DJ Elvia Cardenas Hosts Premiere Spanish-Language Music Program on WCSF

Elvia Cardenas

Elvia Cardenas, a communication and media arts major at the University of St. Francis (USF), is producing and hosting the first all-Spanish-language music program on the University’s radio station, WCSF 88.7 FM.  

Photo credit: Paula Garcia (’22, USF CMMA major)

Joliet, Ill. – Elvia Cardenas, a communication and media arts major at the University of St. Francis (USF), is hosting and producing the first-ever all-Spanish-language music program on the University’s radio station, WCSF 88.7 FM.   The new radio program titled De Que Lado, offers a mix of Spanish language music and public affairs programming for the Joliet area’s Latinx community and airs Wednesdays from 12 to 2 PM CST on WCSF 88.7 FM in the Joliet area. The program (and all WCSF programming) is also streamed worldwide at wcsf.streamon.fm.

Cardenas said that the new show has already been received well by listeners.

“So far the show has gotten a great response. Hopefully, the number of listeners will continue to grow as time goes by. To be honest, it’s fulfilling just knowing that people are tuning in each week,” Cardenas said.

Cardenas, a 2022 winner of the Halberg Award for excellence in service to WCSF and a first-generation college student, produces the radio show to give exposure to independent Latinx artists not commonly heard on radio in the Joliet area and to inform the local Latinx community about public events.

According to Cardenas, there were several reasons behind creating an all-Spanish show on WCSF.

“I wanted to practice my Spanish more, as the only time I get to speak it was at home. I wanted my family to understand what I was saying when they listened to the show. My family is my number one supporter, so much so that my aunt in Mexico thinks that ‘anyway’ is a title of a song because of how often I say it on air. I also figured that having a Spanish show would be a good way to demonstrate that the radio club is open to any idea a student might have for a show,” Cardenas said.

Following graduation, Cardenas, who is currently a junior, will pursue a career in the communication field.

“I don’t know exactly what I want to do after graduation, as there many options for me to choose from in the communications field. However, I do know that I want to go behind the scenes in whatever I am doing, such as being a part of a crew for a show or news broadcast, or some sort of director in the radio field because I find it interesting seeing how it takes a team to make something happen,” Cardenas said.

Community organizations may submit information about their events to programmingwcsf@stfrancis.edu for airtime consideration.

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The University of St. Francis, in Joliet, Ill., serves close to 4,000 students nationwide and offers undergraduate, graduate, doctoral and certificate programs in the arts and sciences, business, education, nursing and social work. There are over 52,000 USF alumni across the globe. For information, call 800-735-7500 or visit stfrancis.edu.

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Donate Your Used Music and Memorabilia to WCSF-FM

Joliet, Ill. – WCSF-FM 88.7, the radio station of the University of St. Francis (USF), will host its annual Mega Music Rummage Sale this fall and is currently seeking community donations of used and collectible music and memorabilia. If you cannot bear to throw out your pre-loved media, donate it to WCSF.

Donations can include, but are not limited to: vinyl 33s, 45s and 78s; 8-tracks, reel to reel and cassettes; VHS tapes, and DVDs; sheet music, music books and comic books; professional and home audio equipment; and instruments. USF students will organize and catalog your treasures for WCSF’s annual Mega Music Rummage Sale this fall. All donations are tax deductible and all proceeds from the Mega Music rummage sale will be used to support the educational mission of WCSF.

For more information or to arrange a donation drop-off or pick-up, please contact Elvia at 815-740-3697.

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WCSF 88.7-FM to Host Live Radio Fundraiser on April 8

WCSF fundraiser on April 8, 2022

Joliet, Ill. – WCSF 88.7-FM, the University of St. Francis’ (USF) radio station, is hosting a live radio fundraiser for Ukraine on Friday April 8, at three locations across the City of Joliet. Custom t-shirts and WCSF stickers and magnets will be for sale with all proceeds benefitting USF’s international students and Ukraine relief organizations. The fundraiser is in association with the USF Social Work, Art & Design and Communication & Media Arts departments and the USF Office of Institutional Diversity. The fundraiser locations include:

  • Disc Replay (1701 N. Larkin Ave., Crest Hill) from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
  • Audio Phil’s Records (17 E. Van Buren St 17 E., Joliet) from 12 p.m. – 1 p.m.
  • Uno Student Lounge (University of St. Francis – 500 Wilcox, Joliet) from 11 a.m. – 1.p.m.

WCSF DJs will be broadcasting live at all three locations. Stop by to purchase t-shirts, magnets, and stickers with proceeds going to USF students impacted by the war in Ukraine. Any remaining funds will be being donated to reputable non-profit organizations providing humanitarian aid in the region. This merchandise is being sold while supplies last!

