Pray For More: A Boom in Catholic Radio Stations

In 1996, only six full-time Catholic radio stations were in existence throughout the United States. Since that time, there has been a boom in the number of Catholic stations and the number is continually rising. Christian radio as a whole has a massive presence. In fact, it is considered as high as the third-most-popular radio format according to radio research. However, the number of Catholic-focused stations within the Christian radio format has been minimal. Over the past decade, that has been drastically changing. Stations like your Catholic Talk AM 1180 KYES have been appearing in vast numbers. There are a number of reasons for this dramatic increase. We will look at some of the largest.

Increased Station Opportunities

Broadcast radio stations have been historically limited due to the number of radio frequencies available. In the past, the priority for stations to obtain a broadcast frequency and license has been given to commercial stations with higher profit margins. However, thanks to increased non-commercial frequencies being regulated by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), those desiring to begin a Catholic station have a greater opportunity to do so. Furthermore, technology and the internet have allowed stations to broadcast online, even without a traditional radio frequency.

Faithful Listeners

A radio station requires dedicated listeners to continue successful operation. Catholics have shown an increased desire for Catholic radio programming due to the many great benefits it provides. As more Catholics seek out Catholic programming, the opportunity for a Catholic station to be successful is steadily growing. There seems to be a desire to return to Catholic fundamentals, and many view Catholic radio as a primary method of the Holy Spirit to reach his people.

Improved Programming

As the number of stations increases, so does the number of excellent programs. Many of the most popular Catholic programs nationwide are syndicated and available to individuals throughout the country. Also, more listeners increase the opportunity for advertising revenue. This revenue allows better quality programming than ever before. Catholic radio has evolved from small church-run stations to national program distributors and stand-alone broadcasters. As an added benefit, though radio alone does not save souls, quality programming can increase conversations and offer hope to more people than ever.

AM 1180 KYES – Your Catholic Talk Radio

AM 1180 KYES is dedicated to being your source for Catholic talk radio programming in St. Cloud and throughout Central Minnesota. Our message is life, family, and faith. We strive to be a significant force in the lives of local Christians and serve as a tool to communicate the love of Jesus to all who listen. We invite you to contact us for more information, or listen to our programming and find out why KYES Catholic radio is so valuable. Call our office at (320) 257-9700, or email us at friends@gabrielmedia.info. Supporting life, faith, and family, we are AM 1180 KYES, Catholic Talk!

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Inside the Booth: How Christian Talk Radio Works

For many people, turning on their radio and tuning into our frequency, or clicking or Listen Live link online amounts to the total understanding of how radio works. They may have some knowledge of radio including that radio waves are transmitted from a tower or digitally, or that we have a lot of equipment to send those messages. However, there is so much more to provide Catholic Talk AM 1180 KYES to our listeners. If you have ever wondered about how our technical operation works, we would like to invite you into the booth and give you a little more background on just how your radio reaches your ears.

Radio Waves

Broadcasting Christian talk radio, just like any other radio format is done through the sending of radio waves. Radio waves are everywhere and are actually used for many more applications than our programming alone. In fact, if you use a garage door opener, a mobile phone, a wireless clock, or watch television, you are using radio wave technology. Even your microwave oven is dependent on these waves to operate. So, what are these waves? Radio waves are a certain form of electromagnetic radiation. Radio waves have three parts, a wavelength, and amplitude, and frequency. By using equipment to vary the amplitude, we can broadcast those waves through the air to be picked up by your receiver.

From the Mic to Your Ears

Inside the station, live programming is picked up by a microphone using electricity and carried to an audio processor to enhance and tailor the sound. Digital content is not spoken into a microphone. However, it is also transmitted electronically to the audio processor. The equipment allows us to alter the volume, the order that programming is broadcast, and to input recorded or live phone calls in conjunction with the radio personality’s voice. The message is then sent to a transmitter that sends the radio waves to an antenna. Those waves are carried by electricity to the top of a massive radio tower and sent through the air. Your radio captures these waves on the correct frequency and transforms them into the message you hear from your speakers. While this is a simplified overview of the process, it is the primary journey that Christian talk programming takes before you benefit from its message.

So there you have it. Listening to AM 1180 KYES, your Catholic talk station is done through a scientific process using specialized technology. This allows us to continue our mission of providing listeners throughout Central Minnesota with the Catholic talk messages to help them grow in faith and live it out.

AM 1180 KYES – Your Catholic Radio

AM 1180 KYES is dedicated to being your source for Catholic talk radio programming in St. Cloud and throughout Central Minnesota. Our message is life, family, and faith. We strive to be a significant force in the lives of local Christians and serve as a tool to communicate the love of Jesus to all who listen. We invite you to contact us for more information, or listen to our programming and find out why KYES Catholic radio is so valuable. Call our office at (320) 257-9700, or email us at friends@gabrielmedia.info. Supporting life, faith, and family, we are AM 1180 KYES, Catholic Talk!

