News Release

Western Reserve Public Media Gets Festive With Holiday Specials

Kent, Ohio – Nov. 9, 2016 – Western Reserve Public Media presents its 2016 holiday programming schedule on Western Reserve PBS (WNEO 45.1/WEAO 49.1) and Fusion (WNEO 45.2/WEAO 49.2).

Shows that are airing this season for the first time are marked with an asterisk. Visit westernreservepublicmedia.org/schedule.htm for additional air dates and times.


Wednesday, Nov. 23

10 PM    Western Reserve PBS
Christmastime in New Orleans*
Catch the spirit of the holiday season with music, food and a uniquely New Orleans style of hospitality.

Thursday, Nov. 24

4 PM    Western Reserve PBS
Wild Kratts Creature Christmas
The Wild Kratts receive an alert that their favorite creatures are disappearing around the globe!

Monday, Nov. 28

8 PM    Western Reserve PBS
Celtic Woman: Home for Christmas
Vocalists Lisa Lambe, Susan McFadden and Meav Ni Mhaolchatha perform timeless holiday favorites.

Monday, Dec. 5

7 AM    Western Reserve PBS
Wild Kratts Creature Christmas
The Wild Kratts receive an alert that their favorite creatures are disappearing around the globe!

Tuesday, Dec. 6

7 PM   Fusion
52nd Annual Wassail at Chapman University*
Join 150 students and musicians for this holiday concert event at Chapman University.

8 PM    Western Reserve PBS
Happy Holidays with the Boston Pops*
Celebrate the New England holiday season with the Boston Pops and Tanglewood Festival Chorus.

Wednesday, Dec. 7

8 PM   Fusion
Xmas Without China
Tom Xia challenges his American neighbors to survive the Christmas season without Chinese products.

Saturday, Dec. 10

Noon   Fusion
Xmas Without China
Tom Xia challenges his American neighbors to survive the Christmas season without Chinese products.

11 PM    Western Reserve PBS
Xmas Without China
Tom Xia challenges his American neighbors to survive the Christmas season without Chinese products.

Sunday, Dec. 11

5 PM   Fusion
A Christmas Carol: The Concert
Charles Dickens’ classic tale is adapted for a live orchestral concert with a choir and soloists.

6:30 PM   Fusion
Christmas on the Danube
Visit cities along the Danube river and explore stunning European landscape, history and culture.

7 PM   Fusion
Happy Holidays with the Boston Pops*
Celebrate the New England holiday season with the Boston Pops and Tanglewood Festival Chorus.

Tuesday, Dec. 13

11:30 AM    Western Reserve PBS
Peg + Cat + Holidays
“The Christmas Problem,” “The Hanukkah Problem” and “The Penguin Problem” feature math for kids.

8 PM    Western Reserve PBS
A Christmas Carol: The Concert
Charles Dickens’ classic tale is adapted for a live orchestral concert with a choir and soloists.

8 PM   Fusion
A Christmas Carol: The Concert
Charles Dickens’ classic tale is adapted for a live orchestral concert with a choir and soloists.

9:30 PM    Western Reserve PBS
Christmas on the Danube
Visit cities along the Danube river and explore stunning European landscape, history and culture.

9:30 PM   Fusion
Christmas on the Danube
Visit cities along the Danube river and explore stunning European landscape, history and culture.

10 PM    Western Reserve PBS
Frontline, From Jesus to Christ: The First Christians (Part 1)
Explores the life of Jesus and depicts on the origins of Christianity using historical evidence.

10 PM   Fusion
Happy Holidays with the Boston Pops*
Celebrate the New England holiday season with the Boston Pops and Tanglewood Festival Chorus.

Friday, Dec. 16

8:30 AM & 2:30 PM    Western Reserve PBS
Curious George: A Very Monkey Christmas
Curious George and the Man with the Yellow Hat have a great time preparing for Christmas.

7 PM   Fusion
The American St. Nick
American Army troops returned hope and joy to the people of Wiltz, Luxembourg during World War II.

Saturday, Dec. 17

Noon   Fusion
Frontline, From Jesus to Christ: The First Christians (Part 1)
Explores the life of Jesus and depicts on the origins of Christianity using historical evidence.

7 PM    Western Reserve PBS
The Lawrence Welk Show, Christmas
Guests Norma, Randy and Mark Zimmer help perform songs including “Silent Night” and “Oh Holy Night.”

