On a day where hundreds and hundreds gathered together in Raleigh to celebrate the value of human life and the unborn, radio listeners in Raleigh and Charlotte, North Carolina heard the birth of the (unofficial) North Carolina Catholic Radio Network.
With a team of volunteer engineers, producers, anchors and support staff from Catholic 540-AM Divine Mercy Radio (WETC-AM) stationed at Raleigh’s Bicentennial Plaza (and our Raleigh studio) to broadcast live from the annual North Carolina Right to Life Rally and March on January 15th, the almost 3 year old non-commercial radio station made a little radio history in North Carolina.
WETC’s live remote broadcast from the state’s premier Pro-Life event marked the first intrastate Catholic radio broadcast within North Carolina.
Catholic 540-AM Divine Mercy Radio anchored the transmission of the NCRTL Rally & March from Raleigh with AM-1270 Carolina Catholic Radio (WCGC-AM) simulcasting Divine Mercy Radio’s more than 90 minute live broadcast to Carolina Catholic Radio’s audience in Charlotte.
In addition to their combined potential radio audience of almost 4 million people within WETC & WCGC’s broadcast signals, the live broadcast was also streamed on each Catholic radio station’s web site and free app for iPhone and Android phones. Both Catholic radio stations (which are separately owned and operated) are 100% listener supported.
In addition to interviews with many of the Pro-Life marchers and supporters from across North Carolina who attended the North Carolina Right to Life March, Divine Mercy Radio broadcast anchors Ellen White and Peter K. O’Connell secured exclusive interviews with many of the keynote speakers at the event, including Minnesota Congresswoman Michelle Fischbach and Bishop Luis Rafael Zarama of the Diocese of Raleigh.
Earlier in the day, Catholic 540-AM Divine Mercy also broadcast the Diocese of Raleigh’s Mass for Life from Holy Name of Jesus Cathedral.
Divine Mercy Radio would like to the organizers of the North Carolina Right to Life, the North Carolina State Police, the Diocese of Raleigh Communication Office, the volunteers of WETC and WCGC and all our listeners who made this historic broadcast possible.