Relevant Radio Annual Report

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Bringing Christ to the world through the media.



Message from the Executive Director/CEO Wow, 2018 was a huge year! Because of your prayers and support, Relevant Radio® has grown 700% in seven years and now reaches more than 160,000,000 souls in the USA. One of the biggest highlights from 2018 was introducing the live broadcast of Family Rosary Across America®, heard every day at 7:00 pm central. The rosary, led by Fr. Dave Heney and prayed in unison with thousands of souls across America, along with the Memorare we pray on air every hour, is truly helping to transform the culture. According to a recent listener survey, 20% of those who responded claimed that Relevant Radio inspired them to return to Sunday Mass. This is very, very encouraging news! We still need your help, and we still need your prayers to make 2019 an even bigger year for reaching more souls! Can you imagine the impact we would have if we could double our size in English, and reach three hundred million Americans on Relevant Radio? Can you imagine if we could reach all the Catholics in the United States that speak Spanish? We currently have an extraordinarily fortunate opportunity to be able to buy AM stations at discount prices because our format of programming works so well on these talk stations. For example, we were recently able to acquire a station in our nation’s capital, Washington D.C. and now the Truth is on the air in one of the most powerful cities in the world! But there are other major cities still awaiting Catholic radio, and with station acquisitions in those areas, we’ll reach 100 million more souls. There is much to do, and we cannot delay one moment!! We need you now more than ever! Relevant Radio has come a long way as you can see in this Annual Report, but now is not the time to sit back and relax. The future of the nation is in our hands, and together, we can change the culture into one that respects life, beauty, truth, and goodness. Please consider a donation today so that we can continue to grow this great mission for Jesus Christ and the salvation of souls for whom He died. May God bless you! With prayers and best wishes,

Relevant Radio® Executive Director/CEO


Dear Relevant Radio Family,


Family Rosary Across America® Premiers

The Family Rosary Across America® premiered across the Relevant Radio® network on January 15th. LIVE from Los Angeles, Fr. Dave Heney and co-host Karen Moran pray the Holy Rosary and take your prayer requests. Marching for Life, Coast to Coast

The pro-life movement was active in many events across the nation, and Relevant Radio was proud to sponsor and broadcast from several of them including marches in Chicago, Washington D.C., Los Angeles, San Francisco, and more!



Becoming Closer to Christ at the Chicago Luncheon

On February 23rd, 400+ friends attended the Chicago Lenten Luncheon. The theme, passionately delivered by our very own Fr. Richard Simon, was “Becoming Closer to Christ through the Eucharist.”

Co-Branded Partnerships Reach New Levels and More Souls

This month, Relevant Radio sponsored/co-branded numerous Catholic events and conferences across the country in Phoenix, San Francisco, LA, Twin Cities, Chicago, Philadelphia, NY/NJ, Providence, San Diego, and more – reaching over 35,000 people at these events!

Record Breaking Christ Brings Hope Award Banquet in Twin Cities, MN

The Twin Cities set a record with over 900 attendees at the 7th Annual Christ Brings Hope Award Banquet honoring Gordon DeMarais, founder and president of Saint Paul’s Outreach, on April 20th.

Fostering Friendship and Fellowship in California

In sunny California, Relevant Radio held two very well attended house gatherings in the San Francisco Bay Area.



Christ Brings Hope Award Dinner in Austin, TX Draws Attendance from 3 Bishops

Relevant Radio honored the Texas State Council Knights of Columbus with the Christ Brings Hope Award in Austin, TX. The event hosted over 300 attendees, plus 3 Bishops!

“Alexa, play Relevant Radio!”

Relevant Radio launched a new way to listen to your favorite Relevant Radio programs, prayers, and podcasts – the Relevant Radio Skill for your Amazon smart speaker device.

The Good News that Keeps on Growing

The nationwide reach of Relevant Radio is truly beautiful, and continues to grow. In May, the Presence Radio Network announced its decision to merge with Relevant Radio.

Walk to Mary Grows in Numbers, Attracts Over 2,100 Pilgrims

Relevant Radio sponsored the annual Walk to Mary. This 21-mile pilgrimage to the National Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help drew a record number of pilgrims!

New Stations in Maine and Florida

The FCC approved the transfer of five radio stations in Maine from Presence Radio to Relevant Radio, as well as an FM station in Eustis, Florida near Orlando. “I loved the Rosary led by children that was aired on your station Sunday night, from the Presence radio station in Portland, Maine... it’s beautiful to hear the children recite the prayers.” - Diane, Portland, ME



The Drew Mariani ShowTM Awarded First Place


At the 2018 Catholic Media Conference, The Drew Mariani Show™ team was honored with a first place Gabriel Award from the Catholic Press Association. Relevant Radio® Summer Summit

This month, some of our associates from across the country gathered for valuable conversation and learning about how to better serve our listeners. In an organization that spans all corners of the country, it is a great blessing to be able to see each other face-to-face!


Cutting Edge Engineering

On July 16th, Relevant Radio launched XDS systems, a highly anticipated engineering project that increases reliability, efficiency, and security across our network. 15 New Translators

The FCC approved over fifteen “FM translators” for our AM stations in major cities around the country.


On Air in Orlando, FL

Two new Relevant Radio stations —1080 AM in Orlando, Florida and 90.3 FM in Eustis, FL — began broadcasting on the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary!

