Published on Tuesday, 01 November 2011 11:58
While WLIT-FM is only teasing its listeners
about flipping to an all-Christmas Holiday music, without actually doing so for many more days, another Chicago area station has beaten them to the punch. WXMS-FM 88.1 has already flipped and is now the first Chicagoland all-Christmas radio station. While the station is known as "Jack FM" and WRWX-FM for most of the year, for the next two months or so it will be known as "Jack Frost," using the call letters WXMS-FM (X-Mas FM).
The radio station is one of two run by Ridgewood High School in Norridge, Illinois. The holiday music format started early today and will continue on 24 hours a day, well into the new year. Unlike the very limited & predictable playlist that WLIT-FM's "Holiday Lite" airs, the "Jack Frost" station will be playing an extremely wide variety of holiday music, not just the same few songs over & over again.
WRWX-FM/WXMS-FM's sister-station, WRHS-FM 89.7 now has a split format. From about 7:15am to about 2:15pm on school days, the station is Jack FM, playing a variety of adult hits and yesterday's favorites. From about 2:15pm to about 7:15am on school days, as well as all weekend long, that station also becomes "Jack Frost," playing a wide variety of holiday tunes.
Hourly on both formats and on both stations, there is national & world news and sports from USA News Network and extremely local news with "The Ridgewood Report."
The low-powered radio stations can be heard within a few miles of Ridgewood High School in the suburbs of Norridge, Harwood Heights, Rosemont, Schiller Park, and into Chicago. For those not in range of the radio waves, both stations can be heard via the Internet. The 24/7 "Jack Frost" station on WXMS-FM can be streamed online HERE
. The "Jack Frost"/"Jack FM" hybrid on WRHS-FM can be streamed online HERE
WRHS-FM made headlines in mid-October
by flipping formats from "Jack FM" to "Jack O'Lantern," an all-Halloween music station, which came to an end at 10:45am this morning.