PORTLAND---“I started listening to The Presence and it made me feel I needed to really go back fully into my faith,” said Courtney, a Windham resident who had been away from the Church for many years. “I heard people on the radio talking about how they had gone to confession. I felt in my heart I had to go. It was a beautiful thing.”
Similar testimonials can frequently be heard on The Presence Radio Network, Maine’s only Catholic radio network and a source of inspiration and guidance for many local listeners.
“We consistently hear from Catholics, non-practicing Catholics, and non-Catholics that The Presence has made a real difference in their lives,” said Cynthia Nickless, the network’s executive director.
In an effort to raise funding for the network’s seven radio stations in Maine (listed below), the network’s Spring Pledge Drive will be held March 14-16 (7 a.m. to 6 p.m.) and March 17 (8 a.m. to 3 p.m.). Unlike recent pledge drives when many local guests filled the schedule, this year, the focus will be on what makes the network itself so special.
“The fundraising will take place during breaks throughout our regular programming,” said Nickless. “Our listeners will be able to enjoy the programming they love while they consider supporting their network, which is funded through listener donations.”
Special guests will still drop by during the pledge drive, including Bishop Robert P. Deeley who will make an appearance on Saturday, March 17, from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m.
Sherry Brownrigg, who has hosted the pledge drives for the past seven years, will return along with a new co-host, Joe Worthing, who has worked at Catholic radio stations across the country during his career.
To donate online, visit www.presenceradio.org or call 1-855-955-PRAY (7729). You can also mail your support to: The Presence, P.O. Box 10660, Portland, ME 04104. For more information on planned giving opportunities, stock gifts, gifts in kind, or matching gifts, please contact Cynthia Nickless at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Presence Radio Network can be heard on 106.7 FM in Portland; 105.7 FM in Springvale/Sanford; 97.5 FM in Fort Kent; 90.3 FM in Bangor; 89.7 FM in Bath/Brunswick; 89.5 FM in Augusta; and 1390 AM in northern Maine. It is also available online at www.thepresenceradio.org, on smartphones by downloading the Presence Radio app, or by calling (605) 475-8037 to listen on your cell phone.