WGN/Chicago to Air Special Holiday Programming
WGN/Chicago will air special holiday programming over Christmas and New Year’s, with shows hosted by Dave Plier, Carl Amari and Bob Sirott. It all begins on Christmas Eve starting with “A Swingin’ Christmas with Dave Plier,” airing 5-7pm on December 24. Plier will play and share the stories behind seasonal music favorites from Andy Williams, Ray Conniff, Johnny Mathis, Percy Faith & His Orchestra and more. Hear from special guests Johnny Mathis, Deana Martin on her father Dean and Donny Osmond on the legacy of Andy Williams.
The leads into 26-hours of “WGN Radio Christmas Theatre with Carl Amari,” starting Saturday, December 24 at 7pm through Sunday, December 25 at 10pm. Host Carl Amari, who has spent decades licensing and preserving classic radio broadcasts from the 1930s through 1950s, has curated half-hour holiday-themed selections from old-time radio programs including “Miracle on 34th Street,” “A Christmas Carol,” “Fibber McGee & Molly,” “The Burns & Allen Show,” “Gunsmoke,” “Suspense,” “Our Miss Brooks,” “The Great Gildersleeve,” “Sherlock Holmes,” “Nero Wolfe” and more starring Hollywood legends Lucille Ball, James Stewart, Robert Young, Greer Garson, Jimmy Durante, Natalie Wood and others.
“WGN Radio Christmas Theatre with Carl Amari” will pause on Sunday morning for “The Lutheran Hour” and a Christmas special broadcast, airing December 24 from 6am-7:30am. “WGN Radio Christmas Theatre with Carl Amari” will resume at 7:30am and continue until 10pm Christmas Day.
On New Year’s Eve, Bob Sirott revisits morning show interviews with musicians and singer/songwriters from 2022 featuring Graham Nash, Tommy James, Mike Love, Smokey Robinson, Peter Asher, Dion DiMucci and more. “Bob Sirott’s Musicpeople Memories” airs Saturday, December 31 from 9pm to midnight.
New Year’s Day will also mark a new time and expansion for “The Sinatra Hours with Dave Plier.” Beginning Sunday, January 1, the show will air Sundays, 2-5am.