‘Radio Once More’ recently welcomed back author and Christmas TV historian, Joanna Wilson. Joanna was on our ‘Woo-Hoo Wednesday’ radio show where we had another delightful and fun conversation. We again aired our Christmas TV conversation “LIVE” allowing the listeners to comment during our discussion.
Joanna discussed about the updated version of one of my favorite books, “Tis the Season TV: The Encyclopedia of Christmas-Themed Episodes, Specials and Made-For-TV Movies”. This updated version will be bigger and better than ever and is scheduled for release in the Fall of 2021. When released, it will be available on Amazon and all the regular channels for books.
Personalized requests can be made directly to the publisher, 1701 Press and can be purchased through their web site, or you can contact Joanna at her web site and arrange purchasing an autographed copy from her directly. Joanna’s web site is:
Joanna and I listened to various audio clips from various Christmas Comfort Classics from Classic television series, including “The Honeymooners”, “The Waltons” (the TV pilot movie), and “The Twilight Zone”.
We moved on to discussing Classic Christmas Films that we all fell in love during our childhood where we grew up watching on TV in the comfort of our home. We again discussed our disappointment that the classic 1973 made-for-TV version of “Miracle on 34th Street” has not been released on DVD/BluRay. (We will continue to do so every year until it is released on DVD/Blu Ray) Joanna and I then dove into three “Christmas Comfort Classic” films, the original 1947 version of “Miracle on 34th Street”, the heartwarming “It’s A Wonderful Life” (1946), and the Alastair Sim favorite “A Christmas Carol” (1951).
Here is the You Tube link to the 1973 version of “Miracle on 34th Street”.
We then moved our discussion to a couple of Television Christmas Specials beginning with the 1970 Rankin/Bass classic “Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town”. This year “Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town” celebrated it’s 50 year anniversary. Our final audio clip came from the memorable Peanuts Christmas classic, “A Charlie Brown Christmas” from (1965).
Below is our entire show from December 9th that our discussion with Joanna Wilson aired on ‘Radio Once More’. 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 Woo-Hoo!!!!!! Merry Christmas!!!!!!