Mission Statement

Relevant Radio® – Bringing Christ to the world through the media.

Guiding Principles

  • Faithful to the Magisterium and Catechism of the Catholic Church
  • United to the Bishops
  • Under the protective intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary


Inspired by the words of St. John Paul II, Doug Sherman, a homebuilder near Lake Tahoe, CA, started a Catholic radio station in the Reno/Lake Tahoe area in 1997. The plan was to start just a single station, but the Holy Spirit had other plans, and thanks to the dedication of Doug Sherman, Gene Zurlo, Chuck Haas and their team, Immaculate Heart Radio grew to a network of 36 stations and translators, reaching more than 50 million people throughout the western United States.

Three years later, Wisconsin businessman John Cavil launched out into the deep, helping to secure WJOK 1050 AM in Green Bay, WI, as the first station for Relevant Radio®.  Soon after, Mr. Cavil was joined by entrepreneur Mark Follett and community banker Bob Atwell. In no time, Relevant Radio quickly expanded throughout the Midwest. Since 2010, Relevant Radio has been led by Tom Vorpahl as Chairman of the Board and Fr. Francis Hoffman as Executive Director.  Hoffman and Vorpahl’s leadership and the work of their dedicated staff was instrumental in keeping Relevant Radio going strong. Over 17 years, it grew to become a network of 66 stations in 31 states, reaching 68 million people.

Realizing their common mission, Immaculate Heart Radio and Relevant Radio discussed uniting their organizations to create a single network that would reach coast-to-coast. After many years of prayerful consideration, this dream became a reality on July 3, 2017, when the two networks merged to create a single entity: Relevant Radio®.

Relevant Radio provides programming that speaks to the human condition, helping to bridge the gap between faith and everyday life. The network produces a variety of popular and exciting programs to help strengthen the family, solve everyday problems, and raise the heart and mind to God.

Thanks to the prayers, dedication, generosity, and faith of many men and women through the years, Relevant Radio exists to bring the beauty, goodness and truth of the Catholic Faith into the everyday lives of people who seek it, whenever and wherever they are.