Catholic radio launches in Anchorage

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Catholics radio has launched in Anchorage and KHRM, 94.1 FM aims to evangelize, educate and inspire area Catholics and all others who tune in.

The station’s vision is to “proclaim the truth of the Catholic Church with listener-supported radio in Anchorage that strengthens Catholics’ faith and acts as a voice and a resource for Catholic values and moral stances on public issues.”

Under the station’s call letters — KHRM — which stand for Holy Rosary of Mary, broadcasts are now transmitted to a 7-mile radius throughout Anchorage. Listeners can pick up the station as far as the Eagle River weigh station on the Glen Highway and also in parts of Wasilla and Girdwood. In the future the station aims to further expand its reach.

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) requires a non-profit, listener-supported station to be owned by a non-profit institute of education that does not publish a newspaper. Holy Rosary Academy fit the bill and agreed to take on the radio project.

The station’s studio home is on the second floor of Holy Rosary. Through a partnership with the University of Alaska Anchorage, students from Holy Rosary and other Catholic schools will have the opportunity to cultivate skills in science, technology, engineering and mathematics to help the station flourish.

For now, KHRM is transmitting mostly EWTN content, a popular network of around-the-clock Catholic programming. Eventually the station will transmit Catholic events in Anchorage while serving as a platform for Anchorage Archbishop Roger Schwietz and his successors.

“One of the most important things is allowing the archbishop to have time on the air, whenever he wants. We can play his homilies on the radio,” explained Pam Albrecht, a parishioner from Holy Family Cathedral who serves on the volunteer committee.

Securing the FM frequency proved to be the biggest hurdle to overcome in the quest to start a station. Bids had been unsuccessfully placed over the years with the FCC as far back as 2002. The process to secure a frequency is very competitive.

The dream of a station became a reality thanks to a group of volunteers that reports monthly to the Holy Rosary Board of Trustees. Several radio professionals have also supported the stations efforts.

Anchorage Catholics who wish to help support the station can contact Holy Rosary Academy.

A basic website has been established at anchorageradio.wordpress.com to keep listeners apprised of the development of the station. For more information, contact KHRM Coordinator Brian Metras at khrm@metras.net


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