Radio Maria

Radio Maria
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Broadcast areaWorldwide
FrequencyFM, AM, shortwave, cable,
Satellite, Sirius XM,
Internet streaming
FormatCatholic radio
OwnerAssociazione Radio Maria (The World Family of Radio Maria)
Vatican Radio
First air date
1987 (1987)
WebcastAmerica, Europe, Africa, Asia & Oceania

Radio Maria (formally known as The World Family of Radio Maria; Spanish: Radio María, Portuguese: Rádio Maria, Croatian: Radio Marija, Maltese: Radju Marija, Lithuanian: Marijos Radijas, Hungarian: Mária Rádió, Russian: Радио Мария, Ukrainian: Радіо Марія, known in Germany as Radio Horeb) is an international Catholic radio broadcasting service founded in Erba, province of Como, in the diocese of Milan, Italy, in 1987.

The World Family of Radio Maria was formed in 1998, mainly based on the Our Lady of Medjugorje apparitions and messages, and today has branches in 86 countries around the world. Its mission includes liturgy, catechesis, spirituality, devotions, prayer, spiritual assistance with everyday issues, information, music, and culture.


Its first broadcast facility was from a parish in Arcellasco d'Erba (province of Como, Italy), but in 1987 it became a separate entity outside its home parish as an association of lay people and priests as Radio Maria Italia. In less than five years, it grew into a national Catholic radio network throughout Italy. Though not directly connected with the Roman Catholic hierarchy, it was founded as an instrument of the Church and as a tool for evangelization, implementing and adhering to the teachings of the Catholic Church. Initially it was inspired by the appeals made by the Blessed Virgin Mary in Fátima, Portugal, and in more recent years based on the Marian messages from Medjugorje, Bosnia and Herzegovina, pleading for worldwide conversion. As such, Radio Maria is not subsidized or funded by the Roman Catholic Church; instead it is underwritten by listener contributions.

Worldwide presence of Radio Maria broadcasters.

In 1994, the principal founder don M. Galbiati left Radio Maria and founded Radio Mater, also in Arcellasco d'Erba, as a totally separate entity. Since 5 September 1994 transmissions started in Albavilla in the province of Como. The Liturgy of the Hours is diffused in the Roman Rite. Radio Mater is broadcast via radio in Italy, in Europe via satellite (DVB-S Hot Bird), and worldwide via Internet (WMP).

Radio Maria's studio in Switzerland.
Radio Maria's outdoor advertising in the Philippines.

The World Family of Radio Maria was formed in 1998 out of its subsequent international growth in the 1990s, and pursuant to the 1987 speech by Pope John Paul II in Saint Peter's Square addressing the need for a new evangelization. Emanuele Ferrario (inspired by the Pope's words to form a new evangelization) is the founder and president of Radio Maria, Inc., which has since grown into an association of 40 multilingual broadcast operations in Africa, Asia, Europe, the Middle East, and the Americas. Overall, Radio Maria operates approximately 1,500 radio transmitters worldwide.

Radio Maria USA

Its United States of America operation is one of the newest to join the World Family, in May 2000, with KJMJ (AM) in Alexandria, Louisiana, being the originating English-language station, together with a network of several FM and AM repeaters in Louisiana, an AM station in Port Arthur, Texas, on 1250 AM (KDEI), and an FM repeater in Anna, Ohio. An AM repeater in Springfield, Ohio, east of Dayton, commenced broadcasting in June 2008 with new FM repeaters in Hollidaysburg, Pennsylvania, coming on the air in June 2009, D'Iberville, Mississippi, and Peshtigo, Wisconsin, both in May 2010. Spanish-language and Italian-language programming is heard on FM subcarrier frequencies in Boston, Chicago, Houston, New York City and Washington, D.C.. Italian-language programming can also be heard on the New York City FM subcarrier as well as French Canadian and English speaking services on FM subcarriers in Toronto, Ontario. Audiostreaming is available from most of these stations.

