Catholic station launches

Posted: January 25, 2013

Star staff report

Front Royal — On Jan. 18, Arlington Bishop Paul S. Loverde celebrated Mass at Christendom College and blessed the radio tower and transmitter of the college’s new Catholic radio station WXDM 90.3 FM.

The station, which launched late last year, is the first Catholic radio station to broadcast from Virginia.

During his homily, the bishop commended the college on the launch of the station.

“How proud I am as your diocesan Bishop and Shepherd. How proud you all must be to witness today the inauguration of a grace-filled opportunity at Christendom by beginning your own local FM radio station with the call letters WXDM at 90.3,” Bishop Loverde said. “Through this modality, the good news will be transmitted to many people whom you and I would otherwise never reach or contact. And so, with you, I beseech our Blessed Lord to bless in every way and to prosper this good work, which have undertaken.”

Steve Gajdosik, president of the Catholic Radio Association, as well as members from the local community attended the Mass and blessing.

“Recent studies have found that 94 percent of Catholic radio listeners are more spiritually engaged and inspired, 47 percent attend Mass more frequently, and 31 percent have returned to the Church because of the programming,” WXDM general manager Niall O’Donnell said. “With statistics like this, there is no doubt that our station will have a positive impact on our local community.”

WXDM is broadcasting the EWTN Global Catholic Radio Network, which provides an around-the-clock feed of Catholic radio coverage.

With a 190W-powered signal, the station covers the Front Royal area and reaches as far north as Winchester and as far south as Bentonville.

Currently the station is broadcasting EWTN solely, but the college plans to incorporate some of its own programming over the coming years.

Visit ewtn.com/radio for more information about the network and scheduled programming.