Radio Maria USA

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Radio Maria USA
City Alexandria, Louisiana
Broadcast area Alexandria area
Slogan A Christian Voice In Your Home
Frequency 580 kHz
First air date September 21, 1935 [1]
Format Christian radio
Power 5,000 watts day
1,000 watts night
Class B
Facility ID 20492
Transmitter coordinates 31°18′30″N 92°24′57″W / 31.30833°N 92.41583°W / 31.30833; -92.41583Coordinates: 31°18′30″N 92°24′57″W / 31.30833°N 92.41583°W / 31.30833; -92.41583
Callsign meaning Jesus, Mary and Joseph
Former callsigns KALB (1935-1995)
KLBG (1995-2000)
Affiliations Radio Maria
Owner Radio Maria, Inc.
Webcast Listen Live

Rádio Maria USA (sometimes referred as KJMJ) is an Catholic American AM radio broadcasting station in Alexandria, Louisiana. The station is the originating station of The World Family of Radio Maria's US operations, airing Catholic programming.


Founded in 1935 as KALB, the radio sister of KALB-TV channel 5 and the former KALB-FM at 96.9 MHz (now KZMZ). The station was sold in 1995 becoming KLBG, a soul gospel formatted station. At the time of KALB's founding it was originally located at 1420 on the AM band. In May 2000, it was purchased by The World Family of Radio Maria through its local supporters. Its initial broadcast as KJMJ commenced on May 25 of that same year. Afterward, a network of repeaters were established later that year. Audiostreaming from its website is also available for listeners.

Father Duane Stenzel O.F.M. served as its first national program director, Mass celebrant, teacher and on-air personality from its 2000 inception until his death on January 18, 2011. Mary Pyper is national board president, Russ Wilson is weekend on-air technician, and Frank Hare is studio/production manager.


Radio Maria's programming includes a mix of traditional Catholic worship and inspirational music with Contemporary Christian music along with a weekday Mass, frequent recitals of the Holy Rosary and various talk and teaching programs on the Catholic faith. Some of KJMJ's programs with a worldwide online audience include Father Stenzel's twice-weekly live prayer request program "House Calls" which has attracted online listeners from across the U.S. and Canada.

Spanish-language programming for Radio Maria USA is originated as a Subsidiary Communications Authority on FM subcarriers in Houston and New York City with Italian-language programming also offered on another FM subcarrier also in New York City in addition to audio streaming. A Spanish language FM subcarrier is now in operation in Chicago.

A Spanish-language program is also aired on the main Radio Maria network on Saturday mornings.

Radio Maria programming on other stations[edit]

Radio Maria also airs an overnight/early morning weekday program block "Wake Up America" from Radio Maria New York in addition to a Saturday and Sunday evening block "Good Evening America" on WSNR 620 AM, a brokered format station in Jersey City, New Jersey serving the New York City area. The programs originated on WSNR also airs on KJMJ and its repeater network, and features teaching and call-in programs.

WFAS 1230 AM in White Plains, New York also airs portions of the Radio Maria New York overnight program block.

In Canada, HMWN Radio Maria, the Toronto-based English-language FM subcarrier and cable service, airs Radio Maria USA programming from KJMJ during overnight hours and on weekends.


KJMJ's programming can also be heard on these stations:



FM translator[edit]


Another new repeater, KSIH at 90.1 FM in Belcourt, North Dakota is planned for air in the near future.[1]

Internet radio[edit]

Radio Maria's audiostream can be accessed from its website and via apps for iPhone, BlackBerry, Windows and Android mobile phone devices.


A brief description and history of the World Family of Radio Maria.


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