Holiday Programming | WGLT

Holiday Programming

Happy Holidays from your friends at GLT!

GLT’s 2017-2018 schedule will include many holiday specials.

Wednesday, Dec. 13

Noon and 6 p.m., Hanukkah Lights: A perennial NPR favorite with all new stories.

9 p.m. GLT Blues and GLT Jazz: Start hearing your jazzy holiday favorites on air and online at

Wednesday, Dec. 20

7 p.m., Center Stage: It's a holiday singalong with music from “Pitch Perfect 2,” “How the Grinch Stole Christmas,” and “Meet Me In St. Louis.”

Thursday, Dec. 21

Noon and 6 p.m., Tinsel Tales 4: In keeping with a well-loved NPR holiday tradition, hear the fourth collection of extraordinary Christmas stories that will transport you to unexpected places. NPR's past and present tell stories of the season in this hour long special. Some tales are funny; some are touching; some are insightful or irreverent or nostalgic or surprising. You might recognize them from our broadcast archives, or you might fall in love with them for the first time. Hosted by Lynn Neary.

7 p.m., Radio Munson: Don mixes in a few seasonal tunes by Duke Ellington, Diana Krall, Wynton Marsalis and others on Radio Munson and then, on December 28, Don plays “Auld Lang Syne” to both the year and to his 57 years behind the mic on his final program.

Friday, Dec. 22

Morning Edition: The 25th annual Santaland Diaries reading from David Sedaris.

Sunday, Dec. 24

1-7 p.m., GLT Blues: Got a case of the holiday blues Christmas eve? We have the cure. Get a pick-me-up during GLT Blues.

7 p.m. American Routes: The “Sonic Season” includes Solstice, Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanza and Boxing Day. Celebrate with New Orleans Zion Harmonizers live in the studio. Woody Guthrie sings a Hanukkah song while Bob Dylan tells of “Three Angels.” We interview a black Santa about his Christmas days in Vietnam, and Bob Dorough sings “Blue Xmas,” the song he wrote for Miles Davis.

9 p.m., Acousticity: Twas the night before Christmas, acoustically speaking, with Rhonda Vincent, Joel Mabus and Cherish the Ladies.

Monday, Dec. 25

11 a.m., The Big Tiny Desk Holiday Special: Celebrate the season with amazing holiday performances from The Tiny Desk Concert series including Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings, Steve Martin, Hanson, The Polyphonic Spree and more! Hosted by NPR Music frenemies Bob Boilen and Stephen Thompson.

Noon and 6 p.m., The Sounds of Christmas (2014):  State Farm announced this year that this holiday music tradition would come to a close. But the tradition condition on GLT. Hear the 2014 recording from State Farm corporate atrium with the Sounds of Christmas Orchestra, The Sounds of Illinois Chorus and holiday favorites including Silent Night and Sleigh Ride. 

Monday, Jan. 1

Noon and 6 p.m., Capitol Steps: If you’re hoping Paul Manafort will sing like a canary, all you have to do is tune in to the Capitol Steps year-end edition of “Politics Takes a Holiday.” You might even pick up some classified secrets as he joins the Donald to sing “I’m So Indicted.” And there’s much more, including finding out what rhymes with Papadopoulos.