Had enough of holiday carols? Tune into WORT for something different. Many specials happen during this time, including “Best Of 2020” shows.
Coming up later this week:
- G-Man hosts Diaspora with the, er, timely theme of “Time.” About the show: Listening to music from many cultures reveals we are all made of the same stuff. Diaspora is a celebration of humanity, of the common things that tie us all together in a world that often seems perilously fractured.
Join Strictly Jazz Sounds for New Year’s Eve in Manhattan!This week’s edition of Strictly Jazz Sounds will feature a New Year’s Eve of clubbing in New York City. Strictly Jazz Sounds will start at Birdland with Art Blakey & the Jazz Messengers and Steve Kuhn, then go to the Blue Note for some Dizzy, then head over to the Half Note for Wes Montgomery and the Wynton Kelly Trio and settle in for the rest of the night at the Village Vanguard. There, you’ll catch Thad Jones and Mel Lewis, Sonny Rollins, Geri Allen, Cecile McLorin Savant, Chucho Valdes and the headliner, John Coltrane. There will be an after-set at the Village Vanguard with Betty Carter and Christian McBride. Join Steve Braunginn on New Year’s Eve, 2-5 PM CT, as he goes into the heart of Manhattan to take in a New Year’s Eve of live jazz! Only on WORT 89.9-FM (wortfm.org) in Madison, WI. Your place for jazz!
(Photo of Geri Allen © 2020 by Steve Braunginn)
- Les Luster’s Rock Special takes over the 8-11 pm slot from Psychoacoustics on New Year’s Eve. You can expect songs you haven’t heard in years, holiday themed tunes, novelty songs and rock and roll you can dance to all night!!
- The Other Mr. S teams up with The Real Jaguar to bring you their Best of 2020, Part 2 on Who Cooks For You, Friday 2-4:30 pm
At 8pm Central, WORT 89.9-FM will re-broadcast an archival Beat Orgy A Go-Go, one that originally aired on Jan. 5th, 2018.The show was a roundup of releases from that year which had gained favor with the ever-discerning Beat Orgy Desk, preceded by a set of weather-themed entertainments.So feel free to put another log on the fire, as Bill The Walkin’ Dr. spins recordings by Paul Cebar & Claudia Schmidt, Willie Mabon, local energy merchants The Wood Chickens, Greg Cartwright, The Skatalites, Andre Williams, The Creation, The Feelies, Deniz Tek & James Williamson, and a host of others. Streamed and archived in a spirit of optimism.
Watch for updates on more new Holiday shows and archived specials here at wortfm.org.
Thursday, Dec. 17 featured the full score of The Nutcracker with story narration, on Classical Cornucopia with Ava Borelli.
Diaspora on Dec. 17: G Man hosts the annual Christmas Anarchy! (with regards to The Folk Anarchist, Bob Kaspar) It’s an all-out assault in the phony War on Christmas full of satire and humorous parody music. This is available on the archives until Dec. 31 so you can listen to it during your holiday festivities. It will be sure to offend Uncle Bill.
Strictly Jazz Sounds with Steve Braunginn celebrated this festive holiday season Thursday afternoon, Dec. 17. Pianist Jon Simon provides music for Hanukkah, Latin Jazz Christmas spins out some hot tunes while local musicians Tony Castaneda, John Brecker, Laurie Lang, Sally deBroux and Joan Wildman are featured.
From 8-11 pm on Dec. 17: Children, avert your ears! It’s an irreverent holiday Psychoacoustics Pspecial with Bad Sister Heidi & Rev. Velveteen hosting the annual BEEFUS Xmas Rock Opera! It starts after 10 pm so this show contains blasphemous, satirical adult themes and language – not for the pious or timid. Later that night featured comedic and Xmas rarities on Feed Me Weird Things with Cardinal Din.
