Celebrating One Year of The Good Catholic Life

March 9, 2012

Program News

BRAINTREE (March 9, 2012) – From Catholics Come Home to CatholicMoms.com, Tending the Talents to Theology on Tap, lawyers to chaplains to high school students, in its first year on the air, The Good Catholic Life radio program has profiled hundreds of Catholic leaders and ministries, and covered many aspects of Church teaching and their practical applications today.

Begun one year ago on Ash Wednesday, March 9th, 2011, The Good Catholic Life was the first local live program on 1060AM WQOM, the local Catholic Radio station. “When WQOM launched on All Saints Day 2010, Cardinal O’Malley expressed to me his desire that I would collaborate with the station to produce an Archdiocesan drive-time program,” remarked Scot Landry, Archdiocesan Secretary for Catholic Media. “We wanted to be able to share information on local Catholic initiatives, events and people and we thought Archdiocesan Catholics would love our thick Boston accents!”

Over their first year, host Scot Landry and co-hosts Fr. Chris O’Connor, Fr. Matt Williams, Susan Abbott, Fr. Mark O’Connell and Fr. Chip Hines have featured 276 guests and profiled 100 Church ministries, including 41 based out of the Archdiocesan Pastoral Center where the studio for The Good Catholic Life is located. On Thursdays, Scot Landry and Susan Abbott are joined by editors of The Pilot and The Anchor, the official Catholic newspapers for the Archdiocese of Boston and Diocese of Fall River, respectively, to discuss local, national and international news from the Catholic Church and the wider culture. Programs on the other weekdays profile Church initiatives, events or leaders.

“Our goal is to try to share information about as many Catholic ministries as possible so that our listeners can become more deeply connected with these important life-giving ministries and with the broader Church throughout the world,” shared Landry. “We hope that our listeners learn something new each weekday, so that they can love our faith more and that we can help them live the life God wants for them to the full – which would truly be the good Catholic life.”

“Even after one year and 254 shows,” added Rick Heil, Producer of The Good Catholic Life, “we have barely scratched the surface on all the possible topics and guests. It has been tremendously enjoyable to learn each day about how God works in the lives of so many remarkable Catholic leaders, apostolates and ministries. I look forward to the next year of shows continuing to reveal new beauty in the Catholic faith here in Boston.”

Landry is grateful for the collaboration with WQOM and The Station of the Cross Radio Network. “Jim Wright and everyone at The Station of the Cross have been great to work with since day one. We are so grateful to Jim for bringing Catholic radio to Boston 15 months ago and to listeners for supporting its ongoing operational costs. The Archdiocese of Boston is thrilled that WQOM continues to grow its audience in our local area.”

About The Good Catholic Life:
The Good Catholic Life airs every weekday from 4-5pm on 1060AM, WQOM, on WQOM.org and on the mobile application iCatholicRadio. Host Scot Landry is joined by his daily co-hosts to discuss local Catholic initiatives and events, explain Catholic teaching, and profile Catholic leaders and ministries. The show’s companion website, www.TheGoodCatholicLife.com features recordings of all shows as well as photos, interactive tools and downloadable podcasts. The show is produced by the Catholic Media Secretariat of the Archdiocese of Boston.

About The Station of the Cross Radio Network and WQOM 1060AM:
The Station of the Cross is a non-for-profit Catholic Radio Network that exists in order to effectively evangelize through radio programming. We strive to proclaim the Truth revealed in the person of Jesus Christ, handed on by the power of the Holy Spirit, through the Magisterium of the Catholic Church, for the past 2,000 years, and now laid out for us in the Catechism.

The Station of the Cross, Catholic Radio broadcasts at 101.7 FM Buffalo, 1460 AM Rochester, 1060AM Boston, 88.1FM Elmira, 88.7FM Syracuse and on the iCatholicRadio mobile application. It is owned by the 501(c)(3) not-for-profit, Holy Family Communications, co-founded by Jim and Joanne Wright, and is funded entirely by tax-deductible listener-support.

WQOM 1060 AM Boston began broadcasting on Nov. 1, 2010. The broadcast signal is 50,000-watts and reaches a population of over 5.5 million listeners. The station’s inaugural broadcast featured a live Mass from the Cathedral of the Holy Cross celebrated by Cardinal Seán O’Malley, OFM Cap., Archbishop of Boston.

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