On-air New Year’s Eve Party and other holiday programs

Annual holiday window painting from The Ford Family in Saranac Lake. Archive Photo of the Day from Christmas Eve 2011.

Annual holiday window painting from The Ford Family in Saranac Lake. Archive Photo of the Day from 2011.

Here’s a sampling of our holiday music and story programs airing through to New Year’s Day.

From all of us at NCPR, we wish you the happiest of holidays, and joy, love and peace in 2017.


Friday, 12/30

2 to  3 pm: A Season’s Griot — A one-hour Kwanzaa celebration in story and song. This annual program captures the tales and traditions of African American and African peoples. This year’s theme is Family.

7 to 8 pm: Hanukkah Lights 2016 — A perennial favorite from NPR with all new Hanukkah stories. Hosted by Susan Stamberg and Murray Horwitz.


New Year’s Eve

6 to 7 pm: A Shortcut through 2016. A fast-paced one-hour audio trip through the most notable sounds and voices of the year.

7 to 8 pm: Capitol Steps, Politics Takes a Holiday. A send-up of 2016 in satire and song.

8 pm to 1 am: New Year’s Eve Party with NCPR: Dance goodbye to 2016 and ring in the new year with Radio Bob and Blue Note host Ellen Rocco. They’ll be playing their favorites and taking your calls and requests all evening. Or make your New Year’s Eve requests now via email: [email protected] or [email protected]

The music continues from 1 to 2 am with The Beat Authority Special Edition. David Sommerstein kicks in 2017 with plenty of dance beats and high style.


From all of us at the station — Thanks for listening and Happy New Year!


8 Comments on “On-air New Year’s Eve Party and other holiday programs”

  1. Sarah Baldwin says:

    Will Hanukkah Lights 2016 be aired, and when?

  2. Jackie Sauter says:

    Hi Sarah, thanks for asking. Yes indeed, I’ll be playing music for Hanukkah and the season of light on my Monday afternoon show, 3 to 5pm, this coming Monday. We’ll also be airing stories for the holiday on Hanukkah Lights later in the week. Plus programs for Kwanzaa and New Year’s Eve. We’ll post more holiday listings early next week. Happy Holidays!

  3. Jackie Sauter says:

    Hi again, Sarah. I wanted you to know that we’ll be airing Hanukkah Lights, an hour of stories for the holiday, this Friday (12/30) at 7pm.

  4. Hank says:

    Will Bob and Ellen be visible on New Year’s Eve? ie, will you be video livestreaming as you did last year?

  5. Jackie Sauter says:

    Hi Hank. Sorry, no visuals on Bob and Ellen this year. They’re going to focus on radio and the music. What would you like to hear?

  6. Sarah says:

    Thanks Jackie,
    Loved Music for a Monday too!

  7. Joe says:

    Just for the record, really missing Jazz After Hours tonight. Didn’t they do some kind of New Year’s program? Happy new year, though. Thanks for your programming and hard work.

  8. Jackie Sauter says:

    Hi Joe. For the record, we joined JAA at 2am last night. It was not a NYE special. The show will air beginning at its usual midnight next Saturday. Thanks for listening. Happy New Year!

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