Radio Maria

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Not to be confused with Polish radio station Radio Maryja.
Radio Maria
Broadcast area Worldwide
Frequency FM, AM, Shortwave, Cable,
SCA/SCMO, DAB, DRM, DVB-T,
Satellite, Sirius XM,
Internet streaming
First air date 1987 (1987)
Format Catholic
Owner Associazione Radio Maria
Sister stations Radio Vaticana
Webcast http://www.radiomaria.org/emt_media.asp
Website www.radiomaria.org
The World Family of Radio Maria

Radio Maria (Spanish: Radio María, Portuguese: Rádio Maria, Croatian: Radio Marija, Maltese: Radju Marija, Lithuanian: Marijos Radijas, Hungarian: Mária Rádió, Russian: Радио Мария, Ukrainian: Радіо Марія, known in Germany as Radio Horeb) is an international Catholic radio broadcasting service founded in Erba, province of Como, in the diocese of Milan in 1983. The World Family of Radio Maria was formed in 1998 and today has branches in 55 countries around the world. Its mission includes Liturgy, Catechesis, Spirituality, Spiritual assistance with everyday issues, Information, Music, and Culture.

History[edit]

Its first broadcast facility was originally parish operated, but was later re-formed as a separate entity outside its home parish as an association of lay people and priests in 1987 as Radio Maria Italia. In less than five years, it grew into a national Catholic radio network throughout Italy. Though not directly connected with the Roman Catholic Church, it was founded as an instrument of the Church, and as a tool for evangelization, implementing and adhering to the teachings of the Church. It was inspired by the Marian apparitions at Fátima, Portugal (and in more recent years in Medjugorje), pleading for worldwide conversion. As such, Radio Maria is not subsidized or funded by the Roman Catholic Church; instead it is underwritten by listener contributions.

The World Family of Radio Maria was formed in 1998 out of its subsequent international growth in the 1990s, and following the 1987 speech by Pope John Paul II in St Peter's Square addressing the need for a new evangelization. Emanuele Ferrario (inspired by the Pope's words to form that new evangelization) is the founder and president of Radio Maria Inc., which has since grown into an association of 40 multilingual broadcast operations in Africa, Asia, Europe, the Middle East, and the Americas. Overall, Radio Maria operates approximately 1,500 terrestrial radio transmitters worldwide.

Radio Maria USA[edit]

Its USA operations is one of the newest joining the World Family in May 2000 with KJMJ (AM) in Alexandria, Louisiana being the originating English-language station, together with a network of several FM and AM repeaters in Louisiana, an AM repeater in Port Arthur, Texas, and an FM repeater in Anna, Ohio. An AM repeater in Springfield, Ohio east of Dayton commenced broadcasting in June 2008 with new FM repeaters in Hollidaysburg, Pennsylvania coming on the air in June 2009, D'Iberville, Mississippi and Peshtigo, Wisconsin both in May 2010. Spanish-language programming is heard on FM subcarrier frequencies in Boston, Chicago, Houston, New York City and Washington, D.C.. Italian-language programming can also be heard on New York City FM subcarrier as well as French Canadian and English speaking services on FM subcarriers in Toronto, Ontario. Audiostreaming is available from most of these stations.

World Family of Radio Maria[edit]

Radio stations in Europe[edit]

Country Station name (language) Availability Website
 Albania Radio Maria Shqiptare (Albanian) FM coverage in major cities of Albania http://www.radiomaria.al/
 Austria Radio Maria Österreich (German) FM in selected cities; digital and cable nationwide http://www.radiomaria.at/
 Bosnia and Herzegovina Radio Marija BiH (Croatian) FM in Sarajevo and Banja Luka http://www.radiomarija.ba/
 Croatia Radio Marija Hrvatska (Croatian) FM in Zagreb, Split and Virovitica[1] http://www.radiomarija.hr/
 France Radio Maria France (French) 95.4 FM in Monaco, 1467 AM in Southern France http://www.radiomaria.fr/
 Germany Radio Horeb (German) FM in Munich and other cities; digital and cable nationwide;
FM in Maspalomas, Canary Islands
http://www.horeb.org/
 Hungary Mária Rádió Magyarország (Hungarian) FM national coverage http://www.mariaradio.hu/
 Italy Radio Maria (Italian) FM national coverage in Italy, San Marino, Monaco,
parts of Switzerland and Austria;
FM coverage in major cities of Albania
http://www.radiomaria.it/
Radio Maria Südtirol (German) FM in South Tyrol (Italy) and Tyrol (Austria) http://www.radiomaria.bz.it/
 Lithuania Marijos Radijas Lietuva (Lithuanian) FM national coverage http://www.marijosradijas.lt/
 Malta Radju Marija Malta (Maltese) FM national coverage http://www.radjumarija.org/
 Netherlands Radio Maria Nederland(Dutch) 675 AM and DAB+ in the Netherlands;
partly 675 AM in Dutch-speaking part of Belgium - Flanders
http://www.radiomaria.nl/
 Belgium Radio Maria België (Dutch) FM in Dutch-speaking part of Belgium - Flanders http://www.radiomaria.be/
 Romania Radio Maria România (Romanian) FM in Transylvania: Oradea, Zalău, Blaj and Baia Mare http://www.radiomaria.ro/
Mária Rádió Erdély (Hungarian) FM in Transylvania: Oradea, Hargita and Tășnad http://www.mariaradio.ro/
 Russia Радио Мария (Russian) 1053 AM in Saint Petersburg

