About Us

Solidarity in the New Evangelization

The Catholic Radio Association unites Catholic radio apostolates to amplify the Catholic message of mercy to the world. By providing valuable resources and strong support for individual apostolates, CRA exists to bolster the growth and influence of Catholic radio.

A true trade association, Catholic Radio Association is the best place to meet people involved in every aspect of Catholic radio. From programmers, engineers and station managers to lawyers and financial advisors, the CRA aims to provide support for Catholic radio stations at any phase of development through it’s members and professional connections.

In addition, CRA seeks to provide a platform for the whole of Catholic radio to share best practices, trade tips, and content. Catholic radio is in growth mode as it continues to gain both local and national influence among the lay faithful and Church hierarchy. With over 300 Catholic radio apostolates nationwide, members have access to the distilled wisdom of old and new apostolates alike. Join the ranks of CRA members today!

 

22 Responses to “About Us”

  1. Joe Quattrocchi says:

    Thank you Catholic Radio Association for helping New York Catholic Radio, Inc. obtain a LPFM permit! We can’t wait to begin broadcasting the Splendor of Truth!

  2. Fae Presley says:

    CRA and Steve have been an immense help to us in bringing LPFM to our small town of Marquette, MI. Steve is only a phone call away, and that is so helpful. Engineering reports of various tower locations have been invaluable. Webinars and so much more have made it possible for my husband and me to “learn as we go.” Thank you, CRA, and may God bless all of you!

  3. Cecelia Flanary says:

    I can’t imagine going through the LPFM application process without CRA! Steve and Dennis and Stu have been there for me answering every question and concern I had along the way, and also through the negotiations afterwards. What a blessing CRA has been to me. I probably would have given up long ago had it not been for the support and encouragement from the CRA team.

  4. Mike Bellino says:

    From a individual perspective, I can say the CRA has been an invaluable (and extremely responsive) resource in navigating though the myriad of laws, regulations, options, and resources in pursuit of evangelizing with Catholic Radio.

    Stepping back, I see the power of having the CRA in building a community of passionate individuals who collectively are moved to the mutual goal of Catholic Radio. The CRA is constantly improving communications, collaboration and benefits for its members and member stations.

    The CRA supported me from “I am moved to do this… ” to garnering a Construction Permit from the FCC and they continue to guide as my team and I move to the construction phase.

    Joining the CRA was a capital decision.

  5. Bob Groppe says:

    Steve and the CRA has been an important part of WDMC-920AM from our first broadcast in 2008 to our current expansion projects. The professional, friendly advice and timely information has and continues to be a valued resource. We are blessed to be part of this great association.

  6. Dick Russ says:

    Looking forward to a long association with CRA as we launch St. Peter the Rock Media in Cleveland, Ohio … with our planned Catholic radio station.

  7. David Morales says:

    This process was entirely new to us so having CRA help guide our steps was invaluable. Thanks CRA!

  8. Christopher Stearns says:

    The CRA team has been 1000% beneficial in technical and organizational areas of helping establish Catholic radio in our region. Their understanding of the processes and prayerful support has been invaluable! Thanks CRA

  9. Joanne Woodward says:

    As a neophyte in Catholic Radio I can’t say enough about the gift of working with Steve Gajdosik along with the benefits of being a CRA member. With Steve at the helm navigating my LPFM process every step of the way, what was once a wishful desire for Catholic Radio is now fact, to God be the glory!
    It is a pleasure to have access to a man of his character. He is a true leader and visionary, with the highest moral and ethical standards. Steve clarifies the process, delineates the next step, designs excellent webinars to keep us edifyed, with ongoing support and technical expertise, Steve makes it easy to contact him with questions. I was delighted when he located a tower for us and relieved when he offered to handle negotiations with my competition-he does it all! Our LPFM would not have been possible if it weren’t for Steve’s dedication helping the novice-I owe him a debt of gratitude for making the impossible possible. Catholic Radio is the new evangelization. Steve is a miracle man in my book. My enduring thanks to Steve Gajdosik and CRA.

