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To me, the holidays mean carols, family visits, good cheer and happy tidings.
To radio stations, they mean filling airtime with festivals, specials, marathons and best-of lists.
Here is what a few area stations are wrapping up (no bows and ribbons included) to broadcast in the next couple of weeks:
* WPLJ-FM will air its "21st Annual Scott & Todd’s Live Broadcast/Auction for Blythedale Children’s Hospital" 6 to 10 a.m. today.
Rob Thomas of Matchbox 20 and Holiday Express will perform.
Among the items available in the auction are: four tickets for the 2013 Macy’s 87th annual Thanksgiving Day Parade; a meet, greet and tour for four with "Cake Boss" Buddy Valastro at his Hoboken bakery; and two tickets to the sold-out Rihanna show at Barclays Center, May 4.
Listeners can contribute or bid from 6 a.m. to 9:45 a.m. today at 914-592-1643.
* Beginning noon today and running to 11:59 p.m. Tuesday, WQHT will feature a mix show of the greatest hip-hop and R&B tunes of all time.
From noon Dec. 28 through noon Jan. 1, WQHT will continue the all-mix theme, leading up to the "Top 97 Songs of 2012" countdown at noon New Year’s Day.
* "A Christmas Carol," featuring Brian Cox as Ebenezer Scrooge and various WNYC and WQXR hosts filling out the rest of the cast, will air 3 p.m. Saturday and 8 p.m. Monday on WNYC-FM (93.9). The production is directed by WQXR host Elliott Forrest.
Leonard Lopate will host his annual "Christmas Gospel Show" noon to 2 p.m. Christmas Day on WNYC-FM and on WNYC-AM (820).
* David Garland will celebrate the holiday with "Movies on the Radio," soundtracks from Christmas favorites like "It’s a Wonderful Life," "The Bishop’s Wife" and "Miracle on 34th Street," 9 p.m. Saturday on WQXR-FM’s (105.9).
Also on WQXR, Michael Barone will host a live broadcast from the chapel of King’s College in Cambridge, England, where the 30-voice King’s College Choir will perform the "Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols" service of Biblical readings and music 10 to 11:30 a.m. Monday.
* WOR-AM (710) will air commercial-free Christmas music and staff greetings from 6 p.m. Monday through 6 p.m. Wednesday.
The music will include holiday favorites performed by Bing Crosby, Nat "King" Cole, Andy Williams and Mariah Carey.
Clips from classic holiday-themed movies and television shows will also be featured.
* WMTR-AM (1250) will be airing their "Holiday Festival of Music," 30 hours of nonstop holiday favorites starting at 6 p.m. Christmas Eve. It can also be heard on wmtram.com and on iHeartRadio.
* Sirius XM Radio will launch a year-end pop-up channel dedicated to reviewing the year in sports.
Launching Wednesday and airing through Jan. 3, the channel will offer listeners a look back at sports stories and events from 2012 – with highlights, interviews and commentary from SiriusXM’s experts.
"The Year in SiriusXM Sports" channel will be available to subscribers nationwide on channel 142.
* "Toast of the Nation," an all-night New Year’s Eve special produced by WBGO-FM (88.3) and NPR Music, will air on WBGO beginning at 9 p.m. on New Year’s Eve.
Featured performances will include Henry Cole and the Afrobeat Collective from 92Y Tribeca in New York (10 p.m.); Wynton Marsalis and Vince Giordano: The Louis Armstrong Continuum – Music of the Hot Fives and Sevens from Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola (11 p.m.); and Gordon Goodwin Big Phat Band from the Monterey Jazz Festival (2:30 a.m.).
Only the Marsalis segment will be live on Dec. 31; the others were recorded in 2012.
The program will be repeated noon Jan. 1. 12/21/12 >> go there
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