 at 7:30 p.m. on PBS 6 Watch a preview Stream on PBS Call the Midwife Holiday Special 2021 December 25 at 9 p.m. on PBS 6 Sneak Peek Stream on PBS
During this season of giving, I hope you will give the gift that gives back to our community with your pledge of support. Throughout the month, you will hear heartfelt testimonials from AZPM staff and volunteers sharing why they support NPR 89.1 and Classical 90.5. And on television, special pledge content will continue through December 12 on PBS 6 and PBS 6 PLUS. I am especially looking forward to seeing the continuation of the All Creatures Great and Small marathon on December 5 starting at 1 p.m., followed by Sarah Brightman A Christmas Symphony at 7 p.m.
Later this month, please join us for special holiday programming with a lineup that includes 20 Years of Christmas with the Tabernacle Choir, December 13 at 8 p.m., Mary Berry’s Country House at Christmas, December 14 at 8 p.m., and The Nutcracker and the Mouse King, December 14 at 9 p.m., A Charlie Brown Christmas December 19 at 7:30 p.m., and Call the Midwife Holiday Special on December 25 at 9 p.m., all on PBS 6.
There’s also something new for kids and families. The special holiday programming extends to PBS KIDS. Brand new holiday episodes from Sesame Street premiere on December 6 and December 13 at 9 a.m, and Alma's Noche Buena/Three Kings Day Do-Over from Alma’s Way airs on December 13 at 5 p.m.
You may wonder how some of the national programs on Classical 90.5 come up with their program ideas. I’m delighted to share that our Classical 90.5-afternoon host, Andy Bade, wrote to Bill McGlaughlin, producer and host of Exploring Music, and suggested several program themes. Mr. McGlaughlin responded enthusiastically and is programming one of Andy’s thematic ideas the week of December 27: Musical Dynasties will explore the works of famous composers and their likewise famous (and sometimes not so famous) relatives. Kudos to Andy for his inspiration.
On Christmas Day, Classical Music Director James Reel has curated a full day of non-stop holiday music for you and your loved ones on Classical 90.5. I hope you will tune in to enjoy classical holiday music through the ages, including a locally produced concert from Arizona Repertory Singers and a locally produced concert, A Holiday Card To Tucson from the University of Arizona’s Fred Fox School of Music, and the St. Olaf Christmas Festival Concert from American Public Media. On the evening of New Year’s Eve, tune in to Jazz 89.1 HD2, for Toast of the Nation, a coast-to-coast celebration of the new year.
Everything you rely on from Arizona Public Media is powered by your support. Thank you for your generosity. My best wishes to you and yours for a joyful holiday season.
Chief Executive Officer