Published on Thursday, 01 November 2012 11:01
While WLIT-FM spends the first week or two of November teasing its listeners about flipping to an all-Christmas Holiday music format, without actually doing so, another Chicago area station has once again beaten them to the getting the format on the air. WXMS-FM 88.1 flipped this morning and is now the first Chicagoland all-Christmas radio station of the season. While the station is known as WRWX-FM/Smooth 88.1 for most of the year, and recently was called "Jack FM," for the next two months or so that station 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 earlier 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 mornings to mid-afternoons on school days, the station is "Jack FM," playing a variety of adult hits. From mid-afternoons through overnight on school days, as well as all weekend long, that station also becomes "Jack Frost," playing a wide variety of holiday tunes. Up until early this morning, the station was "Jack O'Lantern," playing nothing but Halloween songs.
Hourly on both formats and on both stations, there are news and sports reports from USA News Network, as well as Chicago area weather reports and 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 western parts of 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
WRXW-FM made headlines in last spring
by flipping formats from "Jack FM" to "Smooth 88.1," playing smooth jazz/AC/easy listening tracks, trying to fill a void left when WLFM-LP/Smooth 87.7 was taken off the air.