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Our History

[evc_image_with_text image_behavior=”zoom” title_tag=”h2″ image=”128973″ image_size=”medium” title=”1996″ text=”It all began with a single station – 1290 AM WDEO Ann Arbor, MI.” title_color=”#8389af” text_color=”#1e1e1e”]
[evc_image_with_text image_behavior=”zoom” title_tag=”h3″ image=”128801″ image_size=”medium” title=”1997″ title_color=”#8389af” text=”In February of 1997, the first WDEO studio was underway and by August, 1997, the first studio was completed and Ave Maria Communications hired to run the media division of Ave Maria Foundation. Together, they produced the first original Ave Maria Radio Program, Al Kresta in the Morning.” text_color=”#1e1e1e”]
[evc_image_with_text image_behavior=”zoom” title_tag=”h3″ image=”128981″ image_size=”medium” title=”1998″ title_color=”#8389af” text=”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 and 2) to create the kind of compelling Catholic radio programming that could serve nationally.” text_color=”#1e1e1e”]

[evc_image_with_text image_behavior=”zoom” title_tag=”h3″ image=”129008″ image_size=”medium” title=”1999″ title_color=”#8389af” text=”WDEO moved to 990 AM.” text_color=”#1e1e1e”]
[evc_image_with_text image_behavior=”zoom” title_tag=”h3″ image=”129119″ image_size=”medium” title=”2000″ title_color=”#8389af” text=”Ave Maria Radio constructs new studios for broadcast operations.” text_color=”#1e1e1e”]
[evc_image_with_text image_behavior=”zoom” title_tag=”h3″ image=”129081″ image_size=”medium” title=”2000″ title_color=”#8389af” text=”Al hires Mike Jones as Business Director of Ave Maria Radio!” text_color=”#1e1e1e”]
[evc_image_with_text image_behavior=”zoom” title_tag=”h3″ image=”128990″ image_size=”medium” title=”2001″ title_color=”#8389af” text=”Ave Maria Radio begins grassroots fundraising: “AMC Guild.“” text_color=”#1e1e1e”]
[evc_image_with_text image_behavior=”zoom” title_tag=”h3″ image=”128994″ image_size=”medium” title=”2001″ title_color=”#8389af” text=”Tom Monaghan acquires WMAZ 1440 AM in Saginaw.” text_color=”#1e1e1e”]
[evc_image_with_text image_behavior=”zoom” title_tag=”h3″ image=”128996″ image_size=”medium” title=”2001-2003″ title_color=”#8389af” text=”Our first official logo design of Ave Maria Radio!” text_color=”#1e1e1e”]
[evc_image_with_text image_behavior=”zoom” title_tag=”h3″ image=”128734″ image_size=”medium” title=”2002″ title_color=”#8389af” text=”Sr. Ann Shields begins her broadcast show, Food for the Journey.” text_color=”#1e1e1e”]
[evc_image_with_text image_behavior=”zoom” title_tag=”h3″ image=”129018″ image_size=”medium” title=”2003″ title_color=”#8389af” text=”Tom Monaghan gives full ownership of Ave Maria Radio to Al Kresta.” text_color=”#1e1e1e”]
[evc_image_with_text image_behavior=”zoom” title_tag=”h3″ image=”128727″ image_size=”medium” title=”2004″ title_color=”#8389af” text=”Kresta at Large beings its broadcast.” text_color=”#1e1e1e”]
[evc_image_with_text image_behavior=”zoom” title_tag=”h3″ image=”129003″ image_size=”medium” title=”2004-2010″ title_color=”#8389af” text=”The second design concept that took us through the next 6 years of our ministry.” text_color=”#1e1e1e”]
[evc_image_with_text image_behavior=”zoom” title_tag=”h3″ image=”129011″ image_size=”medium” title=”2005″ title_color=”#8389af” text=”New transmitters installed at WDEO and WMAX.” text_color=”#1e1e1e”]
[evc_image_with_text image_behavior=”zoom” title_tag=”h3″ image=”128726″ image_size=”medium” title=”2005″ title_color=”#8389af” text=”Ave Maria Radio picks up The Dr. Is In from EWTN and begins crucial content-sharing relationship.” text_color=”#1e1e1e”]
[evc_image_with_text image_behavior=”zoom” title_tag=”h3″ image=”128721″ image_size=”medium” title=”2005″ title_color=”#8389af” text=”Christ is the Answer with Father John Ricardo begins broadcasting.” text_color=”#1e1e1e”]
[evc_image_with_text image_behavior=”zoom” title_tag=”h3″ image=”129018″ image_size=”medium” title=”2006″ title_color=”#8389af” text=”EWTN picks up Catholic Connection and Kresta in the Afternoon 5 days a week.” text_color=”#1e1e1e”]
[evc_image_with_text image_behavior=”zoom” title_tag=”h3″ image=”129122″ image_size=”medium” title=”2007″ title_color=”#8389af” text=”Ave Maria Radio is contracted by Ave Maria University to run WSEO FM in Naples, Florida.” text_color=”#1e1e1e”]
[evc_image_with_text image_behavior=”zoom” title_tag=”h3″ image=”129030″ image_size=”medium” title=”2009″ title_color=”#8389af” text=”Ave Maria Radio news on EWTN.” text_color=”#1e1e1e”]
[evc_image_with_text image_behavior=”zoom” title_tag=”h3″ image=”129029″ image_size=”medium” title=”2011″ title_color=”#8389af” text=”Ave Maria Radio celebrates its 15th anniversary, recognized by EWTN as a “First Affiliate.“” text_color=”#1e1e1e”]
[evc_image_with_text image_behavior=”zoom” title_tag=”h3″ image=”129028″ image_size=”medium” title=”2011-2012″ title_color=”#8389af” text=”The third phase of our logo…getting closer!” text_color=”#1e1e1e”]
[evc_image_with_text image_behavior=”zoom” title_tag=”h3″ image=”129125″ image_size=”medium” title=”2013″ title_color=”#8389af” text=”Ave Maria Radio acquires WNEM 1250 from CBS Channel 5.” text_color=”#1e1e1e”]
[evc_image_with_text image_behavior=”zoom” title_tag=”h3″ image=”129046″ image_size=”medium” title=”2013-2020″ title_color=”#8389af” text=”Last, but not least, the current logo design that we all know and love.” text_color=”#1e1e1e”]