Thanks largely to the fundraising efforts of Chargers quarterback Phillip Rivers, San Diego this week became the 26th city in the U.S. to turn on Immaculate Heart Radio. Together with San Francisco 1260 AM and Sacramento 1620 AM, this leaves LA as the only major California city without such an English-language Catholic beacon.
The San Diego station went live Wednesday afternoon during a special ceremony at St. Therese of Carmel Catholic Church; newly-appointed San Diego Diocese bishop Cirilo Flores was the first guest. Other blocks of programming will come from outside the IH network, such as a weekday morning show produced out of Sacred Heart Radio in Cincinnati:
“The Son Rise Morning Show” with Brian Patrick is fast-paced, motivating and informational — always with the Catholic perspective. You’ll hear interviews, prayer, current news items and other timely information.
Immaculate Heart has stations in a number of smaller California cities as well including Bakersfield, Monterey and Stockton. They also have a presence in Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico and Utah, and offer on their website a pretty nifty “Prayer Request” template.