GARDEN GROVE — Orange County Catholic Radio, the first radio program to be broadcast from the campus of Christ Cathedral by Immaculate Heart Radio, debuted in the Southern California market on the morning of Jan. 15 with a lineup of local and national guests participating in a talk and call-in format.
The one-hour show aired from 11 a.m. to noon and will continue to be broadcast on Thursday mornings in that time slot. It was taped two days prior to broadcast in Immaculate Heart Radio’s new studio on the eighth floor of the Tower of Hope. Orange County Catholic editor Patrick Mott served as host.
Live studio guests included Bishop Kevin Vann and Doug Sherman, the President of Immaculate Heart Radio, who discussed the significance of IHR’s decision to expand its radio presence to the Diocese of Orange, as well as the potential for programming growth and expansion and opportunities for evangelization.
Michael Warsaw, the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Eternal Word Television Network (EWTN), joined the show on a telephone linkup to discuss with Bishop Vann EWTN’s recent partnership with the Diocese of Orange and its plans for establishing a West Coast presence by building a television studio and production facility in the Tower of Hope.
The renovation of the cathedral campus—specifically the award-winning work on the Arboretum and the ambitious plans for Christ Cathedral itself—was the topic of a segment featuring in-studio guests Father Christopher Smith (Rector of Christ Cathedral) and Rob Neal (a member of the Architecture and Renovation Committee for the cathedral). Father Christopher remained at the mike for the following segment, a discussion of the second year in the papacy of Pope Francis.
The inaugural show concluded with a call-in from Kevin Kast, the Project Coordinator for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles’ Office of Life, Justice and Peace, who provided details of the OneLife LA walk on Jan. 17 dedicated to valuing and protecting human life.