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Holiday Programming from Seton Hall University's WSOU Radio Station


SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - WSOU (89.5 FM), the student-run radio station of Seton Hall University, has a full lineup of programming for the holiday season.

In addition to special holiday programs, a release from WSOU states that the station's "regular programming will be highlighted with holiday classics covered by heavy metal, punk, hardcore and post-hardcore bands."

The full schedule of WSOU’s holiday programming is as follows:

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WSOU Christmas Eve Programming, Thursday, Dec. 24

A Franciscan Christmas (8 p.m. to 10 p.m.) – Brother Greg Cellini of the Franciscan Brothers of Brooklyn hosts this Christmas Eve call-in program exploring the theme of “mercy” in recognition of Pope Francis’ call for a Holy Year of Mercy. Brother Greg's guests include a Franciscan theologian and members of the Seton Hall University community. Listener calls will be welcomed throughout the program at 973-761-WSOU.

Mass (10 p.m. to Midnight) – Live broadcast of the Christmas Eve Mass from Our Lady of Sorrows Church in South Orange, NJ.

Seton Hall Christmas Message (midnight) – Christmas greetings from Seton Hall University President A. Gabriel Esteban, followed by an hour of religious Christmas music.

Christmas Power Cuts (1 a.m. to 6 a.m.) – Blocks of Christmas carols covered by heavy metal bands.

WSOU Christmas Day Programming, Fri., Dec.25

Christmas Oratorio (6 a.m.) –WSOU's annual presentation of Johann Sebastian Bach's Christmas Oratorio. This airing of Bach’s choral masterwork has become a Seton Hall tradition. 

Christmas Favorites (8:30 a.m.) – Renditions of Christmas classics by soprano Deborah Voigt.

A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols (9 a.m.) – Biblical readings and carols in celebration of the season, performed by the Seton Hall University choir and recorded inside the campus’ Chapel of the Immaculate Conception.

A Dickens Christmas (10 a.m.) –A musical telling of how Charles Dickens came to write a Christmas Carol.

Christmas Traditions from WSOU (10:30 a.m.) –WSOU staff members recall their favorite Christmas memories throughout their years.

Mass (11 a.m.) – Christmas Day Mass live from Our Lady of Sorrows Church in South Orange, NJ, followed by the annual Christmas greeting from Seton Hall University President A. Gabriel Esteban.

Christmas Mix (Noon) – Christmas carols and songs the whole family a sing along to.

A Merry Metal Christmas (12:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.) –A festive mix of music for hard rockers.

Tues., Dec. 29

Top Ten (4 p.m.)  –The combined top ten favorite albums of the year as decided by WSOU Staff members. Members of the management board will play a song from each band and explain why staff members enjoyed it so much.

WSOU New Year’s Eve Programming, Thurs., Dec. 31

Vintage 80s (8 p.m.) – Leading up to midnight, the hosts of one of WSOU’s most iconic specialty shows will be spinning hits from the 80s’ metal scene.

Storming the Ramparts (10 p.m.) – As the clock approaches midnight to close out the year, , WSOU’s epic metal specialty show will highlight the best of the genre from 2015.

WSOU New Year’s Day Programming, Fri., Jan. 1

The Loudest New Year (midnight - 6 a.m.) – As the clock strikes midnight to ring in 2015, WSOU starts spinning its very loudest rock to carry head-banging revelers through the night until dawn.

The Top 89 Countdown–Beginning at noon, WSOU counts down the Top 89 Heavy Metal, Punk, Hardcore, Post-Hardcore, and loud rock albums from 2015. Listeners will have the chance to win WSOU prize packs during the countdown. 

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