Beginning today (Monday), Wisconsin Public Radio will broadcast two vintage recordings of Chapter a Day. WPR has gone to its archives to present Two Kinds of Christmas and A Christmas Carol.
Listeners can tune in at 12:30 p.m. and 11 p.m. on The Ideas Network of WPR and at wpr.org/chapter.
“This material hasn’t been heard in almost 40 years,” said Chapter A Day executive producer and host Michele Good. “Both of these recordings are treasures, and I know listeners will love them.”
Chapter A Day is one of the oldest continuing radio programs in the United States dating back to 1931.
“This is the season for messages of good will. And, so this is ours to all of you,” says Jim Fleming as he introduces Two Kinds of Christmas on Christmas Day. From 1978, Fleming is joined by the voices of Ken Ohst, Cliff Roberts and Karl Schmidt reading from a collection of letters and speeches reflecting the spirit of Christmas and New Year’s by such individuals as John Steinbeck, Winston Churchill, John F. Kennedy, George Washington and Thomas Mann.
“This is an extremely rare recording, and actually comes from Jim’s personal collection,” said Good. “It’s extra special because you can hear how much fun Karl, Ken, Cliff, Jim and Don are having and their mutual affection and admiration for each other.”
A Christmas Carol was originally recorded by Ohst in 1979 and will be re-broadcast Dec. 26-28. Ohst was a familiar voice on WPR for 30 years before retiring in 1984.
“I had not heard Ken before, but as we were preparing this for the broadcast, I found myself breathless. His reading is flat out amazing,” Good said.
WPR is a service of the Educational Communications Board and University of Wisconsin-Extension.