Relevant Radio

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Relevant Radio
TypeRadio network
Country
AvailabilityUnited States
Key people
Thomas Vorpahl, Chairman of the Board; Rev. Francis J. Hoffman, JCD, Executive Director
Launch date
December 12, 2000 (2000-12-12)
WebcastListen live
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. The network has 98 stations and 67 affiliate stations in 34 states.[1] 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 John Paul II.

On October 13, 2016, Relevant Radio announced that it would merge with Loomis, California-based Immaculate Heart Radio, which owned and operated 36 stations in the western United States at the time of the merger.[2] The merger was completed on July 31, 2017, with all stations being licensed to Immaculate Heart Media, Inc., while Relevant Radio continued as the on-air branding.[3]

In 2019, Immaculate Heart Media purchased 13 AM stations and seven translators from Salem Media Group.[4][5][6]

In October 2019, Immaculate Heart purchased the 6 radio stations owned by Northern Michigan-based Baraga Broadcasting, as well as assuming the LMA of affiliate station WMQU, which is currently owned by Blarney Stone Broadcasting.[7]

Station list[edit]

Owned and operated stations[1]
State Location Callsign Frequency Area
Arizona Mesa KIHP 1310 Phoenix metropolitan area
Phoenix K275CP 102.9 Phoenix metropolitan area
California Arroyo Grande KIHC 890 San Luis Obispo and Santa Maria
Bakersfield K259DA 99.7 Bakersfield
Eureka KIHH 1400 Humboldt Bay
Frazier Park KJPG 1050 Bakersfield area
Fresno K264CK 100.7 Fresno
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
Modesto K250BR 97.9 Modesto
San Francisco KSFB 1260 San Francisco Bay Area
San Francisco K269FB 101.7 San Francisco
Soquel KYAA 1200 Monterey area
Stockton KWG 1230 Stockton
Stockton K224FB 92.7 Stockton
Susanville KPKW 90.3 Susanville
Truckee K227AW 93.3 Truckee
Vista KCEO 1000 Western San Diego County
West Sacramento KSMH 1620 Sacramento area
Walnut Creek K285FA 104.9 Contra Costa County
Colorado Arvada KDMT 1690 Denver
Florida Atlantic Beach WZNZ 1600 Jacksonville
Brandon WLCC 760 Tampa Bay
Coral Gables WQOS 1080 Miami–Fort Lauderdale
Eustis WIGW 90.3 Lake County
Fort Myers WMYR 1410 Lee County
Fort Myers Beach W294AN 106.7 Lee County
Jacksonville WQOP 1460 Jacksonville
Marco Island WVOI 1480 Collier County
Marco Island WCNZ 1660 Collier County / Florida Keys
Miami W249DM 97.7 Miami
Pine Castle/Sky Lake WAMT 1190 Greater Orlando
St. Petersburg WWMI 1380 Tampa Bay
Sweetwater WZAB 880 Miami–Fort Lauderdale
Tampa W282CI 104.3 Tampa Bay
Winter Park WHOO 1080 Greater Orlando
Georgia Atlanta WAFS 1190 Atlanta
Hawaii Kihei KCIK 740 Maui County
Illinois Belleville WSDZ 1260 St. Louis
Chicago WNTD 950 Chicago
Sandwich WKBM 930 West suburban Chicago
Indiana Gary WWCA 1270 Northwest Indiana
Kentucky Lexington W235AK 94.9 Lexington
Nicholasville WMJR 1380 Lexington
Maine Augusta WWTP 89.5 Augusta
Bath WTBP 89.7 Bath/Brunswick
Corinth WXBP 90.3 Bangor
North Windham WXTP 106.7 Portland
Presque Isle WEGP 1390 Presque Isle/Caribou
Massachusetts Boston WWDJ 1150 Boston
Michigan Alpena WGZR 88.9 Alpena
Charlevoix WTCK 90.9 Charlevoix/Petoskey
East Tawas WGJU 91.3 Tawas City/East Tawas
Gaylord W221CA 92.1 Gaylord
Grayling WMQU 1230 Grayling
Greilickville WTCY 88.3 Traverse City
St. Ignace WIDG 940 Straits Area/Eastern Upper Peninsula
Minnesota Minneapolis WLOL 1330 Twin Cities
Missouri St. Louis K236CS 95.1 St. Louis
Nevada Paradise KNIH 970 Las Vegas metropolitan area
Reno KIHM 920 Reno
New Jersey Mount Holly WWJZ 640 Philadelphia & The Delaware Valley
Newark WNSW 1430 New York Metropolitan area
Oakland WVNJ 1160 New York Metropolitan area
New Mexico Albuquerque KQNM 1550 Albuquerque metropolitan area
Clovis K219DR 91.7 Clovis
Corrales K255AU 98.9 Albuquerque metropolitan area
El Dorado K283AQ 104.5 Santa Fe
Farmington K237EQ 95.3 Farmington
Milan KXXQ 100.7 Milan
Portales K204DB 88.7 Portales
Roswell K203ES 88.5 Roswell
Socorro K260AR 99.9 Socorro
Tucumcari K202EF 88.3 Tucumcari
Ohio Warren WHKZ 1440 Mahoning Valley
Rhode Island Pawtucket WSJW 550 Providence
Texas Alvin KTEK 1110 Houston
