Radio Maria

Radio Maria (formally known as The World Family of Radio Maria; Spanish: Radio María, Portuguese: Rádio Maria, Croatian: Radio Marija, Maltese: Radju Marija, Lithuanian: Marijos Radijas, Hungarian: Mária Rádió, Russian: Радио Мария, Ukrainian: Радіо Марія, known in Germany as Radio Horeb) is an international Catholic radio broadcasting service founded in Erba, province of Como, in the diocese of Milan, Italy, in 1987. The World Family of Radio Maria was formed in 1998, mainly based on the Our Lady of Medjugorje apparitions and messages, and today has branches in 55 countries around the world. Its mission includes Liturgy, Catechesis, Spirituality, Spiritual assistance with everyday issues, Information, Music, and Culture.

Radio Maria
Broadcast areaWorldwide
FrequencyFM, AM, Shortwave, Cable,
Satellite, Sirius XM,
Internet streaming
First air date1987 (1987)
OwnerAssociazione Radio Maria (The World Family of Radio Maria)
Sister stationsRadio Vaticana


Its first broadcast facility was originally parish operated in Arcellasco d'Erba (province of Como, Italy), but was later re-formed as a separate entity outside its home parish as an association of lay people and priests in 1987 as Radio Maria Italia. In less than five years, it grew into a national Catholic radio network throughout Italy. Though not directly connected with the Roman Catholic Church, it was founded as an instrument of the Church, and as a tool for evangelization, implementing and adhering to the teachings of the Church. It was inspired by the Marian apparitions at Fátima, Portugal (and in more recent years in Medjugorje), pleading for worldwide conversion. As such, Radio Maria is not subsidized or funded by the Roman Catholic Church; instead it is underwritten by listener contributions.

In 1994, don M. Galbiati, the principal founder, left Radio Maria and founded Radio Mater, even in Arcellasco d'Erba, as a totally separated entity. Since 5 September of the same year, transmissions started in Albavilla (yet in province of Como). The Liturgy of the Hours is diffused in the Roman Rite. Radio Mater is broadcast via radio in Italy, in Europe via satellite (DVB-S Hot Bird), and via Internet (WMP).

The World Family of Radio Maria was formed in 1998 out of its subsequent international growth in the 1990s, and following the 1987 speech by Pope John Paul II in St Peter's Square addressing the need for a new evangelization. Emanuele Ferrario (inspired by the Pope's words to form that new evangelization) is the founder and president of Radio Maria Inc., which has since grown into an association of 40 multilingual broadcast operations in Africa, Asia, Europe, the Middle East, and the Americas. Overall, Radio Maria operates approximately 1,500 terrestrial radio transmitters worldwide.

Radio Maria USA

Its United States of America operations is one of the newest joining the World Family in May 2000 with KJMJ (AM) in Alexandria, Louisiana being the originating English-language station, together with a network of several FM and AM repeaters in Louisiana, an AM station in Port Arthur, Texas on 1250 AM (KDEI), and an FM repeater in Anna, Ohio. An AM repeater in Springfield, Ohio east of Dayton commenced broadcasting in June 2008 with new FM repeaters in Hollidaysburg, Pennsylvania coming on the air in June 2009, D'Iberville, Mississippi and Peshtigo, Wisconsin both in May 2010. Spanish-language and Italian-language programming is heard on FM subcarrier frequencies in Boston, Chicago, Houston, New York City and Washington, D.C.. Italian-language programming can also be heard on New York City FM subcarrier as well as French Canadian and English speaking services on FM subcarriers in Toronto, Ontario. Audiostreaming is available from most of these stations.

World Family of Radio Maria

Radio stations in Europe

Nation Radio station (language) Website Availability Catholic Church
 Albania Radio Maria Shqiptare (in Albanian) FM coverage in major cities of Albania Albania
 Armenia Radio Maria Armenia Armenia
 Austria Radio Maria Österreich (in German) FM in selected cities; digital and cable nationwide Austria
 Belgium Radio Maria België (in Dutch) FM and DAB+ coverage of Flanders (Belgique) Belgium
 Belarus Radio Maria Belarus (in Belarusian) Internet streaming Belarus
 Bosnia and Herzegovina Radio Marija BiH (in Croatian) FM in Sarajevo and Banja Luka Bosnia and Herzegovina
 Croatia Radio Marija Hrvatska (in Croatian) FM in Zagreb, Split and Virovitica[1] Croatia
 France Radio Maria France (in French) 1467 AM in Southern France, 95.4 FM in Monaco France
 Germany Radio Horeb (in German) Affiliate station.
FM in selected areas; digital and cable nationwide;
FM in Maspalomas, Canary Islands
 Hungary Mária Rádió Magyarország (in Hungarian) FM national coverage Hungary
 Ireland Radio Maria Ireland (in English) Saorview (digital terrestrial television) channel 210 Ireland
 Italy Radio Maria (in Italian) FM national coverage in Italy,
parts of Switzerland and Austria;
FM coverage in major cities of Albania.
DAB+ and DVB-T coverage in selected areas in Italy.
Radio Maria Südtirol (in German) FM coverage in South Tyrol (Italy) and Tyrol (Austria) Südtirol
 Kosovo Radio Maria Kosovë (in Albanian) Kosovo
 Latvia Radio Marija Latvija (in Latvian) Latvia
 Lithuania Marijos Radijas Lietuva (in Lithuanian) FM national coverage Lithuania
 Malta Radju Marija Malta (in Maltese) FM national coverage (102.3 FM in Malta, and 107.8 in Gozo). DAB+ Malta
 Monaco Radio Maria Monaco (in Italian) FM national coverage Monaco
 Netherlands Radio Maria Nederland (in Dutch) DAB+ national coverage, and internet Netherlands
 North Macedonia Радио Марија Македонија (in Macedonian)
Radio Marija Makedonija (in Croatian)
Radio Maria Maqedonia (in Albanian) North Macedonia
 Romania Radio Maria România (in Romanian) FM in Transylvania: Oradea, Zalău, Blaj and Baia Mare Romania
Mária Rádió Erdély (in Hungarian) FM in Transylvania: Oradea, Hargita and Tășnad Romania
 Russia Радио Мария (in Russian) 1053 AM in Saint Petersburg

