February 22, 2008
The Installation Mass for Most Rev. Patrick J. Zurek was broadcast in Amarillo by KDJW St. Valentine's Catholic Radio.
This marks a milestone for Catholic radio in the High Plains.
KDJW is now in the process of upgrading so it will be able to reach the whole Texas panhandle.
History of kdjw - Catholic Radio in Amarillo
Sister Miriam had been praying for Catholic Radio since 1996, when, after a surgery, she would listen to the radio during her recovery. She tried to find a good Christian station, and was appalled when she realized that, although the Christian stations offered good inspirational teachings and music, they also spread many misunderstandings about the Catholic faith and the Catholic church. She was convicted of the need for a Catholic presence in the local radio, and begun praying the rosary each day for this intention.
It wasn't until February of 2004, when a group of Catholic businessmen came to the realization that there was no public media available to explain or defend the Catholic faith in the Amarillo area. They were inspired to bring Catholic Radio to the Amarillo area by the new evangelization message of John Paul II:
"Radio offers perhaps the closest equivalent today of what Jesus was able to do with large groups through His preaching. Radio is an intimate medium, which can reach people on the street, in the cars, or in their homes…Radio may well be the most cost-effective means of reaching large numbers of people who may not want to read or may lack exposure to Catholic publications-but will be willing to eavesdrop on Catholic Radio stations."
Mrs. Peggy Brandon, a noble lady of faithful moral and unreserved pro-life values facilitated the transfer of the KDJW Station to St. Valentine Radio.
St. Valentine Radio went on the air on February 14, 2006 at 6pm when Bishop John W. Yanta blessed the studio after the Mass celebrated in the premises. Bishop Yanta was aware of Sister Miriam's prayers for Catholic radio; she appointed her as the manager of the station.
The name St. Valentine Radio was chosen in an attempt to appeal to Christians of all walks of faith.
For more information on Catholic Radio in Amarillo, visit www.kdjw.org