Radio Maria DZRM 99.7 MHz is a fruit of the response to the call of Pope John Paul II to use the Mass Media as a means of evangelization. By “evangelization”, Radio Maria aims to bring Christ into every home, communicating peace, joy and comfort to its listeners particularly the sick, the imprisoned, the lonely, and the neglected. We also aim to be a school of formation for all generations with special care for the youth. This is by the collaboration of the clergy, religious and lay people.
Radio Maria is funded from the donations of its listeners. It is managed and operated by volunteers under the Directorship of a priest with the approval of his Ordinary. The Priest-Director ensures that sound Catholic teaching is broadcast over Radio Maria.
Radio Maria originated from Italy where it was founded in 1983. There are now 50 Radio Maria national associations around the world. From this emerged the World Family of Radio Maria Association based in Varese, Italy. Each member station, bound by one mission and one charism, while committed to helping each other, is independent of each other and should be self-sufficient.
In the Philippines, Radio Maria begun on February 11, 2002. At present it can be heard over 99.7FM in the province of Tarlac and some parts of Nueva Ecija, Pampanga, Pangasinan, La Union, Zambales and Aurora. It also reaches Lipa City, Calapan, Mindoro, Naga City and Samar on audio-mode over Cable TV. It can also be heard in Sorsogon City over DWAM-FM. It also has listeners from abroad and the rest of the country reached via audio streaming through the internet at www.radiomaria.ph and www.radiomaria.org. Radio Maria seeks to be close to its listeners by being interactive with them participating by voice call over the phone or by text messages and e-mail.
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