Immaculate Heart Radio in the LA Times

Archbishop Jose Gomez, right, flips the switch at the launch celebration for KHJ 930 AM. (Christina House/For the Times)

Archbishop Jose Gomez, right, flips the switch at the launch celebration for KHJ 930 AM. (Christina House/For the Times)

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.

Read the full article at the Los Angeles Times.

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Media buzz surrounds launch of Immaculate Heart Radio in Los Angeles

radio-tower-21With the launch of KHJ 930 AM in Los Angeles yesterday, the media has been abuzz about this powerhouse station that will bring the Gospel to 15 million people in the Los Angeles area. Below are some articles that have been published regarding KHJ.

11/17 – KPCC 89.3
http://www.scpr.org/blogs/multiamerican/2014/11/17/17574/la-catholics-get-1st-english-language-radio-statio/

11/17 – Radio World
http://www.radioworld.com/article/khj%E2%80%99s-new-face/273324

11/15 – Radio & Television Business Report
http://rbr.com/radio-news-smulyan-flips-contracts/

11/14 – LA Observed
http://www.laobserved.com/archive/2014/11/kost_fm_goes_holiday_musi.php

11/8 – Radio & Television Business Report
http://rbr.com/done-deal-in-the-city-of-angels/

11/7 – All Access Music Group
www.allaccess.com/net-news/archive/story/135339/mississippi-fm-time-brokerage-deal-converted-to-sa

11/6 – LA Daily News
http://www.dailynews.com/arts-and-entertainment/20141105/khj-launching-all-catholic-programming-this-month

11/6 – Radio World
http://www.radioworld.com/article/liberman-sells-and-switches/27317

11/6 – Angelus (The Tidings Online)
http://www.angelusnews.com/news/local/immaculate-heart-radio-to-begin-broadcasting-nov-17-6717/#.VGry6Gd5X4U

4/24 – Catholic World Report
http://www.catholicworldreport.com/Item/3085/catholic_radio_returns_to_los_angeles.aspx

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Tattoo artist turned Benedictine monk

Photo credit: Danielle Peterson/Statesman Journal

Photo credit: Danielle Peterson/Statesman Journal

With tattoos on his neck, arms, and hands, Brother Andre Love doesn’t look like your typical Benedictine monk. But for the last six years the former tattoo artist has been a member of the order at Mount Angel Abbey in Oregon, where he is an iconographer and curator of the Abbey’s art collection. The Statesman Journal recently profiled Brother Andre Love and his incredible journey to the monastic life.

 

Six years ago, Mount Angel Abbey’s serene hilltop campus shook, as leather-clad Bobby Love rolled in on his motorcycle. Love removed his helmet revealing pierced ears and a mop of dreadlocks. With tattoos on his hands, arms and neck, he looked like an extra on “Sons of Anarchy” not a someone attending a retreat for those who might become Catholic monks.

Love knew from a young age that he wanted to devote his life to being an artist. After dropping out of high school and serving in the army,  he discovered he could make $100 an hour as a tattoo artist, and developed a reputation as a tattoo artist in New York, New Orleans, Seattle and Austin. Despite having friends and material comfort, Love was still unhappy. He told the Statesman Journal:

“Everything said I should be happy, but I felt very alone and adrift. I looked at myself and realized that I had become a product,” Love said. “I was doing art not as personal expression but for what the kids want, what the kids would shell out the coin for.”

It had become about money, brand and ego. It had become about drugs and booze. He’d left his family and divorced three times.

“I had no clue what love was. I had no clue how to love or how to let other people love me and that’s why I was miserable,” Love said.

He admitted being an addict.

“The addiction was only a symptom of a greater problem … spiritual bankruptcy,” Love said. “I came to the realization that I need God. I needed to be a whole person in the sense that it’s not just about the material or the physical, but there was a whole spiritual dynamic that I had completely ignored.”

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