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For more than 30 years, John Kiesewetter has been the source for information about all things in local media – comings and goings, local people appearing on the big or small screen, special programs, and much more. Local media is still his beat and he’s bringing his interest, curiosity, contacts and unique style to Cincinnati Public Radio and 91.7 WVXU. Contact John at johnkiese@yahoo.com.

My Holiday Program Guide Is Here!

Courtesy CBS

Here's my annual 2016 Holiday Program Guide, and it's bigger and better than ever. Here's the link to my 14-page 2016 Holiday Program Guide. It's also at the bottom of this page.

More shows, more listings, more info. (I've added the networks this year, in addition to the local channels, so people in other cities can find their holiday favorites too. If you have family or friends who have enjoyed my list in the past, please send them the link.)

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"A Charlie Brown Christmas" airs on ABC Dec. 1 and Dec. 22.

Your old favorites are there – Charlie Brown, Rudolph, Frosty, "White Christmas," "It's A Wonderful Life," "A Christmas Story," a half dozen versions of "A Christmas Carol," the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, "Bing Crosby's "Going My Way," the 1956 "I Love Lucy" Christmas show and the TV Land "MerryThon" of sitcom Christmas episodes on Sunday night Dec. 4.

Yes, "The Brady Bunch" Christmas episode with the late Florence Henderson is in the list, along with WLWT-TV's Ruth Lyons and Paul Dixon specials, and Christmas episodes for "Roseanne," "Golden Girls," "Mr. Ed," "Father Knows Best" and "Seinfeld." A Festivus for the rest of us!

You'll find plenty of new holiday shows and specials too: "Dolly Parton's Christmas of Many Colors," NBC's "Hairspray Live!," Tony Bennett's 90th birthday celebration, a half dozen new Lifetime and Hallmark movies, and new Christmas specials from "Empire" star Taraji P. Henson, Pentatonix, the Country Music Association and "America's Got Talent." 

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Alyvia Alyn Lind (right) plays young Dolly Parton in NBC's "Dolly Parton's Christmas of Many Colors: Circle of Love."

Also repeating this month are "Mary Poppins," "The Wizard of Oz," "The Sound of Music" and "CSO Presents Lumenocity."

And it's not just a TV list. The Vocal Arts Ensemble broadcasts a new holiday concert, and Lee Hay plays Christmas recordings made at King Records, a couple of the many WGUC-FM and WVXU-FM specials in my list.

One important reminder: As I explained in a blog last week, you'll need an antenna to see Perry Como, Andy Williams, Judy Garland, Bing Crosby, Mac Davis and Johnny Cash Christmas specials on GET TV, broadcast on over-the-air WSTR-TV subchannel 64.4.

I hope this Christmas gift to my loyal readers helps you enjoy the holidays. Merry Christmas!

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Finale from "Dr. Seuss' How The Grinch Stole Christmas," which premiered 50 years ago.

2016 Holiday Television Guide by WVXU News on Scribd

John Kiesewetter joined the WVXU news team as a TV/Media blogger on July 1 2015, after nearly 30 years covering local and national broadcasting for The Cincinnati Enquirer. He’ll be posting news about Greater Cincinnati TV, radio and movies; updating your favorite former local TV/radio personalities or stars who grew up here; and breaking news about national TV, radio and media trends. You’ll also learn about Cincinnati’s rich broadcasting history.