Redeemer Radio, 1450-AM, has launched the public phase of a $900,000 capital campaign that would allow it to fully equip its new studios and to reach a wider audience.
Station officials announced the “Building Faith, Sharing Christ” fund drive Tuesday in conjunction with a visit by Bishop Kevin Rhoades of the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend to bless the station’s new studios in an office park at 4618 E. State Blvd., Suite 200, just east of Coliseum Boulevard. The station has been located at 4705 Illinois Road.
The private portion of the capital campaign already has raised $569,000, or 63 percent of the goal, station staff member Patty Becker said in a news release. Rhoades and his predecessor, Bishop John M. D’Arcy, will serve as honorary co-chairs of the fund drive.
Raising the $900,000 will allow the station to:
♦Complete the move to its new, larger location, which provides the space needed for expansion.
♦Develop and air a locally produced weekday program intended to inspire Catholics and non-Catholics in their faith.
♦Add ownership of an FM noncommercial radio station, which will allow Redeemer Radio to broadcast programming to many areas of the diocese currently unable to pick up its AM signal.
♦Pay off the $450,000 remaining on the initial loan used to start the station in January 2006, saving nearly $70,000 a year in principal and interest payments.
For more information about the station or the capital fund drive, go to http://www.redeemerradio.com/. <!–