University of St. Francis radio station to begin Christmas programming Thursday

Those wanting to listen can go online or to FM 88.7 in the Joliet area

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 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.

“2020 was a challenging year for so many reasons,” Don Burke, the Spirit of Christmas director of programming, said in a statement. “One of our challenges last year was an antenna that was damaged during that summer’s derecho, which severely limited our broadcast coverage throughout the program. While 2021 continues with its own set of challenges, I am very happy to report that our new antenna is up and running and we are at full power for this year’s program!”

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 p.m. and 6 p.m.

Area businesses are invited to promote themselves through sponsorship opportunities that air during the Spirit of Christmas.

Sponsorships start at $250. For information, call 815-740-3748.

To listen to the Spirit of Christmas, tune into 88.7 FM in the Joliet area or at