Radio Maria

Not to be confused with Polish radio station Radio Maryja.
Radio Maria
Broadcast area Worldwide
Frequency FM, AM, Shortwave, Cable,
Satellite, Sirius XM,
Internet streaming
First air date 1982 (1982)
Format Catholic
Owner Associazione Radio Maria
Sister stations Radio Vaticana
The World Family of Radio Maria

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 in 1982. The World Family of Radio Maria was formed in 1998 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.


Its first broadcast facility was originally parish operated, 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.

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 USA 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 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

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

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

Radio stations in the Middle East, Asia and Oceania

Country Station name (language) Availability Website
 India Radio Maria India (English) FM coverage in Kerala
 Indonesia Radio Maria Indonesia (Indonesian) 104.2 FM in Medan, North Sumatra
 Lebanon اذاعة صوت المحبة (Arabic)
La Voix de la Charité (French)
The Voice of Charity (English)
Ձայնը Բարեգործության (Armenian)
Affiliate station.
FM national coverage of Lebanon and some parts of Syria including Damascus
 Papua New Guinea Radio Maria Papua New Guinea (English) FM national coverage [2] and Shortwave [3]
 Philippines Radio Maria Philippines (English)
Radio Maria Pilipinas (Tagalog)
FM in some cities, mainly on Luzon Island; cable coverage in selected areas

Radio stations in Africa

Country Station name (language) Availability Website
 Burkina Faso Radio Maria Burkina Faso (French) 91.6 FM in Ouagadougou, 96.9 FM in Koupéla
 Burundi Radio Maria Burundi (French) FM in major cities
 Central African Republic Radio Maria Centrafrique (French) FM in major cities
 Republic of the Congo Radio Maria Congo (French) FM in major cities
 Congo DR Radio Maria RDC (French)
 Equatorial Guinea Radio María Guinea Ecuatorial (Spanish)
 Gabon Radio Maria Gabon (French) FM in major cities
 Ivory Coast Radio Maria Côte d'Ivoire (French) FM in major cities
 Kenya Radio Maria Kenya (English) 88.1 FM in Murang'a
 Malawi Radio Maria Malawi (Chichewa) FM national coverage, covering also areas of Mozambique
 Mozambique Rádio Maria Moçambique (Portuguese) FM in major cities
 Rwanda Radio Maria Rwanda (Kinyarwanda)
Radio Maria Rwanda (French)
Radio Maria Rwanda (English)
FM national coverage
 Sierra Leone Radio Maria Sierra Leone (English) FM in major cities[4]
 South Africa Radio Veritas (English) Affiliate station.
576 AM in Meyerton
 Tanzania Radio Maria Tanzania (English)
Radio Maria Tanzania (Swahili)
FM in major cities
 Togo Rádio Maria Togo (French) FM in major cities
 Uganda Radio Maria Uganda (English) FM in major cities
 Zambia Radio Maria Zambia (English) FM in major cities, covering also areas of Malawi and Mozambique

Radio stations in America

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


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". 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). 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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