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Relevant Radio
Relevant Radio logo.PNG
Type Radio network
Country  United States
Availability United States
Owner Starboard Media Foundation
Key people Trish Leurck
Launch date December 12, 2000
Official Website www.relevantradio.com

Relevant Radio is a trademark of Starboard Media Foundation, and is the largest Catholic talk radio network in the United States, with 20 stations and 18 affiliates in 15 states. The network's National Headquarters and network studios are in Green Bay, Wisconsin, with additional studios in Minneapolis, Madison, WI and Chicago, IL.

The network airs a variety of programming aimed at practicing Catholics, mostly in a listener-interactive talk format. "Morning Air", which the network describes as "a classic drive-time format that combines inspiration & entertainment" was the first program developed by Relevant Radio in 2003. The network now airs almost exclusively programming developed internally. It is the only Catholic radio network in the country to be recognized by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops as a national media outlet.

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History

The network was founded by a group of dedicated Catholic business men, including Mark Follett of Allouez, Wisconsin, who had been the owner of Anchor Foods, an Appleton-based distributor of frozen appetizers. Starboard bought the license to a radio station in Kaukauna, Wisconsin (WJOK) that had been carrying all-sports programming, and turned it into an all-Catholic station, saying the call letters stood for "Jesus Our King." The station received its license from the FCC on December 12. 2000, the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, who is the patron saint of Relevant Radio.

The network has rapidly grown to 17 stations, including five in the top 25 radio markets, and 18 affiliated stations that carry some or all of Relevant Radio programming. It also offers live streaming from its website and podcasts of favorite show segments.

The network's current chief executive officer is Thomas Vorpahl.

Former CEO's include: Mark Follett (One of the founders of Relevant Radio), Richard L. Lyles (Host of Networks Saturday Show Lifeworks until its discontinuation in September 2006 and his termination.) Trish Leurck. Leurck had been the Chief Development Officer until her appointment as CEO on September 12, 2006.

In July 2006, the network began the first of two layoffs due to limited financial resources. The company reduced its force by nearly 30 people.

On October 18, 2006, the network announced it was laying off 28 additional employees, 14 of them at its Wisconsin headquarters. A staff of nearly 140 had been reduced significantly. In a release, the network said planned revenues for 2007 would not support the previous level of staffing. The network will not sell any stations or change its programming, the release said.

In May of 2009 the network issued a five percent across the board pay cut for all employees. In addition, at least three members of the Milwaukee offices involved in broadcast operations were let go. [Replaced:"Rumors that Dr. Ray Guerendi, popular mid-day talk host, was also canceled have been shown to be unfounded."]

However, on June 23, 2009, Relevant Radio's media contact Nancy Jensen released an announcement [1] regarding a new programming line-up. This update revealed that On Call w/ Dr. Ray would now be replaced with On Call as hosted by Wendy Wiese.

Affiliation Changes

On November 25, 2007, Relevant Radio's affiliate station in Chicago switched from 820 AM WAIT to 950 AM WNTD. WNTD now airs Relevant Radio 13 hours a day. Relevant Radio's lease agreement with WAIT, set to expire at the end of November, was not renewed. According to the Relevant Radio website, Relevant Radio wishes to finalize a lease with an option to purchase WNTD in the future. (1)

Relevant Radio also lost its Appleton, Wisconsin station, 91.1 FM WOVM, in November. WOVM, which is being sold to Music That Matters, Inc., began stunting with Christmas music immediately and was set to begin beta testing a new hybrid adult hits (mixture of adult contemporary, classic rock and country) music format being developed by Music That Matters' sister company, Sovereign City Radio Group, in January 2008 (2). WisconsinBroadcasting.com reported that WOVM's new format, called "Your Oasis on the Radio," debuted on January 7, 2008. Relevant Radio will still be heard in the Appleton area on WJOK 1050 AM in Kaukauna.

Sovereign City Radio Group sold off its assets in 2008 and is no longer broadcasting.

Station list

All of these stations are O&O, unless noted as "affiliate".
State City Callsign Freq. Area Website
Florida Fort Myers WMYR 1410 Cape Coral-Fort Myers website
Naples WCNZ-AM 1660 Naples-Marco Island website
Indiana Gary WWCA-AM 1270 Chicagoland website
Ft. Wayne WLYV-AM 1450 Ft. Wayne (affiliate)
Illinois Sandwich WAUR-AM 930 Chicagoland website
Chicago WNTD-AM 950 Chicagoland website
Minnesota Minneapolis WLOL-AM 1330 Twin Cities website
Montana Bozeman KOFK-LP 98.3 Bozeman (affiliate)
Helena KNEH-LP 97.3 Helena (affiliate)
North Carolina Wilmington WBPL-FM 92.7 Wilmington (affiliate)
North Dakota Fargo KVXR-AM 1280 Fargo (affiliate)
Pennsylvania Carnegie WZUM-AM 1590 Pittsburgh website
Texas Del Valle KIXL-AM 970 Austin website
Robstown KLUX-FM 89.5 Corpus Christi (HD-2 affiliate) website
Wisconsin Birnamwood WYNW-FM 92.9 Wausau website
Eau Claire WDVM-AM 1050 Eau Claire website
Kaukauna WJOK-AM 1050 Green Bay website
La Crosse WKBH-AM 1570 La Crosse website
Lake Geneva WZRK-AM 1550 Milwaukee website
Nekoosa WMMA-FM 93.9 Wisconsin Dells-Baraboo website
Port Washington WPJP-FM 100.1 Milwaukee website
Poynette WHFA-AM 1240 Madison website

Sources

  • "Catholic network calls Green Bay home", Green Bay News-Chronicle, date uncertain, 2004. (Newspaper now defunct)

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