Pinkney Hall: Themed Broadcasts

On Pinkney Hall, Kenny Joe often plays one or two sets with a theme. Join Kenny Joe for the next three Fridays on WRCT from 9 AM to 10 AM for three special themed shows.

From the man himself, here are the themes for the next three weeks:

  1. December 23 – Once again we put the “Christ” back into “Christmas”! Most songs will be about Jesus Christ or at least contain a reference to Jesus Christ. And we’re not talking about the tired old Christmas songs that you hear on the muzak everywhere else this time of year.
  2. December 30 – On the eve of New Year’s Eve, we’ll play a few songs by musicians who passed away in 2011.
  3. January 6 – We’ll be preparing for our annual trip to Zlatne Uste’s Golden Festival in New York by playing music that fits into the expansive definition of “balkan music.”

For the week of December 20, 2011

  1. The Beach Boys: The SMiLE Sessions
  2. Atlas Sound: Parallax
  3. Body Language: Social Studies
  4. M83: Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming
  5. Ilhan Ersahin's Istanbul Sessions: Night Rider
  6. Dum Dum Girls: Only In Dreams
  7. Yuck: s/t (Deluxe Edition)
  8. Yamantaka//Sonic Titan: Yamantaka//Sonic Titan
  9. Sorry: But How?
  10. Feist: Metals

Holiday cheer Dec. 24 from McKeesport Symphony and WRCT

For the third consecutive year, the McKeesport Symphony Orchestra’s holiday concert will be broadcast over Pittsburgh’s WRCT-FM (88.3).

The 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 24, broadcast on 88.3 FM also will be heard online at

It was taped Saturday, Dec. 17, at McKeesport Area High School by McKeesport-based Tube City Community Media Inc., with the cooperation of the McKeesport Symphony Society and the American Federation of Musicians 60-471.

The concert — opened with Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Suite
and also included music from Ralph Vaughan Williams, Leroy Anderson and Vince Guaraldi — came at a time when the McKeesport Symphony Orchestra is broadening its outreach. In March, the MSO will perform in concert at Bethel Park’s Independence Middle School.

The MSO, founded in 1959, is comprised of professional, paid musicians from across the Pittsburgh area. Bruce Lauffer is in his eighth season as the MSO’s conductor and music director. For more information, visit

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