Putting the “X” in Christmas

My wife and I listened to a Christmas music channel on Sirius radio in her Subaru Outback when we went for our Christmas tree last Sunday. It was okay, but it cannot compare to the Christmas mix played on WSFX, the college radio station of Luzerne County Community College, where I teach. When I’m in my own car, that’s all I play at this time of year.
My friend and colleague Ron Reino is adviser to the award-winning WSFX, commonly referred to around campus as “The X,” or more recently as “The X-treme.”
A few years back, WSFX was named the number one college radio station in the country. That was no surprise to me. Ron works hard with the students and gets the most out of them.
Under Ron’s direction, 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 Ron calls it, and it’s fabulous. Or at least refreshing.
Sprinkled in with “Rocking Around the Christmas Tree” and “Santa Claus is coming to Town” are tunes like “Hanukkah Rocks” by Country 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.”
WSFX also plays the long version of “Feed the World,” which I personally cannot get enough of.
I have worked alongside Ron Reino for 30 years and consider him a good friend so, yes, I am biased. But, still, I suggest you give WSFX a try during these days leading up to Christmas.
You can find WSFX at 105.5 FM, which 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