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PHOTOS: Simian Training Course

Wednesday, April 9th, 2014

Simian Course 01 s

Simian Training Course hosted by Doug Pearson & WOMB 89.9 FM Ellettsville (more…)

Video – Fi News #116: Catholic Radio in Bloomington Indiana

Wednesday, August 24th, 2011
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Fi News #116 – Bloomington on air ( 05min) >>> Play

Ave Maria!

Our newest radio station, With Our Mother Blest, in Bloomington, IN – WOMB 89.9 FM Ellettsville (the community of license) – is now on the air at full power! In fact, it was cranked up to full power a few weeks ago, but we have been so busy with three AirMaria road trips for conferences and then to World Youth Day in Madrid, that we have not been able to get this post up until now.

This is the 3rd radio station on the air belonging to our AirMaria Radio Network, the first being Holy Virgin Mary Radio, 91.9 FM Owego, NY, and the second being CorMariae, WPMW 88.5 FM Bayview, MA.

We are still fighting to find a tower location for Holy Name of Mary Radio, WHNM 89.5 FM Pawcatuck, CT.

With Our Mother Blest, WOMB 89.9 FM, is a very strategically located radio station because it reaches the 42, 000 college students and 3,000 professors that are at the University of Indiana in Bloomington. Simply put, for the first time Catholic radio content will be delivered via this station to one of the major intellectual centers of the United States and of the world.

We are currently an EWTN repeater, rebroadcasting the EWTN Radio satellite feed 24/7 with our own top of the hour ID’s chiming in every hour to comply with FCC regulations, but we plan to build our own studio at the new friary in the winter and to begin to add more of our own content as we become more capable.

Ave Maria!

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Video – Variety #135: Radio interview with Fr. Gabriele Pellettieri

Friday, June 17th, 2011
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Variety #135 – Radio interview with Fr. Gabriele Pellettieri ( 31 min) >>> Play

Ave Maria!

Fr. Joseph Michael interviews Fr. Gabriele Pellettieri during a visit to the friars in Perth, Australia. Fr. Gabriele, the cofounder of the Franciscans of the Immaculate, discusses Marian Consecration based on the example of St. Maximilian Kolbe who viewed consecration to Our Lady as not only for personal sanctification but the sanctification of all souls and ultimately the conversion of the world. There are many ways to express one’s Marian consecration, but Fr. Gabriele focuses on the Holy Rosary.

Audio (MP3)

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Thursday, March 24th, 2011
Ave Maria!
Dear Friends of Radio CorMariae,
Catholic and Marian Radio — Radio CorMariae — is poised to make its official debut on the airwaves at 88.5 FM in the greater New Bedford, Massachusetts area, and on the internet at www.radiocormariae.com!
If you live in the New Bedford area, you are invited to participate with us in a special celebration at Our Lady’s Chapel in downtown New Bedford on Friday, March 25, at 6:30 p.m. (EST). The Most Rev. George W. Coleman, Bishop of the Diocese of Fall River, will preside over Evening Prayer and Eucharistic Benediction in Our Lady’s Chapel and will bless the new studio for the radio station. A reception will follow downstairs in Blessed John Duns Scotus Hall.
This celebration will also be broadcast live on the radio, beginning at 6:00 p.m. on March 25. Tune in to 88.5 FM in the New Bedford area, or listen online live at www.radiocormariae.com.
We, the Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate, express our sincere gratitude to the many people who have contributed so much of their time, talent and financial support in order to bring Catholic and Marian radio to New Bedford.We are also grateful to you, the friends of Radio CorMariae, for your patronage.
We encourage you to share the good news with your friends, and we ask you to remember us in your prayers and consider supporting Catholic Radio with your tax-deductible donations, in order to bring Jesus and Mary to all hearts!
Sincerely in Jesus and Mary,
Fr. Louis Maximilian M. Smith, F.I.
General Manager, Radio CorMariae

New Bedford-based Catholic radio station to launch March 25 | The Anchor

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2011

New Bedford-based Catholic radio station to launch March 25 | The Anchor.

 

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By Kenneth J. Souza

Anchor Staff

NEW BEDFORD, Mass. — After more than two years of planning, preparing and fund-raising, the Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate based at Our Lady’s Chapel in downtown New Bedford are ready to launch the first-ever 24-hour Catholic radio station in the Fall River Diocese.

On Friday WPMW — also known as Radio CorMariae — will make its official debut at the 88.5 frequency on the FM dial.

