Jim Ward’s Christmas Eve Marathon

Join Jim Ward, Saturday Dec 24th at 5pm as he offers up his 15th annual Christmas Marathon. Jim will go for 16.5 hours ending at 10:30am on Sunday Dec 25th.

The schedule of events:
(Celtic/Irish holiday music from Ireland and Irish artists around the world.)

5-7pm – RADIO SPECIAL – “A Celtic Christmas”
(An hour-long specials featuring Irish Storyteller Tomaseen Foley and his charming tale “Parcel From America.” Also music from guitarist William Coulter, fiddler Deby Benton Grojean, and piper Todd Denman, with songs from Moira Smiley.)

(Music from their favorite holiday tv specials including the reading of “Twas The Night Before Christmas”)

8-9pm – OLD-TIME RADIO CLASSIC – Charles Dickens “A Christmas Carol”
(The old-time radio broadcast as it originally aired on the “Campbell Playhouse” from 12-24-1939 starring Lionel Barrymore as Scrooge and hosted by Orson Wells.)


10-11pm – RADIO SPECIAL – “The Winona Christmas Radio Show: The Mystery of The Puzzling Patient”
(Written and directed by former Winonan, Steve Andersen. A Theatre du Mississippi Production. Local cast of actors, singers, musicians, and a real live sound effects team! It’s an old time Christmas Radio Show set in 1936! This story is based off of actual events taken place in Winona in 1936, when a patient was brought into Winona Hospital not knowing who he was or where he was from. Care was also taken in incorporating national and international current events of the time. A treat for the ears!)

11-12am – MUSIC HOUR

12-1am – RADIO SPECIAL – “The Vinyl Cafe Holiday Special”
(Vinyl Cafe Host Stuart McLean passed away this past February.
This is Stuart’s final holiday special. It was recorded in Thunder Bay, Ontario, at the very last show that Stuart performed. The last time he stood on stage. An hour of holiday music, and “The Christmas Card”, a brand new Dave and Morley story.).

1-2am – MUSIC HOUR

2-3am – RADIO SPECIAL – “A Crosby & Friends Christmas”
(Featuring the music of Bing Crosby from his holiday records, rare radio and TV performances, beginning with his weekly network radio programs. Guests include Peggy Lee, Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitgerald, David Bowie, The Crosby Family, and others.)

3-4am – MUSIC HOUR

4-5am – RADIO SPECIAL – “A Hawaiian Christmas with Slack Key Master Kapono Beamer”
(Enjoy the magic of a Hawaiian Christmas with slack key master Kapono Beamer, sharing tales of his family’s holiday traditions and rich musical legacy..)

5-6am – MUSIC HOUR

6-7am – RADIO SPECIAL – “The Bluegrass Review Christmas Special”
(It’s Christmas on the Bluegrass Review. Bluegrass Artists share some of their thoughts at Christmas.)

7-8am – RADIO SPECIAL – “The Spirit of Christmas”
This locally-produced by WMPG’s Jim Ward features the music and words of Johnny Cash from his holiday records along with performances by Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, Jim Reeves, George Jones, Tammy Wynette, and Roseanne Cash.

8-9am – MUSIC HOUR

9-10:30Am – “Jim’s Annual Holiday Music Countdown!”
(Jim counts downs the hits of the Holiday all the way to number 1!)