Christmas Radio Show Planned by MCAC and KNDY Radio

To continue their tradition of providing holiday entertainment during the Christmas season, the Marshall County Arts Cooperative is partnering with KNDY Radio to present Home for the Holidays, a Christmas radio show.

โ€œIn light of the pandemic that has stripped our ability to gather in comfort, we had to get creative,โ€ explained Liberty Price-Obley, a board member for the arts cooperative. โ€œThis avenue of a holiday performance provides an opportunity for our supporters to tune into the radio whether they are homebound, traveling, or out taking in the holiday atmosphere.โ€

Home for the Holidays is an original radio show featuring music, stories, and Christmas memories. The radio show will be broadcast on Classic Country AM 1570/FM 94.1 KNDY in December.

โ€œItโ€™s almost like a variety show highlighting the talents of our community members,โ€ Price-Obley added.

The arts cooperative is searching for individuals to perform

โ€œWeโ€™re still ironing out some of the logistical issues of when the show will be broadcast,โ€ Price-Obley said. โ€œThat information will be released soon. In the meantime, though, we need people who want to participate to get in touch with us so we can put together the show.โ€

Those interested in singing a song, playing an instrument, reading a Christmas story or poem, or sharing a Christmas memory should contact the arts cooperative by calling 785-859-4260 or sending an e-mail to Submissions are due Monday, November 16.

Performers of all ages are welcome; performances may be solos, duets, or small groups.

The cooperative wants the show filled with the singing and playing of traditional to contemporary Christmas songs and the reading of Christmas stories ranging from โ€œThe Gift of the Magiโ€ by O. Henry to Dr. Seussโ€™ โ€œHow the Grinch Stole Christmas!โ€ Poems like Clement Clarke Mooreโ€™s โ€œA Visit from St. Nicholasโ€ may be read, and Christmas memories and traditions may be shared.

The show will be pre-recorded before it is broadcast. Those sharing their musical talents will record in thirty minute increments between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Saturday, November 28.

Those reading a story or sharing a special memory will record in thirty minute increments between 1-5 p.m. Sunday, November 29.

โ€œTo be clear, these are the only times we are recording,โ€ said Price-Obley. โ€œFor those that want to be a part of the broadcast, they must be available to record on these days.โ€

Participants are responsible for finding and preparing their selection. A keyboard will be provided.

โ€œThis yearโ€™s special holiday radio broadcast allows us to enjoy the holiday season Covid-style,โ€ Price-Obley said. โ€œThis might be a fun way to enjoy a new tradition with your family to tune into the local radio station and listen to people from your community. This is a different time and it’s really important that, as an organization and as individuals, we use our skills to continue to adapt to ever changing obstacles.โ€

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Derek Nester
Derek Nester
Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids and graduated from Valley Heights High School in 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communications. In 2002 Derek joined Taylor Communications, Inc. in Salina, Kansas working in digital media for 550 AM KFRM and 100.9 FM KCLY. Following that stop, he joined Dierking Communications, Inc. stations KNDY AM & FM as a board operator and fill-in sports play-by-play announcer. Starting in 2005 Derek joined the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network as a Studio Coordinator at 101 The Fox in Kansas City, a role he would serve for 15 years culminating in the Super Bowl LIV Championship game broadcast. In 2020 he moved to Audacy, formerly known as Entercom Communications, Inc. and 106.5 The Wolf and 610 Sports Radio, the new flagship stations of the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, the largest radio network in the NFL. Through all of this, Derek continues to serve as the Digital Media Director for Sunflower State Radio, the digital and social media operations of Dierking Communications, Inc. and the 6 radio stations it owns and operates across Kansas.

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