Aug. 3, 2011
Upcoming Programs
Getting to Know Our Audience

The voice of the divine word must echo even through the radio, the information highway of the internet, the channels of "online" virtual circulation, CDs, DVDs, podcasts, etc. It must appear on all television and movie screens, in the press, and in cultural and social events.

-- From the text of a conference given by Archbishop Claudio Celli, president of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications, on the theme of "The Role of Mass Communications in Evangelization."

Last year, St. Anthony Messenger Press received a grant from the Catholic Communication Campaign (CCC) of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB). The grant allowed us to do a marketing study by Arbitron, the company which measures and studies audiences for radio stations. Our goal was to find out more about American Catholic Radio’s listening audience. The Arbitron study also asked about other radio programs funded by the USCCB, but not produced by us.

Here are some of the interesting facts from the Arbitron study:
  • Catholic radio listeners, as you might imagine, are predominantly Catholic and Christian (56%) with Hispanics (16%) coming in second. However what’s particularly interesting to us is that around 33% are not Catholic.
  • American Catholic Radio was the most listened to program that the USCCB sponsors or distributes. Most listeners tune in once a week.
  • Thirty percent (30%) of listeners seek more information about a topic heard on Catholic radio programming. Forty-five percent (45%) of listeners said they are “somewhat” or “very likely” to buy a CD, DVD or downloadable product after hearing it mentioned or endorsed on one of the programs.
These and other findings from the Arbitron study will help us tailor our programming for American Catholic Radio and other media efforts we’re planning. For example, we are gearing up to begin production on a series of Lenten Radio Retreat and Advent Radio Retreat. These programs in both English and Spanish are being funded by CCC.

Our Franciscan Media team is doing its part to uphold the mission of St. Anthony Messenger Press, to spread the Word that is Jesus Christ in the world and to evangelize with the new media available to us.

We hope you will keep watching and listening, and let us know what you'd like to see and hear from our Franciscan Media team!

Father Greg Friedman, O.F.M.
American Catholic Radio: Upcoming Episodes (#11-33 , #11-34)
Use the links below to preview the shows or download them in MP3 format for broadcast.
Highlights from this episode include:

Living Faith
Judy Zarick's guest is author and speaker Beth Knobbe, who talks about the spirituality of being single. Beth is a campus minister at the Sheil Catholic Center of Northwestern University and has written Finding My Voice: A Young Adult Woman’s Perspective.

Ask a Franciscan
Franciscan Father Dan Kroger answers three pastoral questions: 1) How does one regain Catholic status after taking instruction to convert to Judaism?; 2) Does self-flagellation benefit the souls in Purgatory? and 3) What date in history marks the "official" beginning of the Church?

On Faith & Media
Direct from Hollywood, Sister Rose Pacatte from the Daughters of St. Paul, is educator, author, movie reviewer for the Catholic press and winner of numerous awards for her passion to illuminate what’s good in today’s popular culture. Sr. Rose talks this week about "How to Watch Movies with Kids."

Exploring Our Faith
John Feister's guest is Franciscan Father Don Miller, vocation director for St. John the Baptist Province of the Franciscan Friars. Their conversation anticipates World Youth Day, August 16-21, in Madrid, Spain, which Father Don is attending for the first time.

Minute Meditations
Barbara Beckwith reads from Pegge Bernecker's Your Spiritual Garden: Tending to the Presence of God (published by St. Anthony Messenger Press).


Highlights from this episode include:

Living Faith
Judy Zarick speaks with Wanda Lee, the coroner of Franklin County, Indiana. Wanda talks about how her faith enables her to help those who are greiving.

Ask a Franciscan
Franciscan Father Don Miller answers two moral questions: 1) What does the Church say about obtaining a tattoo? and 2) What is the Catholic Church's teaching regarding capital punishment?

On Faith & Media
Direct from Hollywood, Sister Rose Pacatte from the Daughters of St. Paul is an educator, author, movie reviewer for the Catholic press and winner of numerous awards for her passion to illuminate what’s good in today’s popular culture. Sr. Rose talks this week about the documentary film The Labyrinth and other films about the Holocaust and genocide of any group.

Exploring Our Faith
As a reflection on the Beatitude “Blessed are they who mourn, for they will be comforted,” John Feister's guest is author and speaker Susan K. Rowland. Her recent book Healing After Divorce: Hope for Catholics, is available in print and in a downloadable audio version from St. Anthony Messenger Press.

Minute Meditations
Barbara Beckwith reads fromSpiritual Freedom: God’s Life-Changing Gift, by Franciscan Third Order Regular Father Dave Pivonka. This Servant Book is published by St. Anthony Messenger Press.
 
 
Franciscan Radio
Link to audio features Saint of the Day, Sunday Soundbites, and American Catholic Radio.
American Catholic Radio
A weekly half-hour catechetical program, in the popular style of the Franciscans.
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