Relevant Radio

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Relevant Radio
Type Radio network
Country United States
Availability United States
Key people
Thomas Vorpahl, Chairman of the Board; Rev. Francis J. Hoffman, JCD, Executive Director
Launch date
December 12, 2000 (2000-12-12)
Official website
www.relevantradio.com

Relevant Radio (corporate name Immaculate Heart Media, Inc.) is a radio network in the United States, mainly broadcasting talk radio and religious programming involving the Catholic Church. It is the largest Catholic radio network by owned station base. Since it merged with Immaculate Heart Radio in 2017, the network has 62 stations and 63 affiliate stations[1] with an estimated reach of 36 states and 136 million people;[2] though the radio network of EWTN is larger with nearly 400 affiliates[3] with a 45-state reach, that network owns only one shortwave station.[4] The network originates from studios in Green Bay, Wisconsin, with additional studios in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Madison, Wisconsin, Chicago, Illinois, Austin, Texas, and Newark, New Jersey.

The network airs a variety of programming aimed at practicing Catholics, mostly in a listener-interactive talk format. "Morning Air", which the network describes as "a classic drive-time format that combines inspiration & entertainment" was the first program developed by Relevant Radio in 2003. The network now airs almost exclusive programming developed internally, which also is available to stream live or by podcast on a free mobile app.

History[edit]

The network was founded by a group of Catholic businessmen, including Bob Atwell and John Cavil (who founded WJOK in 2000) and Mark Follett, who had been the owner of Anchor Foods, an Appleton-based distributor of frozen appetizers. Starboard Media Foundation, Inc. bought the license to a radio station in Kaukauna, Wisconsin, that had been carrying all-sports programming, and turned it into an all-Catholic station, saying the call letters stood for "Jesus Our King". The station received its license from the FCC on December 12, 2000, the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, who is the patron saint of Relevant Radio along with Saint John Paul the Great.

The network has grown to 22 stations, including 5 in the top 25 radio markets, and 45 affiliated stations that carry some or all of Relevant Radio programming. It also offers live streaming from its website and podcasts of favorite show segments.

On October 13, 2016, Relevant Radio announced that it would merge with Loomis, California-based Immaculate Heart Radio, which owned and operated 19 stations in the western United States at the time of the merger.[5] The merger was completed on June 30, 2017, with all stations being licensed to Immaculate Heart Media, Inc., while Relevant Radio continued as the on-air branding.[6]

Station list[edit]

Owned and operated stations[7]
State Location Callsign Frequency Area
Arizona Mesa KIHP 1310 Phoenix metropolitan area
California Arroyo Grande KIHC 890 San Luis Obispo and Santa Maria
Eureka KIHH 1400 Humboldt Bay
Frazier Park KJPG 1050 Bakersfield area
Greenville KPJP 89.3 Sierra Nevada area
Lemoore KJOP 1240 Visalia-Tulare area
Los Angeles KHJ 930 Los Angeles metropolitan area
Madera KHOT 1250 Madera-Fresno area
Modesto KMPH 840 Modesto area
San Francisco KSFB 1260 San Francisco Bay Area
Soquel KYAA 1200 Monterey area
Stockton KWG 1230 Stockton
Susanville KPKW 90.3 Susanville
Vista KCEO 1000 Western San Diego County
West Sacramento KSMH 1620 Sacramento area
Hawaii Kihei KCIK 740 Maui County
Illinois Chicago WNTD 950 Chicago
Sandwich WKBM 930 Western of Chicago
Indiana Gary WWCA 1270 Eastern of Chicago
Minnesota Minneapolis WLOL 1330 Twin Cities
Nevada Paradise KNIH 970 Las Vegas metropolitan area
Reno KIHM 920 Reno
New Jersey Newark WNSW 1430 New York
Mount Holly (Station office in Ft. Washington, PA) WWJZ 640 Philadelphia & The Delaware Valley
New Mexico Albuquerque KQNM 1550 Albuquerque metropolitan area
Milan KXXQ 100.7 Milan
Rhode Island Pawtucket WSJW 550 Providence
Texas Del Valle KIXL 970 Austin
Utah Tooele KIHU 1010 Salt Lake City metropolitan area
Wisconsin Birnamwood WYNW 92.9 Wisconsin Dells-Wausau
Eau Claire WDVM 1050 Eau Claire
Holmen WKBH 1570 La Crosse
Kaukauna WJOK 1050 Green Bay
Nekoosa WMMA-FM 93.9 Wisconsin Dells-Baraboo
Port Washington WSJP-FM 100.1 Milwaukee
Poynette WHFA 1240 Madison
Sussex WSJP 1640 Milwaukee
Stations owned by another company[8]
State Location Callsign Frequency Area
Arkansas Rogers KDUA-LP 96.5 Rogers
Illinois Decatur WDCR 88.9 Decatur
Iowa Charles City KQOP-LP 94.7 Charles City
Clinton KXJX-LP 92.5 Clinton
Coralville KOUR-LP 92.7 Iowa City
Davenport KTJT-LP 102.7 Quad Cities
DeWitt KGYS-LP 92.5 Quad Cities
Marshalltown KCRM-LP 92.5 Marshalltown
Kentucky Kentucky WMJR 1380 Lexington–Fayette
Maryland Hancock W242AR 96.3 Hancock
Minnesota Rockville KYES 1180 St. Cloud
Missouri Excelsior Springs KEXS 1090 Excelsior Springs
Montana Helena KNEH-LP 97.3 Helena
North Carolina Wilmington WBPL-LP 93.1 Wilmington
Wilmington WJSI-LP 91.7 Wilmington
Wilmington WJSS-LP 103.1 Wilmington
Texas Hearne KEDC 88.5 College Station
Robstown KLUX-FM 89.5-HD2 Corpus Christi
West Virginia Berkeley Springs WDTF-LP 107.9 Berkeley Springs
Wisconsin Ashland WWMD-LP 95.5 Ashland
Marinette WLCJ-LP 92.5 Marinette
Shawano WRGW-LP 94.5 Shawano
Peshtigo W270BC 101.9 Peshtigo

See also[edit]

Sources[edit]

  • "Catholic network calls Green Bay home", Green Bay News-Chronicle, date uncertain, 2004. (Newspaper now defunct)

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