Again this year, the two Easter-week oratorio renditions in Lindsborg, which conclude the 10-day annual Messiah Festival of Music and Arts, will be broadcast regionally on radio stations — utilizing the satellite Messiah Festival Radio Network through flagship station WIBW Radio in Topeka.
Both the Good Friday evening, April 18, J.S. Bach oratorio “St. Matthew Passion,” and the Easter Sunday afternoon, April 20, “Messiah,” will be broadcast live. Bach “St. Matthew Passion” will air at 7:15 p.m. and the “Messiah” on air at 2:45 p.m. Preliminary interviews and commentaries for each oratorio broadcast begin 15 minutes before the downbeats.
The new Palm Sunday afternoon “Messiah Mosaic” concert will not be broadcast this year.
Numerous online Internet webstreaming options are available live from several of the Network stations — including KSAL Salina for both oratorios at www.ksallink.com (click on “live streaming in upper left corner).
The most recent list of 2014 participating stations in the Messiah Festival Radio Network includes:
Salina: KSAL 1150 AM, both Handel “Messiah” and Bach “St. Matthew Passion.” Also with Internet webcast webstreaming at www.ksal.com.
McPherson: KBBE 96.7 FM, “Mid-Kansas Radio,” for only the Easter “Messiah.” Wesite: www.midkansasradio.com
Lexington (Neb.): KRVN 880-AM, both Handel “Messiah” and Bach “St. Matthew Passion.” Website: www.krvn.com
Topeka: WIBW 580 AM this year will produce and distribute the two oratorios via satellite to Network stations, but will not broadcast on-air.