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Christmas at Susquehanna Airing Nationwide
Christmas at Susquehanna Airing Nationwide
Christmas at Susquehanna Airing Nationwide

November 21, 2017

Concert to Air Nationwide Throughout December

WVIA Public Media along with Susquehanna University is airing Christmas at Susquehanna: The 50th Anniversary Candlelight Service. The program, distributed by American Public Television, will also air on more than 100 public television stations nationwide throughout December.  

Recorded in December 2016 at Susquehanna's Weber Chapel, the program captures the voices of students, faculty, staff, alumni, families and community members joining together to celebrate the 50th year of the cherished tradition.

First held on Dec. 15, 1966, the hour-long program is a joyous spectacle of over 1,500 candles and carols, as well as traditional readings and songs in celebration of the season. Produced by Susquehanna University and WVIA Public Media, the program features the University Choir, Chorale, Chamber Singers, Orchestra, Brass and Percussion ensembles. Musical highlights include "Hark! The Herald Angels Sing," "O Little Town of Bethlehem," "We Three Kings," "Silent Night" and more.

Christmas at Susquehanna: The 50th Anniversary Candlelight Service is also available on DVD. Visit here or call 570-372-4281 to order.

Below are the Pennsylvania public television stations expected to air the program:

  • WVIA (Scranton/Wilkes-Barre): Thursday, Nov. 30, 8 p.m. (premiere); Friday, Dec. 1, 2 p.m.; Sunday, Dec. 3, noon; Tuesday, Dec. 19, 4 p.m.; Thursday, Dec. 21, 2 p.m.; Saturday, Dec. 23, 9 p.m.; Sunday, Dec. 24, 11 a.m. and 8 p.m.; Monday, Dec. 25, 10 a.m. and 7 p.m.; Thursday, Dec. 28, 9 p.m.; and Friday, Dec. 29, 3 p.m.
  • WITF (Harrisburg): Tuesday, Dec. 19, 9 p.m.; Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2 a.m.; Monday, Dec. 25, noon 
  • WPSU (Clearfield): Friday, Dec. 22, 10 p.m.; Monday, Dec. 25, 10 a.m.
  • WHYY (Philadelphia): Friday, Dec. 15, 10 p.m.
  • WQED (Pittsburgh) and WQLN (Erie) have not yet posted air dates/times.

Other broadcast dates and times:

  • California: KQED (San Francisco): Sunday Dec. 24, 5 p.m.
  • Florida: WSRE (Pensacola): Sunday, Dec. 24, 3 p.m.; WJCT (Jacksonville): Monday, Dec. 25, midnight
  • Georgia: WPBA (Atlanta): Monday, Dec. 25, midnight
  • Illinois: WTTW (Chicago): Sunday, Dec. 24, 10 a.m.; Dec. 25, 1 a.m.
  • New York: WXXI (Rochester): Sunday, Dec. 24, 10 p.m.; WNED (Buffalo): Friday, Dec. 22, 2 a.m.; Monday, Dec. 25, 2 a.m.

As Christmas approaches, viewers in other parts of the country should consult their local public broadcasting station for broadcast dates and times.   

About APT

American Public Television (APT) has been the leading syndicator of high-quality, top-rated programming to the nation's public television stations since 1961. For more than 10 years, APT has annually distributed one-third or more of the top 100 highest-rated public television titles in the U.S. Among its 250 new program titles per year, APT programs include prominent documentaries, performance, news and current affairs programs, dramas, how-to programs, children's series and classic movies. America's Test Kitchen From Cook's Illustrated, Cook's Country, AfroPoP, Rick Steves' Europe, Front and Center, Doc Martin, Nightly Business Report, Midsomer Murders, A Place to Call Home, Lidia's Kitchen, Globe Trekker, Simply Ming, and P. Allen Smith's Garden Home are a sampling of APT's programs, considered some of the most popular on public television. APT licenses programs internationally through its APT Worldwide service. Now in its 12th year, Create® TVWORLDTM, public television's premier news, science and documentary channel. To find out more about APT's programs and services, visit APTonline.org.

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