April 22, 2019 — (Wilmington, Delaware) — Beginning Saturday, April 27, 2019, “Catholic Forum,” the radio program produced by the Diocese of Wilmington, will air on Relevant Radio® 640 AM each Saturday morning at 11:00. For 80 years, the program has been broadcast each Sunday on WDEL in Wilmington. Last September, the station moved the program to 6:06 a.m. from the 10:06 a.m. time-slot that it occupied for many years.
“Catholic Forum has had a wonderful relationship with WDEL since its debut on April 9, 1939,” said the Most Reverend W. Francis Malooly, Bishop of Wilmington. “We greatly appreciate the support of Delmarva Broadcasting, WDEL’s parent company, and wish the staff and management well as an ownership change is expected soon. We are looking forward to a long and fruitful association with Relevant Radio 640,” Bishop Malooly added.
“There are many advantages to the move to Relevant Radio 640,” said Bob Krebs, Director of Communications for the diocese and host/producer of the program since 2000. “Catholic Forum will reach more listeners airing late each Saturday morning, Relevant Radio 640’s tremendous signal covers the entire diocese, and their ‘Talk Radio for Catholic Life’ format is the perfect environment for the program.”
Relevant Radio 640 is WWJZ-AM a 50,000 watt station at 640 on the AM dial, licensed to Mount Holly, New Jersey. It is a part of the Relevant Radio network of 130 stations that assists the Church in the New Evangelization by providing relevant programming through media platforms to help people bridge the gap between faith and everyday life. Its powerful daytime signal can be heard throughout the mid-Atlantic coast.
“We are very excited to be airing the longest running Catholic talk show in the nation,” said Ms. Mary Radford, Mid-Atlantic Regional Director for Relevant Radio. “It will be heard all the way down to Annapolis and north almost to Newark, New Jersey.”
Catholic Forum on Relevant Radio 640 will be 30-minutes long, it was under 23 minutes in length on WDEL, allowing for a more in-depth interview segment and the addition of segments including prayers and a saint of the week. The program begins with a brief introduction followed by the proclamation of the Sunday Gospel by one of the diocesan deacons, a musical selection and an interview.
After Catholic Forum airs on broadcast, it is available online at cdow.org/CatholicForum or by searching Catholic Forum on Apple, iHeartRadio, and Spotify podcasts. The program recently surpassed 23,000 podcast downloads.
The guest on the April 27th Catholic Forum on Relevant Radio 640 will be Ms. Rhonda Gruenewald, the founder of Vocation Ministry, a national organization that helps parishes foster a culture of vocations, and author of the book, “Hundredfold: A Guide to Parish Vocation Ministry.” The May 4th program will feature the student winners of the 23rd Annual Delaware Knights of Columbus Jerry E. Dawson PSD Memorial Vocation Essay Contest. The 5 through 8 grade students will be interviewed and present their winning essays. Ms. Lisa Hendey, best-selling author, speaker, and founder and editor of CatholicMom.com is scheduled to guest on the May 11th Mothers’ Day weekend program. On the May 18th Armed Services Day edition of Catholic Forum, military chaplains and parish priests, Father John Mink and Father Chris Coffiey, will be interviewed. The author of the new book, “Teaching with Authority: How to Cut through Doctrinal Confusion & Understand What the Church Really Says,” Jimmy Akin, is scheduled to be on the May 25th program.
The Catholic Diocese of Wilmington was established in 1868 and comprises 56 parishes, 18 missions and 36 schools serving the State of Delaware and the nine counties of Maryland’s Eastern Shore. More information is available at www.cdow.org.
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Contact: Bob Krebs