Special Novena to Mary for America Begins September 29th
September 26, 2020
100% listener supported Catholic 540-AM Divine Mercy Radio and the EWTN Global Catholic Radio Network will broadcast a special Novena to pray for America ahead of the U.S. elections.
Our Catholic radio station, serving eastern and central North Carolina, is broadcasting this Novena in support of Divine Mercy Radio’s Vote Life theme.
The special “Novena to the Mother of God for the Nation” begins on Tuesday, September 29 at 9:30 pm on Catholic 540-AM and online at catholic540am.org.
Listeners can download the prayers for the Novena at ewtn.com/novena.
There, Catholic 540-AM listeners can also receive the free e-book Novena to the Mother of God for the Nation. The free e-book will remind Divine Mercy Radio listeners of some of the central truths of our Catholic faith, in particular, the Incarnation, passion, death, resurrection of the Lord and Mary’s unique role in our salvation.
For those interested listeners, EWTN has also published their Catholic Voter’s Guide at ewtn.com/vote.
You can find more information about Catholic 540-AM Divine Mercy Radio’s Vote Life position at catholic540am.org/votelife.
Requiescat in pace, Fr. Philip Tighe
September 1, 2020
Like many across the Diocese of Raleigh, we awoke this morning to the terribly sad news of the death of Father Phil Tighe, following a long battle with cancer.
We’ve all been touched by Father Tighe in countless ways and Divine Mercy Radio was certainly no exception. From this station’s early days to only months ago, Fr. Tighe was an active supporter of our radio apostolate. For his wonderful encouragement, the volunteers of Catholic 540-AM are eternally grateful to Fr. Phil.
As with every soul he touched, Father Tighe’s willingness to always be present was constantly evident. Father Tighe served as a true shepherd of his people, walking with them so as to grow in God’s love as a parish family. He genuinely loved his parishioners as he shared their joys and sorrows and through it all radiated the joy of God’s life. He loved being a priest for God’s people and taught them to love the Eucharist.
As Father Tighe thought of us and loved us so deeply, let us do the same for him. A final request of Father Tighe’s was to pray for his soul - please continue to pray for the repose of Father Tighe’s soul.
Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord, and may perpetual light shine upon him. May he rest in peace. Amen.
This year, Fr. Tighe celebrated his twentieth anniversary as a Catholic priest. We are pleased to share with you now his homily from that Mass at Holy Name of Jesus Cathedral in Raleigh, North Carolina.
Nighttime Power Increase Coming to Catholic 540-AM
August 4, 2020
As listeners of Catholic 540-AM Divine Mercy Radio know, when the sun comes up, our 10,000 watt daytime radio signal reaches quite a lot of eastern and central North Carolina.
But when the sun goes down, our nighttime signal decreases to only 500 watts.
Sure, listeners can still clearly listen to our Catholic programming at night on-line at catholic540am.org. However many of our listeners rely on AM-540 to hear their Catholic radio station.
Currently (no pun intended) our nighttime signal is, in a word – abysmal! Well standby for great news!
The FCC has approved our station’s request to increase our nighttime broadcast power from 500 watts to 4,400 watts (an 880% increase in nighttime power).
Even better news...because of your generous donations during our last pledge drive, we raised the money to pay for the engineers and equipment to make the nighttime power upgrade possible!
Catholic 540-AM’s signal upgrade work is going on right now! We will let you know when we are ready to go! There should be no interruptions to our daytime programming while the nighttime work is being done (unlike the recent Tower Painting project).
This nighttime power increase to almost half of our daytime broadcast signal will allow Divine Mercy Radio to further enhance our Catholic radio apostolate for new listeners who may find us for the first time on the radio at night.
Thank you for continuing to inspire our 100% listener supported Catholic radio station, Catholic 540-AM Divine Mercy Radio.
CATHOLIC 540-AM TO INCREASE SUNDAY MASS BROADCASTS AS DIOCESE OF RALEIGH SUSPENDS DAILY AND WEEKEND MASS IN RESPONSE TO COVID-19
RALEIGH, NC, March 16, 2020 (WETC-AM) -- Independent Catholic broadcaster WETC-AM (Catholic 540-AM Divine Mercy Radio) has announced it will increase its broadcasts of Holy Mass on Sundays to support area Catholics impacted by the suspension of daily and weekend Masses by the Diocese of Raleigh, due to the Coronavirus. Catholic 540-AM broadcasts daily Masses from the EWTN Global Catholic Radio Network.
On March 16th, Bishop Luis Zarama of the Diocese of Raleigh announced the suspension all daily and weekend Masses in the Diocese until further notice, based on new guidance from state and national officials regarding the Coronavirus (COVID-19). You may read Bishop Zarama’s entire statement HERE. While neither owned nor operated by the Diocese of Raleigh, WETC-AM supports the Diocesan decision during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
The radio station subsequently announced a change to its broadcast schedule. The volunteer operated radio station will air Holy Mass on Sundays at its regular 8:00 a.m. time and will now rebroadcast the Mass again at 12:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. every Sunday during the Diocesan suspension of Masses. Catholic 540-AM Divine Mercy Radio airs daily Mass Monday – Friday at 10:00 am and Saturdays at 8:00 am.
Welcome to Catholic 540AM • Divine Mercy Radio
Divine Mercy Radio is a lay apostolate dedicated to sharing the truth, beauty, love and joy of the Catholic faith through the medium of radio in North Carolina. Divine Mercy Radio broadcasts 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, through LIVE internet streaming here at CATHOLIC540AM.ORG.
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Our goal to expand our broadcast area in North Carolina over AM radio became a reality on February 4, 2019. WETC-AM now reaches a potential audience of over 3 million people in Eastern and Central North Carolina!
Your continued donations are critical for the daily operating costs of this listener supported station to deliver the word of God to a vast majority of North Carolina! We could not do this without YOU. See the map below for a picture of our radio broadcast area!
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After moving to Wake Forest from Long Island a few years ago, I began to sense that the Lord was calling me to apply to the seminary to discern the priesthood. However, I was afraid to heed His call. I was comfortable working as a teacher and I didn’t want my life to change. However, Jesus was persistent and would keep calling me for the next six years. I would listen to Divine Mercy Radio every day while driving to work and I kept hearing stories about the priesthood and listeners speaking about their own vocational struggles. One day, I heard a young man discussing his decision to apply to the seminary and how happy he was that he did. I knew that I couldn’t run from Jesus any longer. As a seminarian for the Diocese of Raleigh, I am truly grateful for Divine Mercy Radio for giving me the courage to apply to the seminary. May our Lord bless Divine Mercy Radio and may Our Blessed Mother watch over all who listen to this remarkable radio station!
Finally, if you own a local business or know someone who does, please let them know about the Catholic 540-AM • Divine Mercy Radio Underwriting program. We feature :30 second announcements on our air about our Business Underwriters. Underwriting helps companies promote their products and services while also raising critical money for our station’s operations. Underwriting support may be tax deductible. To learn more about Underwriting, click here.