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.
Old Town and Lincoln Park are the first two
All residential neighborhoods right next to downtown. Best area to live in! Public Transporation in Chicago is awesome. I live in Old Town and it takes me about 7min to get to the Loop if that. When I walk out of my apartment the John Hancock and Sears tower are stearing right at me so you're very close. You're also very close to the actual Lincoln Park and the beach. Winters are not bad. The Christmas season is especially pretty in Chicago with all of the music, lights and shopping so although the winter is pretty long, it's still a great city to be in.