Ember Days Devotion

This month, Relevant Radio began observing the Ember Days devotion, offering prayer and sacrifice for the healing of abuse victims and purification of the Church. Ember Days is an old tradition of fasting and prayer on the Ember Days: the Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday of four weeks on the liturgical calendar that correspond with the changing of the seasons. Christ Brings Hope Award Dinner Honors Shrine Founders and Pro-Life Groups

On October 12th, Drew Mariani, Father Simon, Sheila Liaugminas, and 400 others honored Frank and Shirley Schilling, founders of the Shrine of Christ’s Passion located in St. John, Indiana with the Christ Brings Hope Award. In addition, 10 pregnancy care centers were presented with the Caritas Dei Award for their common mission to serve women and provide hope and an alternative to abortion.



100 Million Memorares Prayed for an End to Abortion in America

This month, we hit a huge milestone and shared some exciting news – together, we prayed over 100,000,000 Memorares for an end to abortion in the United States! We look forward to continuing this journey as we work towards our new goal of 200 million Memorares!



New Station Reaches 7 Million More Souls on the East Coast

In November, the purchase of WVNJ 1160 AM in Oakland, New Jersey, was approved by the FCC, making it the 70th Owned and Operated Station and increased the Relevant Radio reach in New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut by seven million people. Combined with stations in Los Angeles and Chicago, this acquisition strengthened our foothold in the three largest Catholic population centers in the country. Great Stories, Great Saints

For the Solemnity of All Saints on Thursday, November 1st, Relevant Radio broadcast a full day for Great Stories about Great Saints—inspiring stories and interviews about your favorite saints.

Christmas Family Rosary Novena, LIVE from NYC to LA!

Relevant Radio prepared for the birth of Christ with you by praying the 5th Annual Christmas Family Rosary Novena, LIVE and interactive each evening from December 1624. Fr. Dave Heney and Fr. Rocky led the Holy Rosary from our Los Angeles and Chicago studios, respectively, as we counted down the last days of Advent together.


“Thank you for being on the air. I listen to you every day from morning to evening. I lost my wife of over 46 years and I am alone except for my dog Annie. When I listen to you it gives me a lot of comfort and peace.” - Bill, Chicago, IL

“[Relevant Radio] gives me a lot of comfort and peace.”

“...Relevant Radio has changed my life.”

“For the first time in my life, I’m experiencing hope and love.”

“I just wanted to take a moment to share how Relevant Radio has changed my life... A friend at work told me about the Relevant Radio app and I began listening and have listened everyday since... I truly can say I have been inspired to change my daily activities to focus my life for the glory of God... You all have helped make me a better Catholic [and] feel like I am not alone thanks to the beautiful family I have found in Relevant Radio.” - Michele, Austin, TX “I want to let you know that because of Relevant Radio, and the Chaplet of Divine Mercy, I’m free of 45 years of childhood suffering, depression, sexual addiction, suicide attempt, and PTSD. I never had hope or love until I started listening to Relevant Radio...For the first time in my life, I’m experiencing hope and love. I want to personally thank you for your dedication and service to people who are hopeless.” - Patrick, Madison, WI

2018 Financial Report ($000) REVENUE Contributions: On Air Advertising & Miscellaneous: Total Revenue:

$20,833 $5,086 $25,919

EXPENSES Programming: Management & General: Fundraising: Total Expenses:

$19,577 $894 $2,254 $22,725

Net Income:

$3,194 $81,294 $14,963 $66,331

2018 Financial Highlights

• Completed goal of paying off over $30 million in debt in three years. • Addition of 30 owned and operated stations and translators including new market of Orlando, FL. • Over 50,000 active donors.

2018 Stewardship Breakdown For every $1 Relevant Radio® receives...

9 cents is spent on Fundraising


BALANCE SHEET Total Assets: Total Liabilities: Total Net Assets:

2018 Network Show Hosts

Sheila Liaugminas

A Closer LookTM

John Harper,

Fr. Dave Heney,

Family Rosary Across America®

Glen’s Story Corner

Patrick Madrid,

Drew Mariani,

Karen Moran,

Morning Air®

The Patrick Madrid Show

The Drew Mariani ShowTM

Glen Lewerenz,

Family Rosary Across America®

Board of Directors • Robert Atwell, Green Bay, WI

• Errico Auricchio, Green Bay, WI Chuck Neff

The Inner Life®

Ashley Noronha,

Rome Correspondent

• Steven Burke, Saint Paul-Minneapolis, MN • Joseph Cavanagh, Jr., Providence, RI

• John Feltl, Saint Paul-Minneapolis, MN • The Most Rev. José H. Gómez,

• The Most Rev. Bernard A. Hebda,

Archbishop of Los Angeles

Archbishop of Saint Paul-Minneapolis • Rev. Francis Hoffman, Chicago, IL, Executive Director/CEO Fr. Richard Simon, Father

Simon SaysTM

Fr. Matthew Spencer, St. Joseph’s


• The Most Rev. David L. Ricken,

Bishop of Green Bay

• Julie Kraemer, Chicago, IL

• Robert Riordan, Green Bay, WI

• Pam Swartzberg, New York, NY

• Patricia Von Dohlen, Austin, TX

• Thomas Vorpahl, Green Bay, WI,

Chairman of the Board

Msgr. Stuart Swetland, Go Ask

Your FatherTM

Wendy Wiese,

Network News Director

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