WNWO’s Jim Blue reads Frost for holiday CDWritten by Kevin Moore | | firstname.lastname@example.org
As someone who delivers the news to thousands of viewers across Northwest Ohio every night, oration is one of Jim Blue’s stronger skills. The WNWO news director and anchorman has donated his speaking talents to benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation by reading Robert Frost’s “A Christmas Circular Letter” for the “Holiday Wishes 3” charity CD.
“During my career I’ve written and produced thousands of news stories, but this is the first time I’ve ever read a selection for a recording like this one,” Blue said.
Frost’s “A Christmas Circular Letter” is one of his lesser-known works and one Blue thinks conveys the Christmas spirit particularly well.
“I’m a big fan of Robert Frost’s poetry,” he said. “Most folks are familiar with ‘Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening.’ I wanted to read something a little less familiar but with a Christmas theme. After a little research, I found the ‘Christmas Circular Letter.’ It has an early 20th-century feel to it. It’s rather quaint. But I was surprised how it evokes memories and emotions so many people share.”
It has been more than 90 years since Frost penned his Christmas letter, and Blue found reinterpreting the poet’s century-old style for a modern audience to be a rewarding challenge.
Blue believes his reading, as well as the whole “Holiday Wishes” project, benefits a great cause, especially at this time of year.
“Make-A-Wish allows us all to share the wonder and joy of children during the holiday season. WNWO is very much involved with Make-A-Wish and we’re honored to be involved in the project spearheaded by the Toledo Free Press and Editor in Chief Michael Miller.”
Aside from the CD benefiting a good cause, Blue said anyone who picks up a copy of this year’s album will not be disappointed.
“It’s a great collection by some tremendous artists who are much more talented than I,” Blue said. “You’ll play it over and over — well, maybe not my part — for many years to come.”
The CD is available at several locations at the Town Center at Levis Commons, the ProMedica Flower Hospital gift shop and the Make-A-Wish Foundation office in Arrowhead Park.