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Bishop Blesses Christendom’s New Radio Station

Diocese of Arlington, Va. Bishop Paul S. Loverde recently celebrated Mass at Christendom College and blessed the radio tower and transmitter of the school’s new Catholic radio station WXDM 90.3 FM; the first Catholic radio station to broadcast from Virginia.

During his homily, the bishop reportedly commended the college on the launch of the station.

“How proud I am as your diocesan Bishop and Shepherd. How proud you all must be to witness today the inauguration of a grace-filled opportunity at Christendom by beginning your own local FM radio station with the call letters WXDM at 90.3,” Bishop Loverde said. “Through this modality, the good news will be transmitted to many people whom you and I would otherwise never reach or contact. And so, with you, I beseech our Blessed Lord to bless in every way and to prosper this good work, which [you] have undertaken.”

WXDM’s General Manager Niall O’Donnell quoting statistics provided by the Catholic Radio Association that 94% of Catholic radio listeners are more spiritually engaged and inspired, 47% attend Mass more frequently, and 31% have returned to the Church because of the programming. “With statistics like this, there is no doubt that our station will have a positive impact on our local community,” O’Donnell said.

WXDM is broadcasting the EWTN Global Catholic Radio Network, but in time hopes to offer some of its own programming. With a 190W-powered signal, the station covers the entire Front Royal area and reaches as far north as Winchester, Va., and as far south as Bentonville, Va.

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