Lewis University radio station plays holiday music

Broadcast aims to benefit United Way of Will County

Lewis University's WLRA-FM radio station is broadcasting its annual holiday music benefit for the United Way of Will County.

During the month, holiday music plays 24 hours a day, seven days a week through New Year's Day, according to a news release.

Listeners can tune in via radio at 88.1 FM, online at lewisu.edu/wlra, the station's app on iTunes and Google Play, and iHeartRadio.

Instead of commercials, WLRA will air brief public service announcements about United Way agencies in Will County.

“It’s our Christmas gift to the community," John Carey, director of the Andrew Center of Electronic Media, said in the release. "Our students are honored to use their skills in the radio industry to help others in the various United Way programs in a year that it is so desperately needed."

The holiday programming, as well as the university's Andrew Center of Electronic Media, are made possible from a grant from the Aileen S. Andrew Foundation.

WLRA has been on the air for 47 years with programming including news, sports, coverage of Lewis University events and a wide variety of music. Students and faculty involved with WLRA have produced several marathon broadcasts to benefit the United Way of Will County, local children's hospitals and other organizations.

The United Way of Will County is a local, non-profit organization that raises money annually to support local human care services provided by local, non-profit agencies.

To learn more about the United Way of Will County, visit uwwill.org.

Alex Ortiz

Alex Ortiz is a reporter for The Herald-News in Joliet. Originally from Romeoville, Ill., he joined The Herald-News in 2017 and mostly covers Will County government, politics, education and more. He earned his bachelor's degree at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a master's degree from Northwestern University.