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Spend the Holidays with WEXT Radio 2021

Happy Holidays
Rose Wong for NPR

Each year Christmas through New Year's WEXT has brought you some special programming to brighten and cheer for the holidays. As we're about to enter our 15th anniversary year, this year continues the tradition. Below you will find the special programming listed to help celebrate the season.

Saturday 12/4

9am - A Peanut Butter Jam Holiday

Saturday 12/11

9am - Olive's Peanut Butter Jam Christmas

Saturday 12/18

9am - The Peanut Butter Jam: A Muppet Holiday

7pm - Will Kempe's Players: "A Christmas Carol"

Thursday 12/23

11p - The Local 518 Holiday Show

Friday 12/24

Christmas Eve

The Best Christmas Ever

Our Christmas Eve programming features unique WEXT style Christmas songs from 3a until 4p. The DJ’s have the day off.

Will Kempe's Players: "A Christmas Carol" (3-4p)

A Very Retro Christmas with Darwin (4p-12m)

Darwin has created a family tradition filled with special holiday gems from the Golden Age. The music spans pop, easy listening, jazz, and standards. ** (see our special note about this year’s Retro Christmas.)

** A Very Retro Christmas with Darwin

(This will air as a 1-hour nightly special from 12/13-12/23 at 7pm – Sat/Sun 8p. Then hear all the hours on Christmas Eve from 4pm.)

Christmas is a time for honoring traditions and making new memories. This year it might be more challenging to gather the family together around the tree as in years past, but that doesn't mean we can't gather in other ways. Radio has always been a way to come together, and in 2020 the power of radio can help make your holiday season special, despite our challenging times. While some holiday traditions will be modified, they have stood the test of time and they will withstand even this. This year, escape back to the Christmas of yesteryear with A Very Retro Xmas with Darwin.

2021 is the 10th annual broadcast of this program over WEXT Radio. This year we wanted to share the joy with everyone, because right now the world could use extra joy. Christmas is all about the nostalgia and warm memories, so gather the family around the radio, and if you decide to sing along we're pretty sure Bing Crosby would approve.

A Very Retro Xmas is the place where everyone is here from Christmas past, including Frank Sinatra, Perry Como, Ray Conniff Singers, Burl Ives, Ella Fitzgerald, Nat King Cole, Andy Williams, and of course Mr. Christmas himself Bing Crosby. The tree, the mistletoe, and those timeless classics that were there when your traditions began and are there now to give us comfort and joy for this holiday season.

Saturday 12/25

Christmas Day

The Acoustic Christmas (12m-12m)

From midnight on Christmas Eve, we go acoustic with a special, relaxing blend of holiday songs. This is a quiet and contemplative mix.

Thursday 12/30

11p - The Local 518 Holiday Show

Friday 12/31

New Year’s Eve

The Rock N Soul New Year (6p-12m)

Each year since WEXT’s very first New Year’s, the show that began the weekly series Rock N Soul airs to ring in the New Year. Ring in 2022 with a night of some great old rippin’ soul music. Hear the deepest tracks that never get played on radio, and hear big hits and artist you know and love.

Saturday 1/1

New Year’s Day

Year-End Countdown (10a-6p)

Hear the best 97 songs of 2021 played from 97 to number 1. These are the songs that we played more than others through the past year.

The Best Local 518 Songs of the Year (6-9p)

Andy Gregory and Dave Michaels team up to play the most played songs of the year from Local 518 Artists.