What you didn’t know you needed to know.
Q. What in the world is Archangel Radio?A. Archangel Radio is a Catholic, lay-owned and operated, radio ministry broadcasting the truth and beauty of the Faith on WNGL 1410 AM in Mobile and Baldwin counties 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Archangel Radio can also be heard on-line at archangelradio.com and on any “smart” device via the Archangel Radio app.
Q. Isn’t Archangel Radio just EWTN?
A. While Archangel Radio/WNGL is an “affiliate” of EWTN, we are not owned or operated by them. We air their programming they graciously provide throughout the day, but are our own business with employees, bills and studios located in Fairhope, Alabama.
Q. What locally produced shows do you air?
A. Glad you asked! Archangel Radio produces a live morning show which airs weekdays from 7-8 am. It’s called the “Live Hour”, and is hosted by Todd Sylvester. He interviews local and national guests about a variety of Catholic topics… and all with a sense of reverence and joy. During the fall, we broadcast McGill-Toolen High School football on Friday evenings at 7:00 pm. The Archdiocese of Mobile produces “The Archbishop’s Show”. Out of Montgomery is “Water Cooler Catechism” hosted by Fr. Pat Driscoll (Pastor of Holy Spirit Parish) and Tom Riell0 (Theology teacher from Montgomery Catholic Prep). “En Su Idioma” for our Hispanic listeners and “Catholic Music Showcase” as well.
Q. How is Archangel Radio funded?
A. As a non-profit, 501(c)3 organization, Archangel Radio is supported by you – our listeners. That means that we can’t do what we do without you! Twice a year we hold on-air Pledge Drives as well as doing Parish Presentations throughout the year. Additionally we sell underwriting to local business,churches and schools.
Q. How much does it cost to run your station?
A. Our current budget is approximately $400,000 a year. This includes four paid staff positions, advertising, electricity and phone services… and all the other things it takes to run a business. We know that you do not give your donations lightly, so we do our best to be good stewards of the money that you, and God, have entrusted to us. We run a very tight ship and do all that we can each year to make sure to keep our budget under control.
Q. How many people listen to Archangel Radio?
A. That’s a great question. The short answer is, “We don’t know.” The longer answer is it costs money to find out that information, and we’d prefer to use your contributions for furthering the Kingdom of God than acquiring statistics. Do you think that’s a good choice?
Q. Will you accept underwriting on this station?
A. Absolutely! We have many businesses, churches, schools and lay-ministries who underwrite portions of our programming. It’s simple, economical and tax deductible. And it gets your information out to the Catholic radio listener. Just call Missy Schmidt at (251) 928-2111 for more information.
Q. Is the station owned by the Archdiocese of Mobile?
A. While Archangel Radio is not owned by the Archdiocese of Mobile, AL, we do work very closely with them in ministering to the people in our listening area. In fact, they have a representative on our Board of Directors. We are also extremely blessed to have Archbishop Rodi and his staff as part of our extended broadcast family and have his full support (as well as Archbishop Emeritus Lipscomb) for our mission and vision.
Q. What can I do to help continue the mission of Archangel Radio?
A. Where do I start? First, and most importantly: please pray for us! We can’t broadcast all that is good, true and beautiful if we are not spiritually supported by our listeners. Secondly, we need your financial contributions. Contrary to what some might believe, it is not cheap to run a non-profit radio station. We have equipment to buy, staff to pay… and bills like power and telephone just like everyone else. Literally, every dollar that you can contribute is VERY appreciated. We are also always looking for volunteers. Give us a call at (251) 928-2111 for a list of opportunities. And last, but most certainly not least: Pray! After all, prayer got us here, and prayer is what is going to keep us here.