The means of social communications have become so important as to be for many the chief means of information and education, of guidance and inspiration in their behavior as individuals, families and within society at large.
-- Mission of the Redeemer, 37
The latest media of social communication are indispensable means for evangelization, and enlightening the minds and heart of men. They also contribute towards cooperation in furthering human progress by a Christian leavening of the social order.
-- Communio et progressio, 163
[H]e calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. And when he has let out his own sheep, he goes before them: and the sheep follow him, because they know his voice
-- (Jn, 10).

The Growth of Catholic Radio

73 % Americans say they listen to the same amount or more radio than they did 5 years ago. Radio, a strong media presence, continues to impact lives into the future. Catholic radio follows this trend by growing it’s presence in America.

Over the past ten years, Catholic radio has grown at an average rate of one station per month. Today, there are over 175 Catholic radio stations broadcasting Christ’s message to whoever will listen. Right now, over half the U.S. population has access to the truths of the Catholic faith via radio signal. Its projected growth promises around 200 new markets covered by Catholic radio. We have only to look at the success, reach, and financial stability of Christian radio to understand the potential impact of radio.

We can see the success of Catholic radio through the experience of individual apostolates:

  1. Immaculate Heart Radio will soon have a Catholic radio station covering the second largest market in America, Los Angeles, along with 25 other stations covering areas of the west coast. Guadalupe Radio has provided Catholic radio in Spanish to Catholics in Los Angeles since 2006.
  2. Spirit Catholic Radio in Omaha has expanded to cover 75% of the population of Nebraska over the past ten years.
  3. After release of iCatholicRadio, an iPhone and Android app that streams Catholic radio content to individual devices, Station of the Cross Catholic radio in New York saw over 10,000 people from 85 different countries download the application. Ave Maria, Guadalupe Radio, EWTN, and Relevant Radio also have Catholic programs available via iPhone, among others.

Its continued growth is a sign of its popularity and impact on individual Catholics across the country. Here are a few examples:

The other day I was speaking with a local businessman who knew I was involved with the radio station. He walked across the street to tell me how much he enjoyed WDTF. He is not a practicing Christian of any kind that I know of. When I asked him what he thought about the station his response was 'sure clears up the muddy waters'. -- WDTF, Great Cacapon, WV
I was baptized Catholic but knew nothing of the faith. Because I had no understanding, it had no meaning for me and I didn't go to church for many years… But then, this wonderful station came to our area…When I learned about the Real Presence, everything else just fell into place… God used you to find me, His lost sheep. I was lost and now I'm found. -- M.D., Listener to Immaculate Heart Radio, Reno, NV

One listener in Owensboro, KY, said that 'If you want to see your faith life and that of your family's come alive, I highly recommend taking the 30-day Catholic Radio Challenge - Listen to nothing but Catholic Radio for the next 30 days. See if your life is not moved for the better because of it!'

More and more successful apostolates are popping up across the Unites States. Last year alone, 22 stations went on the air, and more are continuing to grow in listenership and impact.

Add your own station(s) to this rapid development of Catholic stations.  The FCC is poised to shortly make available free FM licenses to nonprofit educational entities in virtually every city in America.  Imagine a Spanish language Catholic station for every population center of Hispanic Catholics (and former Catholics drawn away by evangelical Spanish stations) or a new station in your diocese where none currently exist. 

Contact us to see how easily we can help you obtain your own free FM license(s).