Re-Imagined Radio celebrates holidays with "A Radio Christmas Sampler"

VANCOUVER, Wash. — Re-Imagined Radio’s holiday broadcast, “A Radio Christmas Sampler,” airs on Dec. 20. Featuring highlights from seven holiday radio programs, the broadcast is produced by John Barber of Washington State University Vancouver’s Creative Media and Digital Culture Program. It includes excerpts and music from shows ranging from The Jack Benny Program to Bing Crosby and the Kraft Music Hall.

The hour-long episode starts at 1 p.m. Dec. 20 on Vancouver’s KXRW-FM (99.9 FM) and Portland’s KXRY-FM (91.1 FM or 107.1 FM). The episode will also stream simultaneously with the broadcast.

“Every holiday season since 2013, Re-Imagined Radio has offered a version of the Charles Dickens classic tale, ‘A Christmas Carol,’” said Barber. “We thought this year to do something different and present the best bits from Christmas episodes of seven very different radio programs.”

The sampler includes excerpts from “A Radio Christmas Carol” performed by Metropolitan Arts in 2020; “Vic’s Christmas Card List,” from Vic and Sade, 1939; “Dancing Dan’s Christmas,” from The Damon Runyon Theatre, 1949; “Decorating the Christmas Tree,” from The Jack Benny Program, 1951; “Department Store Santa,” from Rocky Fortune, 1953; “A Korean Christmas Carol,” from Suspense, 1959; and Bing Crosby and The Kraft Music Hall, 1944.

Re-Imagined Radio premieres episodes on the third Monday of the month on KXRW-FM and KXRY-FM. After this initial broadcast the episode can be heard on Portland’s KUIK-AM (1360 AM), Salem’s KMWV-FM (98.3 FM), and CKXU-FM (88.3 FM), Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada, which in turn distributes Re-Imagined Radio across Canada. In addition, every Sunday, a random episode of Re-Imagined Radio will be broadcast on KXRW only, drawing on previously broadcast episodes.

Episodes can be streamed on demand from the Re-Imagined Radio website, www.reimaginedradio.net.

Community Partners

Re-Imagined Radio draws on community voice actors, Foley artists, musicians, sound artists and engineers. Partners include KXRW-FM, Marc Rose, Martin John Gallagher, Holly Slocum Design, the Kiggins Theatre, and Regina Carol Social Media Management and Photography. 

About Re-Imagined Radio

Re-Imagined Radio was begun by Barber in 2013 to celebrate radio storytelling past, present and future. “We select, produce and perform stories across a spectrum of radio genres, from dramas to comedies, from oral to aural histories, from documentaries to fictions, from soundscapes to sonic journeys, from radio to sound art,” Barber said. Episodes initially were stage productions for live audiences. With COVID-19 restrictions, Re-Imagined Radio became a monthly broadcast and on-demand streaming event. 

About WSU Vancouver

As one of six campuses of the WSU system, WSU Vancouver offers big-school resources in a small-school environment. The university provides affordable, high-quality baccalaureate- and graduate-level education to benefit the people and communities it serves. As the only four-year research university in Southwest Washington, WSU Vancouver helps drive economic growth through relationships with local businesses and industries, schools and nonprofit organizations. 

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Contact Info: Brenda Alling, Office of Marketing and Communications, 360-546-9601, brenda_alling@wsu.edu

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