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WCPI puts locals into Christmas spotlight on air
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A capacity audience in All Saints Chapel in Sewanee awaits the start of the Dec. 7 presentation of Nine Lessons and Carols, a traditional collection of biblical narratives and music relating to the Nativity of Jesus.

The accent is on local talent and voices as public radio 91.3 WCPI presents its 2019 Christmas season programming, from musical celebrations to reflections on Mary as the virgin mother of Jesus.

The series opens this Sunday morning, Dec. 22, at 8:30 a.m. with the Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols from All Saints Chapel at the University of the South in Sewanee. WCPI will feature the university’s official recording consisting of selections from the festival from 2003-13.

McMinnville’s Silver & Gold Band, the oldest continuously functioning community band in Tennessee, takes center stage at 1 p.m. today as FM 91.3 presents its yuletide concert from last Sunday at First Baptist Church.

The Warren County High School band serves up seasonal delights at 1:30 p.m. this afternoon based on WCPI recordings from Tuesday night at the Park Theater.

In an encoring program at 2:30 p.m. this afternoon, the local public radio station commemorates one of the most remarkable moments in World War I, known as The Great War. The half-hour program is a dramatic recreation of what history remembers as the Christmas Truce, a few hours of respite and brotherhood among enemies who had earlier been shooting at and shelling each other. Members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints recorded the event for WCPI in December 2013.

All the programs will be repeated Christmas Eve and Christmas Day on the following schedule:   Nine Lessons as Carols from All Saints Chapel, 9:30 a.m. and 9:30 p.m., Silver & Gold Band Christmas concert, 1 p.m., WCHS Band Sounds of the Season, 2 p.m., and the Christmas Truce at 3 p.m.

WCPI’s Faith and Values Panel, with its rotating membership of Warren County pastors and preachers, examines the religious and social issues surrounding Mary’s role as the mother of Jesus.   

Richard O’Connor, preacher of Westwood Church of Christ, joins Johnny Newby, pastor of Smartt First Baptist Church, for the study of the Virgin Mother, probably in her teens and from a peasant family, when the Faith and Values panel fills the regular “Focus” interview times —Tuesday at 5 p.m., Wednesday at 5 a.m., Thursday at 1 p.m., and Friday at 1 a.m.