“Our focus is the New Evangelization. We call men and women to share their experience of Jesus with others, within the Catholic Church and outside of it. Our listeners are being equipped to share their faith,” shares Al Kresta, President and CEO of Ave Maria Radio and host of the program Kresta in the Afternoon.
“When we talk about the distinctive work that we do as a Catholic apostolate, we talk about ‘the Es’: We evangelize, edify, engage the culture, educate, entertain, and most of all we encourage,” he says.
There are currently 380 full-time Catholic radio stations in the U.S. and another 120 worldwide. Ave Maria Radio, based in Ann Arbor, was the first. Currently Ave Maria manages two stations locally, 990 AM WDEO (Detroit and Ann Arbor) and 1440 WMAX (Saginaw, Bay City and Midland)
Ave Maria Radio is also a production company which provides content that has proven to be nimble and trendsetting. Ave Maria Radio now provides nearly 50 hours of original Catholic radio programming each week that is used by other stations including the 380 Catholic Stations that are part of the EWTN Radio Network.
Angela Moloney and Al Kresta
During Lent, Ave Maria Radio will offer a 40-day calendar on their website that will share the daily readings and link to reflection on the readings from Sr. Ann Shields, S.G.L., host of the daily program Food for the Journey. All of their hosts will have some Lenten programming, and Kresta in the Afternoon will offer content every few days focused on Lent.
“Most Catholics are still unaware that we’re here. Our programming is a great place to get oriented to what the Catholic Church teaches. We’re Catholics whose faith demands more than Sunday,” shares Mike Jones, Vice President and General Manager of Ave Maria radio.