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Celebrating With Relevant Radio® for 15 Years of Catholic Programming

AM 1180 KYES is proud to announce that our programming partner, Relevant Radio®, is celebrating 15 years of exceptional Catholic programming. As an affiliate of the Relevant Radio® Network, KYES can provide the people of Central Minnesota with outstanding Catholic talk programs. These programs include Daybreak with Paul Sadek, Morning Air with John Harper, The Inner Life with Chuck Neff, the Drew Mariani Show, Catholic Answers Live, and other favorites. We are excited to wish Relevant Radio® a happy 15th birthday and look forward to many more years of a great partnership to continue serving our Catholic listeners.

What Is Relevant Radio®

Relevant Radio® began in 2000 in Green Bay, Wisconsin as a not-for-profit radio network focused on the Catholic Faith. Understanding that a gap can exist between one’s faith and one’s life, Relevant Radio® desired to provide quality talk programming to help bridge that gap. For fifteen years, they have been successful in that mission. Because the mission and focus of KYES and Relevant Radio® meshed so well, KYES chose to partner with the network and become an affiliate station. We appreciate the programming offered by Relevant Radio® and believe it is an excellent addition to our quality local programming including Conversations with Glen Lewerenz, Vocations Rosary with Fr. Scott Pogatchnik, and Daily Mass from St. Mary’s Cathedral.

Time to Celebrate

Relevant Radio® is celebrating their 15 years on the air with a Mass of Thanksgiving in Champion, WI on July 22nd, 2015. The Most Rev. Robert Banks, Bishop Emeritus of Green Bay will be celebrating, followed by a picnic lunch and meet and greet with your favorite hosts. The public is invited to all events, and more information is available for those interested in making the trip. However, we encourage all our listeners to join us in celebrating with them right here from Central Minnesota. Feel free to send good wishes and prayers their way, or send them a quick note of thanks on their website.

A Continued Focus on Our Local Catholic Listeners

Along with the programming provided by Relevant Radio®, AM 1180 KYES will continue to broadcast public service announcements, local events, and useful information from the St. Cloud Diocese. Also, if you have not tried listening to KYES online yet, we invite you to give it a try. With your mobile device, laptop, and desktop computer, you have the option to take the Catholic talk programming you love wherever you are.

AM 1180 KYES – Your Catholic Radio

AM 1180 KYES is dedicated to being your source for Catholic talk radio programming in St. Cloud and throughout Central Minnesota. Our message is life, family, and faith. We strive to be a significant force in the lives of local Christians and serve as a tool to communicate the love of Jesus to all who listen. We invite you to contact us for more information, or listen to our programming and find out why KYES Catholic radio is so valuable. Call our office at (320) 257-9700, or email us at friends@gabrielmedia.info. Supporting life, faith, and family, we are AM 1180 KYES, Catholic Talk!

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Celebrating With Relevant Radio® for 15 Years of Catholic Programming

When you turn on AM 1180 KYES, your Catholic talk radio station, you hear the exceptional programming you always have. You may not realize the incredible and drastic changes that your radio has undergone, especially over the last decade. Digital technology has changed the way we operate in countless ways. From how we access our local radio stations to the greater sound quality and options, radio has come a long way in a very short time. There can be no doubt that technology today that we never consider would have been something from a science fiction novel in a relatively short past. Often, when advancements do come, we either appreciate them for a brief time, until the latest version or upgrade is released. Alternatively, we fail to notice them altogether. This article looks at just a few ways that new technology has so greatly improved radio broadcasting.

AM Radio Online

One of the largest benefits is the availability of providing AM radio online. With the arrival of the internet, it was not long before the advantages of online radio became exceptionally clear. Reports show that those who continue to listen to their programming on a traditional radio are not alone. In fact, the majority of Americans still listen to their favorite stations over the airwaves. However, digital radio and online access to those stations has grown exponentially for many reasons. One of the biggest is the availability it provides. Listeners can hear their favorite local stations from anywhere internet access is available. This is especially great for travelers who do not want to miss a thing. Also, the technology needed to listen to radio is minimal. In fact, since the beginning of online radio in the early 1990’s, the technology required to access streaming radio broadcasts is virtually the same. Streaming radio will be available on hundreds of types of devices and multiple operating systems. If you can access the internet, you can access your Catholic talk radio.

