The holidays always evoke memories—from late night toy assembly by sleep deprived parents to joyful family dinners. One of the finest traditions here at WHRV is our annual Sunday Night before Christmas programming, which this year celebrates everything from warm holiday music of the islands to a remembrance of classic albums of the season. You’ll hear local and regional songwriters and national artists presenting songs sure to be recalled as favorites. And, our annual WHRO staff contribution to this year’s program has them singing The Gene Autry Classic “Here Comes Santa Claus.” It is a rendition not to be missed—nor quickly forgotten! Plus, all through the season we have special programs for you to enjoy as you finish the wrapping, start cooking that dinner, stuff the stockings, and begin creating more wonderful memories as WHRV presents A Holiday to Remember on December 22.

6:00 p.m - An Island Christmas with songs from the tropical warmth of the Caribbean with artists from Jamaica, and The Bahamas, Hawaiian musicians, and local beachcomber singer/songwriter Mike Aiken.

7:00 p.m. - A Pickin’/Classic Country Christmas. Music from Bluegrass royalty Bill Monroe and Del McCoury is shared with contemporary artists Rhonda Vincent and Open Road joining some classic country greats in a two-hour Americana Holiday feature.

9:00 p.m. - Staff sing along to “Here Comes Santa Claus” and An Acoustic Christmas with local artists Skip Friel, Jim Bulleit, Narissa Bond, Ron Fetner, Jim Masters, Jerry Sowers and others presenting their Christmas wishes in song.

11:00 p.m. - Celebrating the Great Christmas Albums. Jeff Sander, host of WHRV’s Lost in the Shuffle joins us for a remembrance of some of the great Christmas albums - featuring The Carpenters, The Monkees, The Beach Boys and other classic holiday releases.

12:00 a.m. - A Christmas Road Trip. Follow us through the communities of America and songs celebrating the holidays of the region. We’ll hear cowboys singing on the range, wonderful harp classics from New England, gumbo tunes from the bayou, and traditional music from Appalachia. Holiday customs from across the nation are shared to a backdrop of distinct music from the area.

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