92,6 FM in Vyborg

http://www.radiomaria.ru/
 Serbia Radio Marija Srbija (Serbian)
Mária Rádió Szerbia (Hungarian)
FM in some cities, mainly in Vojvodina, but also in the south and southeast of the country http://www.radiomarija.rs/
 Spain Radio María España (Spanish) FM national coverage in Spain and Andorra http://www.radiomaria.es/
http://www.radiomaria.cat/
  Switzerland Radio Maria Deutschschweiz (German) Digital and cable in the German-speaking part of Switzerland http://www.radiomaria.ch/
 Ukraine Радіо Марія (Ukrainian) 69.68 FM (OIRT band) in Kiev http://radiomaria.org.ua/

Radio stations in the Middle East, Asia and Oceania[edit]

Country Station name (language) Availability Website
 Indonesia Radio Maria Indonesia (Indonesian) 104.2 FM in Medan, North Sumatra http://www.facebook.com/pages/Radio-Maria-Indonesia/349975990257
 Lebanon اذاعة صوت المحبة (Arabic)
La Voix de la Charité (French)
The Voice of Charity (English)
Ձայնը Բարեգործության (Armenian)
FM national coverage of Lebanon and some parts of Syria including Damascus http://www.radiocharity.org/
 Papua New Guinea Rádio Maria Papua New Guinea (English) FM national coverage [2] and Shortwave [3]
 Philippines Radio Maria Philippines (English)
Radio Maria Pilipinas (Tagalog)
FM in some cities, mainly on Luzon Island http://www.radiomaria.ph/

Radio stations in Africa[edit]

Country Station name (language) Availability Website
 Burkina Faso Radio Maria Burkina Faso (French) 91.6 FM Ouagadougou, 96.9 FM Koupéla
 Burundi Radio Maria Burundi (French) http://www.radiomaria.bi/
 Central African Republic Radio Maria Beafrika (French)
 Republic of the Congo Radio Maria Congo-Brazzaville (French)
 Congo DR Radio Maria RDC (French)
 Gabon Radio Maria Gabon (French) 97.2 FM Oyem http://www.facebook.com/pages/Radio-Maria-GabonOYEM/114727065248824
 Kenya Radio Maria Kenya (English) 88.1 FM Murang'a http://www.facebook.com/pages/Radio-Maria-Kenya/211084098917796
 Malawi Radio Maria Malawi (Chichewa) FM in major cities http://www.radiomaria.mw/
 Mozambique Rádio Maria Moçambique (Portuguese) FM in major cities http://www.radiomaria.org.mz/
 Rwanda Radio Maria Rwanda (Kinyarwanda) FM national coverage http://www.radiomaria.org.rw/
 Sierra Leone Radio Maria Sierra Leone (English) FM in major cities[4]
 Tanzania Radio Maria Tanzania (English) FM in major cities http://www.radiomaria.co.tz/
 Togo Rádio Maria Togo (French) FM in major cities http://www.radiomaria.tg/
 Uganda Radio Maria Uganda (English) FM in major cities
 Zambia Radio Maria Zambia (English) FM in major cities, covering also areas of Malawi and Mozambique http://www.facebook.com/pages/Radio-Maria-Zambia/19072418761858

Radio stations in America[edit]