Operated by the Franciscan Friars in collaboration with the congregation’s lay apostolate, the Mission of the Immaculate Mediatrix, the new Radio CorMariae has secured the necessary licensing from the Federal Communications Commission for what is known as a “micro-FM” radio station and will broadcast within a limited range from Westport to Fairhaven within the greater New Bedford area. (more…)

Video – Fi News #100: FI co-founder visits Perth, Australia

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2011
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Ave Maria!

Fr. Gabriel Pellettieri visited Perth again on what appears to be his “annual” visit.

Click here to see the AirMaria video from last year’s visit.

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Fi News – Studio Nearly Complete

Thursday, December 30th, 2010
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Studio

by friar John Mary

We are pleased to show the looks of the new studio built for Radio CorMariae. After months of day after day work, corresponding to upwards of a thousand man hours, the studio is just about ready for use.

Immaculate Heart statue shrine in studioWe are continuing to wire the final components in the two rooms: one main studio for the board operator along with interview personnel and another room for the production work on the audio files.

Most of the equipment is new, although the console, one of the most important pieces of equipment, is nearly a couple generations old.We are able to use this older console for now as we are learning to crawl in our radio station adventure. For now we are happy to use this one, not to mention the price is right ($0), but later, when we get into some heavy production work, we will need to buy a more state-of-the-art piece of equipment. Without even looking at digital ones, the still-in-use analog consoles start in the range of $5,000 to $13,000.

via Studio Nearly Complete.

The Birthday of WPMW, Radio CorMariae, 88.5 FM, New Bedord MASS

Friday, December 17th, 2010

Ave Maria!

Yesterday, 16 December 2010, was the unofficial birthday of Radio CorMariae. At around 5:30pm we jerry-rigged the newly installed antenna line, connected it up to the transmitter, and fired up the radio station for the first time. It was an incredibly joyful event as this was the culmination of over 2 years of hard work by a huge team of volunteers to get this radio station up and running – and we, the privileged few, got to enjoy the fruit of all that hard work – if only for a brief period of time.

Don’t get excited and tune in your radio to 88.5 FM yet! This was only our first test transmission and there is still a lot of technical and engineering work to be completed before we can go on the air full-time. Our official launch date is set for 25 March 2011.

A picture tells a thousand words:

All hands on deck to assemble the antenna.

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Radio CorMariae, WPMW, 88.5 FM New Bedford – Cleared for Takeoff!

Friday, December 10th, 2010

Ave Maria!

It is no coincidence that momentous things in our order always seem to occur on the Feasts of Our Blessed Mother, it is after all, Her Order and we are Her possession and property.

Today, on the Feast of Our Lady of  Loreto, Our Lady’s Radio Station, Radio CorMariae, WPMW, 88.5 FM New Bedford, MASS was granted a minor modification to our Construction Permit which allows us to install a highly directional antenna mounted on a cell phone tower overlooking the city center. It is a relatively small transmitter, with an effective radiated power of only 140W, but the location means that we should get a good strength signal covering most of New Bedford.

We will find out very shortly just how good our coverage is as Friar John will be arranging the installation of the antenna and the transmitter early next week and we will probably be testing our signal mid-week and be on the air and broadcasting (unofficially) on Thursday 16th December.

We rejoice with Our Blessed Mother on Her Feast day for the projected launch of the second radio station owned and operated by the Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate in the United States and our heartfelt thanks goes out to all our benefactors without whom we can do nothing. Many thanks to the numerous volunteers who have worked tirelessly to fund raise for this project as well as work on the engineering and construction sides of the station.

Also many thanks to Steve Gajdosik of the Catholic Radio Association, Matt Wesolowski (engineering),  Stu Nolan (legal counsel), and Dennis Kelly (also legal counsel).

Dennis also gave us this little snippet so appropriate to today’s Feast and the launch of Radio CorMariae:

“In reviewing today’s traditional Roman Martyrology, I found the following reference to the Basilica of the Holy House at Loreto, Italy, one of the more memorable Catholic shrines I’ve visited:

“At Loreto in Piceno, the Translation of the Holy House of Mary the Mother of God, wherein the Word was made flesh.  Pope Benedict XV declared the same Blessed Virgin Mary, under the title of Loreto, to be the chief Patroness before God of all airmen“.

Airmen - Hey, that’s us. AirMaria men. Airwaves men.

A very Blessed and Merry Christmas to you all.

Ave Maria!