GARDEN GROVE — “Orange County Catholic Radio,” the first program to be broadcast by Immaculate Heart Radio from its new facilities on the Christ Cathedral campus, will debut on AM 1000 on Jan. 15 at 11 a.m.
The one-hour news-and-feature program will be structured in a talk and interview format hosted by Orange County Catholic Editor Patrick Mott and featuring guests from the Diocese of Orange and the Orange County community exploring topics relevant to the county’s 1.3 million Catholics.
“We’ll not only be exploring topics that initially appear in stories in Orange County Catholic,” said Ryan Lilyengren, Director of Communications for the Diocese of Orange, “but also subjects of international and national interest, from Pope Francis to health care to immigration to TV, film and the arts. Initially, the show will be taped, but we have plans to eventually go to a live format that can accommodate call-ins from listeners. We think it’s a very exciting new dimension to our mission to bring a lively faith to as many of the faithful in the diocese as possible.”
The radio partnership between the Diocese of Orange and Immaculate Heart Radio is the diocese’s latest venture into telecommunications after recently announcing a partnership with EWTN, the world’s largest religious media network. EWTN has begun construction of a television studio and production facility on the Christ Cathedral campus designed to share stories of faith with a global audience of more than 230 million homes in 140 countries and territories. The new radio broadcast facility located in the Tower of Hope, will complement the television operation.