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2 October 7, 2016 THE U.P. CATHOLIC AROUND THE DIOCESE www.upcatholic.org WVFC marks a year of radio evangelization COURTESY PHOTO The WVFC board is pictured (left to right) Ray Brunner, Connie Westrich, Mary Lou Thoune, Father Ron Timock and Clayton Ebsch. BY JAMIE GUALDONI THE U.P. CATHOLIC WVFC, one of the Catholic radio stations in the Upper Peninsula may operate out of a small cubicle in the parish hall of Precious Blood Parish in Stephenson, but that doesnt stop it from having a large impact in spreading the Good News to the community. With Voice for Christ (102.1 FM WVFC) has been on air for just over a year and the station strives to evangelize its listeners through Rele- vant Radio programming. Were talking about the New Evangelization. You have to take it to the masses, said Father Ronald Timock, pastor of Precious Blood. The New Evangelization is rechristianizing nominally Christian areas using every means necessary. The need for a Catholic radio station in the area was recognized by Ray Brunner, who works with the Catholic radio station out of Menominee. There was an opening for a station, and I thought we should snatch it up to get it, said Brunner. There is a need to get Catholic radio foing further and further north in the Upper Peninsula. In 2013, Brunner brought his idea to Father Corey Litzner, then pastor of Precious Blood, who backed the idea. However, Father Litzner received a new assignment shortly after, which brought in Father Timock. He was right on board with it, which was great. We began to assemble a small board, and it was evident the Holy Spirit wanted us to move forward with it. From there, the station became a project of the parish. According to Father Timock, Brunner was instrumental in getting the project off the fround, as he led the electronics and equip- ment set up. Brunner also serves as president of the WVFC board. Connie Westrich was invited to join the board and draw on her work experience. She handles sales and fund raising for the station and said its a way for her to share her talents. Not everyone likes to ask for money and I truly feel there are only two answers I can fet when I ask, Yes or No. My feelings are not hurt with a no, I just make a positive out of it and share the benefits for the customer and ask if I may call on them next year, said Westrich. After writing grants, and taking up a special collection in the community, the station was able to move forward with going live. It took two years to actually get it up and running, said Father Timock. We pulled it off. Westrich explained why Catholic radio is a food way to reach people in the Upper Penin- sula. The population in the U.P. is very sparse compared to the metro regions. Everything we do up here we have to travel. There are a lot of people in the area that are confined to their homes and the radio station brings the Church to them. She added that its been a long time since many people have had religious training and Catholic radio brings that, along with world news and new viewpoints to round out peo- ples thinking. The station officially went on air in June of 2015. It primarily airs Relevant Radio pro- framing, along with diocesan weekly news updates. All of which follow the focus of the station to evangelize its listeners. Its a way for us to continually evangelize and spread the Good news of our Lord, said Brunner. WVFC can be found on the dial at 102.1 FM, covering Spalding to just south of Wallace. CATHOLIC RADIO SERVING THE U.P. There are currently a handful of stations that provide Catholic radio to portions of the Upper Peninsula. In the central U.P. is Northern Apostle Radio or, WNOA, 103.9 FM out of Marquette. Their broadcast area includes the city of Marquette, most of Marquette Township and parts of the Township of Chocolay. In the Eastern Upper Peninsula WIDG, 940 AM can be found, which is a part of Baraga Broadcasting. The station covers south to north from St. Ignace to about Paradise, and east to west from about Cedarville to Newberry. Out of Marinette, Wis., WLCJ broadcasts Catholic Relevant Radio programing. It pro- vides coverage to Marinette and Menominee on the dial at 92.5 FM. In addition, WVFC 102.1 FM, also a Catholic Relevant Radio affiliate, covers the Stephenson and Birch Creek areas. Attention Retailers! The U.P. Catholic Newspaper's Gift Giving Guides reach over 18,000 homes! For more information contact Deacon Steve at upc@new.rr.com 1-866-452-5112

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