Sing along to Jewish tunes at XM’s Radio Hanukkah

first_imgThink the holiday radio waves are all about red-nosed reindeer? Don’t kvetch. It’s time to get your klezmer on. For the second year, XM Satellite Radio is celebrating the Festival of Lights and all that is Jewish with round-the-clock programming at Radio Hanukkah (XM Radio Channel 108). The temporary micro-channel will launch at 2 p.m. today with a live White House candle-lighting ceremony and will wrap up at midnight Dec. 12. Don’t have XM Radio? Even children have a playlist on “Hanukids,” a program with dreidel-spin-worthy sing-alongs. Contrary to mainstream belief, there are thousands of Hanukkah songs, Washington, D.C.-based program director Mike Abrams says. “We just don’t hear them because there’s no outlet,” he said. Radio Hanukkah is not a Jewish jukebox, Abrams says, but a who’s who of Jewish music, arts and culture. There’s comedy for mature audiences on “Oy! No Vey!” and the best of Israeli music, hosted by Israel’s own David Broza on “Radi-O Y’Israel.” At 5 p.m. daily in every time zone, join celebs such as Dr. Ruth and Matisyahu to light the menorah candles. [email protected] 925-943-8155 MediaNews160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat KingsYou can sign up for a free trial at www.xmradio.com. Download the Radio Hanukkah schedule at www.xmradio.com/hanukkah. Hear the classics at “Alter Cockers Corner.” Explore modern Jewish rock on “Rockin’ with the Rebbe.” And catch cantorial masterpieces during “Shul,” the soundtrack for Shabbas. It’s all there, from the “Mental Yentl,” Sally Fingerett’s musical celebration of Jewish mothers, to Neil Sedaka’s exploration of Yiddish folk music on “Yiddishkeit.” last_img

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