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A Capital-Star holiday tradition: The WPXI-TV Yule log

By: - December 25, 2019 6:30 am

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It’s Christmas Day. And if you grew up in the tri-state area in the 1970s and 1980s, then the chance are pretty good that you remember the WPXI-TV Yule Log. And if you don’t, welcome to a treat.

Every year, the independent station in New York City would run several hours of video footage of a burning Yule Log, accompanied by holiday music, for New Yorkers without fireplaces who were celebrating the holiday, but who were perhaps missing the comforts of home.

I started running the Yule Log when I wrote the Capitol Ideas ‘blog for The Morning Call of Allentown, and then brought it with me when I was PennLive’s Opinion Page editor. And now it’s here on the Capital-Star, to warm your morning, and perhaps lighten your heart.

From all of us at the Capital-Star, thank you for an amazing 2019. We’re looking forward to an even bigger 2020. Our fondest wishes for a happy and healthy holiday season and a peaceful New Year.

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John L. Micek

A three-decade veteran of the news business, John L. Micek is the Pennsylvania Capital-Star's former Editor-in-Chief.