Thursday, October 21, 2010

Conversion is near at WQOM, new 24-hour Catholic programming and improved signal soon to debut

The official transformation of WQOM 1060 to religious radio station is almost complete. Holy Family Comunications, the Buffalo-based non-profit religious broadcaster that purchased WQOM(formerly WBIX) 1060 in July and took control of it in mid-September has completed station's signal upgrade to 50,000 watts. The new Catholic programming is expected to debut on November 1st. Here's station's press release on just-completed signal upgrade work :

NEW CATHOLIC RADIO TO BROADCAST TO 5.5 MILLION MASSACHUSETTS LISTENERS

-- WQOM 1060 AM TO TRANSMIT WITH INCREASED SIGNAL STRENGTH OF
50,000-WATTS --

( Natick , MA ) ­­- The Station of the Cross Catholic Radio Network, a division of Holy Family Communications, will begin broadcasting in Massachusetts at 50,000 watts next month after station improvements. The radio station formerly belonging to Boston business station, WBIX, is set to provide Catholic programming 24 hours a day, 7 days a week in November.

“We are thrilled to be able to make these upgrades to the station,” Jim Wright, President of The Station of the Cross Catholic Radio Network said. “Broadcasting at 50,000 watts will allow us to reach listeners across The Commonwealth with our programming.”

At 50,000 watts, the Boston area station will become the largest station of Holy Family Communications. The Station of the Cross began broadcasting in Buffalo , NY , in August 1999 at WLOF 101.7 FM, and added another station in Rochester , NY , at WHIC 1460 AM, in 2003. Improvements were made to the Natick , MA , radio station, purchased by Holy Family Communications in July, to increase its signal strength from 40,000 watts to 50,000. The non-for-profit Catholic radio organization, which is funded completely by donations, exists to effectively evangelize through radio programming, new media, and community action.

The Station of the Cross is affiliated with the Eternal World Television Network (EWTN) to pass down the teachings of Jesus Christ with broadcasts of daily Mass and by sharing the daily headlines with a Catholic point of view. The Station of the Cross hopes listeners become more prayerful and committed to Catholicism, more involved in leadership positions in their parishes, more engaged in debate with family and friends, and more generous with giving to the Church.

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