COLORADO SPRINGS. Kansas-City based Catholic Radio Network is erecting a new, 50,000-watt Catholic radio station in Kiowa that is intended to cover the entire Pikes Peak region and beyond, said Doug Moberg, the network’s Colorado director.
The new station, KCRN 1120 AM and 102.3 FM, is located in Kiowa, with a translator that will be located in the Black Forest section of Colorado Springs, Moberg said. It has a potential audience of up to 3.7 million people and is expected to begin broadcasting in early February, with the translator going online within the month.
“It’s a brand new radio station and brand new equipment,” Moberg said. “We are already doing construction and have the FCC (Federal Communications Commission) license.”
Catholic Radio Network currently operates KRCN 1060 AM in Longmont, which covers the Denver metropolitan area and the northern part of the Diocese of Colorado Springs, as well KFEL 970 AM in Pueblo. However, neither station provides a clear and consistent signal to northern El Paso County. The new station in Kiowa, with the translator in Black Forest to relay the signal, should eliminate the gaps in coverage, Moberg said.
The signal from KFEL reaches southern and central Colorado Springs. However, neither station provides a clear and consistent signal to northern El Paso County. The new radio tower in Kiowa, with the translator in Black Forest to relay the signal, should eliminate the gaps in coverage, Moberg said. Furthermore, listeners in and around Black Forest should also be able to hear the station at night, when the signal goes down to 250 watts, he said.
Catholic Radio Network will be holding a pledge drive at St. Gabriel the Archangel Parish from Feb. 19-22. The theme of the event is “Reaching More Souls Every Day.” The network is hoping that a number of people will step forward to be “founders” — donors who commit to a pledge of $100 a month for three years, or a total of $3,600.
“That’s a faith-based pledge,” Moberg said. “If you can’t meet the commitment, you can discontinue it. It’s not a contract.”
Bishop Michael Sheridan and many priests and deacons from the Diocese of Colorado Springs will be on-air guests during the pledge drive. Bishop Sheridan will be the featured guest on Feb. 19 from 10-11:30 a.m. Bishop Emeritus Richard Hanifen will be on the air Feb. 20 from 11:45 a.m.-1 p.m.
Here is the current listing of the guests who will be on the air during the "Reaching More Souls Every Day!" pledge drive.
Tuesday Feb 19
7-8:30 a.m. Dan Ankarlo: Learn about our new radio station for Colorado Springs
8:30-9:45 a.m. Debbie Chaves: Colorado Family Action
10-11:30 a.m. Bishop Sheridan: Colorado Springs
11:30-1 p.m. Msgr. Ricardo Coronado-Arrascue: Office of the Chancellor
2-3 p.m. Deacon Doug Flinn: General Counsel / Chief of Staff & St. Peter Deacon, Monument
3:20-4:30 p.m. Fr. Kyle Ingels: Director of Campus Ministry
4:30-5:40 p.m. Deacon Dick Bowles: St. Paul Catholic Church
Wednesday Feb 20
7-8:30 a.m. Fr. Curtis Carlson: The Catholic Center Ministry at the Citadel, Capuchins
8:30-10 a.m. Andy Barton: Catholic Charities
10:15-11:45 a.m. Fr. Francisco Quezada: Corpus Christi Catholic Church
11:45-1 p.m. Bishop Richard Hanifen: Retired Colorado Springs
1:45-3 p.m. Fr. Joseph Portzer: Immaculate Conception
3:20-4:30 p.m. Veronica Ambuul: Colorado Catholic Herald
4:30-5:40 p.m. Open
Thursday Feb 21
7-8:30 a.m. Open
8:30-10 a.m. Deacon Mike McGrady: St. Gabriel the Archangel
10:15-11:45 a.m. Msgr. Bob Jaeger: St. Paul Catholic Church
11:45-1 p.m. Fr. Sean McCann: St. Patrick Catholic Church
1:45-3 p.m. Fr. Fitz: St. Paul Catholic Church
3:20-4:30 p.m. Deacon Scotty Bowen: St. Peter Catholic Church, Monument
4:30-5:40 p.m. Fr. Lawrence Mulinda: Holy Apostles Catholic Church
Friday Feb 22
7-8:30 a.m. Open
8:30-10 a.m. Deacon Frank Ricotta: St. Mary’s Cathedral
10:15-1:145 a.m. Fr. Brad Noonan, St Francis and Deacon Matt Kasper, St. Patrick, Chaplains for our firefighters and police officers
11:45-1 p.m. Therese Lorentz & Nancy Korpi: St. Thomas Aquinas Society
1:45-3 p.m. Deacon André Mason: Divine Redeemer Catholic Church
3:20-4:30 p.m. Deacon Richard Waller: Air Force
4:30-5:40 p.m. Fr. Greg Bramlage: Prayer and Deliverance – St. Mark’s