Radio Maria
Broadcast areaWorldwide
FrequencyFM, AM, shortwave, cable,
Satellite, Sirius XM,
Internet streaming
FormatCatholic radio
OwnerAssociazione Radio Maria (The World Family of Radio Maria)
Vatican Radio
First air date
1987 (1987)
WebcastAmerica, Europe, Africa, Asia & Oceania

Radio Maria (Spanish: Radio María; Portuguese: Rádio Maria; Croatian: Radio Marija; Maltese: Radju Marija; Lithuanian: Marijos Radijas; Hungarian: Mária Rádió; Russian: Радио Мария; Ukrainian: Радіо Марія; Dutch: Radio Maria; known in Germany as Radio Horeb), formally known as The World Family of Radio Maria, is an international Catholic radio broadcasting service founded in Erba, province of Como, in the diocese of Milan, Italy, in 1987.

The World Family of Radio Maria was formed in 1998, mainly based on the Our Lady of Medjugorje apparitions and messages, and today has branches in 86 countries around the world. Its mission includes liturgy, catechesis, spirituality, devotions, prayer, spiritual assistance with everyday issues, information, music, and culture.


Its first broadcast facility was from a parish in Arcellasco d'Erba (province of Como, Italy), but in 1987 it became a separate entity outside its home parish as an association of lay people and priests as Radio Maria Italia. In less than five years, it grew into a national Catholic radio network throughout Italy. Though not directly connected with the Roman Catholic hierarchy, it was founded as an instrument of the Church and as a tool for evangelization, implementing and adhering to the teachings of the Catholic Church. Initially it was inspired by the appeals made by the Blessed Virgin Mary in Fátima, Portugal, and in more recent years based on the Marian messages from Medjugorje, Bosnia and Herzegovina, pleading for worldwide conversion. As such, Radio Maria is not subsidized or funded by the Roman Catholic Church; instead it is underwritten by listener contributions.

Worldwide presence of Radio Maria broadcasters.

In 1994, the principal founder don M. Galbiati left Radio Maria and founded Radio Mater, also in Arcellasco d'Erba, as a totally separate entity. Since 5 September 1994 transmissions started in Albavilla in the province of Como. The Liturgy of the Hours is diffused in the Roman Rite. Radio Mater is broadcast via radio in Italy, in Europe via satellite (DVB-S Hot Bird), and worldwide via Internet (WMP).

Radio Maria's studio in Switzerland.
Radio Maria's outdoor advertising in the Philippines.

The World Family of Radio Maria was formed in 1998 out of its subsequent international growth in the 1990s, and pursuant to the 1987 speech by Pope John Paul II in Saint Peter's Square addressing the need for a new evangelization. Emanuele Ferrario (inspired by the Pope's words to form a new evangelization) is the founder and president of Radio Maria, Inc., which has since grown into an association of 40 multilingual broadcast operations in Africa, Asia, Europe, the Middle East, and the Americas. Overall, Radio Maria operates approximately 1,500 radio transmitters worldwide.

Radio Maria USA

Main article: KJMJ

Its United States of America operation is one of the newest to join the World Family, in May 2000, with KJMJ (AM) in Alexandria, Louisiana, being the originating English-language station, together with a network of several FM and AM repeaters in Louisiana, an AM station in Port Arthur, Texas, on 1250 AM (KDEI), and an FM repeater in Anna, Ohio. An AM repeater in Springfield, Ohio, east of Dayton, commenced broadcasting in June 2008 with new FM repeaters in Hollidaysburg, Pennsylvania, coming on the air in June 2009, D'Iberville, Mississippi, and Peshtigo, Wisconsin, both in May 2010. Spanish-language and Italian-language programming is heard on FM subcarrier frequencies in Boston, Chicago, Houston, New York City and Washington, D.C.. Italian-language programming can also be heard on the New York City FM subcarrier as well as French Canadian and English speaking services on FM subcarriers in Toronto, Ontario. Audiostreaming is available from most of these stations.

