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Mary’s Touch has a new host: Alexis Walkenstein! Tune in today!

Mary’s Touch has a new host: Alexis Walkenstein! Tune in today!

Alexis Walkenstein has a new radio gig at Mary’s Touch, besides her day job! She writes about it on her blog. And you can read more at MT’s Facebook page.

The show starts today! List of Stations where you can listen.

More in this press release from Mary’s Touch:

AUSTIN, TX (March 29, 2017) – An Austin based national Catholic non-profit organization committed to advancing the Blessed Mother’s “YES,” announces the hiring of Alexis Walkenstein as the new host of the Mary’s Touch Radio Show. In this capacity, Alexis will lead the new evangelization of the award-winning, inspirational radio program designed to bring a greater understanding of Mary, to remind everyone of the Blessed Mothers loving presence in the lives of humanity, and to help people everywhere recognize the healing grace she still brings to this world.

“For ten years, Mary’s Touch Radio Show has featured countless stories of Catholic Marian devotion, and that foundation has paved the way for a new generation to be introduced to the teaching, devotion and reality of Mary’s presence in today’s world,” said Susana Garza, executive director of Mary’s Touch. “We are so grateful to our founder Cheri Lomonte for the apostolate she has built over the past decade and we are excited about the start of our second decade with Alexis leading our radio evangelization.”

With the 100 year anniversary of Mary’s apparitions at Fatima, Portugal celebrated this year, Mary’s Touch is poised to draw on the grace of this special Marian year to feature compelling stories from today’s contemporary Marian apostles whose lives bear witness to the Gospel.

“To be a part of a communications endeavor that helps to evangelize and renew the Church as well as call seekers and the fallen away in today’s culture to a life of faith is an honor and an exciting adventure that I will entrust to Our Lady,” said Alexis Walkenstein, Mary’s Touch Radio Show host. “As baptized Catholics we have a missionary call to go out into the whole world and proclaim the Good News, and I am so eager to feature contemporary lay men and women as well as priests and religious who give testimony to the power of Jesus and the love of Mary in their lives. I pray these stories of faith will bring Mary’s touch and the grace of God to as many souls as possible through the airwaves.”

Tune in April 1st for a very special program featuring outgoing host and founder of Mary’s Touch, Inc. Cheri Lomonte and Fr. Jim Evans as they reflect on a decade of Mary’s Touch and introduce Alexis Walkenstein on her first Mary’s Touch Radio Show.

Mary’s Touch Radio Show is a weekly half-hour program that is broadcast on over 100 Catholic radio stations in the U.S. and around the world. Mary’s Touch Radio Shows are produced in Austin, Texas and are provided to radio networks at no cost. Visit MarysTouch.org for the program schedule and to learn more about the apostolate.

 Way to go, Lexi! Mary’s got this!
Got local Catholic Radio and Television? Then help promote it!

Got local Catholic Radio and Television? Then help promote it!

WQOM is the Boston-area Catholic radio station, and while their signal is not as strong in my listening area, I know many of my Massachusetts and Rhode Island friends are very much blessed by its presence. The station recently started a billboard campaign and it is a simple message…


I hope folks in Massachusetts will consider some of the programming on WQOM. And I hope my little billboard here at The Back Porch can help lead people to it.


We’re also blessed in this region by Catholic TV and EWTN on our regional cable stations. Check them out, too! Both of them have many programs to watch on demand, besides regular daily programming.

Catholic TV has its studios in Watertown, just outside of Boston, and they have an app for your smart phone! Find them on Facebook.


I love radio, and I guess I’m kind of partial to it. It’s a great, inexpensive medium, compare to television, for the new evangelization. My radio roots have definitely shaped me.

Back in the 80s, when I was a newlywed, living in New York, there was no such thing as Catholic Radio. A few stations might have an hour of a priest giving a message on a Sunday morning, but there really was no such thing as a Catholic radio station, and Catholic television stations were fledgling and few. So, after working in commercial radio and advertising, I did a five year stint in Christian Radio for the old WLIX on Long Island.

There I was, a devout Catholic, sharing in the ministry of gospel radio alongside Evangelical Christians, Baptists, including a few former Catholics who left the church for Protestant congregations. Looking back on those years, I can see the roots of much of the ministry I engage in now — the desire to share the gospel (and its specific proclamation within the Catholic Church and to the world), and to write and work in media. I grew up a lot in those five years and learned the lessons of ecumenism, including praying for and with others, respect for other faith traditions, and discovering my genuine need to go deeper in my own Catholic faith, and learn its tenets so I could adequately defend and share it.

Fast forward to today. I’m writing and speaking, and I am a frequent radio guest on many Catholic radio programs near and far. And I have been so grateful to all of the hosts and producers and owners for sharing the airtime with me. I’m so impressed with the growth of Catholic radio across the nation.

Catholic television continue to grow, and I’ve support and promoted Catholic TV in my area and via new media. (I’ve even been asked to do some television now and again, like Catholic TV’s This is The Day, and I don’t mind saying that I find that so much more daunting!)

But the point of this post is to remember that we all have a role in helping to spread the word about these stations. Most of them are non-profits, and they need our support for their growth. So do what you can! Listen! Get a bumper sticker! Tell your family and friends! Put an announcement in your church bulletin or school! Retweet their stuff on Twitter or plug their shows on Facebook or Google + or your favorite social sharing site. Heck, write a blog post!

Blessed, Beautiful, and Bodacious Radio…?

Blessed, Beautiful, and Bodacious Radio…?

Or, maybe it’s me talking about themes from my book, Blessed, Beautiful, and Bodacious, on Catholic Radio.

Gosh, I love Catholic Radio… wherever it is, whomever it reaches. When I was working in radio back in the early 80s, Catholic Radio was a rare animal. It was more like an hour here or there where local priests might offer messages on commercial radio stations somewhere on the Sunday schedule. There was Gospel radio, and many Christian radio stations, but few solely dedicated to the priorities of the Catholic Church, other than Vatican Radio. 

It’s a different story today, and aren’t we richer for it? I hope you’ll support your local Catholic broadcasters.

Here’s a few of places I’ve visited lately…

The Live Hour on WNGL/Archangel Radio, look for the episode dated May 30, 2013 with me.

Inside the Pages with Kris McGregor  – don’t miss exploring the Discerning Hearts website where this show is archived, it’s great!

EWTN’s “At Home with Jim and Joy” – look for the show dated May 20, 2013.

Register Radio – from the news and articles on National Catholic Register

 Oh, and if you are an SQPN podcast fan, you might enjoy this episode of Catholic Weekend, alongside Maria Johnson, Lisa Hendey, Steve Nelson and Billy Newton.