The Salvation Army and 93.9 Lite FM Flip the Switch to Christmas

Nov 3, 2023

As the calendar flips and the temperature drops, we know the holidays are on the way. When people start packing up the Halloween decorations and pulling out the Christmas gear, it’s a telltale sign the iconic Red Kettles are soon to roll out the Christmas gear, it’s a telltale sign the iconic Red Kettles are soon to roll out.

But the real giveaway is when 93.9 Lite FM flips the switch to Christmas.

The Salvation Army once again sponsored the 93.9 LITE FM Christmas music flip, a beloved holiday tradition.

At 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, November 2nd, 93.9 LITE FM personalities Melissa Forman, Jim Gronemann, Robin Rock, Mick Lee, mascot Edison the Reindeer, and Salvation Army Associate Chicago Area Commander, Major K. Kendall Mathews, hit the button to transform the station’s playlist to all Christmas music.

“We’re here celebrating our 23rd year as Chicago’s Christmas station,” said Mick Lee, 93.9 Lite FM’s Program Director and afternoon show host.

The first song after the flip, always a subject of much speculation, was “Santa Claus is Coming to Town” by the Jackson 5 – correctly guessed by Major Mathews.

“This is exciting. As he’s coming to town, please know that we appreciate all your efforts,” Major Mathews said. “We know that it’s going to be a blessed season and a season of hope, change, and transition.”

The Salvation Army Christmas fundraising season shifts into high gear on Friday, November 10th, when the Red Kettles officially debut throughout Chicago and the surrounding suburbs.

Seventy percent of The Salvation Army’s donations for the entire year are received during the Christmas season, and those funds are especially vital this year as so many in our community are living paycheck-to-paycheck, where one missed payday might force them out of their homes.

Donations to The Salvation Army stay local and ensure that all of our neighbors have a Merry Christmas.



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