Overview of Catholic Radio
Within Diocese of Orlando
Talk / Devotional English Adults Brevard County — Divine Mercy Radio (WDMC 920 AM), an approved apostolate led by Bob Groppe, purchased a “fixer upper” frequency and station in 2008. The majority of their programming is provided from EWTN and they also air locally produced programs. Their studio is located in Melbourne and their broadcast is heard in Brevard County (as well as two other counties outside of the Diocese of Orlando). Divine Mercy Radio has purchased land that will hold three new radio towers which will allow the station to boost its signal from one kilowatt to eight kilowatts, or an increase from 400,000 potential listeners to 1.3 million potential listeners. They are trying to raise $150,000 to purchase the new towers, which are costing $600,000. They promote their apostolate as “Catholic Radio for Florida’s Space and Treasure Coast.” A priest of the diocese sits on the board of Divine Mercy Radio.
Talk / Devotional English Adults Lake County – On This Rock Radio (97.1 FM) an approved apostolate of the Diocese of Orlando was awarded a construction permit for a low power FM radio station in the Eustis area in March 2015. This station is still under construction. Leaders of this ministry believe this station is an economical way to begin Catholic media in the Northern Deanery. The leaders state that the station will serve as the foundation for a multimedia platform. Their website indicates they will broadcast Relevant Radio programs. They are trying to raise $25,000 to purchase a tower and antenna. They promote their apostolate as “Catholic Radio for Central Florida.” Their website is: www.thisrockradio.com/. A priest of the Diocese sits on the board of On This Rock Radio.
Talk / Devotional Spanish language Adults – Buena Nueva Internet/Subcarrier is a Spanish radio ministry operated by the Diocese of Orlando. The station is transmitted via a subcarrier signal to portable radios that are specifically designed to receive the signal. Critics of subcarriers say that spillover from the main channel can sometimes be heard in the background of SCA broadcasts, which could be a source of static. The station also simulcasts programming via the internet at buenanueva.fm. The station is primarily Spanish language and provides programming from EWTN, the Vatican, Radio Paz and also offers locally produced programs. The ministry began in 2005 primarily to serve the homebound Hispanic population but has tried to branch out with technology to reach more diverse audiences.
Talk/Devotional English Adults – Faith Fit Internet Radio is an internet radio ministry operated by the Diocese of Orlando. The ministry takes its name after the Faith Fit app, which was launched in 2014 to promote the health of body, mind and soul. The Internet radio station will have a similar goal of creating a positive impact on each person’s life in a holistic manner: body, mind and soul. The ministry seeks to fulfill one of Bishop Noonan’s priorities: enkindle a deeper faith in the hearts and minds of our brothers and sisters.
Currently, listeners are able to hear popular EWTN programs such as Women of Grace, Catholic Answers and the Son Rise Morning Show. In 2016, we will introduce new local shows that feature local Catholics discussing faith and how to stay connected to faith.
Plus, there will be news updates about local Catholic events and activities in Central Florida and daily reflections on how each person can strive to improve their physical, spiritual and intellectual health.
Outside Diocese of Orlando
Entertainment/Lifestyle English Adults – The Catholic Channel is a Catholic lifestyle radio station on Sirius XM Satellite Radio (Channel 129) and is operated by the Archdiocese of New York. Any person in the Diocese of Orlando has the option to subscribe to Sirius and listen to the Catholic Channel as they choose.
Relational Evangelization English Adult – Bread Box Media, a US based Catholic media organization, launched a network of original programs delivered via mobile streaming apps in May of 2015. The network features programs from established authors, bloggers, speakers and media professionals from across the United States who have joined efforts to focus on one main directive, Relational Evangelization. They are based out of Lexington, Kentucky.
News-based Talk, Lifestyle and Devotional English Adults- Relevant Radio is a not-for-profit radio network that produces 80 hours of original programming each week. Since December of 2000, Relevant Radio has been helping people bridge the gap between faith and everyday life through informative, entertaining, and interactive programming twenty-four hours per day, seven days per week. The Relevant Radio network is currently serving the Church with 45 stations reaching 19 states, with a potential listening audience of 48.6 million people. The national headquarters of this listener-supported lay apostolate are located in Green Bay, Wisconsin. Programming can be heard worldwide via streaming audio at www.relevantradio.com and on mobile applications.