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Hanukkah Concert for Kids on Siriusxm

November 29, 2013


It's Hanukkah! It's Thanksgiving! It's Thanksgivukkah!

To celebrate the festive season, Mama Doni & The Mama Doni Band will bring their brand of "funky music with a Jewish twist" to "Mama Doni's Han-ukkah Special," a concert to be broadcast throughout this weekend on Sirius/XM Satellite Radio's Kids Place Live (Channel 78).

Montclair-based Doni Zasloff, aka Mama Doni, is the lead singer/ songwriter of The Mama Doni Band, honored with two Parents' Choice Awards for their CDs "Emunah" and "Shabbat Shaboom." The band celebrates Jewish culture with interactive family concerts filled with pop songs that break the mold of traditional Jewish music.

The concert will be broadcast at 9 tonight, 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Saturday and noon Sunday.


This holiday season, WQXR-FM (105.9) will present four musical events celebrating various traditions and genres at its live events venue, The Jerome L. Greene Performance Space.

The series kicks off on Thursday with Hanukkah music and will continue with events featuring violinist Joshua Bell and friends playing seasonal music from his new CD "Musical Gifts" (Dec. 10), and The Canadian Brass paying tribute to some of the most popular animated specials created for the holiday (Dec. 13).

On Dec. 16, WQXR and WNYC's annual staged reading of "A Christmas Carol" returns with this year's Scrooge played by Broadway and film actor Tony Roberts. Other roles will be performed by station hosts and on-air personalities in the production directed by WQXR host Elliott Forrest.

For information or to watch the live webcast of the events, go to


Cumulus announced earlier this week that Geraldo Rivera will launch "Geraldo" on WABC-AM (770) beginning Jan. 1.

Rivera started his broadcast career on WABC-TV/Channel 7's "Eyewitness News" in 1970. He was a member of the original casts of "Good Morning America" and "20/20" and hosted the syndicated "Geraldo Rivera Show" for 11 years, as well as CNBC's "Rivera Live."

Rivera has received numerous awards, including the George Foster Peabody Award, three national and seven local Emmy Awards, two DuPont-Columbia University Awards and two Scripps Howard Journalism Awards.

"Geraldo" will air weekdays from 10 a.m. to noon.


STATION BREAKS: Garrison Keillor's "A Prairie Home Companion" is calling Manhattan's Town Hall home for a couple of weeks. Beginning this weekend, the public radio troupe will perform at 5:45 p.m. Saturdays through Dec. 21. The hall is at 123 W. 43rd St. Ticket are $69 and $75. Info: 212-997-1003 or ... Robert Conley, the first host of National Public Radio's "All Things Considered," died earlier this month. Conley was a correspondent and bureau chief for NBC News, before joining NPR to launch the daily news magazine show on May 3, 1971. ... After a 40-year stretch, rock station WRCN-FM (103.9) Nassau-Suffolk (N.Y.) will be changing formats to news/talk as "LI News Radio 103.9." The change will take effect Dec. 26, as the station just began airing the sounds of the holiday season last week. ..., CBS Radio's online and mobile destination, has been recognized by the 2013 Mobile Web Awards for best radio mobile application. The international competition from the Web Marketing Association, now in its second year, recognizes excellence in mobile websites and applications. ... The Federal Communications Commission recently voted unanimously to ease limits -- on a case-by-case basis -- on foreign ownership of U.S. broadcasting companies. The commission will let broadcasters exceed the former limit of a 25 percent investment in American radio and TV owners.

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