Country Station name (language) Availability Website
 Argentina Radio María Argentina (Spanish) FM national coverage http://www.radiomaria.org.ar/
 Bolivia Radio María Bolivia (Spanish) FM national coverage http://www.radiomaria.org.bo/
 Brazil Rádio Maria Brasil (Portuguese) 107.9 FM in Brasília http://www.radiomaria.net.br/
 Canada Radio Maria Canada (Italian)
Radio Maria Canada (French)
FM-subcarriers in Toronto CHIN-FM 100.7 and Montreal CIRA-FM 91.3 http://www.radiomariacanada.org/
HMWN Radio Maria (English) FM-subcarrier in Toronto (CFNY-FM 102.7), Internet streaming http://www.hmwn.net/
 Chile Radio María Chile (Spanish) FM national coverage http://www.radiomaria.cl/
 Colombia Radio María Colombia (Spanish) AM in major cities http://www.radiomariacol.org/
 Costa Rica Radio María Costa Rica (Spanish) 610 AM in San José http://www.radiomaria.cr/
 Dominican Republic Radio María República Dominicana (Spanish) 1240 AM in Santo Domingo http://www.radiomariadominicana.org/
 Ecuador Radio María Ecuador (Spanish) FM national coverage http://www.radiomariaecuador.org/
 El Salvador Radio María El Salvador (Spanish) 810 AM nationwide and 107.3 FM San Salvador http://www.radiomaria.org.sv/
 Guatemala Radio María Guatemala (Spanish) FM national coverage http://www.radiomaria.org.gt/
 Mexico Radio María México (Spanish) 920 AM in Guadalajara http://www.radiomariamexico.com/
 Nicaragua Radio María Nicaragua (Spanish) 1400 AM Managua, FM in major cities http://www.radiomaria.org.ni/
 Panama Radio María Panamá (Spanish) FM national coverage http://www.radiomaria.org.pa/
 Paraguay Radio María Paraguay (Spanish) 107.3 FM in Asunción http://www.radiomaria.org.py/
 Peru Radio María Perú (Spanish) FM national coverage http://www.radiomariaperu.org/
 Uruguay Radio María Uruguay (Spanish) FM in major cities, 1470 AM in Melo http://radiomaria.org.uy/
 USA Radio Maria United States (English) AM and FM in Louisiana, Mississippi, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas
and Wisconsin; AM affiliate in New York City
http://www.radiomaria.us/
http://nye.radiomariausa.org/
Radio Maria Stati Uniti (Italian) FM-subcarriers in NYC, Chicago and Bridgeport http://www.radiomarianyi.org/
http://nyi.radiomariausa.org/
Radio María Estados Unidos (Spanish) FM-subcarriers in Boston, NYC, Washington, Chicago and Houston http://www.radiomariausa.org/
http://www.radiomariahispana.org/
http://mas.radiomariausa.org/
http://nys.radiomariausa.org/
http://dcs.radiomariausa.org/
http://www.radiomariachicago.com/
http://www.radiomariahouston.com/
 Venezuela Radio María Venezuela (Spanish) 1450 AM in Caracas http://www.radiomaria.org.ve/

Programming[edit]

Programming mostly consists of traditional Catholic worship music, but some stations also air a mix of traditional and Contemporary Catholic music, along with various talk and teaching programs discussing the Catholic faith, frequent recitals of the Holy Rosary, novenas and Masses.

Facilities[edit]

Radio Maria's programming mostly emanates from one centrally located studio or station in a given region or country, and is then re-broadcast (or "simulcast") on a network of repeater transmitters on the AM and FM bands. Some employ the use of a subcarrier, also known as SCA (for "Subsidiary Communications Authority") facilities of FM stations, requiring the use of a receiver designed to receive SCA signals. Since the emergence of the internet, audiostreaming has been used extensively as a means to help fill-in gaps left by the unavailability of AM or FM frequencies in metropolitan areas already taken up by commercial, public, or other religious broadcasters.

Beginning in June 2008, there are now shortwave transmissions originating from Italy at 26000 kHz and at 26010 kHz DRM making it the only (and last) shortwave service originating in Italy besides Vatican Radio.[5] There are presently no commercial satellite radio subscription services (such as Sky Digital, Sirius or XM) of Radio Maria. However its Spanish-language, Italian-language and Polish-language stations may be available in some areas served by the Dish Pronto division of Dish Network, a satellite television subscription service.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ List of radio programme content providers, Croatian Post and Electronic Communications Agency, retrieved 2011-10-25
  2. ^ Catholic Radio Network of Papua New Guinea. "Brief History". Retrieved 2011-06-14. 
  3. ^ Bclnews (2011-03-30). "4960kHz Radio Maria Papua Nuova Guinea". Retrieved 2011-06-14. 
  4. ^ "Radio Maria – Sierra Leone". Retrieved 2011-06-14. 
  5. ^ Italradio - Osservatorio Radiofonia Internazionale in Lingua Italiana (2008-06-23). "Radio Maria: the last and only Short Wave from Italy". Retrieved 2011-06-14. 

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