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Monday, September 19, 2011
EWTN Press Release September 19, 2011
EWTN Supports Mexico’s Bishops’ Conference in Developing Catholic Radio
Irondale, AL – Representatives of EWTN’s Radio Católica Mundial were honored to be asked to assist the bishops of Mexico in their efforts to develop and grow Catholic radio in Mexico by participating in the Episcopal Conference Communications Commission’s (CEPCOM) Second National Meeting of Internet Catholic Radio, which was held in August on the premises of the Mexican Episcopal Conference at Lago de Guadalupe.
“EWTN has encouraged Mexican Catholic radio to integrate professionalism with a cheerful experience of the Faith,” said Mons. Luis Artemino Calzada, Bishop of Valle de Chalco and President of the Communication Commission of the Mexican Bishop Conference. “It is deeply remarkable how EWTN’s great team of professionals have taken their deep faith in Christ and in the Gospel to empower a work with worldwide repercussions.”
Claudio Ramirez, EWTN’s Director of Marketing for Latin America and Spain, said EWTN was happy to help.
“Practically speaking, Mexico does not have Catholic radio now,” said Ramirez, who led off the main day of the conference with a talk entitled “Charisma of EWTN, Radio Católica Mundial.” “The Church has begun to develop Internet Catholic radio as well as AM and FM stations. We were invited by the Bishops’ Conference to assist in the conference with our radio experience and to give recommendations about the identity, mission and production of Catholic radio.”
EWTN’s Radio Católica Mundial has been broadcasting throughout Latin America and Spain since 1996 through its AM & FM affiliates and Internet streaming audio, and since 1992 via shortwave radio. EWTN offers two radio networks in English and Spanish, which broadcast the message of the Gospel 24-hours-a-day to more than 258 million people around the world and to 10.7 million satellite radio subscribers in the U.S. and Canada.
In addition to Ramirez, Juan Manuel Youshimats, EWTN’s Marketing Manager for México and Central America, spoke at the conference about the “Identity and Mission of Catholic Radio,” and Douglas Archer, EWTN’s Director of Spanish Programs, spoke about the “Process of Making and Airing a Catholic Radio Program.”
“EWTN is pleased to assist the Bishops’ Conference with its important new initiative in starting up and continuing to develop Catholic radio in the country,” said EWTN President and CEO Michael P. Warsaw. “In addition to Radio Católica Mundial, our commitment to the Hispanic market includes EWTN Español, a television channel which broadcasts 24-hours-a-day; a Spanish website, www.ewtn.com/espanol; an e-newsletter “Alas;” a YouTube channel, http://www.youtube.com/ewtnespanol; a Facebook page, http://www.facebook.com/ewtnespanol; a Twitter site, http://twitter.com/#!/ewtnespanol; numerous books and pamphlets, and much more!”
EWTN Global Catholic Network, in its 30th year, is available in over 160 million television households in more than 140 countries and territories. With its direct broadcast satellite television and radio services, AM & FM radio networks, worldwide short-wave radio station, Internet website www.ewtn.com, electronic and print news services, and publishing arm, EWTN is the largest religious media network in the world.