The Archdiocese of San Fernando amplifies evangelization through their own radio programme.
In line with the call of this Year of the Parish to unite and encourage the faithful’s participation in the Church mission, the Diocese of San Fernando launched their radio program that invites various parishes as guest of the show each week.
Attempting to reach 94 parishes in the province of Pampanga, this radio program caters to the Catholic Kapampangans.
The project was initially proposed by Fr. Joseph Mary Bacay, station administrator of DWBL 91.9 Bright FM.
The concept was further developed and refined by the station’s staff and presented to His Excellency, the Most Reverend Florentino G. Lavarias, DD, Archbishop of San Fernando and to the clergy.
Upon approval, it was put into a circular, mandating each parish to be featured in an episode of the radio program.
“The radio station is fully-owned by the Archdiocese of San Fernando with a management committee composed of clergy and lay members. They decide on the general direction of programming, which is implemented by the Programs and Production staff,” shares Miss Karen Shih, one of the staff of the radio program.
Better Community and Participation
Throughout their broadcast, there have been significant effects in the Archdiocese, both for the parishes guesting and the listeners.
According to the staff, one of the issue that arise in this project is ‘when a parish cannot make it the original schedule due to a conflict.’
But this leads to a better community where most parishes, because of the circular from the Bishop, are ‘willing to help out and swap schedules’ to contribute ease in the operations.
“Also, since more people are better informed of other parishes’ circumstances, there is solidarity amongst parish officers, there is better participation in activities,” says Miss Karen.
Catholic Radio Channel
The station also keeps a widely varied array of programs such as Catechetical and Bible-based programs, Catholic entertainment and self-awareness.
From top 10 hits countdown to women’s talk shows, the radio station has adapted to pop culture without losing its faith-based roots.
The radio station has then become a sounding board for the parishioners through a poll question regarding the parish where listeners actively text their answers.
All Kapampangans are also invited to check the streaming through Facebook Live. Or if they missed an episode, they are free to look for past shows on YouTube and Facebook. (Mariz Ponti)