WLNZ presents ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’
By Chloe Gregg
If cozying up in a warm blanket while listening to a beautiful live performance of everyone’s favorite Christmas movie, “It’s A Wonderful Life,” sounds like a good way to spend a Friday night, tune into LCC’s 89.7 FM WLNZ radio or lccradio.org at 8 p.m. on Nov. 20.
Although the inclusion of COVID-19 this Christmas has forced people to stay home instead of going out to celebrate the annual Silver Bells in the City festivities, that doesn’t mean the magic of Christmas can’t be enjoyed indoors.
Daedalian Lowry, general manager of WLNZ radio, said this year’s radio event will be a little different, but still a fun and magical way to transition into the holidays.
“Normally, we’d be at Dart Auditorium,” Lowry said. “Usually, the whole cast is up there, we’ll have a band up there and we do a live on-stage production just like you would if you went to a performing arts show.
“But that’s not going to happen (this year). We’re going to do a live on-air with no (visual performance) this year. Through radio and internet only, we’ll be streaming live at lccradio.org and 89.7 FM.”
This year will be WLNZ’s 15th annual Silver Bells radio play, during which it will present a (somewhat) live performance of “It’s A Wonderful Life.”
Audio Air Force is a local theatrical organization dedicated to creating material for presentation on the radio, Internet, etc., according to its website. This year, the group will be using the original network radio script from 1947 to broadcast over 89.7 FM.
Lowry said WLNZ will also play holiday music on air for about an hour or so before the play starts. He said this is an ongoing tradition that transitions in the holidays.
“This is usually one of the many events that go on during Silver Bells,” Lowry said. “The fireworks would end at Silver Bells, and then we’d do the show.”
This year Silver Bells will also be different, hosting a “home edition” broadcasted on Fox on Friday, Nov. 20. For people who are interested in attending both Silver Bells and LCC’s Silver Bells Radio Play, they can! Silver Bells (Home Edition) ends at 8 p.m. and WLNZ’s play begins at 8 p.m.
To listen to WLNZ’s “Silver Bells Radio Play,” visit https://www.lcc.edu/radio/ or tune in to 89.7 FM.