July 13, 2013

Radio network observes anniversary

Morning Sentinel Staff

LEWISTON -- More than 150 supporters and listeners joined The Presence Radio Network's staff and board members to celebrate the third anniversary of Maine's only Catholic radio network at a Mass and reception on July 7 at the Basilica of Saint Peter & Paul in Lewiston.

The Presence Radio Network, which relies on the pledges of Maine listeners as its primary source of funding, has quickly impacted countless and varied people in the state. Catholics who have returned to the Church after years away; many people converting to Catholicism; and those in need of solace, guidance and enthusiasm who tune in routinely, according to a news release. The staff of two employees and two consultants has also accomplished the astounding. On July 7, 2010, the network's first station hit the airwaves on WXTP 106.7 FM, which serves Greater Portland. Since then, stations have been added in Greater Bangor (90.3 FM), Augusta (89.5 FM), and in the Bath/Brunswick area (89.7 FM).

The network holds two crucial pledge drives each year, including this fall from Sept.18 to 20, and occasionally, is touched by the generosity of groups and organizations. Recently, the network received a $30,000 donation from Knights of Columbus Council 148 in Waterville. The money will be used to complete a station upgrade in Augusta.

For more information about The Presence Radio Network, its history or to speak with listeners who have been impacted by The Presence, contact Dave Guthro, communications director at the Diocese of Portland at 321-7810 or at dave.guthro@portlanddio

Perry to share

Gospel music

SMITHFIELD -- Sonny Perry and Friends will share their gospel music and message during the 10 a.m. Sunday service at Smithfield Church, Head of North Pond.

All are invited to attend and sing along with Sonny and his band. Sonny sings old time gospel in the style of Johnny Cash with just a hint of Elvis.

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