‘Radio Once More’ welcomed back author and Christmas TV specials expert, Joanna Wilson. Joanna was on our ‘Woo-Hoo Wednesday’ radio show where we had another delightful and fun conversation. Joanna and I began our discussion about her recent Netflix project that resulted in a beautiful red & white gown made up from close to 700 Netflix DVD address tear-away sleeves. This amazing gown was designed in the spirit of the Christmas dress worn by Rosemary Clooney during the finale of the film “White Christmas”. A big congratulations to Joanna and her talented designer, Alyssa Hertz.
We mentioned that although the 1973 Made-For-TV version of “Miracle on 34th Street” is still not available on DVD, the entire film can be viewed on YouTube:
We then enjoyed a musical interlude and listened to a clip from a classic “Andy Williams Christmas Show” that featured the Williams Brothers singing “Happy Holidays/The Holiday Season” along with the Osmonds.
And of course we couldn’t discuss Christmas television without mentioning Rankin/Bass. This year marks the 50th Anniversary of the Rankin/Bass production of “The Little Drummer Boy”, so we played a clip and discussed this delightful Rankin/Bass production.
All of these films, television episodes, and Christmas television specials along with so much more are documented in Joanna’s amazing reference book, “Tis the Season TV: the Encyclopedia of Christmas-Themed Episodes, Specials and Made-for-TV Movies“. This book is widely available at Amazon or directly from the publisher 1701 Press.
Below I have posted our discussion as it aired November 28th on ‘Radio Once More’ during our “Woo-Hoo Wednesday” Christmas show. A Big Thanks again to Joanna Wilson for taking the time to chat with us!!!! Please visit Joanna’s web site at: www.ChristmasTVHistory.com
Enjoy and a big Woo-Hoo to you all!!!!!!