WSU Vancouver partners with Re-Imagined Radio to bring you a holiday tradition

VANCOUVER, Wash. — "A Radio Christmas Carol," a community holiday tradition presented by Re-Imagined Radio, will return this Christmas Eve via radio rather than as a public performance. Listen to “A Radio Christmas Carol” from 4 to 6 p.m. Dec. 24 for free on KXRW (99.9 FM), KXRY (107.1/91.1 FM) or AM 1310. Online streaming is available through XRAY.FM and KXRW.FM.

Re-Imagined Radio is produced by John Barber, faculty member in the Creative Media and Digital Culture program at Washington State University Vancouver. This marks the eighth year for Re-Imagined Radio’s performance of the popular holiday classic.

The radio drama is based on Charles Dickens’ novella "A Christmas Carol,” first published on Dec. 19, 1843, and never out of print since. The plot is well-known: Ebenezer Scrooge, an old miser, cold of heart and spirit, is transformed by three visits from Ghosts of Christmas into a kind, generous and compassionate man. The story brings joy and festivities to the seasonal holidays.

"We think ‘A Radio Christmas Carol’ is a community tradition now, and we're pleased to share it with everyone despite the need to stay socially distanced from one another," said Barber.

Re-Imagined Radio is partnering with Metropolitan Performing Arts for vocal performance and KXRW, Vancouver’s independent community radio station, for broadcasting. In addition to the story, the performance will include music and caroling.

"At its heart, Re-Imagined Radio is about storytelling with sound. Radio is a sound-based medium that creates believable pictures in your mind when you listen to a well-crafted presentation," said Barber. "We want to spark listeners' imaginations with this performance, not to mention bring a program of joy and hope."

About the collaborators

Metropolitan Performing Arts is a nonprofit organization providing performing theater arts education and community theater for Southwest Washington. KXRW-FM Radio is an independent, volunteer-based Vancouver radio station dedicated to delivering quality programming and community building in Southwest Washington and beyond.

About WSU Vancouver

As one of six campuses of the Washington State University system, WSU Vancouver offers big-school resources in a small-school environment. Both in person and online, 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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Brenda Alling, Office of Marketing and Communication, 360-546-9601,

John Barber, faculty in the Creative Media and Digital Culture Program at WSU Vancouver,

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