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December 8, 2015

“Christmas Eve with Oedipus” Comes to 89.7 WGBH Radio Annual Broadcast Continues 30-Year Tradition

Boston, Mass (December 8, 2015) — Legendary Boston radio personality Oedipus will once again offer listeners his ‘soundtrack to Christmas’ ­­– but this year, for the first time, he will present his annual Christmas eve show from the studios of public radio station WGBH.

“Christmas Eve with Oedipus” will air on Thursday, December 24, from 6pm to midnight on 89.7 WGBH.

“Oedipus is a Boston original, the kind of local, authentic voice we seek to bring our listeners every day on 89.7,” says WGBH Radio Manager Phil Redo. “We’re delighted to continue the local tradition by presenting his uniquely curated Christmas musical celebration for audiences to enjoy.”

Oedipus’s three-decade career in Boston radio began in 1975 when he was a D.J. at MIT’s college station WTBS (today WMBR), and continued on WBCN where he went on to become program director, and hosted the acclaimed “Nocturnal Emissions’ program for 25 years.  He had the first punk rock show in the country, and is featured in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

 “I am honored to be on WGBH,” says Oedipus. “This is such an innovative radio station.”

The Christmas eve program features music that Oedipus has collected throughout the year, culled from the many new holiday offerings. He combines those with his own collection of thousands of recordings to create an eclectic mix of unique songs or interesting interpretations of classics that won’t be played anywhere else. “It’s peace, love and understanding transmitted through song,” he says.

Whether you’re wrapping presents, dancing around the Christmas tree, or engaging in a bit of holiday romance, “Christmas Eve with Oedipus” will provide the soundtrack to the celebration.

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