World Family of Radio Maria

Radio stations in Europe

NationRadio station (language)WebsiteAvailabilityCatholic Church
 AlbaniaRadio Maria Shqiptare (in Albanian) coverage in major cities of AlbaniaAlbania
 ArmeniaRadio Maria Armenia
 AustriaRadio Maria Österreich (in German) in selected cities; digital and cable nationwideAustria
 BelarusRadio Maria Belarus (in Belarusian) streamingBelarus
 BelgiumRadio Maria België (in Dutch) and DAB+ coverage of Flanders (Belgium)Belgium
 Bosnia and HerzegovinaRadio Marija BiH (in Croatian) in Sarajevo and Banja LukaBosnia and Herzegovina
 CroatiaRadio Marija Hrvatska (in Croatian) in Zagreb, Split and Virovitica[1]Croatia
 FranceRadio Maria France (in French) AM in Southern France, 95.4 FM in MonacoFrance
 GermanyRadio Horeb (in German) station.
FM in selected areas; digital and cable nationwide;
FM in Maspalomas, Canary Islands
 HungaryMária Rádió Magyarország (in Hungarian) national coverageHungary
 IrelandRadio Maria Ireland (in English) (digital terrestrial television) channel 210Ireland
 ItalyRadio Maria Italia (in Italian) national coverage in Italy,
parts of Switzerland and Austria;
FM coverage in major cities of Albania.
DAB+ and DVB-T coverage in selected areas in Italy.
Radio Maria Südtirol (in German) coverage in South Tyrol (Italy) and Tyrol (Austria)South Tyrol
 KosovoRadio Maria Kosovë (in Albanian)
 LatviaRadio Marija Latvija (in Latvian)
 LithuaniaMarijos Radijas Lietuva (in Lithuanian) national coverageLithuania
 MaltaRadju Marija Malta (in Maltese) national coverage (102.3 FM in Malta, and 107.8 in Gozo). DAB+Malta
 MonacoRadio Maria Monaco (in Italian) national coverageMonaco
 NetherlandsRadio Maria Nederland (in Dutch) national coverage, and internetNetherlands
 North MacedoniaРадио Марија Македонија (in Macedonian)
Radio Marija Makedonija in StrumicaNorth Macedonia
 PortugalRádio Maria Portugal (in Portuguese) national coverage (102.2 FM in Lisbon, and 100.8 in Porto)Portugal
 RomaniaRadio Maria România (in Romanian) in Transylvania: Oradea, Zalău, Blaj and Baia MareRomania
Mária Rádió Erdély (in Hungarian) in Transylvania: Oradea, Hargita and TășnadRomania
 RussiaРадио Мария (in Russian) AM in Saint Petersburg
92.6 FM in Vyborg
 San MarinoRadio Maria San Marino (in Italian) national coverageSan Marino
 SerbiaRadio Marija Srbija (in Serbian)
Mária Rádió Szerbia (in Hungarian)
FM in some cities, mainly in Vojvodina, but also in the south and southeast of the countrySerbia
 SlovakiaMária Rádió Felvidék (in Hungarian) and cable in the German-speaking part of SwitzerlandSlovakia
 SpainRadio María España (in Spanish) and FM national coverage in Spain and AndorraSpain
  SwitzerlandRadio Maria Deutschschweiz (in German)

DAB+ and cable in the German-speaking part of SwitzerlandSwitzerland
 UkraineРадіо Марія (in Ukrainian) FM (OIRT band) in KievUkraine
 United KingdomRadio Maria England (in English) in London, DAB in CambridgeshireUnited Kingdom
  Vatican CityRadio Maria Italia (in Italian) national coverageVatican State

Radio stations in Asia

NationRadio StationLanguageWebsiteAvailabilityCatholic Church
 IndonesiaRadio Maria IndonesiaIndonesian FM in Medan, North SumatraIndonesia
 IraqRadio Mariam ErbilArabic FM in ErbilIraq
 IsraelRadio Maria Nazareth – Holy LandHebrew Arabic
 IndiaRadio Maria IndiaEnglish
 LebanonRadio Maria LibanFrenchLiban
 MacauRadio Maria MacauChinese
 PhilippinesRadio Maria Philippines

Radyo Maria Pilipinas


Filipino in 4 cities, mainly on Luzon Island; cable coverage in selected areas, Cignal Channel 315Philippines
Middle EastRadio MariamArabic radioMiddle East

Radio stations in Oceania

NationRadio StationLanguageWebsiteAvailabilityCatholic Church
 Papua New GuineaRadio Maria Papua New GuineaEnglish national coverage[2] and Shortwave[3]Papua New Guinea
 AustraliaRadio Maria AustraliaEnglish in Sydney and MelbourneAustralia

Radio stations in Africa

NationRadio stationLanguageWebsiteAvailabilityCatholic Church
 AngolaRadio Maria AngolaPortuguese
 Burkina FasoRadio Maria Burkina FasoFrench FM in Ouagadougou, 96.9 FM in KoupélaBurkina Faso
 BurundiRadio Maria BurundiFrench in major citiesBurundi
 CameroonRadio Maria Cameroon
 Central African RepublicRadio Maria CentrafriqueFrench in major citiesCentral African Republic
 Democratic Republic of the CongoRadio Maria RDC, Kinshasa morning (in French), afternoon/evening (in Lingala)
Radio Maria RDC, Bukavu morning (in French), afternoon/evening (in Swahili)
Radio Maria RDC, Goma morning (in French), afternoon/evening (in Swahili)
Radio Maria RDC, Kananga morning (in French), afternoon/evening (in Luba-Lulua) Republic of the Congo
 Equatorial GuineaRadio María Guinea EcuatorialSpanish Guinea
 GabonRadio Maria Gabon in major citiesGabon
 GuineaRadio Voice of Peace
 Ivory CoastRadio Maria Côte d'Ivoire in major citiesIvory Coast
 KenyaRadio Maria KenyaEnglish FM in Murang'aKenya
 LesothoRadio Maria Lesotho
 LiberiaRadio Maria Liberia
 MadagascarRadio Maria Madagascar
 MalawiRadio Maria Malawi
 MozambiqueRádio Maria MoçambiquePortuguese in major citiesMozambique
 Republic of the CongoRadio Maria CongoFrench in major citiesRepublic of the Congo
 RwandaRadio Maria Rwanda (in Kinyarwanda)
Radio Maria Rwanda (in French)
Radio Maria Rwanda (in English) national coverageRwanda
 Sierra LeoneRadio Maria Sierra LeoneEnglish in major cities[4]Sierra Leone
 South AfricaRadio VeritasEnglish station.
576 AM in Meyerton
South Africa
 TanzaniaRadio Maria Tanzania (in English)
Radio Maria Tanzania (in Swahili)
English in major citiesTanzania
 TogoRádio Maria TogoFrench in major citiesTogo
 UgandaRadio Maria UgandaEnglish in major citiesUganda
 ZambiaRadio Maria ZambiaEnglish in major cities, covering also areas of Malawi and MozambiqueZambia

