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Story and song on Christmas Eve

King's College Choir

On Christmas Eve, tune to KALW for a full evening of holiday stories and musical traditions.
At 6pm, the CBC invites you to climb into the cockpit with long-time As It Happens host Alan Maitland as he once again heads out over the North Sea, reading Frederick Forsyth's short story, "The Shepherd"The year is 1957. An RAF pilot is heading home from Germany for Christmas. Fog sets in, and all radio communication is lost . . .

At 7pm, Minds Over Matter moderator Dana Rodriguez will present an hour of his favorite records from the 30's and 40's.  There will be ballads, torch songs, comedy, and something for everybody who enjoys the history of the great American songbook.
Then at 8pm, hear our annual broadcast of  A Festival of Nine Lessons & Carols, a service of spoken word and music broadcast from the chapel of King's College in Cambridge, England. 

Matt Martin was KALW’s general manager from 2006 through 2018. Under his leadership, KALW grew into one of the most productive and innovative stations in public radio. Programs launched at KALW during Matt’s tenure as GM include the award-winning local newsmagazine Crosscurrents, the design podcast 99% Invisible, and the Spanish-language narrative journalism program Radio Ambulante. He helped create the station’s Audio Academy, a year-long program aimed at developing new talents in public radio, and led the first broad-based strategic planning process in the station’s history.