WWNC-AM to broadcast WCU’s ‘Christmas Carol’ on Dec. 24

Listeners to WWNC-AM can hear a broadcast of the Western Carolina University presentation of the holiday classic “A Christmas Carol” at 5 p.m. Friday, Dec. 24.

“We’re looking forward to airing it,” said Brian Hall, director of programming with Clear Channel in Asheville. “It will be a good way to kick off the Christmas programming.”

WWNC-AM is at 570 on the radio dial and also is available for streaming online at www.wwnc.com. The one-hour “A Christmas Carol” will lead into the station’s Christmas Eve holiday music programming, an annual tradition on the typically talk-radio station.

The radio presentation is a recording of “A Christmas Carol” as it was performed live on stage at WCU in early December. Steve Carlisle, associate dean of the Honors College, was the show’s director; Bruce Frazier, Carol Grotnes Belk Distinguished Professor of Commercial and Electronic Music, was the musical director. Don Connelly, associate professor and head of the Department of Communication, produced the show. Students in departments across campus were involved in the collaboration.

The performance was a re-enactment of the Campbell’s Playhouse adaptation of “A Christmas Carol” from 1938 and included live sound effects, a 20-piece orchestra and an eight-person choir. It even starred Arthur Anderson, who reprised his role as the Ghost of Christmas Past from the original Orson Welles 1938 radio production.

For more information about the WWNC-AM broadcast of “A Christmas Carol,” contact Hall at 828.257.2700.

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