The Los Angeles Times recently ran a feature on Immaculate Heart Radio’s new Los Angeles station, KHJ 930 AM:
Back in the glory days of Top 40 radio, 93 KHJ was the king, home to the latest hits and big audiences, not to mention famed DJs Sam Riddle, Robert W. Morgan and the Real Don Steele.
But beginning this month, KHJ became the latest in a growing number of Catholic-themed religious broadcasters.
Instead of the Beatles and Motown, the station is broadcasting rosaries and Catholic-themed talk shows. Among the shows is Patrick Madrid’s “Right Here, Right Now,” which in recent weeks has touched on everything from music’s potential influence on suicide to using the Ten Commandments as a voter’s guide during elections.
The station has received the endorsement of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, which will broadcast its own programming for an hour a day.
For Catholic radio in America, it is one of the biggest moves yet into a medium evangelists have long dominated. And it underscores how an old technology such as radio still plays an important role in faith in America.
About one-fifth of American adults listen to religious radio, about the same percentage who share their religious faith online, according to a study by the Pew Research Center released this month. Despite the digital shift, the study showed little difference between old media and new media when it came to sharing faith.