92.6 FM in Vyborg

 San Marino Radio Maria Italia (in Italian) FM national coverage in San Marino San Marino
 Serbia Radio Marija Srbija (in Serbian)
Mária Rádió Szerbia (in Hungarian)
FM in some cities, mainly in Vojvodina, but also in the south and southeast of the country Serbia
 Slovakia Mária Rádió Felvidék (in Hungarian) Digital and cable in the German-speaking part of Switzerland Slovakia
 Spain Radio María España (in Spanish) DAB+ and FM national coverage in Spain and Andorra Spain
  Switzerland Radio Maria Deutschschweiz (in German) DAB+ and cable in the German-speaking part of Switzerland Switzerland
 Ukraine Радіо Марія (in Ukrainian) 69.68 FM (OIRT band) in Kiev Ukraine
 United Kingdom Radio Maria United Kingdom (in English) Cambridge United Kingdom
  Vatican City Radio Maria Italia (in Italian) Vatican City

Radio stations in Asia

Nation Radio Station (language) Website Availability Catholic Church
 China Radio Maria Macao (Chinese) China
 Indonesia Radio Maria Indonesia (in Indonesian) 104.2 FM in Medan, North Sumatra Indonesia
 Iraq Radio Mariam Erbil 104.9 FM in Erbil Iraq
 Israel Radio Maria Nazareth (Hebrew) Israel
 India Radio Maria India (English) India
 Philippines Radio Maria Philippines (in English)
Radyo Maria Pilipinas (in Filipino) FM in 4 cities, mainly on Luzon Island; cable coverage in selected areas, Cignal Channel 315 Philippines
Middle East Radio Mariam Internet radio Middle East

Radio stations in Oceania

Nation Radio Station (language) Website Availability Catholic Church
 Papua New Guinea Radio Maria Papua New Guinea (in English) FM national coverage[2] and Shortwave[3] Papua New Guinea
 Australia Radio Maria Australia (in English) DAB+ in Sydney and Melbourne Australia

Radio stations in Africa

Nation Radio station (language) Availability Website Catholic Church
 Angola Radio Maria Angola (in Portuguese) Angola
 Burkina Faso Radio Maria Burkina Faso (in French) 91.6 FM in Ouagadougou, 96.9 FM in Koupéla Burkina Faso
 Burundi Radio Maria Burundi (in French) FM in major cities Burundi
 Cameroon Radio Maria Cameroon Cameroon
 Central African Republic Radio Maria Centrafrique (in French) FM in major cities Central African Republic
 Democratic Republic of the Congo Radio Maria RDC, Kinshasa morning (in French), afternoon/evening (in Lingala)
Radio Maria RDC, Bukavu morning (in French), afternoon/evening (in Swahili)
Radio Maria RDC, Goma morning (in French), afternoon/evening (in Swahili)
Radio Maria RDC, Kananga morning (in French), afternoon/evening (in Luba-Lulua) Democratic Republic of the Congo
 Equatorial Guinea Radio María Guinea Ecuatorial (in Spanish) Equatorial Guinea
 Gabon Radio Maria Gabon FM in major cities Gabon
 Guinea Radio Voice of Peace Guinea
 Ivory Coast Radio Maria Côte d'Ivoire FM in major cities Ivory Coast
 Kenya Radio Maria Kenya (in English) 88.1 FM in Murang'a Kenya
 Lesotho Radio Maria Lesotho Lesotho
 Liberia Radio Maria Liberia Liberia
 Madagascar Radio Maria Madagascar Madagascar
 Malawi Radio Maria Malawi Malawi
 Mozambique Rádio Maria Moçambique (in Portuguese) FM in major cities Mozambique
 Republic of the Congo Radio Maria Congo (in French) FM in major cities Republic of the Congo
 Rwanda Radio Maria Rwanda (in Kinyarwanda)
Radio Maria Rwanda (in French)
Radio Maria Rwanda (in English) FM national coverage Rwanda
 Sierra Leone Radio Maria Sierra Leone (in English) FM in major cities[4] Sierra Leone
 South Africa Radio Veritas (in English) Affiliate station.
576 AM in Meyerton
South Africa
 Tanzania Radio Maria Tanzania (in English)
Radio Maria Tanzania (in Swahili) FM in major cities Tanzania
 Togo Rádio Maria Togo (in French) FM in major cities Togo
 Uganda Radio Maria Uganda (in English) FM in major cities Uganda
 Zambia Radio Maria Zambia (in English) FM in major cities, covering also areas of Malawi and Mozambique Zambia

