Join us on our 99.9 LPFM Good News, Catholic Radio. It is based in downtown Rio Grande City and is reaching to Roma, Sullivan City, MX, El Sauz and North on FM755. KSGS has been available to our listening audience since Ash Wednesday, March of 2011. Our pro-bono General Manager, Roel Smith, is expending much creative energy in advancing the radio’s outreach. We encourage all people to become “radioactive” listeners to Catholic Radio and/or television. Let us become informed of and conformed to the teachings of Jesus Christ as expressed in our Catholic Faith Tradition!
Why Catholic Radio?
A Baptist minister’s wife, a former Catholic, called to say that both of them are regular listeners to KJBC. In addition, she says that her husband has changed his attitude for the better toward the Catholic Church. Something she has not been able to get him to do in all of their years of marriage. “Thanks so much for your unselfish efforts. You prosper the souls of many…The more I listen to the station the more in love with our faith I become. There is so much there. You have no idea how much you have done for those that are listening. Thanks again.”
There are also seven practical reasons why Catholic radio is becoming more widely adopted as a means of evangelization and catechesis. Catholic radio is:
- Available – Everyone can listen, especially the poor and homeless (no subscription or service needed)
- Personal – Radio touches people personally regardless of where they are It allows a listener to dialogue with the speaker in the privacy of his own mind.
- Continuous – Radio is always available, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. It can be listened to while driving, showering or even mowing the lawn.
- Immediate – Radio programming can come direct to you without intermediary
- Timely – Radio can cover important issues and concerns as they happen
- Efficacious – Radio makes other efforts and programs fruitful.
- Cost-effective – Dollar for dollar radio costs less than any other medium; it reaches more people in less time for less money with less staff.
There are two final practical motives for using radio.
First, the seven reasons above make radio especially effective at reaching adults. Every pastor can attest to the difficulty of establishing and continuing an outreach to adults. How many well-prepared adult education classes or Retrouvaille weekends have gone under attended because adults don’t have the time or disposition to attend? The result is an enormous adult population, grappling with mature and complex issues of life and morality, with a grade school, or at best a high school understanding of the Faith.
Second, radio provides the most effective means to reach out to Hispanic immigrants with the Faith as Spanish-speaking immigrants have a special affinity to receiving their information and entertainment via the radio. In addition, many parish priests do not possess the ability to speak Spanish and some immigrants may not feel comfortable, or be able to, attend formal outreaches at the parish. Apart from the witness of personal holiness, Catholic radio offers the single most powerful means of evangelization and catechesis available to the Church today.