Frequently Asked Questions
Q. How is Catholic Radio programming different from the other religious stations that are on the air?
A. While the programming that we offer is strictly Catholic and in accord with the Magisterium of the Church, it is designed to help all Christians, Catholics and non-Catholics alike, understand the beauty and teachings of the Catholic Church. Much of the programming on other religious stations is music-oriented or features programs from one denomination one hour and a different one the next hour. Our programming is mostly talk. It includes the Mass and the Rosary several times each day plus call-in talk programs that offer listeners a chance to call in with questions about their faith or to hear the questions from other listeners. It is a great tool for evangelism.
Q. Do the stations operate 24 hours a day-seven days a week?
A. Yes, both stations operate 24 hours a day 7 days a week. We never know who will tune in or when. Nationally, there are several documented cases where people were considering suicide and happened to tune into a Catholic station. They not only changed their minds about killing themselves but became active in their faith again.
Q. Do you broadcast any news programs?
A. Several of our programs, including the Son Rise Morning Show, Catholic Connection and Kresta in the Afternoon, have the latest national and international news as regular features of their programs. Other programs feature a two minute News from the Vatican at the beginning of their shows. Thursday evenings at 8 PM The World Over Live features a one-hour look at the news of the week, complete with interviews of newsmakers.
Q. Does the local Catholic Church, the Archdiocese of Indianapolis or the Diocese of Lafayette in Indiana support the stations financially?
A. All of these entities support the efforts of Catholic Radio whole-heartedly. Representatives of these organizations appear from time to time on our programming. However, because of other commitments, these organizations do not contribute financially on a regular basis. Of the over 200 Catholic stations nationally, only a handful are owned and/or operated by the local dioceses. Like us, most of them are owned and operated by a group of local Catholics who feel a strong need to keep a Catholic presence on the local airwaves. Our local group is named Inter Mirifica, Inc.
Q. Does Inter Mirifica, Inc. have plans to expand further beyond its present efforts?
A. In 2004, we began WSPM 89.1 FM. In 2005, we began streaming our programming on the internet 24 hours a day. In 2006 we began our Small Miracle Radio service that delivers a special radio signal to areas where our regular signal is not as strong as we would like it to be. In 2011, we added WSQM 90.9 FM. We are constantly looking for new opportunities to expand as we feel that radio is an excellent medium to help spread the message of Salvation as Jesus asked us to do. We are particularly looking for ways to delivers Spanish language programming to area Catholic who speak Spanish.
Q. How can I help Catholic Radio?
A. There are many ways that you can help. Simply telling friends and family about the stations is very helpful as we have a very limited budget with which to promote the stations. Putting a bumper sticker on your vehicle can also help, it is like a mobile mini-billboard that helps us spread the word about the stations. Praying for the success of the station is also very helpful. If you are able to help support the station financially, we depend on the generosity of listeners and donors to keep us on the air. We have programs setup that allow you to automatically make a regular recurring monthly donation by credit or debit card or by check. Monthly gifts are wonderful; a monthly gift of $20 or $25 per month becomes $240 to $300 over just 12 months. Of course, one-time gifts of any amount are also appreciated. If you own or manage a business, you can become an underwriter, it only cost as much as you want and you get some valuable exposure for your business or organization. You can also volunteer to help during one of our Share-a-Thons or special projects.
For additional information please contact:
Jim Ganley, General Manager
(317) 870-8400 x21