USF’s Micole Johnson Chosen as NACC Music Director of the Month

Joliet, Ill. – It didn’t take long for WCSF 88.7 FM music director Micole Johnson to get noticed. It took approximately one year, to be exact, and now the University of St. Francis (USF) digital audio recording arts major with a music entrepreneurship concentration can add to her resume that she has been named the North American College and Community (NACC) Music Director of the Month for March.

Johnson, who started her radio career last year as the station’s production director, credits former WCSF music director Jess Stevens with developing her initial interest in working at the radio station.

“Jess always told me all about the things she was doing in her role with WCSF, and I found it interesting. She’s the person who actually got me involved with it,” Johnson said.

When Stevens left the station, Johnson was promoted and has been enjoying the new role ever since.

“I enjoy listening to and choosing songs for the Hip Hop, Chill, and Electronic categories the most. Those are the main genres I listen to, so I have an ear for them. Also, I like talking to some of the promoters,” she said.

WCSF station manager and USF adjunct instructor Anthony Musiala sees that Johnson is already able to successfully apply the skills she is learning her classes to her role at the radio station.

“Micole brings many skills she acquired at USF to WCSF FM. In addition to reviewing and programming music for the radio station, Micole uses her audio production skills that she learned in USF’s DARA program and applies those skills to create the fantastic radio liners you hear on our station.  Micole has a great work ethic; you can usually find her in the radio station’s production studio either tutoring radio students with their on air productions, reviewing music, or creating on air audio productions of her own,” he said.

Johnson, who is humbled by the recognition, plans to continue working at WCSF throughout her college career and aspires to continue working in the music industry after earning her degree.

“Earning this type of national recognition means a lot to me. I am happy that I have been doing my job well enough, and I hope this opens more opportunities up for me in the future. I want to be involved with the music industry on some level. Mostly, I would like to be someone who works directly with artists, like a producer or something background wise,” she said.

The North American College and Community Radio Chart is a weekly Top 200 radio chart that  receives weekly airplay reports from over 200 college and non-commercial radio stations across North America. NACC has become a primary source for the publication of college radio airplay.  As a result, the NACC Top 200 Chart was cited in several major news publications such as Billboard and The Economist.

Currently celebrating 100 years of higher education rooted in Franciscan values, 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 50,000 USF alumni across the globe. For information, call 800-735-7500 or visit stfrancis.edu.

University of St. Francis: Bigger thinking. Brighter purpose.

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Spirit of Christmas Programming on WCSF-FM 88.7 Starts Thanksgiving Day

Joliet, Ill. – Starting at 12 noon on Thanksgiving Day (Thursday, Nov. 28, 2019) and running through January 2, 2020, 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.

Spirit of Christmas features a variety-filled rotation of over 4,000 songs, including multiple versions of holiday classics, like “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, which tells 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.

Established in 1993 by Bob Zak, Spirit of Christmas was ahead of its time because season-long broadcasts of holiday music were not yet airing.

“At the end of the fall semester, the radio station would shut down for a few weeks because students were finished with their coursework for that semester,” said current Spirit of Christmas Director of Programming Don Burke. “Bob wanted to experiment with a holiday format that ran from December 1st through December 26th and that continuously played a variety of Christmas songs. Within two days of the original launch, the station’s phones were constantly receiving calls about how much people loved the station and to make song requests.”

You can tune in to FM 88.7 to listen to the Spirit of Christmas on your radio in the Joliet area, or you can livestream it at stfrancis.edu/spirit.

Area businesses are also invited to promoting themselves through special sponsorship opportunities that air during Spirit of Christmas programming. Sponsorships start at $250. For more information about sponsorships, please call 815-740-3610.

The University of St. Francis, in Joliet, Ill., serves close to 4,000 students nationwide, offering undergraduate, graduate, doctoral and certificate programs in the arts and sciences, business, education, nursing and social work. There are over 50,000 USF alumni across the globe. For information, call 800-735-7500 or visit stfrancis.edu.

University of St. Francis: Bigger thinking. Brighter purpose.

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WCSF Mega Music Rummage Sale Set for Saturday, October 19

Joliet, Ill. – WCSF-FM 88.7, the radio station of the University of St. Francis, will host their fifth annual Mega Music Rummage Sale on Saturday, Oct. 19, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The sale will take place at the University of St. Francis’ St. Clare Campus (Guardian Angel Home/Assembly Hall) – which is located at 1550 Plainfield Road in Joliet, Ill.

Donated LPs, compact discs, cassettes, sheet music, music books, musical instruments, stereo equipment and more music related items will be available for sale.

For months, students have been organizing and cataloging the treasures for the sale. Admission to the event during its scheduled time is free of charge. Early bird admission at 8 a.m. is a $10 donation. Prices for items begin at 25 cents. All proceeds will be used to upgrade the nonprofit radio station facilities and equipment. 

WCSF-FM 88.7 is well known in the greater Joliet area as the home of the popular “Spirit of Christmas” programming each year from Thanksgiving to New Year’s Day. The rest of the year, WCSF-FM 88.7 plays a great mix of new, alternative, independent and local music, programmed and operated by University of St. Francis students. To contact WCSF-FM 88.7, call 815-740-3697.

The University of St. Francis, in Joliet, Ill., serves close to 4,000 students nationwide, offering undergraduate, graduate, doctoral and certificate programs in the arts and sciences, business, education, nursing and social work. There are over 50,000 USF alumni across the globe. For information, call 800-735-7500 or visit stfrancis.edu.

University of St. Francis: Bigger thinking. Brighter purpose.

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Annual WCSF Mega Music Rummage Sale Set for Saturday, October 19

Joliet, Ill. – WCSF-FM 88.7, the radio station of the University of St. Francis, will host their fifth annual Mega Music Rummage Sale on Saturday, Oct. 19, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The sale will take place at the University of St Francis’ St. Clare Campus (Guardian Angel Home/Assembly Hall) – which is located at 1550 Plainfield Road in Joliet, Ill.

Donated LPs, compact discs, cassettes, sheet music, music books, musical instruments, stereo equipment and more music related items will be available for sale.

For months, students have been organizing and cataloging the treasures for the sale. Admission to the event during its scheduled time is free of charge. Early bird admission at 8 a.m. is a $10 donation. Prices for items begin at 25 cents. All proceeds will be used to upgrade the nonprofit radio station facilities and equipment. Please visit wcsf.fm for more information.

WCSF-FM 88.7 will continue to accept donations of music-related items for the sale until October 9. All donations are tax-deductible. Please contact the WCSF staff at 815-740-3697 to arrange a pick-up or drop-off.

WCSF-FM 88.7 is well known in the greater Joliet area as the home of the popular “Spirit of Christmas” programming each year from Thanksgiving to New Year’s Day. The rest of the year, WCSF-FM 88.7 plays a great mix of new, alternative, independent and local music, programmed and operated by University of St. Francis students. For more information about the rummage sale or the radio station, contact WCSF-FM 88.7 at 815-740-3697.

The University of St. Francis, in Joliet, Ill., serves over 4,000 students nationwide, offering undergraduate, graduate, doctoral and certificate programs in the arts and sciences, business, education, nursing and social work. There are over 50,000 USF alumni across the globe. For information, call 800-735-7500 or visit stfrancis.edu.

University of St. Francis: Bigger thinking. Brighter purpose.

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