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Christmas Chronicles Press Site
by Tim Slover

Classical 89 / KBYU-FM's Christmas Story for radio, The Christmas Chronicles, is now available for broadcast during the 2010 holiday season through PRX.

This eight-part commissioned drama, complete with original music, captures the magic and mystery of everyone's favorite Yuletide character, Santa Claus. The Christmas Chronicles aired with great success in 2009 in the metro Salt Lake City market, and was featured on WBUR's Here and Now on NPR. Response from local listeners was beyond hope and expectations. National response for the "local only" broadcasts was astonishing. So here is your opportunity to present this heartwarming Christmas story on your station.

Random House Books, Inc. immediately took the opportunity to present The Christmas Chronicles in book form, which will be released nationally on November 2, 2010 under the same title. They are actively supporting the national broadcasts and will provide copies of the book for on-air giveaway.

Series Description

A snowy December evening in the Rockies. A car stuck off the side of the road. A sleigh flashing past chased by something terrible and bleak.

These are the curious events that lead to an astounding discovery—the true and complete story of the man the world has come to know as Santa Claus. Now, his story can be told. Airing this December, The Christmas Chronicles is a new radio drama about Klaus, the carpenter; Anna, the racer; a greathearted reindeer, Dasher; and the malevolent Rolf Eckhof.

The series originated in accounts of the astonishing life and activities of Santa, recalled and told by the author, Tim Slover, to his children over the years. It all started with a strictly scientific answer to a child’s classic question: “How does Santa deliver all those toys all over the world in just one night?” That’s the query that unlocked the grand adventure to keep the magic in and the cynicism of the world at bay.

Slover is the author of Joyful Noise and Hancock County. He teaches dramatic literature and script analysis at the University of Utah and directs the playwriting and London study abroad programs for the university’s Department of Theatre.