WCSF-FM 88.7, the student-run radio station at the University of St. Francis in Joliet, will begin its annual Spirit of Christmas programming from Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 28, through Jan. 2.
On Thanksgiving, WCSF-FM 88.7 will switch over from its regular programming to the Spirit of Christmas, a 24-hour, commercial-free, season-long holiday format, according to a news release.
Spirit of Christmas features a variety-filled rotation of more than 4,000 songs, including multiple versions of holiday classics such as “White Christmas.”
There will also be special programming, such as the 1937 radio series “The Cinnamon Bear” every night at 5 and 6 p.m.
The Spirit of Christmas was established in 1993 by Bob Zak. Don Burke, the programming director for the Spirit of Christmas, said that at the end of the fall semester, the radio station would shut down for a few weeks as students finished their coursework.
He said Zak wanted to experiment with a holiday format that ran throughout December and continuously played Christmas songs.
The program became so popular that within days of the original launch, the station was constantly receiving calls with praise and song requests, according to the release.
Area businesses are also invited to promote themselves through special sponsorship opportunities that air during Spirit of Christmas programming.
Sponsorships start at $250. For information, call 815-740-3610.
To listen to the Spirit of Christmas, tune into 88.7 FM in the Joliet area or listen to the livestream at