New Year's Eve TV

Marc D. Allan

Planning to spend a quiet New Year's Eve rather than carousing amid the drunken revelers? Don't worry: TV and radio will be there to keep you company.

To watch others ring in 2006 live from elsewhere, you have a choice of Dick Clark and Ryan Seacrest (will he say, "Seacrest in!"?) from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. on WRTV (Channel 6), Regis Philbin from 11 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. on WXIN (Channel 59), Carson Daly dishing out good karma on WTHR (Channel 13) from 11:30 to midnight and Don Francisco and celebrity guests and hosts in New York, Acapulco, Puerto Rico and elsewhere wishing you Feliz 2006 from 10 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. on WIIH.

WFYI (Channel 20) will welcome the new year, too - albeit a bit early - with a two-hour special, Live From Lincoln Center, the New York Philharmonic's New Year's Eve Gala Concert. The show, which airs from 8 to 10 p.m., will feature a program of Italian opera starring renowned soprano Angela Gheorghiu. And we know how much NUVO readers love a good soprano.

Meanwhile, WTTV (Channel 4), WISH (Channel 8) and WNDY (Channel 23) will stick with regular programming as the clock strikes 12. That means Blind Date, The Bill Polian Show and Girls Behaving Badly, respectively.

Late local news also will air at the usual times. Earlier in the evening, all stations plan to air variations of their regular prime-time schedules. The one notable exception: the final installment of Hoosier Millionaire, the Hoosier Lottery's TV show. That'll air at 7 and again at 10 on WTTV (Channel 4). Where have ye gone, Mark Patrick and Barbara Hobbs?

Radio is light on the festivities. WTTS-FM (92.3) plans to serve up its annual New Year's Eve House Party beginning around 8 p.m. Hosted by Todd Berryman, the show will offer what's described as an eclectic, upbeat mix of rock music. WFYI-FM (90.1) introduces the Canada import The Vinyl Café at 10 p.m. (more about that in the next story) and a special live three-hour broadcast of A Prairie Home Companion beginning at 11 p.m.

Finally, if you haven't read our cover story yet, check it out: Emmis Radio Group (RadioNow 93.1, Hank FM 97.1, B 105.7, WBIC 1070), along with Fox 59, is throwing a big party at the Hyatt. If you can't be there, you can listen in or watch (59 will go back and forth with Regis).

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