World Family of Radio Maria

Radio stations in Europe

Nation Radio station Language Website Availability Catholic Church
 Albania Radio Maria Shqiptare Albanian FM coverage in major cities of Albania Albania
 Armenia Radio Maria Armenia Armenian Armenia
 Austria Radio Maria Österreich German FM in selected cities; digital and cable nationwide Austria
 Belarus Radio Maria Belarus Belarusian Internet streaming Belarus
 Belgium Radio Maria België Dutch FM and DAB+ coverage of Flanders (Belgium) Belgium
 Bosnia and Herzegovina Radio Marija BiH Croatian FM in Sarajevo and Banja Luka Bosnia and Herzegovina
 Croatia Radio Marija Hrvatska Croatian FM in Zagreb, Split and Virovitica[1] Croatia
 France Radio Maria France French 1467 AM in Southern France, 95.4 FM in Monaco France
 Germany Radio Horeb German Affiliate station.
FM in selected areas; digital and cable nationwide
 Hungary Mária Rádió Magyarország Hungarian FM national coverage Hungary
 Ireland Radio Maria Ireland English Saorview (digital terrestrial television) channel 210 Ireland
 Italy Radio Maria Italia Italian FM national coverage in Italy,
parts of Switzerland and Austria;
FM coverage in major cities of Albania.
DAB+ and DVB-T coverage in selected areas in Italy.
Radio Maria Südtirol German FM coverage in South Tyrol (Italy) and Tyrol (Austria) South Tyrol
 Kosovo Radio Maria Kosovë Albanian Kosovo
 Latvia Radio Marija Latvija Latvian FM coverage (93.2 FM in Valka, 97.0 FM in Krāslava, 97.1 FM in Liepāja, 97.3 FM in Rīga, 106.0 FM in Cēsis) Latvia
 Lithuania Marijos Radijas Lietuva Lithuanian FM national coverage Lithuania
 Malta Radju Marija Malta Maltese FM national coverage (102.3 FM in Malta, and 107.8 in Gozo). DAB+ Malta
 Monaco Radio Maria Monaco Italian FM national coverage Monaco
 Netherlands Radio Maria Nederland Dutch DAB+ national coverage, and internet Netherlands
 North Macedonia Радио Марија Македонија Macedonian FM in Strumica North Macedonia
 Portugal Rádio Maria Portugal Portuguese FM national coverage (102.2 FM in Lisbon, 100.8 FM in Porto and 97.5 FM in Alentejo) Portugal
 Romania Radio Maria România Romanian FM in Transylvania: Oradea, Zalău, Blaj and Baia Mare Romania
Mária Rádió Erdély Hungarian FM in Transylvania: Oradea, Hargita and Tășnad
 Russia Радио Мария Russian Internet streaming Russia
 San Marino Radio Maria San Marino Italian FM national coverage San Marino
 Serbia Radio Marija Srbija Serbian FM in some cities, mainly in Vojvodina, but also in the south and southeast of the country Serbia
Mária Rádió Szerbia Hungarian
 Slovakia Mária Rádió Felvidék Hungarian Slovakia
 Spain Radio María España Spanish DAB+ and FM national coverage in Spain and Andorra Spain
  Switzerland Radio Maria Deutschschweiz German

DAB+ and cable in the German-speaking part of Switzerland Switzerland
 Ukraine Радіо Марія Ukrainian 69.68 FM (OIRT band) in Kyiv Ukraine
 United Kingdom Radio Maria England English DAB+ in London, DAB in Cambridgeshire, DAB+ in Bristol United Kingdom
 Vatican City Radio Maria Italia Italian FM national coverage Vatican State

Radio stations in Asia

Nation Radio Station Language Website Availability Catholic Church
 Indonesia Radio Maria Indonesia Indonesian 104.2 FM in Medan, North Sumatra Indonesia
 Iraq Radio Mariam Erbil Arabic 104.9 FM in Erbil Iraq
 Israel Radio Maria Nazareth – Holy Land Hebrew Arabic Israel
 India Radio Maria India English India
 Lebanon Radio Maria Liban French Liban
 Macau Radio Maria Macau Chinese Macau
 Philippines Radio Maria Philippines

Radyo Maria Pilipinas


Filipino FM in 4 cities, mainly on Luzon Island; cable coverage in selected areas, Cignal Channel 315 Philippines
Middle East Radio Mariam Arabic Internet radio Middle East

Radio stations in Oceania

Nation Radio Station Language Website Availability Catholic Church
 Papua New Guinea Radio Maria Papua New Guinea English FM national coverage[2] and Shortwave[3] Papua New Guinea
 Australia Radio Maria Australia English DAB+ in Sydney and Melbourne Australia

Radio stations in Africa

Nation Radio station Language Website Availability Catholic Church
 Angola Radio Maria Angola Portuguese Angola
 Burkina Faso Radio Maria Burkina Faso French 91.6 FM in Ouagadougou, 96.9 FM in Koupéla Burkina Faso
 Burundi Radio Maria Burundi French FM in major cities Burundi
 Cameroon Radio Maria Cameroon French Cameroon
 Central African Republic Radio Maria Centrafrique French FM in major cities Central African Republic
 Democratic Republic of the Congo Radio Maria RDC, Kinshasa
Radio Maria RDC, Bukavu
Radio Maria RDC, Goma
Radio Maria RDC, Kananga

Lingala Swahili Luba-Lulua Democratic Republic of the Congo
 Equatorial Guinea Radio María Guinea Ecuatorial Spanish Equatorial Guinea
 Gabon Radio Maria Gabon French FM in major cities Gabon
 Guinea Radio Voix de la Paix French Guinea
 Ivory Coast Radio Maria Côte d'Ivoire French FM in major cities Ivory Coast
 Kenya Radio Maria Kenya English 88.1 FM in Murang'a Kenya
 Lesotho Radio Maria Lesotho English FM national coverage Lesotho
 Liberia Radio Maria Liberia English Liberia
 Madagascar Radio Maria Madagascar French Madagascar
 Malawi Radio Maria Malawi Chichewa

Chiyao Chitumbuka English[4] Malawi
 Mozambique Rádio Maria Moçambique Portuguese FM in major cities Mozambique
 Republic of the Congo Radio Maria Congo French FM in major cities Republic of the Congo
 Rwanda Radio Maria Rwanda Kinyarwanda

