Putting the ‘X’ in Christmas

My classmates in Leadership Wilkes-Barre (Class of ’99) used to joke that every time I opened my mouth it sounded like an ad for Luzerne County Community College. It became a running gag. Like all running gags it was funny because it was mostly true.
Today’s comment harkens back to those days.
It may at first appear I am just shamelessly plugging the LCCC student radio station, WSFX. But the truth is, I am trying to do you a favor.
See, if you ask me, the best Christmas music in Northeastern Pennsylvania by far is being played on the student station, referred to simply as ‘The X.’
Under the direction of adviser Ron Reino, the students have put together a delightful playlist that includes everything from traditional songs like “White Christmas” by Bing Crosby to “today’s” stuff like “Jingle Bells” by Cee-lo Green and The Muppets.
“Classics mixed with contemporary,” is what Reino calls it, and it’s fabulous. Or, if you don’t want to go that far, at least refreshing.
Sprinkled in with “Rocking Around the Christmas Tree” and “Santa Claus is coming to Town” are tunes like “Hanukkah Rocks” by Joe and the Fish, “Ho Ho Ho” by Elton John, “Christmas in LA” by The Killers, “Must Be Santa” by Bob Dylan, “Office Christmas Party” by The Poets, “Happy Kwanza” by Teddi Pendergrass, and all four versions of Adam Sandler’s “Hanukkah Song,” played back-to-back.
‘The X’ also plays the long version of “Feed the World,” which I personally cannot get enough of.
I have worked alongside Ron Reino for more than 25 years and consider him a good friend so, yes, I am biased. But his work with the radio station at the college has produced several national awards, first places against much bigger schools, and you can’t argue with that.
So give it a try.
105.5 FM comes in loud and clear throughout Wilkes-Barre and surrounding towns from Pittston to the Back Mountain. Try 89.1 in and around Nanticoke.
You can also pick it up on the web at Luzerne.edu/wsfx. Click on streaming.

Ed Ackerman