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Catholic radio station announces fund drive

By KATIE LEFEBVRE, Globe staff reporter
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Channel 88.1 FM’s Spring Pledge Drive, New Evangelization, will be held April 23-25.

The goal of the drive is $90,000. The fall pledge drive raised just short of $105,000.

“We are hoping to come close, if not surpass, the fall amount,” said Martha Hawthorne, producer and outside promotions manager. “Since KOIA (in Storm Lake) joined Channel 88.1 FM as a signal, we have a larger coverage area. We are hoping to generate a lot more Angels, monthly donors who help maintain and support the station.”

Wendy Templeton will be the host for Channel 88.1 FM’s pledge drive. Templeton began her broadcasting career, in the late 90s at WBVM- Spirit FM 90.5 FM, a Catholic station owned and operated by the Diocese of St. Petersburg in Tampa, Fla. As president of the Wendy Templeton Media Group, a full service production company, Wendy specializes in writing, creating and producing fresh content for Catholic radio.

She also brings her years of radio programming expertise as a consultant in partnership with other Catholic Media companies. During the last couple of years, Wendy could be heard co-hosting Life and Money with Phil Lenahan, a financial show on the EWTN Global Catholic Radio Network.

The station continues to broaden and expand local programming including New Evangelization Today, Praying with Mommy and others. One hope for the near future, noted Hawthorne, is to broadcast daily Mass from Cathedral of the Epiphany in Sioux City along with Masses in the chapel at the station.

Once again, a parish and school competition will be held. The parish or school that raises the most pledges for Catholic Radio has an opportunity to receive a scholarship, which can be used to help send a child to a Catholic school or the parish can use it to help fund a project or group. Three scholarships will be given away – one for $1,000 and two for $500.

“If you are a parishioner or a member of a school, encourage others to participate in the drive,” said Hawthorne. “The scholarships are a great opportunity for the parish and/or school.”

Special guests

The pledge drive will begin each day at 7 a.m. with the bishop’s rosary.

“We kick off with this to encourage all the listeners to pray for the success of the drive,” said Hawthorne. “Not just for the success of the drive but for the safety of all the volunteers and the guests coming to and from the station and any other petitions we may have.”

Throughout Channel 88.1 FM’s spring pledge drive, local and national speakers will be featured.

“We always try to provide a dynamic from school teachers to local Catholic school principals to deacons,” said the producer. “We also involve the Archdiocese of Omaha and the Diocese of Sioux Falls that we cover with our listening range.”

Thursday morning Bishop Walker Nickless will be in the studio starting at 8 a.m.

Some of the speakers include Dan Burke, executive director of National Catholic Register; Linda Schied, director of the Food Bank of Siouxland; Jenifer Bowen, executive director of Iowa Right to Life; and Mark Shea, an author and evangelist.

Listeners are invited to adoration from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in St. Gabriel’s Chapel at the station.

Mass will be held each day of the pledge drive at 11 a.m. Attendees are invited to join guests, volunteers, board members and staff for lunch.

Channel 88.1 FM is asking people to volunteer during the pledge drive to answer phones, greet or sign up for an hour of adoration.

To phone in a pledge, call (855) 875-5342. Walk-in pledges are also welcome, noted Hawthorne, who added pledge forms are available at the station. The Catholic radio station is located on the second floor of the Benson Building, 705 Douglas St., in Sioux City.

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