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Catholic Radio Merger

Relevant Radio and Immaculate Heart Radio have announced their intention to merge. The united corporation will be Immaculate Heart Media d/b/a Relevant Radio and will broadcast inspirational radio programs over 108 AM and FM radio stations and translators in 36 states reaching 133 million people.

The new network will operate 24/7 in 15 of the top 50 markets, including the four largest markets: New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and San Francisco. Additionally, all programs will be live-streamed and available on podcast through multiple Internet platforms including websites, mobile apps and social media portals.

Uniting Relevant Radio and Immaculate Heart Radio, with a combined 36 years of broadcast experience, achieves long-term financial stability and solidifies the presence of Catholic radio in all of their respective markets, in the quest to provide a compelling voice for the Catholic Church over mass media platforms.

As a result of the union, over $30 million will be raised over the next three years to substantially strengthen the financial condition of the network and free up resources to be invested in programming, mission advancement and emerging media opportunities. Already, generous benefactors have pledged $22 million toward these efforts, including a lead gift from Kay and Mike Birck of Hinsdale, Ill.

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