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WFIT Holiday Specials 2020

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Christmas Eve, December 24

Tinsel Tales I-III: NPR Christmas Favorites 7pm – 10pm

This year a radio tradition continues - stories from the NPR archives that touch on the meaning of Christmas. David Sedaris, Bailey White, John Henry Faulk--these and other NPR voices, past and present, tell stories of the season.

The Acid Test Holiday Show 10pm

Drop in a special free-form Acid Test for Christmas. There's a message in the songs as festive music fills the Space Coast airwaves with interesting if not quirky versions from the past and new gifts from today's favorite artists.

Christmas Day, December 25

Tinsel Tales: More Christmas Favorites From NPR 9am

Stories from the NPR archives that touch on the meaning of Christmas

FM Odyssey Christmas Special 10am – 1pm

A holiday favorite on WFIT, hosted by Fred Migliore.

The Big Tiny Desk Holiday Special 1pm

Celebrate the season with amazing holiday performances from The Tiny Desk Concert series including Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings, Steve Martin, Hanson, The Polyphonic Spree and more! Hosted by NPR Music frenemies Bob Boilen and Stephen Thompson.

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Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings perform a holiday Tiny Desk Concert in 2015.

All Songs Considered For The Holidays 7pm

Every year around this time Bob Boilen and co-host Robin Hilton share some of their holiday favorites and a few musical discoveries.

Joy To The World: A Holiday In Pink 8pm

The internationally acclaimed “little orchestra" Pink Martini bedecks the airwaves with festive holiday songs from across the globe. From timeless classics to rarely heard gems, hear a multi-denominational, multi-cultural jubilee, overflowing with enough holiday spirit to warm your entire family. Hosted by All Things Considered's Ari Shapiro.

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Pink Martini's Joy To The World: A Holiday Spectacular.

Festivo AltLatino With Cantigas 9pm

Festivo Alt.Latino is a special holiday concert featuring the 20 piece choral ensemble Choral Cantigas. This musical performance also includes stories about holiday traditions and cultures. Hear a traditional Peruvian Christmas carol, folk music from Brazil, Spain, and Mexico plus Parrandas from Venezuela and Puerto Rico. Hosted by Felix Contreras.

Christmas With The Morehouse & Spelman Glee Clubs 10pm

The choirs of Morehouse and Spelman Colleges -- two of the most prestigious historically black institutions in the nation -- get together to present a spine-tingling concert program. This year's program features the best works of the last several years. It's a joyous celebration of the schools' tradition of singing excellence, with their trademark mixture of spirituals and carols. Korva Coleman hosts.

Jazz Night In America 11pm

Jazz Night in America brings you holiday classics from their past five seasons – featuring fresh arrangements and entertaining storytelling recorded live from Rose Theater in New York City. You'll hear the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis, plus special guest vocalists Catherine Russell and Kenny Washington.

New Year’s Eve, December 31

Toast Of The Nation 8pm – 12am & 12am – 4am

Toast of the Nation is festive jazz you can party to, all night long, even on lockdown. With an exciting line-up of artists all recorded during the pandemic. Hear sets from The Catherine Russell Trio recorded at Dizzy Club at Jazz At Lincoln Center in NYC, The Jazz Gallery All-Stars, recorded at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, KOKOROKO, recorded at Royal Albert Hall in London and Pink Martini, recorded in Portland, Oregon.