OCEANSIDE — The Oceanside Planning Commission unanimously approved a permit on August 13, for a additional radio tower for KCEO, AM 1000 and a doubling of its broadcast power. The station became part of the Immaculate Heart Radio network in March, and has been broadcasting 24-hour-per-day Catholic programming since.
When taking ownership, Immaculate Heart Radio inherited an FCC permit to improve the broadcast radius of the station, but needed City of Oceanside approval to construct a new tower and remove an old one.
When completed, the tower will bring Catholic radio to hundreds of thousands of new listeners in San Diego and Orange counties, and will improve reception for many current listeners.
“This decision will really improve our signal,” said Doug Sherman, the founder of Immaculate Heart Radio. “During the day we will double our current signal to 5,000 watts, and at night we will go from 250 to 900 watts.”
The Federal Communications Commission requires AM stations to broadcast at lower power overnight because signals carry much farther once the sun has gone down.
The effort to bring Catholic radio to San Diego was begun by local attorney and Knight of Columbus Stephen Beuerle. The major fundraising campaign was chaired by Attorney Charles Limandri and Philip and Tiffany Rivers. To date, thousands of San Diegans have supported the station financially.
Programming is provided by Vatican Radio, EWTN, Sacred Heart Radio, Catholic Answers, Ave Maria Radio, and other Catholic sources. The Diocese of San Diego currently broadcasts an hour of programming from the Office for Social Ministry each Wednesday morning at 11 a.m., with the hour repeated at 9 p.m. and also heard live on the San Diego Internet stream.
“We are profoundly grateful for the upwelling of community support,” said the station’s community relations officer, Cyril Kellett. He added that the station is now actively seeking underwriters — businesses or institutions to support the station financially and receive on-air acknowledgements of their gifts.
For further information about the station can call 760-576-9480 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.