JOLIET – The University of St. Francis plans to raise enthusiasm for Christmas through a free 24-hour radio program filled with festive music.
From Thanksgiving until Jan. 2, the Spirit of Christmas radio program will play holiday music on WCSF 88.7-FM, the university’s student-run radio station. Listeners can call in requests during selected times at 815-740-3214.
The program, which has become a local holiday tradition, will feature commercial-free music, from the classics to current hits. Also featured will be local choirs and bands.
The radio program plays 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Listeners also can tune in online by visiting stfrancis.edu/spirit.
The Spirit of Christmas is meant to be a gift to the community, said Nancy Pohlman, USF spokeswoman.
“People find the part that speaks to them, whether it’s the traditional carols or the special program segments or even if it’s Bing Crosby,” she said.
She said the radio station receives sponsorships from local businesses.
According to USF, the university will have its own Schola Cantorum choir perform on the radio. Other special programs include “The Cinnamon Bear,” which is an old time radio program, the “World’s Greatest Choirs” and “Christmas in Our Town.”
The Spirit of Christmas began in 1993, according to USF. Each year, students wanting experience in radio production assist with the program, which is a major fundraiser for the WCSF radio station, according to the USF website.