Del Valle KIXL 970 Austin
Houston K241CM 96.1 Houston
San Antonio KRDY 1160 San Antonio
University Park KEXB 1440 Dallas–Fort Worth
Utah Tooele KIHU 1010 Salt Lake City metropolitan area
Washington, D.C. Washington WQOF 1260 Washington metropolitan area
Wisconsin Birnamwood WYNW 92.9 Wisconsin Dells-Wausau
Eau Claire WDVM 1050 Eau Claire
Eau Claire W300DB 107.9 Eau Claire
Holmen WKBH 1570 La Crosse
Kaukauna WJOK 1050 Green Bay
Middleton W247CI 97.3 Madison
Nekoosa WMMA-FM 93.9 Wisconsin Dells-Baraboo
Onalaska W231DL 94.1 La Crosse
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
Alabama Mobile WNGL 1410 Mobile
Mobile W233CX 94.5 Mobile
Arizona Flagstaff KXGC-LP 98.5 Flagstaff
Payson KPIH-LP 98.9 Payson
Arkansas Rogers KDUA-LP 96.5 Rogers
California El Centro KCJP-LP 95.7 El Centro
Palm Desert KXCP-LP 97.1 Palm Desert
San Diego KCZP-LP 93.7 San Diego
Florida Palm City WJPP-LP 100.1 Port St. Lucie
St. Petersburg WPBW-LP 102.1 St. Petersburg
Georgia Athens WXPB-LP 105.7 Athens
Illinois Decatur WDCR 88.9 Decatur
Decatur W243DF 96.5 Decatur
Indiana Bloomington WCYI-LP 104.1 Bloomington
Evansville WIAH-LP 103.5 Evansville
Iowa Charles City KQOP-LP 94.7 Charles City
Clinton KXJX-LP 92.5 Clinton
Coggon KMMK 88.7 Cedar Rapids
Coralville KOUR-LP 92.7 Iowa City
Davenport KTJT-LP 103.1 Quad Cities
Davenport K237FP 95.3 Quad Cities
DeWitt KGYS-LP 92.5 Quad Cities
Dubuque KCRD-LP 98.3 Dubuque
Marshalltown KCRM-LP 92.5 Marshalltown
Maine Fort Kent WFHP-LP 97.5 Fort Kent
Springvale WSVP-LP 105.7 Springvale
Maryland Baltimore WVTO-LP 92.7 Baltimore
Eldersburg WSJF-LP 92.7 Eldersburg
Hancock W242AR 96.3 Hancock
Massachusetts Chicopee WACE 730 Springfield
Michigan Stephenson WVFC-LP 102.1 Stephenson
Minnesota Rockville KYES 1180 St. Cloud
Perham KXPM-LP 100.3 Perham
St. Joseph K228FV 93.5 St. Joseph
Missouri Liberty KCXL 1140 Kansas City metropolitan area
Kansas City K284CH 104.7 Kansas City
Kansas City K275BQ 102.9 Kansas City
Montana Bozeman KOFK-FM 88.1 Bozeman
Helena KNEH-LP 97.3 Helena
New York Highlands WKBR-LP 102.3 Highlands
Poughkeepsie WJVQ-LP 94.7 Poughkeepsie
North Carolina Southport WJSL-LP 100.7 Southport
Wake Forest WFNE-LP 103.5 Wake Forest
Wilmington WBPL-LP 93.1 Wilmington
Wilmington WJSI-LP 91.7 Wilmington
Wilmington WJSS-LP 103.1 Wilmington
Ohio Hillsboro WLRU-LP 106.9 Hillsboro
Oregon Cottage Grove KMME 100.5 Eugene-Springfield
Eugene K235BF 94.9 Eugene-Springfield
Portland KBVM 88.3 Portland
Tennessee Nashville WBOU-LP 100.5 Nashville
Texas Hearne KEDC 88.5 College Station
Lorena KYAR 98.3 Waco
Palestine KINF-LP 107.9 Palestine
Robstown KLUX-FM 89.5-HD2 Corpus Christi
Virginia Front Royal WXDM 90.3 Front Royal
Winchester WHFW 89.7 Winchester
Washington Leavenworth KUVB-LP 103.3 Leavenworth
West Virginia Berkeley Springs WDTF-LP 107.9 Berkeley Springs
Wisconsin Ashland WWMD-LP 95.5 Ashland
Marinette WLCJ-LP 92.5 Marinette
Peshtigo W270BC 101.9 Peshtigo
Oconto Falls WPPS-LP 92.9 Oconto Falls
Rhinelander KSPP 89.1 Rhinelander
Shawano WRGW-LP 94.5 Shawano

See also[edit]

Sources[edit]

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

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Stations - Relevant Radio". relevantradio.com. Retrieved November 24, 2019.
  2. ^ "Catholic Radio Organizations Plan to Unite. - Immaculate Heart Radio". Immaculate Heart Radio. Retrieved 2016-10-22.
  3. ^ "Relevant Radio - Talk Radio for the Catholic Life". Relevant Radio. Retrieved 18 April 2018.
  4. ^ Venta, Lance. "Immaculate Heart Media Acquires Four In Miami & Tampa From Salem", Radio Insight. July 29, 2019. Retrieved November 24, 2019.
  5. ^ Jacobson, Adam. "Update: Salem Reveals Stations In Latest Sale As Stock Slides", Radio & Television Business Report. August 16, 2019. Retrieved November 24, 2019.
  6. ^ Venta, Lance. "More On Immaculate Heart Media’s Purchase Of Nine Stations From Salem", Radio Insight. August 16, 2019. Retrieved November 24, 2019.
  7. ^ https://radioinsight.com/headlines/180888/station-sales-week-of-10-4-immaculate-heart-media-acquires-michigan-catholic-group/
  8. ^ "Affiliates - Relevant Radio". relevantradio.com. Retrieved 18 April 2018.

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