Radio stations in America

Nation Radio station (language) Availability Website Catholic Church
 Argentina Radio María Argentina (in Spanish) AM and FM national coverage Argentina
 Bolivia Radio María Bolivia (in Spanish) FM national coverage Bolivia
 Brazil Rádio Maria Brasil (in Portuguese) 107.9 FM in Brasília Brazil
 Canada Radio Maria Canada (in Italian)
Radio Maria Canada (in French)
FM subcarriers in Montréal (CIRA-FM 91.3) and Toronto (CHIN-FM 100.7) Canada
HMWN Radio Maria (in English) FM subcarrier in Toronto (CFNY-FM 102.1) Canada
 Chile Radio María Chile (in Spanish) FM national coverage Chile
 Colombia Radio María Colombia (in Spanish) AM in major cities Colombia
 Costa Rica Radio María Costa Rica (in Spanish) 610 AM in San José Costa Rica
 Dominican Republic Radio María República Dominicana (in Spanish) 1240 AM in Santo Domingo Dominican Republic
 Ecuador Radio María Ecuador (in Spanish) FM national coverage Ecuador
 El Salvador Radio María El Salvador (in Spanish) 810 AM nationwide and 107.3 FM in San Salvador El Salvador
 Guatemala Radio María Guatemala (in Spanish) FM national coverage Guatemala
 Mexico Radio María México (in Spanish) Multiple stations, most owned by Fundación Cultural para la Sociedad Mexicana Mexico
 Nicaragua Radio María Nicaragua (in Spanish) 1400 AM Managua, FM in major cities Nicaragua
 Panama Radio María Panamá (in Spanish) FM national coverage Panama
 Paraguay Radio María Paraguay (in Spanish) 107.3 FM in Asunción Paraguay
 Peru Radio María Perú (in Spanish) FM national coverage Peru
 Uruguay Radio María Uruguay (in Spanish) FM in major cities, 1470 AM in Melo Uruguay
 USA Radio Maria United States (in English) AM and FM in Louisiana, Mississippi, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas and Wisconsin; FM HD-3 affiliate in Miami, Florida (programming originates from station KJMJ.)
Radio Maria Stati Uniti (in Italian) FM subcarriers in NYC, Chicago and Bridgeport USA
Radio María Estados Unidos (in Spanish) FM subcarriers in Boston, NYC, Washington, Chicago and Houston
 Venezuela Radio María Venezuela (in Spanish) 1450 AM in Caracas Venezuela


Programming mostly consists of traditional Catholic worship music, but some stations also air a mix of traditional and Contemporary Catholic music, along with various talk and teaching programs discussing the Catholic faith, frequent recitals of the Holy Rosary, novenas and Masses.


Radio Maria's programming mostly emanates from one centrally located studio or station in a given region or country, and is then re-broadcast (or "simulcast") on a network of repeater transmitters on the AM and FM bands. Some employ the use of a subcarrier, also known as SCA (for "Subsidiary Communications Authority") facilities of FM stations, requiring the use of a receiver designed to receive SCA signals. Since the emergence of the internet, audiostreaming has been used extensively as a means to help fill-in gaps left by the unavailability of AM or FM frequencies in metropolitan areas already taken up by commercial, public, or other religious broadcasters.

Beginning in June 2008, there are now shortwave transmissions originating from Italy at 26,000 kHz and at 26,010 kHz DRM making it the only (and last) shortwave service originating in Italy besides Vatican Radio.[5] There are presently no commercial satellite radio subscription services (such as Sky Digital, Sirius or XM) of Radio Maria. However its Spanish-language, Italian-language and Polish-language stations may be available in some areas served by the Dish Pronto division of Dish Network, a satellite television subscription service.

See also


  1. List of radio programme content providers, Croatian Post and Electronic Communications Agency, retrieved 2011-10-25
  2. Catholic Radio Network of Papua New Guinea. "Brief History". Archived from the original on 2011-09-11. Retrieved 2011-06-14.
  3. Bclnews (2011-03-30). "4960kHz Radio Maria Papua Nuova Guinea". Retrieved 2011-06-14.
  4. "Radio Maria – Sierra Leone" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2011-05-31. Retrieved 2011-06-14.
  5. Italradio - Osservatorio Radiofonia Internazionale in Lingua Italiana (2008-06-23). "Radio Maria: the last and only Short Wave from Italy". Retrieved 2011-06-14.
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