French English FM national coverage Rwanda
 Sierra Leone Radio Maria Sierra Leone English FM in major cities[5] Sierra Leone
 South Africa Radio Veritas English Affiliate station.
576 AM in Meyerton
South Africa
 Tanzania Radio Maria Tanzania English

Swahili FM in major cities Tanzania
 Togo Rádio Maria Togo French FM in major cities Togo
 Uganda Radio Maria Uganda English

Luganda FM in major cities Uganda
 Zambia Radio Maria Zambia English FM in major cities, covering also areas of Malawi and Mozambique Zambia

Radio stations in the Americas

Nation Radio station Language Website Availability Catholic Church
 Argentina Radio María Argentina Spanish AM and FM national coverage Argentina
 Bolivia Radio María Bolivia Spanish FM national coverage Bolivia
 Brazil Rádio Maria Brasil Portuguese 99.9 FM in Goiânia Brazil
 Canada Radio Maria Canada Italian

French FM subcarriers in Montréal (CIRA-FM 91.3) and Toronto (CHIN-FM 100.7) Canada
HMWN Radio Maria English FM subcarrier in Toronto (CFNY-FM 102.1)
 Chile Radio María Chile Spanish FM national coverage Chile
 Colombia Radio María Colombia Spanish AM in major cities Colombia
 Costa Rica Radio María Costa Rica Spanish 610 AM in San José Costa Rica
 Dominican Republic Radio María República Dominicana Spanish 1240 AM in Santo Domingo Dominican Republic
 Ecuador Radio María Ecuador Spanish FM national coverage Ecuador
 El Salvador Radio María El Salvador Spanish 810 AM nationwide and 107.3 FM in San Salvador El Salvador
 Guatemala Radio María Guatemala Spanish FM national coverage Guatemala
 Honduras Radio María Honduras Spanish FM national coverage Honduras
 Mexico Radio María México Spanish Multiple stations, most owned by Fundación Cultural para la Sociedad Mexicana Mexico
 Nicaragua Radio María Nicaragua Spanish 1400 AM Managua, FM in major cities Nicaragua
 Panama Radio María Panamá Spanish FM national coverage Panama
 Paraguay ZPV137 Radio María Paraguay Spanish 107.3 FM in Areguá Paraguay
 Peru Radio María Perú Spanish FM national coverage Peru
 Uruguay Radio María Uruguay Spanish FM in major cities, 1470 AM in Melo Uruguay
 USA Radio Maria United States English AM and FM in Louisiana, Mississippi, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas and Wisconsin; FM HD3 affiliate in Miami, Florida (programming originates from station KJMJ.) United States of America
Radio Maria Stati Uniti Italian FM subcarriers in NYC, Chicago and Bridgeport
Radio María Estados Unidos Spanish FM subcarriers in Boston, NYC, Washington, Chicago and Houston
 Venezuela Radio María Venezuela Spanish 1450 AM in Caracas Venezuela


Radio Maria's studio in Chile.

Programming mostly consists of traditional Catholic worship music, but some stations also air a mix of traditional and contemporary Catholic music, along with various talk and teaching programs discussing the Catholic faith, frequent recitals of the Holy Rosary, novenas, and Masses.


Radio Maria's programming mostly emanates from one centrally located studio or station in a given region or country, and is then re-broadcast (or "simulcast") on a network of repeater transmitters on the AM and FM bands. Some employ the use of a subcarrier, also known as SCA (for "Subsidiary Communications Authority") facilities of FM stations, requiring the use of a receiver designed to receive SCA signals. Since the emergence of the internet, audio-streaming has been used extensively as a means to help fill in gaps left by the unavailability of AM or FM frequencies in metropolitan areas already taken up by commercial, public, or other religious broadcasters.

Starting in June 2008, there have been shortwave transmissions originating from Italy at 26 MHz and at 26.01 MHz DRM making it the only (and last) shortwave service originating in Italy besides Vatican Radio.[6] There are presently no commercial satellite radio subscription services (such as Sky Digital, Sirius or XM) of Radio Maria. However, its Spanish-language, Italian-language, and Polish-language stations may be available in some areas served by the Dish Pronto division of Dish Network, a satellite television subscription service.

See also


  1. ^ List of radio programme content providers, Croatian Post and Electronic Communications Agency, retrieved 25 October 2011
  2. ^ Catholic Radio Network of Papua New Guinea. "Brief History". Archived from the original on 11 September 2011. Retrieved 14 June 2011.
  3. ^ Bclnews (30 March 2011). "4960kHz Radio Maria Papua Nuova Guinea". Retrieved 14 June 2011.
  4. ^ "Origins and history – Radio Maria Malawi". Retrieved 5 July 2023.
  5. ^ "Radio Maria – Sierra Leone" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 31 May 2011. Retrieved 14 June 2011.
  6. ^ Italradio – Osservatorio Radiofonia Internazionale in Lingua Italiana (23 June 2008). "Radio Maria: the last and only Short Wave from Italy". Retrieved 14 June 2011.