Reading, PA – The Happiness Podcast, part of Dave Kline Productions, will present “Holiday Happiness,” on Christmas Eve through Christmas Day on BCTV cable and online channels. Featuring music by local ensembles and musicians, as well as stories and interviews about the holiday season, this vast collection includes vintage and new recordings from various ensembles and cultural traditions. This project was made possible thanks for financial and administrative support from Dave Kline Productions, BCTV, and Reading Musical Foundation.
“I like to think of this production like Christmas ornaments,” said Dave Kline. “Like ornaments, each year we take these recordings off the shelf to be played and enjoyed. The show presents a feel-good Yuletide gift; a reminder of the rich diversity and culture in Reading and Berks County as celebrated by our neighbors, co-workers, friends, and colleagues from all walks of life in the community. Representing hundreds of hours of recording, editing and production, Holiday Happiness is sure to help folks create holiday magic and memories as it showcases many of the amazingly gifted and talented musicians and orchestras in our region.”
The program will be played on BCTV (check local listings for exact channel) and livestreamed on www.bctv.org beginning Christmas Eve at 5:00 PM through midnight on Christmas Day. The 32-hour production was hand-curated by Dave Kline, and features holiday music from ensembles like the Reading Symphony Youth Orchestra, Ringgold Band, and Trading Four, as well as individual musicians including Mike Anderson and Dave Cullen. The sounds of the Holiday Happiness production will be accompanied by seasonal images and animations for festive visual appeal thanks to BCTV technicians.
Dave Kline, a local musician and media entrepreneur, has been involved as trustee and volunteer of Reading Musical Foundation for more than 25 years. He has transformed his love for folk music into opportunities for new generations of folk musicians, primarily through the David L. Kline Family Mountain Folk Scholarship of RMF, which provides awards for lessons and new instruments for deserving musicians of all ages.
ABOUT THE HAPPINESS PODCAST
The Happiness Project Podcast is one of three weekly podcasts under the Dave Kline Productions network. A spin-off from the Mountain Folk podcast, it combines Dave’s love for music, skiing, traveling, family, food, and traditions. Listeners are taken on a journey around the Alps and to various other countries which have robust and joyful music that makes people happy. Other podcasts under this network include the Mountain Folk and Come on in my Kitchen podcasts. All are available through PodBean podcast player or at the Mountain Folk website, www.mountainfolk.com.
Berks Community Television (BCTV) is a nonprofit community media organization serving the citizens of Berks County. As one of the oldest, consistently active cable access managers in the country, BCTV has empowered thousands of individuals to create and share in dialogue across our community, and across the world. BCTV has long been an industry pioneer in telecast and community media, and continues to use technology in multimedia platforms to connect community members to issues, information, and ideas with hyperlocal focus. BCTV’s mission is to empower people and engage community through media.
ABOUT READING MUSICAL FOUNDATION
Over 80 years old, RMF is a public charity that provides financial support for music presenters in Berks County, music scholarships by audition and in response to financial need, and extensive music outreach, including programs in most of Berks County’s public and parochial schools. RMF is governed by a self-perpetuating board of volunteer trustees and is administered by two full-time employees.