Your Holiday Soundtrack: The 2018 Year-End Schedule From CPR’s OpenAir

November 30, 2018
Photo: OpenAir Holiday Santa Graphic 2016

CPR's OpenAir is getting deep into the holiday groove this year, with programs that highlight  sounds of the season. We'll also feature NPR specials from All Songs Considered, Sound Opinions and Tiny Desk concerts.

Along with this bounty of programs, starting Dec. 17 you’ll start to hear our unique collection of holiday music that includes classics like “Silver Bells” done by The Polyphonic Spree and future classics like “Ain’t No Chimneys In the Projects” by Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings!

It all leads up to two full days of holiday music on Dec. 24 and 25, so make CPR's OpenAir your soundtrack to the season!

DateTimeProgram 
Thu, Dec. 20NoonMile High Noon Holiday Special Alisha Sweeney hosts this Christmas edition of Mile High Noon with music from Colorado bands.
Thu, Dec. 203 p.m.Collector's Crossroads: In the Holiday Groove Join Scott Carney as he takes you through a winter wonderland of out-of-print holiday B-sides, rarities, and oddities
Fri, Dec. 211 p.m.

A Totally '80s Christmas Alisha Sweeney brings you a decade of holiday classics and obscure songs -- from one of the UK's best-selling singles to David Bowie's bizarre duet with Bing Crosby. Yule love it!

Fri, Dec. 215 p.m.Collector's Crossroads: In the Holiday Groove Join Scott Carney as he takes you through a winter wonderland of out-of-print holiday B-sides, rarities, and oddities
Fri, Dec. 216 p.m.The Big Tiny Desk Holiday Special NPR Music's Bob Boilen and Stephen Thompson look back at some of their favorite holiday performances at the Tiny Desk, including appearances from Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings, The Polyphonic Spree and more.
Fri, Dec. 217 p.m.The Carol Cleanse A full hour of music about winter and the cold, but not a Christmas Carol in sight! Featuring Mountain Man, Vampire Weekend, and locals weareforests and Brent Cowles.
Sat, Dec. 2211 a.m.

The Carol Cleanse A full hour of music about winter and the cold, but not a Christmas Carol in sight! Featuring Mountain Man, Vampire Weekend, and locals weareforests and Brent Cowles.

Sat, Dec. 22NoonMile High Noon Holiday Special Alisha Sweeney hosts this Christmas edition of Mile High Noon with music from Colorado bands.
Sat, Dec. 221 p.m.The Big Tiny Desk Holiday Special NPR Music's Bob Boilen and Stephen Thompson look back at some of their favorite holiday performances at the Tiny Desk, including appearances from Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings, The Polyphonic Spree and more.
Sat, Dec. 222 p.m.ASC for the Holidays: Bob & Robin’s Holiday In Space Join All Songs Considered hosts Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton as they take a rocket ride to the stars, grow homesick for the holidays, and find comfort from a few special guests and friends.
Sat, Dec. 223 p.m.A Totally '80s Christmas Alisha Sweeney brings you a decade of holiday classics and obscure songs -- from one of the UK's best-selling singles to David Bowie's bizarre duet with Bing Crosby. Yule love it!
Sat, Dec 227 p.m.Collector's Crossroads: In the Holiday Groove Join Scott Carney as he takes you through a winter wonderland of out-of-print holiday B-sides, rarities, and oddities
Sun, Dec. 239 a.m.The Carol Cleanse A full hour of music about winter and the cold, but not a Christmas Carol in sight! Featuring Mountain Man, Vampire Weekend, and locals weareforests and Brent Cowles
Sun, Dec. 2310 a.m.Sound Opinions A two-hour holiday music mix from Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot of WBEZ.
Sun, Dec. 23NoonMile High Noon Holiday Special Alisha Sweeney hosts this Christmas edition of “Mile High Noon” with music from Colorado bands.
Sun, Dec. 233 p.m.Collector's Crossroads: In the Holiday Groove Join Scott Carney as he takes you through a winter wonderland of out-of-print holiday B-sides, rarities, and oddities
Sun, Dec. 236 p.m.A Totally 80's Christmas Alisha Sweeney brings you a decade of holiday classics and obscure songs -- from one of the UK's best-selling singles to David Bowie's bizarre duet with Bing Crosby. Yule love it!
Sun, Dec. 237 p.m.The Big Tiny Desk Holiday Special NPR Music's Bob Boilen and Stephen Thompson look back at some of their favorite holiday performances at the Tiny Desk, including appearances from Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings, The Polyphonic Spree and more.
Mon, Dec. 24 - Tue, Dec. 25All dayMerry Marathon Hear 48 hours of nonstop holiday music.
Mon, Dec. 245 p.m.The Carol Cleanse A full hour of music about winter and the cold, but not a Christmas Carol in sight! Featuring Mountain Man, Vampire Weekend, and locals weareforests and Brent Cowles
Mon, Dec. 248 p.m.ASC for the Holidays: Bob & Robin’s Holiday In Space Join All Songs Considered hosts Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton as they take a rocket ride to the stars, grow homesick for the holidays, and find comfort from a few special guests and friends
Tue, Dec. 253 p.m.A Totally '80s Christmas Alisha Sweeney brings you a decade of holiday classics and obscure songs -- from one of the UK's best-selling singles to David Bowie's bizarre duet with Bing Crosby. Yule love it!
Tue, Dec. 254 p.m.ASC for the Holidays: Bob & Robin’s Holiday In Space Join All Songs Considered hosts Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton as they take a rocket ride to the stars, grow homesick for the holidays, and find comfort from a few special guests and friends
Wed, Dec. 26All dayUnboxing Day The CPR's OpenAir hosts share their favorite songs of 2018.
Fri, Dec. 28NoonBest of Mile High Noon 2018 Alisha Sweeney hosts this year-end edition of “Mile High Noon,” highlighting the top releases of 2018 from the Colorado music scene.
Fri, Dec. 284 p.m.Dearly Departed: Colorado Remembers 2018 A series of Colorado artists performing the music of artists who passed away this year.
Fri, Dec. 286 p.m.Advanced Listening: 2019 A two-hour preview of the most anticipated musical releases of the coming new year.
Sat, Dec. 29NoonBest of Mile High Noon 2018 Alisha Sweeney hosts this year-end edition of “Mile High Noon,” highlighting the top releases of 2018 from the Colorado music scene.
Sat, Dec. 297 p.m.Off the Charts 2018 Special (Notable No. 1's) Bruce Mitchell looks back at memorable albums that reached the top spot on our weekly Top 30 list this year.
Sat, Dec. 298 p.m.Dearly Departed: Colorado Remembers 2018 A series of Colorado artists performing the music of artists who passed away this year.
Mon, Dec. 315 p.m.Dearly Departed: Colorado Remembers 2018 A series of Colorado artists performing the music of artists who passed away this year.
Mon, Dec. 317 p.m.Off the Charts 2018 Special (Notable No. 1's) Bruce Mitchell looks back at memorable albums that reached the top spot on our weekly Top 30 list this year.
Mon, Dec. 318 p.m. - 3 a.m.New Year's Eve Dance Yourself Clean Say goodbye to another year with our favorite dance songs as your soundtrack. 
Tue, Jan. 16 a.m. - 6 p.m.Listener Poll 2018 Countdown The CPR's OpenAir hosts reveal the results of this year’s Listener Poll, counting down the top 100 albums of 2018 as selected by you.
Tue, Jan. 16 p.m.Dearly Departed: Colorado Remembers 2018 A series of Colorado artists performing the music of artists who passed away this year.

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