Contact: Rick Reyer, Central Regional Manager

Madison, Wis. – Wisconsin Public Radio (WPR) unwraps gifts of music, entertainment and conversation this holiday season.

A familiar voice returns to WPR on Christmas Eve at 11 a.m. Just before loading up his sleigh, Santa Claus makes his annual visit to “The Larry Meiller Show” on The Ideas Network to take calls from children from all across the state. The Ideas Network brings back new editions of the popular “Big River Radio Wave” and “Capitol Steps” holiday specials. Listeners will also hear a few unconventional offerings, including a poignant look at holidays past, present and future with “Happy(ish) Holidays from Terrible, Thanks for Asking” and the latest seasonal offering from NPR, “Tinsel Tales.”

WPR classical music host Lori Skelton begins our schedule of holiday specials on the NPR News & Classical Music Network Dec. 2 at 1 p.m. with carols from the Eau Claire Master Singers. The Milwaukee Pops and Madison Symphony are also featured with their respective holiday concerts. Other favorites this season include “Hanukkah Lights 2018,” “St. Olaf Christmas Festival,” and “Christmas at Luther.” Two of our nation’s most prestigious historically black colleges have again combined their choirs to bring us “Christmas with Morehouse and Spelman Glee Clubs.” Then, join the Vienna Philharmonic for a rousing “New Year’s Concert from Vienna.”

Both networks will also feature seasonal editions of “Simply Folk.” A complete WPR holiday schedule is available at

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