BUFFALO - 101.7 FM WLOF Catholic Radio will provide listeners with exclusive live radio coverage of Pope Francis' historic visit to Cuba (Sept. 20-22) and the United States (Sept. 23-27), in conjunction with the Eternal Word Television Network (EWTN) Radio.
Live coverage of U.S. events will start with the Pope's visit to Washington, D.C., including his meeting with President Obama on September 23 at 9 a.m.; Mass and Canonization of Blessed Junipero Serra on September 23 at 3:30 p.m.; and address to Congress on September 24 at 9 a.m. All times are Eastern.
Coverage will continue with his stop in New York City, which includes an address to the General Assembly of the United Nations on Friday, September 25, at 8 a.m. and Mass at Madison Square Garden on September 25 at 5 p.m.
Mass will also be covered in Philadelphia, PA at the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul and with the World Meeting of Families on September 26 at 10 a.m. and September 27 at 4 p.m.
Throughout the entire week of Pope Francis' visit, some of 101.7 FM's regularly scheduled programs will be preempted, while others will continue to be broadcast with a focus on the Pope's visit. Some of the regularly scheduled programs will be broadcast live from the World Meeting of Families. There will also be special programming, featuring reflections and analysis by top experts regarding Catholic teaching and the implications of Pope Francis' visit for American society and culture.
There are several ways to listen to the station's programs: (1) on 101.7 FM; (2) the station's website - TheStationOfTheCross.com ; (3) iCatholicRadio mobile app; (4) by telephone - (712) 832-8010; (5) podcasts on the website and mobile app.
"We are pleased to be providing live, complete coverage of this historic event," said Jim Wright, president of The Station of the Cross Catholic Radio Network. "Because of our affiliation with EWTN with its many inside sources, we are uniquely positioned to provide truthful, reliable and insightful information to our listeners."
Wright added, "This is an exciting time for our nation. Pope Francis has made a significant impact on the world and has sparked a widespread interest in the Catholic faith. His visit is sure to bring a renewed energy and enthusiasm to our country among Catholics and non-Catholics alike."
"Our broadened and enhanced capabilities have positioned us to provide the best possible listening experience for this event and beyond," said Zach Krajacic, vice president of advancement. "Through continuous engagement in social media and enhancements to our technological platform, such as our recently updated mobile app, we are becoming increasingly effective at reaching people throughout the nation and world."
All regularly scheduled programming will return upon completion of Pope Francis' visit.
101.7 FM WLOF Catholic Radio is a not-for-profit, listener-supported lay organization dedicated to meeting the spiritual needs of the community through radio programming, print, new media and community action. The station broadcasts quality programming 24 hours a day, seven days a week, offering a combination of national shows from EWTN Radio (e.g., Ave Maria Radio, Catholic Answers) and local productions (e.g., Calling All Catholics, daily Mass, and the recitation of the Rosary). Founded in 1999, the radio network broadcasts in Buffalo, Rochester, Syracuse, and Elmira (NY); Boston, MA; Erie and Oil City (PA); and northeastern Ohio.