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Catholic radio available

JMJ Catholic Radio, WMMH, 91.9 FM, affiliated with EWTN national broadcasting network, is available to Altoona listeners.

The first JMJ station was started in Scranton in 2008 by a devoted Catholic couple, Ed and Carol Ann Niewinski. Since then, JMJ has expanded into five stations in the northeastern part of Pennsylvania.

When WMMH in Houtzdale went up for sale in 2018, a couple who had been raised in the Altoona-Johnstown diocese offered a substantial donation which enabled JMJ to purchase the station. With this gift, the opportunity to bring Catholic radio to the Altoona area was realized

In 2019, a meeting with Bishop Mark L. Bartchak and Tony DeGol was held and the bishop gave his blessing to go ahead with the station.

Through a lot of hard work, many prayers and a few miracles, JMJ arrived. The startup date, March 19, 2020, the Feast of St. Joseph, was especially meaningful as it was exactly 12 years to the date when JMJ Catholic Radio began its very first station in Scranton.

Since COVID-19 hit last March, news about the station has been spreading by word of mouth and the listening audience continues to grow.

Many of the programs are directly from EWTN nationally and offer a mix of news stories, counseling and advice, devotions and local programs.

Parents and grandparents are invited to tune in to Dr. Ray at 1 p.m. weekdays. As a psychologist and father of 10 adopted children, his wit and wisdom will keep the audience laughing.

Those in need of prayer will find the Mass broadcast several times a day, as well as the rosary and other devotional shows.

Listeners who want to learn more about the church can tune in from 6 to 8 p.m. weeknights for Catholic Answers.

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