  10. William Grondin says:

    Steve – Want to say thank you for everything Catholic Radio Association has done. In particular, how CRA handled the application strategy masterfully!

  11. Richard Richard says:

    Steve,
    Thank you for your words of wisdom and insight. What you mentioned about Catholic Radio not being a business, but an apostolate, is perhaps my biggest take away from the convention. We are truly trying to be under the guidance and providence of the Holy Spirit.
    We are one of those LPFM station start ups with no experience and I have learned much from you…please keep the wisdom and experience lessons coming.

  12. Dave Stevens says:

    The Catholic Radio Association and Steve Gajdosik have provided invaluable guidance to Redeemer Radio since before it’s founding in 2006 and regularly since then. Steve knows where resources a Catholic Radio affiliate needs are, connects us to them and helps us grow in tangible ways.

    Redeemer Radio has received great benefit from the sound technological guidance we have received from Steve and the association. Each year we receive much more value from our membership then we pay in.

    I’d encourage any Catholic Radio Apostolate to be a CRA member, it’s a tremendous partnership and a great value.

  13. Mary Malloy says:

    Thank you, Steve & the Catholic Radio Association, for walking the walk with us over the last 7 years. Your technical expertise is unmatched. You have always been accessible, mission driven, and extremely hepful to this Catholic broadcaster. Your heart is clearly in the right place–that is, aligned with the hearts of Jesus and Mary– as you bring Catholic Radio to an ever new and widening audience. Thank you for your creativity, your vision, and your untiring work in the cause of Catholic Radio. May God richly bless you and your family.

  14. Sarah McIntyre says:

    We are in Shreveport, LA and are trying to start a Catholic Radio Station. How can we get advice for programming and fund raising or just questions in general.
    Also, when is the next radio conference. Thank you.
    Sarah McIntyre, 318347-0198.

    • Welcome to the work of Catholic radio!

      There are many ways to get into Catholic radio: buying a station, applying for one or leasing. Applying is usually the least expensive, but is only available at certain times. AM is less expensive and, generally, a good way to begin. We can walk you through identifying a good station. There are many elements.

      The Catholic Programming Symposium is our next event: http://www.catholicradioassociation.org/symposium/ I would be pleased to sit with you at length there and help you through the steps. We are also having a training session for the station automation system.

      We also are available via e-mail, phone and on-site planning. Check your Inbox for more information.

      Ad maximam Dei gloriam!

      Steve

  15. Sharon Mitchell says:

    We are in Nova Scotia, Canada, and are interested in establishing Catholic Radio here. Is there a branch of the CRA in Canada? Or a counterpart organization? If not, do you have Canadian members and Canadian programming?

    Thank you and God bless your efforts!

    • Elizabeth Brennan says:

      Hi Sharon,

      I believe EWTN has a Canada-friendly program option. It is supposed to be scrubbed of the type of content not allowed over the air in Canada. I will be going to the conference in November. I’ll see if I can find out more from them while I’m there and get back to you.

      Pax Christi

      Elizabeth Brennan

  16. Katheryn Wilson says:

    I was looking for a Sample Business Plan on your site.

  17. I had along the way, and also through the negotiations afterwards. What a blessing CRA has been to me. I probably would have given up long ago had it not been for the support and encouragement from the CRA team.

  18. Mark Portzer says:

    A few of us in Roanoke, Virginia would like to start a Catholic radio station. We have consulted with EWTN and we have their blessing. I am told that the bishop of the local diocese must give his blessing. The bishop of Richmond is preparing to retire soon, so we are awaiting the replacement bishop to get his approval. Any other information would be helpful.

    • Elizabeth Brennan says:

      Hi Mark,

      Feel free to give me a call sometime so we can talk about what might be possible in your area and some resources which may be helpful.

      Pax Christi
      Elizabeth Brennan
      864 438 4801

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