Catholic radio networks to merge
October 17th, 2016
By Catholic San Francisco
Immaculate Heart Radio will merge with Relevant Radio to create a larger national Catholic radio network, according to an announcement from the networks.
In the Bay Area, 1260 AM is the Immaculate Heart Radio station which reaches and has connections with the Archdiocese of San Francisco, and the dioceses of Oakland, Santa Rosa and San Jose.
Immaculate Heart Radio network broadcasts along the greater West Coast and Southwest. Relevant Radio is mostly centered in the Midwest and in the East. Both networks offer their programming to affiliate stations as well.
The new corporation will be Immaculate Heart Media d/b/a Relevant Radio® and will broadcast over 108 AM and FM radio stations and translators in 36 states reaching 133 million listeners, including in the four largest broadcast markets New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and San Francisco.
Additionally, all programs will be live-streamed and available on podcast through multiple Internet platforms including websites, mobile apps, and social media portals, according to the announcement.
“In a way, this merger feels like a historic moment in Catholic communications in this country,” said Los Angeles Archbishop José H. Gomez. “For the first time, there will be a single Catholic voice in our nation’s largest media markets.” The merger will be finalized in 2017, pending Federal Communications Commission approval, the statement said.
From October 20, 2016 issue of Catholic San Francisco.