The t-shirt design was created by Communication & Media Arts student Jessica Scroppo. The t-shirts are being screen-printed by USF professor Paul Erschen and his students. The University of St. Francis Social Work Club is coordinating the fundraiser and the distribution of proceeds.

WCSF 88.7 FM is an FCC-licensed college radio station broadcasting from the University of St. Francis. The station can also be accessed from streaming devices by searching the link listen.streamon.fm/WCSF. For more information, visit the WCSF website at wcsfradio.com or call 815-740-3697.

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The University of St. Francis, in Joliet, Ill., serves close to 4,000 students nationwide and offers undergraduate, graduate, doctoral and certificate programs in the arts and sciences, business, education, nursing and social work. There are over 52,000 USF alumni across the globe. For information, call 800-735-7500 or visit stfrancis.edu.

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Spirit of Christmas Programming Starts Thanksgiving Day

Joliet, Ill. – Starting at noon on Thanksgiving Day (Thurs., November 25, 2021) and running through noon on January 2, 2022, University of St. Francis (USF) radio station WCSF-FM 88.7 switches over from its regular programming to the Spirit of Christmas, a 24-hour, commercial-free, season-long holiday format.

“2020 was a challenging year for so many reasons. One of our challenges last year was an antenna that was damaged during that summer’s derecho, which severely limited our broadcast coverage throughout the program. While 2021 continues with its own set of challenges, I am very happy to report that our new antenna is up and running and we are at full power for this year’s program! We hope you and your family will join us for the 29th season of the Spirit of Christmas,” said Don Burke, Spirit of Christmas director of programming.

Spirit of Christmas features a variety-filled rotation of over 4,000 songs, including multiple versions of holiday classics such as “White Christmas”. One special program that airs nightly at 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. during Spirit of Christmas is the classic 1937 radio series, The Cinnamon Bear. Relive the story of Judy and Jimmy Barton and their adventure to an enchanted world alongside Cinnamon Bear, a stuffed bear with button eyes and a green ribbon around his neck, to recover the missing silver star from their Christmas tree.

Tune in to FM 88.7 to listen to the Spirit of Christmas on your radio in the Joliet area or livestream the station at stfrancis.edu/spirit.

Area businesses are also invited to promote themselves through special sponsorship opportunities that air during Spirit of Christmas programming. Sponsorships start at $250 and are a great way to promote your business or extend holiday wishes to the Joliet community and beyond. For more information about sponsorships, please call 815-740-3748.

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Reminder – WCSF Mega Music Rummage Sale Set for October 23

WCSF-88.7 FM, the radio station of the University of St. Francis (USF) is hosting its annual Mega Music Rummage Sale on Saturday, October 23 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at USF’s St. Clare Campus, which is located at 1550 Plainfield Road in Joliet. Admission to the event is free. Thousands of items will be for sale at the event, including vinyl LPs, 45s, 78s, CDs, DVDs, video games, sheet music, 8-tracks, cassettes, instruments, audio equipment, and many more music-related items. Early bird admission starts at 7:30 a.m. with a suggested $20 donation. All proceeds support the educational mission of WCSF-88.7 FM.

WCSF is currently accepting donations of LPs, 45s, CDs, video games and DVDs. Please contact WCSF by telephone at 815-740-3697 to arrange a pick-up or drop-off.

WCSF- 88.7 FM is well known in the greater Joliet area as the home of the popular “Spirit of Christmas” programming that is broadcasted each year from Thanksgiving Day to New Year’s Day. During the rest of the year, the station plays a great mix of new, alternative, independent and local music programmed and operated by USF students. The station is available on the radio and online at wcsf.streamon.fm.

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WCSF 88.7 FM Announces New Website and Web Address

Joliet, Ill. –WCSF 88.7 FM, the student staffed radio station at the University of St. Francis (USF), has a new online home and a newly-designed website.

Visit wcsfradio.com to find WCSF’s weekly program schedule, a link to listen to the station online, a variety of music charts, station news.

The new website was designed by Communication and Media Arts (CMMA) student and WCSF program director Cosme Lozano and features updates from USF student Mary Mathieu.

WCSF’s 24 hour-a-day, 7 days-a-week broadcasting features a variety of music including rock, folk, jazz, urban, dance, holiday, and classical, USF Fighting Saints football, talks shows, and daily news programming. The station is also home to the area’s popular holiday programming, The Spirit of Christmas, which begins on Thanksgiving Day (November 25, 2021) and runs through noon on January 2, 2022.  USF CMMA students and community volunteers provide on air talent, programming, and management for WCSF.

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The University of St. Francis, in Joliet, Ill., serves close to 4,000 students nationwide and offers undergraduate, graduate, doctoral and certificate programs in the arts and sciences, business, education, nursing and social work. There are over 52,000 USF alumni across the globe. For information, call 800-735-7500 or visit stfrancis.edu.

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