The concept for Magic on the Air came from a summer meeting, when Bob Plasse and Jason Polan met with Mayor Don Humason to discuss whether the events of DecemberFest including The Mayor’s Tree Lighting, could be safely held. Once it was acknowledged that these traditional events were not going to be possible, brainstorming about potential substitutes began with this unique month of on-air programming celebrating the season the result.
“We realized we could utilize Westfield’s community radio and public access television stations in a way that had never been done before and in the process could spotlight the fine programming that these community channels broadcast every day throughout the year. ” Plasse explained. “With the help of Peter Cowles, the City’s media specialist and manager of community programming and Ken Stomski of KS Solutions, we have been able to put together more than 20 hours of special programming for area families to watch and enjoy together.
“We approached Music Departments at both Westfield High School and Westfield State, the Westfield Theatre Group; and other community individuals and organizations and with their generous help, have been able to assemble an impressive slate of offerings,” Plasse continued. “We have also been able to film several shows spotlighting the talents of WCPC on-air personalities, area artists and artisans, musicians and storytellers. Mayor Don Humason has even taped a recitation of “’Twas the Night Before Christmas” which he traditionally reads to his son Quinn on Christmas Eve.”
In addition to programs featuring area talent, the roster will include taped proceedings of The Mayor’s Tree Lighting of 2018 and 2019; concerts by both the Westfield High Show Choir and Band; and a showcase of the talented musicians of Westfield State, taped at the Colonial Theatre in Pittsfield. Of some note are two original musicals by area showsmiths, Kathi Palmer and Marion Dunk, that were recorded at past performances by the Westfield Theatre Group.
The complete schedule of Magic on The Air programming will be published in the Westfield News, on Facebook and on WOW’s website. Many shows will also be archived for viewing anytime on YouTube under DecemberFest 2020.