It all began with a single station – 1290 AM WDEO Ann Arbor, MI.
Al Kresta hired to run Ave Maria Communications.
In February 1997, under Al Kresta’s direction, the build out of the first Ave Maria Radio studio was underway and completed by August. Production of first original program “Kresta In The Morning” launched.
Production of “Notes From Above” with Hosts Deacon Tom Loewe & Sister Sarah Burdick
“Stories from the Heart” production begins with Host Sandra McDevitt
Ave Maria Radio begins production of “Christian Classics” with Theresa Hofner
Production of “Putting On The Mind of Christ” with Host Henry Root begins.
Production of “Fully Alive” with Father Patrick Egan begins.
For strategic reasons, Ave Maria radio developed slowly over the next few years. While the Ave Maria Foundation was our primary source of funding, we knew that wouldn’t be forever.
We needed to figure out a funding model that would allow us to do the two things to which we had been called:
1. To operate the stations locally in SE Michigan
2. To create the kind of compelling Catholic radio programming that could serve nationally.
PURCHASED – 990 AM WDEO
Ave Maria Radio constructs new studios for broadcast operations.
Mike Jones starts to oversee the day to day operations of Ave Maria Radio
Ave Maria Radio begins grassroots fundraising: “AMC Guild.”
Ave Maria Radio purchases 1440 WMAX serving Bay City, Saginaw & Midland
Ave Maria Radio takes over Catholic Family Radio Satellite broadcast
“Heart Mind & Strength” production begins with Dr Greg Popcak
Our first official logo design of Ave Maria Radio!
Sister Ann Shields brings “Food For The Journey” to the growing Ave Maria Radio family.
Ave Maria Radio begins live audio streaming broadcast signal over the internet.
First Membership Drive launched. Thank you!
Ave Maria Radio is fully independent.
Production of “Catholic Connection” begins with host Teresa Tomeo
Kresta At Large – Host Al Kresta
The second design concept that took us through the next 6 years of our ministry.
New transmitters installed at WDEO and WMAX.
Production of “The Dr Is In” begins with Hosts Coleen Kelly Mast & Dr Ray Guarendi joining the Ave Maria Radio family
Father John Riccardo joins the Ave Maria Radio family as the host of “Christ Is The Answer” produced by Ave Maria Radio
Ave Maria Radio programs “Catholic Connection” and “Kresta In The Afternoon” are picked up by EWTN
WDEO FM Naples Florida
Ave Maria Radio begins to supply newsfeed to EWTN
Ave Maria Radio celebrates its 15th anniversary
Heart Mind and Strength becomes “MORE 2 LIFE” – Hosts Dr Greg & Lisa Popcak
The third phase of our logo…getting closer!
Meredith Broadcasting donates, WHHQ 1250AM to Ave Maria Radio
Ave Maria Radio begins producing “The Order of Malta’s Minute with the Catechism” and “Power From The Pews” with host Peggy Stanton
Last, but not least, the current logo design that we all know and love.
Coleen Kelly Mast steps out on her own becoming the host of Ave Maria Radio production “Mast Appeal”
Production of “The Dr Is In” continues with Dr Ray everyday
Production of “Place of Peace” launches with host Peggy Stanton
“Epiphany” production begins with host Vanessa Denha Garmo