Quality of Programming

Another great feature of digital programming is the higher sound quality it provides. Before digital technology was an option, environmental factors could cause the quality of your sound and signal to drop. With digital radio online, these factors are eliminated. More than that, much of the programming is now digitally recorded. That allows us to broadcast shows created across the country with crystal clear sound quality. We are now able to offer a wider variety of content faster and easier than ever before. You may not have even noticed the many ways that our digital age, and the advances in radio technology and options over the past ten years are so improved.

Continued Advances

There seems to be no end to the advances in technology that benefit us. The advances in radio technology is no different. Many of the tried and true pieces of equipment and methods remain active. However, we realize that before we know it the next generation of technology could do even more amazing things. We appreciate all that digital technology has provided to better serve our listeners. Moreover, we look forward to the continually developing technology that continues to improve you Catholic talk radio station; AM 1180 KYES.

AM 1180 KYES – Your Catholic Radio

AM 1180 KYES is dedicated to being your source for Catholic talk radio programming in St. Cloud and throughout Central Minnesota. Our message is life, family, and faith. We strive to be a significant force in the lives of local Christians and serve as a tool to communicate the love of Jesus to all who listen. We invite you to contact us for more information, or listen to our programming and find out why KYES Catholic radio is so valuable. Contact our office at (320) 257-9700, or email us at friends@gabrielmedia.info. Supporting life, faith, and family, we are AM 1180 KYES, Catholic Talk!

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AM 1180 KYES | Past, Present, and Future of Your Catholic Talk Radio Station

For our Catholic listeners throughout the region, AM 1180 KYES provides Christian talk radio programming that is focused on the Catholic faith and solidly grounded upon the Catholic doctrine. They understand the different programming we provide and appreciate the high-quality programs. They feel they have a source of encouragement, accountability, and focus through the access to these programs. They also feel they have a voice and are both convicted and empowered from the voices of others thanks to our call-in shows. Regardless of where they may be in life, what joys or challenges they are facing, or major decisions they have to make, they know that AM 1180 KYES will be there. We provide the support needed to remain close to the Catholic faith, and close to God.

However, many do not know the history of how this station came to be. They may not understand the growth and success Catholic radio has experienced, due to improved programming and better technology. Alternatively, they may not have adequately captured the vision of their Catholic talk station and its hopes for the future. We felt it might be helpful to address those items, and we hope to provide a little background to enhance the enjoyment and appreciation of our valued supporters.

AM 1180 KYES Is Born

AM 1180 KYES is a relatively new station in the area. Operated by Gabriel Media, and a sister station of Spirit 92.9, KYES was donated by founder Andy Hilger to the St. Cloud Diocese. The station is unique thanks to its exceptionally large broadcast area. In fact, its 50,000 watts rivals even WCCO Radio’s reach from the Twin Cities. Historically, Catholic radio stations are typically very small with a low signal radius. This was intentional so that the station could live its mission and purpose for the most people possible. AM 1180 KYES was founded with the intention of providing those of the Catholic faith with programming that would help them grow in their faith, enhance their lives and improve their ability to manage them from a Catholic perspective. Our hope was and continues to be that our programming can be life-changing and help to foster a deeper understanding of how to practically live their faith in this complicated world.

Catholic Radio Is Growing

When comparing the audience of Catholic stations to commercial radio stations, it remains much smaller. However, the audience for Catholic radio continues to grow, and the listeners are often very devoted and faithful to their Catholic station. Programming has changed to meet people of all levels of faith where they are. From lifelong and passionate Catholics to individuals who may be just considering converting, the message must be beneficial. Also, technology has provided much greater accessibility and convenience to listeners. Features are available that one just could not take advantage of through radio alone. All of this is true for AM 1180 KYES, and Catholic radio as a whole. It is an encouraging time for our station and our listeners.

Looking Forward

We will continue to be very intentional about the content we provide and will remain dedicated to solid Catholic teaching. We carefully select and review our programming to ensure that our listeners are receiving relevant and truth-filled messages. Our hope is that as technology continues to improve and provide new opportunities to expand our reach, we will take advantage to serve the largest number of people. We are excited about the growth in the Catholic Radio Audience, and look forward to the future optimistically, and devote ourselves to continuing the mission that our station was founded upon.

AM 1180 KYES – Your Catholic Talk Radio

AM 1180 KYES is dedicated to being your source for Catholic talk radio programming in St. Cloud and throughout Central Minnesota. Our message is life, family, and faith. We strive to be a significant force in the lives of local Christians and serve as a tool to communicate the love of Jesus to all who listen. We invite you to contact us for more information, or listen to our programming and find out why KYES Catholic radio is so valuable. Call our office at (320) 257-9700, or email us at friends@gabrielmedia.info. Supporting life, faith, and family, we are AM 1180 KYES, Catholic Talk!