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FHC radio pledge exceeds expectations

By MICHELLE DELANEY, Globe staff reporter

The FHC Radio Network’s, Siouxland’s Catholic radio station, second annual pledge drive wrapped up on Nov. 11. The three-day campaign’s intent was to raise funds to support the station in order to keep things running smoothly.

The radio station is in its fourth year of broadcasting and reaches people from Sioux Center to Wayne, Neb. In order to keep on the airwaves, the station hosts two pledge drives a year.

Money raised from the drive accounts for the single largest source of income for the radio station.

At the beginning of the pledge, the goal was to raise $75,000. By the end of the fundraiser, 88.1 raised over $76,000.

“We just ever so slightly exceeded our goal for the fall. It was record setting and I can say that we rarely ever meet or exceed goals so I’m very pleased,” said John Lillis, director of stewardship and programming.

Lillis credits the success of the campaign to several factors. This year there were more priests on the air than in the past. Overall, there were 14 priests making a radio appearance with about half a dozen priests going on air for the first time.

Furthermore, numerous other Siouxland community members were featured on air. The director of cardiology from Mercy Medical Hospital, the president of Briar Cliff College, and Bishop Heelen Catholic High School representatives are just a few people Lillis highlighted.

Another big attribute to the success of the campaign was the amount of outside promotions FHC sponsored. 88.1 had over 20 locations with yard signs advertising the station, which helped with listener awareness and acquisition.

“We did so much outside work that I couldn’t help to think that more people knew about Catholic radio, and more people were listening to Catholic radio. Therefore, I think we had 230-plus donors this year of which 80 of them were brand new and had never given before,” said Lillis.

FHC offers several different programs for their listeners. Bishop Walker Nickless prays the rosary in the morning; John Lillis hosts a program titled “Feeding the Flock;” and numerous other Catholic radio programs air 88.1.

FHC teaches authentic Catholic faith and seems to marry faith and reason through their programs.

“You can’t just rely solely on the parishes to be able to give adult education. We fit nicely in the bishop’s pastoral plan of continuing an adult formation. We are a critical part of ongoing Catholic education,” said Lillis.

There are many ways in which a person can donate to the station. They can volunteer their time, give an annual gift, put the station in their estate, leave a legacy gift or become an FHC radio angel.

Becoming a radio angel involves pledging to give a desired amount to the radio station monthly. Angels who give $10 a month receive a thank you, a bumper sticker and a coffee tumbler from The Daily Grind. People who pledge $25 or more a month receive a thank you, a bumper sticker, a coffee tumbler, a leather-bound Ignatius RSV Bible or a leather-bound New Daily Roman Missal, and coupons to Trinity Heights Marian Center.

People still wishing to make a pledge to the station can call (712) 224-5342, email angels@fhcradio.com, or visit the website, www.fhcradio.com.

FHC will have a special Christmas message in the holiday edition of the Globe.

“We are the evangelization station, the station that cares for your eternal salvation. We are the only station in Siouxland that can claim that authentically. I believe that when people sponsor Catholic radio through a pledge they take ownership and are answering the call of the church to be missionaries.”


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