Radio stations in the Americas

NationRadio station (language)AvailabilityWebsiteCatholic Church
 ArgentinaRadio María Argentina (in Spanish)AM and FM national coverage
 BoliviaRadio María Bolivia (in Spanish)FM national coverage
 BrazilRádio Maria Brasil (in Portuguese)107.9 FM in Brasília
 CanadaRadio Maria Canada (in Italian)
Radio Maria Canada (in French)
FM subcarriers in Montréal (CIRA-FM 91.3) and Toronto (CHIN-FM 100.7)
HMWN Radio Maria (in English)FM subcarrier in Toronto (CFNY-FM 102.1)
 ChileRadio María Chile (in Spanish)FM national coverage
 ColombiaRadio María Colombia (in Spanish)AM in major cities
 Costa RicaRadio María Costa Rica (in Spanish)610 AM in San José Rica
 Dominican RepublicRadio María República Dominicana (in Spanish)1240 AM in Santo Domingo Republic
 EcuadorRadio María Ecuador (in Spanish)FM national coverage
 El SalvadorRadio María El Salvador (in Spanish)810 AM nationwide and 107.3 FM in San Salvador Salvador
 GuatemalaRadio María Guatemala (in Spanish)FM national coverage
 HondurasRadio María Honduras (in Spanish)FM national coverage
 MexicoRadio María México (in Spanish)Multiple stations, most owned by Fundación Cultural para la Sociedad Mexicana
 NicaraguaRadio María Nicaragua (in Spanish)1400 AM Managua, FM in major cities
 PanamaRadio María Panamá (in Spanish)FM national coverage
 ParaguayZPV137 Radio María Paraguay (in Spanish)107.3 FM in Areguá
 PeruRadio María Perú (in Spanish)FM national coverage
 UruguayRadio María Uruguay (in Spanish)FM in major cities, 1470 AM in Melo
 USARadio Maria United States (in English)AM and FM in Louisiana, Mississippi, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas and Wisconsin; FM HD3 affiliate in Miami, Florida (programming originates from station KJMJ.) States of America
Radio Maria Stati Uniti (in Italian)FM subcarriers in NYC, Chicago and Bridgeport States of America
Radio María Estados Unidos (in Spanish)FM subcarriers in Boston, NYC, Washington, Chicago and Houston States of America
 VenezuelaRadio María Venezuela (in Spanish)1450 AM in Caracas


Radio Maria's studio in Chile.

Programming mostly consists of traditional Catholic worship music, but some stations also air a mix of traditional and contemporary Catholic music, along with various talk and teaching programs discussing the Catholic faith, frequent recitals of the Holy Rosary, novenas, and Masses.


Radio Maria's programming mostly emanates from one centrally located studio or station in a given region or country, and is then re-broadcast (or "simulcast") on a network of repeater transmitters on the AM and FM bands. Some employ the use of a subcarrier, also known as SCA (for "Subsidiary Communications Authority") facilities of FM stations, requiring the use of a receiver designed to receive SCA signals. Since the emergence of the internet, audio-streaming has been used extensively as a means to help fill in gaps left by the unavailability of AM or FM frequencies in metropolitan areas already taken up by commercial, public, or other religious broadcasters.

Starting in June 2008, there have been shortwave transmissions originating from Italy at 26 MHz and at 26.01 MHz DRM making it the only (and last) shortwave service originating in Italy besides Vatican Radio.[5] There are presently no commercial satellite radio subscription services (such as Sky Digital, Sirius or XM) of Radio Maria. However, its Spanish-language, Italian-language, and Polish-language stations may be available in some areas served by the Dish Pronto division of Dish Network, a satellite television subscription service.

See also


  1. ^ List of radio programme content providers, Croatian Post and Electronic Communications Agency, retrieved 25 October 2011
  2. ^ Catholic Radio Network of Papua New Guinea. "Brief History". Archived from the original on 11 September 2011. Retrieved 14 June 2011.
  3. ^ Bclnews (30 March 2011). "4960kHz Radio Maria Papua Nuova Guinea". Retrieved 14 June 2011.
  4. ^ "Radio Maria – Sierra Leone" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 31 May 2011. Retrieved 14 June 2011.
  5. ^ Italradio – Osservatorio Radiofonia Internazionale in Lingua Italiana (23 June 2008). "Radio Maria: the last and only Short Wave from Italy". Retrieved 14 June 2011.

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