Everyone is invited to the premiere of “Strand on the Air,” an authentic, original live radio variety show, Sunday, Dec. 16, at 5 p.m. at the Strand Theatre. 345 Main St. Admission is free.

Brought to life by the Strand Theatre’s very own creative team, “Strand On The Air” will be presented in the style of popular radio programs such as “A Prairie Home Companion” and “Live From Here.” The 90-minute show will include music, comedy, drama and special guests, all performed in front of a live studio audience and broadcast on local station WRFR-LP (93.3 FM).

Led by Strand House Manager Liz McLeod, this season’s holiday-themed installment of “Strand on the Air” will feature announcer Dan Bookham, music by Brittany Parker and the Blake Rosso Band, skits performed by the Strand Family Players and special guests The Extension Chords from Midcoast Music Academy.

Also featured will be former Rockland Poet Laureate Joanna Hynd, a 10-year veteran of the Strand staff who will return to deliver a poem just for the occasion; and gifted young vocalist Galadria Scattaloni, who recently starred in Camden Hills High School’s production of “Anything Goes,” with a powerful a cappella performance of a favorite holiday carol.

Program host and scriptwriter McLeod enjoyed a 15-year radio career in the 1980s and ‘90s, mixing character comedy with straight news reporting, and is well-known as a historian of broadcasting who written extensively on the personalities and programs of the 1930s and 1940s — many of which contributed to the development of her own comic style. She has appeared twice on the PBS documentary series “History Detectives” and is soon to be seen in the forthcoming documentary film “Voice of America: Lowell Thomas.”

Donations will be accepted to support the Strand Theatre’s education and community programs. For more information, visit rocklandstrand.com; call 594-0070, ext. 3; or email info@rocklandstrand.com.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.