Catholic Radio is on Air in Bay Area

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Immaculate Heart Radio announced the purchase of KOIT AM 1260 today, as it becomes IHR's newest Catholic radio station which covers the San Francisco Bay Area.

Immaculate Heart Radio (http://www.ihradio.org) announced that its newest Catholic radio station, 1260AM, began broadcasting 24 hour catholic programming. KOITAM 1260 is a historic San Francisco station, but under the terms of the purchase agreement, the call letters have been changed to KSFB, for St. Francis' Bay. KSFB is the first Catholic radio station to cover the Dioceses of San Francisco, Oakland, San Jose, and parts of Monterey and Santa Rosa.

"We are very excited to serve the Church in this way by bringing the best Catholic programming from around the country and around the world to the Bay Area," said Immaculate Heart Radio president Doug Sherman. "Soon we will begin local programming, including The Bishops' Hour which will highlight the great work of the Church and laity in the Bay Area, and give the Bay Area Bishops an opportunity to use the radio to reach their flock."

The lineup includes a variety of programming sure to captivate a broad audience,
including:

  •      Live talk on current events from the Catholic perspective, including world and

National news updates, featuring hosts Al Kresta, Teresa Tomeo and Raymond Arroyo.

  •      Live Q&A about the Catholic faith, featuring the most popular Catholic speakers
  •      Family and personal help for live callers from Catholic psychologists Dr. Ray

Guarendi and Dr.Coleen Mast.

  •      Catholic devotions, including Holy Mass, the Rosary and the Divine Mercy

Chaplet.

  •      Programming for teenagers and young adults, Life on the Rock, and Next Wave Faithful.
  •      Catholic Teaching Series featuring Father John Corapi, Father Frank Pavone, and Father Mitch Pacwa.
  •      Live Church events and celebrations from the Vatican.
  •      Original programming "Gift of Life", hosted by Toni Berry, explores the pro-life side of all modern life issues and why these "issues" affect real people every day. It looks for the human faces in the stories and in the research.

When asked how Immaculate Heart Radio change lives, Doug Sherman said, "I have heard from people who told me that Immaculate Heart Radio brought them closer to God ... or back to the Church ... or back to the Sacraments ... or into the Church for the first time.

I have heard from people who have been away from the Church for twenty or thirty years ... or longer! Or away from confession for that long ... until they "found" our station ... sometimes just by seeing one of our bumper stickers on the car in front of them while sitting at a red light!

I've heard from people who have told me that Immaculate Heart Radio has helped strengthen their marriage ... or saved their baby.

I've heard from widows who told me Immaculate Heart Radio brought them out of the depression they had fallen into over the loss of their spouse ... and elderly people who told me that Immaculate Heart Radio was their only companion in life.

I've heard from people who were on the verge of suicide ... until our programming gave them hope and a reason to live.

And I have heard from young men and women who have told me that they first heard God call them to the priesthood or religious life while listening to one of our Immaculate Heart Radio programs!"

Immaculate Heart Radio is a 501(c) 3 non-profit Lay Apostolate. The mission of Immaculate Heart Radio is dedicated to spreading the knowledge, love and practice of the Roman Catholic Faith by means of radio. The programming content is therefore primarily catechetical, devotional, and inspirational.

Immaculate Heart Radio declares an absolute faithfulness to the Holy Father and the Bishops in union with him. We are bound to accurately and fully transmit the Faith as proposed by the Teaching Authority of the Church. We are specifically bound by the vehicle in which it is proposed for our time, the Catechism of the Catholic Church. We hold everything we broadcast up the Catechism as its standard. These qualities shape our service to the faithful in the several dioceses in which we broadcast, our obedience to the bishops of those dioceses, and our assistance to local priests and religious.

Immaculate Heart Radio can be reached via connect @ ihradio.org, by phone toll-free at (866) 77-HEART, or 916-535-0500, or by visiting the website http://www.ihradio.org. The mailing address is 7956 California Ave., Fair Oaks, CA 95628.

1260AM KSFB, transmits 5000 Watts during daytime hours and 1000 Watts during nighttime hours. The signal can be heard throughout San Francisco, San Mateo, Marin, Napa, Sonoma, Contra Costa, Alameda and Santa Clara counties. It reaches some of the surrounding counties of Lake and Santa Cruz.

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