Divine Mercy Radio 2020 Fall On-Air Pledge Drive
November 16, 2020
As eastern and central North Carolina’s 100% listener supported Catholic radio station, it is very humbling for all our volunteers to get together twice a year and ask listeners for donations during our live on-air pledge drives.
But our listeners again have answered the call and, with their donations, have ensured Catholic 540-AM Divine Mercy Radio will remain on the air to broadcast “The Word of God Through The Power of Radio”.
As grateful as we are to our donors, we are equally humbled by our guests who came on the air to ask for pledges as well as our volunteers who manned the phones to take donations. We would like to take a moment to recognize our guests and volunteers here.
Fr. Bill John Acosta
Fr. Peter Devereux
Deacon Josh Klickman
Msgr. Gerald Lewis
Dr. Patrick O'Connell
Peter K. O’Connell
Eric & Luci Pasarin & family
Dr. William Pincus
Fr. Noe Ramirez
Fr. Archie Tacay
Mary Kate Travers
Deacon Mike Vandiver
Fr. Joshua West
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.
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. 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!
Click here to see the many ways to donate. We need you now! God bless you for your generosity!
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.