10 PM   Fusion
Lidia Celebrates America, Holiday for Heroes*
Join host Lidia Bastianich for an unforgettable holiday special celebrating our veterans.

Sunday, Dec. 18

4 PM   Fusion
Christmas Invitation from Pacific Lutheran University*
Pacific Lutheran University presents the world premiere of critically acclaimed composer J.A.C. Redford’s, “A Christmas Invitation.”

5 PM    Fusion
Christmas at Belmont
Kathy Mattea hosts a night of traditional carols, classical masterworks and seasonal favorites.

6 PM   Fusion
Happy Holidays with the Boston Pops*
Celebrate the New England holiday season with the Boston Pops and Tanglewood Festival Chorus.

7 PM   Fusion
Jordan Smith—’Tis the Season*
Jordan Smith, season nine winner of NBC’s “The Voice,” highlights his Christmas album in concert.

8 PM    Western Reserve PBS
The American St. Nick
American Army troops returned hope and joy to the people of Wiltz, Luxembourg during World War II.

Monday, Dec. 19

9 PM    Western Reserve PBS
Christmas with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir Featuring Laura Osnes and Martin Jarvis*
Broadway star Laura Osnes and actor Martin Jarvis join the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra.

Tuesday, Dec. 20

7 PM   Fusion
Lidia Celebrates America, Holiday for Heroes*
Join host Lidia Bastianich for an unforgettable holiday special celebrating our veterans.

8 PM    Western Reserve PBS
Christmas Invitation from Pacific Lutheran University*
Pacific Lutheran University presents the world premiere of critically acclaimed composer J.A.C. Redford’s, “A Christmas Invitation.”

8 PM   Fusion
Christmas at Belmont
Kathy Mattea hosts a night of traditional carols, classical masterworks and seasonal favorites.

9 PM    Western Reserve PBS
Jordan Smith—’Tis the Season*
Jordan Smith, season nine winner of NBC’s “The Voice,” highlights his Christmas album in concert.

9 PM   Fusion
Happy Holidays with the Boston Pops*
Celebrate the New England holiday season with the Boston Pops and Tanglewood Festival Chorus.

10 PM    Western Reserve PBS
Frontline, From Jesus to Christ: The First Christians (Part 2)
Explores the life of Jesus and depicts on the origins of Christianity using historical evidence.

10 PM   Fusion
Jordan Smith—’Tis the Season*
Jordan Smith, season nine winner of NBC’s “The Voice,” highlights his Christmas album in concert.

Wednesday, Dec. 21

7 PM   Fusion
The Lawrence Welk Show, Christmas
Guests Norma, Randy and Mark Zimmer help perform songs including “Silent Night” and “Oh Holy Night.”

Friday, Dec. 23

7 AM & 5 PM    Western Reserve PBS
Wild Kratts Creature Christmas
The Wild Kratts receive an alert that their favorite creatures are disappearing around the globe!

7 PM   Fusion
Christmas with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir Featuring Laura Osnes and Martin Jarvis*
Broadway star Laura Osnes and actor Martin Jarvis join the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra.

10 PM    Western Reserve PBS
Lidia Celebrates America, Holiday for Heroes*
Join host Lidia Bastianich for an unforgettable holiday special celebrating our veterans.

Saturday, Dec. 24

Noon   Fusion
Frontline, From Jesus to Christ: The First Christians (Part 2)
Explores the life of Jesus and depicts on the origins of Christianity using historical evidence.

6 PM    Western Reserve PBS
Christmas with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir Featuring Laura Osnes and Martin Jarvis*
Broadway star Laura Osnes and actor Martin Jarvis join the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra.

7 PM    Western Reserve PBS
The Lawrence Welk Show, New Year’s
Bob Ralston is the guest. “May You Always” and “Happy Days Are Here Again” are performed.

8 PM    Western Reserve PBS
Happy Holidays with the Boston Pops*
Celebrate the New England holiday season with the Boston Pops and Tanglewood Festival Chorus.

9 PM    Western Reserve PBS
Christmas Invitation from Pacific Lutheran University*
Pacific Lutheran University presents the world premiere of critically acclaimed composer J.A.C. Redford’s, “A Christmas Invitation.”

10 PM    Western Reserve PBS
Holiday Handbells: The Raleigh Ringers
The acclaimed community handbell choir based in Raleigh, North Carolina perform holiday favorites.

11 PM    Western Reserve PBS
Joshua Bell Presents Musical Gifts
World-renowned violinist Joshua Bell performs an intimate concert in his Manhattan residence.

