A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols presents your audience with an opportunity to share in a live, world-wide Christmas Eve broadcast of a service of Biblical readings, carols, and related seasonal Classical music. This special will be presented by one of the world’s foremost choirs of men and boys and performed in an acoustically and architecturally renowned venue, the 500-year-old Chapel of King’s College, Cambridge, England.



Michael Barone
Building upon a curiosity which began in his teens, Michael Barone has been involved with the pipe organ for more than 40 years. As host and senior executive producer of Pipedreams, produced and distributed by American Public Media, he is recognized nationally for his outstanding contributions to the world of organ music. Pipedreams began in 1982 and remains the only nationally distributed weekly radio program exploring the art of the pipe organ. Michael's talent and commitment have been recognized with numerous awards, including the American Guild of Organists President's Award in 1996, the Distinguished Service Award of the Organ Historical Society in 1997 and the 2001 ASCAP-Deems Taylor Award. In November 2002 he was selected for induction to the Minnesota Music Hall of Fame. He also hosts broadcasts of the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra and The New Releases on Minnesota Public Radio.


Two hours, beginning at 10am ET


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Promo spot available: December 18, 2023
Program rundown and playlist available: December 22, 2023
Date content will be uploaded: December 24, 2023


Broadcast Window

December 24, 2023 - December 25, 2023

Broadcast Rights

Affiliate stations have multiple options for broadcast. As always, you must carry the program on Christmas Eve, December 24th. However, you may carry this program live as fed on Christmas Eve or you may delay the feed to any time later in the day provided the broadcast is completed by 11:59 pm local time on Christmas Eve, December 24. Additionally, you may record the program (or use the file) for up to one repeat broadcast on December 24 AND one repeat broadcast on December 25. This means that your station may now air Nine Lessons up to three times at times of your choosing. The program must be carried in its entirety, in either its 90-minute or full two-hour version. No excerpting is permitted. Prior to carrying this program, stations must confirm carriage with their American Public Media Station Relations Representative.

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Timings & Cues

Total program time: 01:59:00

PROGRAM IN CUE: "Welcome to Cambridge..."
ESTIMATED OPTIONAL FLOATING BREAK START TIME: ca. 90:00, though stations must monitor air, as this is a live broadcast.
PAUSE: (:03) There will be a 3 second pause for stations that want to cut away from the program and not return.
FINAL PROGRAM OUT CUE: "...APM, American Public Media"

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