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May 19, 2014

Catholic non-profit buys WAOR to create regional radio station

NAPPANEE — Redeemer Radio, a non-profit Catholic radio organization, is purchasing WAOR 95.7 FM, a regional sports talk station covering Michiana.

WAOR is based in Nappanee and is branded as ESPN South Bend. The station is owned by Talking Stick Communications, Mishwaka. Talking Stick Communications is part of Federated Media. No purchase price was disclosed.

Dave Stevens, executive director of Redeemer Radio, said, “Redeemer Radio Michiana will be a local Catholic radio apostolate. We will have local offices and staff, and focus on serving the greater Michiana area — explaining and promoting the Catholic faith and thus seek to change lives. Listeners will hear about events and information from their parishes and area priests, and they will be able to listen to local and national speakers who inspire and teach about the faith. As a 501C3 non-profit, we’ll promote other Catholic non-profits and many pro-life organizations free of charge.”

Mike Landrigan, Redeemer Radio board chairman, said, “Many in the Michiana area have been praying for permanent Catholic radio for years. As early as 2006 members of a local organization, the St. Thomas More Foundation, were broadcasting Catholic radio on an AM station. In 2010, four members of the foundation joined the Redeemer Radio board with the specific goal we’ve announced today. Since May of 2013 there has been no Catholic radio in the South Bend area. We are grateful for the prayers and hard work of so many, now that we can bring local Catholic radio — Redeemer Radio — to a large regional audience in the middle of the FM dial.”

Talking Stick Communications will retain the call letters WAOR. The sale is subject to FCC approval, which is expected in 90 to 120 days. Both organizations have also signed an agreement, which would allow Redeemer Radio to begin operating 95.7 FM prior to final regulatory approval, according to Redeemer Radio.

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