November 5, 2015 — (Wilmington, DE) — “Catholic Forum,” one of the oldest and longest-running Catholic radio programs in the United States, is now available as a podcast, it was announced recently. The program debuted as “Catholic Forum of the Air” on WDEL in Wilmington, Delaware in April of 1939 and has been airing on WDEL weekly since then making it the longest-running, non-liturgical Catholic radio program in the country. Only a weekly radio broadcast of a Sunday Mass in the mid-west has been on the air longer than “Catholic Forum.” Currently, “Catholic Forum” airs Sunday mornings at 9:05 on WAAI 100.9FM in Hurlock, Maryland, and at 10:05 on WDEL 101.7FM and 1150AM.
“We are indebted to our broadcast radio partners for their continued support, and are excited to add podcasting to the ways that we are reaching the public with ‘Catholic Forum’” said Bob Krebs, Diocese of Wilmington’s Chancellor, Director of Communications, and host and producer of “Catholic Forum.” “In the past, if a listener missed the radio broadcast, they were out of luck. Now, using this new technology, they can listen online or subscribe to the podcast on iTunes© if they can’t hear the broadcast. Each weekly program is podcast at 10:30 on Sunday morning, just as the WDEL broadcast concludes.”
Podcasting derives its name from Apple’s popular digital audio product, iPod© and is internet-based broadcasting that gives listeners the ability to download or stream programs of interest at anytime, and any place. According to a January 2015 report from the Pew Research Center, podcast listenership is on the rise. The percentage of Americans who have listened to a podcast in the past month has almost doubled since 2008, from 9% to 17% by January of 2015. The percentage listening in 2015 was up two points over 2014 levels (15%). “Catholic Forum” podcasts are available at http://catholicforumradio.libsyn.com/ and by searching “Catholic Forum” on iTunes©.
Each weekly “Catholic Forum” program includes a short introduction, the proclamation of the Sunday Gospel by a deacon of the Diocese of Wilmington, a musical selection, and a guest interview segment. Upcoming guests include Bishop Francis Malooly of the Diocese of Wilmington; Fr. James Nash and Dr. David Rath from Ss. Peter and Paul Parish and school in Easton, Maryland; Ms. Anthea Piscarik, author of the new novel, “Unearthing Christmas”; Diocese of Wilmington’s Vice Chancellor, Fr. Joseph McQuaide; and Mr. Anthony Ryan who will discuss the new book, “Stories About Saint John Paul II Told by his Closest Friends.”
The Catholic Diocese of Wilmington was established in 1868 and comprises 57 parishes, 18 missions and 30 schools serving the State of Delaware and the nine counties of Maryland’s Eastern Shore. There are over 233,000 Catholics in the diocese. More information about the Diocese of Wilmington and “Catholic Forum” is available at www.cdow.org and www.facebook.com/catholicforum.
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Contact: Bob Krebs