On the Dec. 18 WHO COOOOKS FOR YOOOO we heard the Other Mister Ess along with assistance from The Real Jaguar rounding up THE BEST SONGS FROM THE YEAR THAT WILL FOREVER BE KNOWN AS TWOTHOUSANDTWENTY. Yes there was great music released this year, who knew? Well, now YOU WILL! TOO(N in) and listen for songs from Star Parks, Rookie, Laura Marling, X, Built To Spill, Bob Mould, Cribshitter, The Mekons, Sparks, Thundercat, Sunwatchers, the list GOES ON AND ON. 2-4:30 pm Fridays.
On Saturday Dec 19 we had Tropical Riddims‘ annual two-hour Reggae Holiday Special at noon.
Then at 4 pm, La Junta‘s Agustin and Alfredo (pictured) say “Join Us in celebration of and with the best of Christmas Salsa Music!
¡Únase a nosotros el 19 para celebrar y con lo mejor de la música navideña de salsa!
Monday Dec. 21 starting at 11 pm, The Mosh Pit played a bunch of Xmas metal as well as lots of classics (mostly from 1990) and of course…Mike’s picks!
From 5-8 am on the 12/22 edition of Back Porch Serenade it’s baroque Christmas music from colonial Pennsylvania and Brazil, followed by Ariel Ramirez’s 20th century work “Navidad nuestra” based on Argentinian folk rhythms, along with Schoenberg’s beautiful “Weihnachtsmusik.” Peter Haney also playedsome selections to mark the conjuncture of Jupiter and Saturn, which will have occurred Monday night. From 9-noon Tuesday it’s Green Morning Radio. Host Brian Oh Brian says “I already played some holiday tunes last show. This Tuesday we had a special called Dead Folk; the folk, country and bluegrass music that influenced the Grateful Dead & the folk music they inspired. Guest co-host is Stu Levitan. It’s the final Tuesday of the year and Lou & Peter Berryman are the “Gimme Five” guests! (who talk about and spin 5 their favorite tunes.) Happy Holidays everyone!”
For a rocking Tuesday holiday evening, check out Brother Ted’s live holiday rock episode ofThe Original Wilson Brothers from 8-11 pm Dec. 22. Then at 11 pm, Nocturne and their gothic music are “Greeting the Longest Night with glass raised, as we prep the last Graveyard Shift of the year!” (featured photo by Edward Cisneros, everythingcaptured.com)
Great news kicked off Wednesday, Dec. 23! Long-time classical host Ena Foshay has been busy with many life changes, but she’s finally ready to return to making new shows for us. Ena shared this message for our listeners: “Hello, fans of A Musical Offering! It has been a long time since the show has been “live,” so I’m thrilled to let you know that this will soon change! Thanks to the wonders of technology, I’ve resumedproduction of the show (Huge thanks to Aaron Scholz and Lucas Osmond for helping to prepare and run previously aired shows each week these past several months.) The first new show was my annual Choral Christmas program, which aired from 5-8 a.m on Dec 23rd. Looking forward to sharing more beautiful Choral music with you soon!!” (photo by Mario Mendez, unsplash.com)
Thursday 12/24 features
- Bobby Lite‘s annual UFO Special on Capitol Boombox
- A snow show of winter/holiday tunes on Psychoacoustics with Bad Sister Heidi
Friday 12/25 special shows
- Feed Me Weird Things’ annual Refrigerator Day holiday lampoon, December 25 from 2-5 am!
- ROCK HOLIDAY (MOSTLY XMAS) with the Real Jaguar and The Other Mr. S on Who Cooks For You?
- A mirthful rockin’ Xmas on The Rattlesnake Shake with Dj el Serpentine playing a mix of Alternative/Indie/Unusual holiday songs, but also a bunch of new releases.
- At 8 pm Something Wonderful closed out 2020 with the annual ‘all covers‘ show! Ryan Parks kicked things off, and co-host Ryan Bannen says “I’ll be featuring 6 of my favorite covers around 9:30pm central! Also!! Ryan and I got new microphones so it -really- actually sounds like we’re back in the studio again. There’s actually some mid and low end to our voices now! Tune in to check it out!”
- The night got heavier as the Mosh Pit has another fun filled show full of Matt & Mike’s picks of the best metal releases at 11 pm-2 am. (featured photo: Ted Offensive by WORT)