GREENSBURG — A new Catholic radio network based in Westmoreland County, We Are One Body (WAOB), held its inaugural broadcast Feb. 14, airing a Mass celebrated by Bishop Lawrence E. Brandt at Blessed Sacrament Cathedral.
We Are One Body — WAOB-FM 106.7, WAOB-AM 860 and WPGR-AM 1510 — will broadcast a Sunday Mass at 11:30 a.m. each week until March 19, when a partial programming schedule of teaching and prayer, providing listeners with spiritual enrichment and faith formation, will begin, according to an announcement We Are One Body delivered this week.
WAOB will broadcast Mass Feb. 21 at 11:30 a.m. from St. Christopher of the Lake Parish, Prospect. Pittsburgh Bishop David A. Zubik will be the celebrant and homilist. On Feb. 28 at 11:30 a.m., WAOB will air Mass from St. Vincent Basilica, Latrobe, with Benedictine Archabbot Douglas R. Nowicki as celebrant and homilist.
Programming will begin at 11 a.m. both Sundays.
We Are One Body purchased the three stations from Sheridan Broadcasting of Pittsburgh last year. The stations had operated as WAMO-FM, WAMO-AM and WPGR-AM.
WAOB is a private company, independent of the Diocese of Greensburg, but has the support of Bishop Brandt, who is a member of its board of directors.
The bishop is responsible for ensuring that any media outlet operating in the diocese and calling itself Catholic provides teaching that is in conformity with the Catholic Church.
In a letter distributed to parishioners at the 11:30 a.m. Mass Feb. 14 at Blessed Sacrament Cathedral, Bishop Brandt outlined his support for We Are One Body.
He said the station is a response to the call of the church in the Second Vatican Council’s Decree on Social Communication, which teaches that the church "considers it one of its duties to announce the Good News of salvation also with the help of the media of social communication and to instruct men in their proper use." (Inter Mirifica #3)
Bishop Brandt said he offered the inaugural Mass Feb. 14 "to dedicate We Are One Body, WAOB, to our Lord through the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of the Church, and her spouse, St. Joseph, Protector of the Church."
When partial programming begins March 19, the prayer, consisting of the liturgy of the hours, the Rosary and the Divine Mercy chaplet, will be broadcast daily on the three stations, and the prayers will be offered by various members of the Catholic Church, including families, religious orders, seminarians, youth and parish communities, according to the We Are One Body announcement. In addition to the prayers, Catholic bishops will provide teachings that will be broadcast on WPGR-AM.
On March 19, Bishop Brandt will offer the first in a series of teachings on the Fathers of the Church. WAOB will air a Mass celebrated by Bishop Brandt at 12:10 p.m. from Blessed Sacrament Cathedral that day, which is the feast of St. Joseph.
As We Are One Body develops programming, an increasing selection of teaching will be offered, according to the announcement. The core of the teachings to be aired will be centered on authentic doctrine from sacred Scripture and Tradition, along with the church’s magisterial documents such as council documents, encyclicals, exhortations, papal letters, papal audiences and addresses, as well as the Catechism of the Catholic Church, patristic texts and writings of the saints.
"The radio network, We Are One Body, WAOB, is setting forth to carry out the call of the Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI, to assure that the Word is proclaimed over modern, digital communication technologies," Bishop Brandt wrote.
He noted WAOB will make teaching and prayer available to be accessed through the Internet, digital media and mobile devices to reach the broadest possible audience.