Sunday, Dec. 25

Midnight    Western Reserve PBS
Jordan Smith ‘tis The Season*
Jordan Smith, season nine winner of NBC’s “The Voice,” highlights his Christmas album in concert.

1 AM    Western Reserve PBS
Christmas with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir Featuring Laura Osnes and Martin Jarvis*
Broadway star Laura Osnes and actor Martin Jarvis join the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra.

2 AM    Western Reserve PBS
Happy Holidays with the Boston Pops*
Celebrate the New England holiday season with the Boston Pops and Tanglewood Festival Chorus.

3 AM    Western Reserve PBS
Christmas Invitation from Pacific Lutheran University*
Pacific Lutheran University presents the world premiere of critically acclaimed composer J.A.C. Redford’s, “A Christmas Invitation.”

4 AM    Western Reserve PBS
The American St. Nick
American Army troops returned hope and joy to the people of Wiltz, Luxembourg during World War II.

6 AM    Western Reserve PBS
Once Upon a Christmas Cheery in the Lab of Shakhashiri
Science communicator Bassam Z. Shakhashiri blends the sights and sounds of Christmas with science in this special holiday lecture.

7 AM    Western Reserve PBS
The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About Christmas!
The Cat in the Hat, Nick and Sally help a lost reindeer find his way home in time for Christmas.

8 AM    Western Reserve PBS
Curious George: A Very Monkey Christmas
Curious George and the Man with the Yellow Hat have a great time preparing for Christmas.

9 AM    Western Reserve PBS
Wild Kratts Creature Christmas
The Wild Kratts receive an alert that their favorite creatures are disappearing around the globe!

10 AM    Western Reserve PBS
Peg + Cat + Holidays
“The Christmas Problem,” “The Hanukkah Problem” and “The Penguin Problem” feature math for kids.

7 PM    Western Reserve PBS
Vicious, Holiday Special
Freddie and Stuart host a holiday soirée. A wicked game of Truth or Dare brings up hidden truths.

7:30 PM    Western Reserve PBS
Call the Midwife Holiday Special*
Nonnatus House receives a request to help a tiny mission hospital in South Africa. Far from home and everything familiar, the team members are both shaken and exhilarated by the challenges they face.

Wednesday, Dec. 28

7 PM   Fusion
The Lawrence Welk Show, New Years
Bob Ralston is the guest. “May You Always” and “Happy Days Are Here Again” are performed.

Saturday, Dec. 31

8 PM   Fusion
Live From Lincoln Center, New York Philharmonic New Year’s Eve*
Ring in the new year with a night of American classics, including beloved works by Rodgers & Hammerstein, featuring Joyce DiDonato with the New York Philharmonic.

Sunday, Jan. 1, 2017

Noon   Fusion
Live From Lincoln Center, New York Philharmonic New Year’s Eve*
Ring in the new year with a night of American classics, including beloved works by Rodgers & Hammerstein, featuring Joyce DiDonato with the New York Philharmonic.

3 PM    Fusion PBS
Call the Midwife Holiday Special*
Nonnatus House receives a request to help a tiny mission hospital in South Africa. Far from home and everything familiar, the team members are both shaken and exhilarated by the challenges they face.


About Western Reserve Public Media
Western Reserve Public Media (formerly PBS 45 & 49) is the business name of Northeastern Educational Television of Ohio, Inc., a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation.

A trusted community resource, Western Reserve Public Media uses the power of commercial-free television and related services to enrich the lives of people through high-quality programming and educational services that teach, illuminate and inspire. It serves the largest population of Ohio’s eight PBS member stations.

Western Reserve PBS (WNEO 45.1/WEAO 49.1), a service of the organization, is the only broadcast television service that reaches all of Northeast Ohio. It is available to 5.13 million people in the Cleveland and Youngstown designated market areas. In an average month, more than 1 million people tune in. The organization also operates three standard definition channels: Fusion (WNEO 45.2/WEAO 49.2), MHz Worldview (WNEO 45.3/WEAO 49.3) and V-me (WNEO 45.4/WEAO 49.4).

Our Educational Services Department provides technology training and educational content to over 24,000 educators and over 300,000 K-12 students, plus Ready To Learn Services to over 100,000 preschool children¹s parents and child-care providers.

For more information about the organization, visit www.WesternReservePublicMedia.org or call 1-800-554-4549.

 

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