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Catholic Radio for North Platte On the Air Spirit 90.1 FM Hit the Airwaves July 16

Omaha (KVSS/SNR) – The latest expansion effort for the Spirit Catholic Radio Network (SCRN) became reality July 16 after Spirit 90.1 FM KFJS went on the air. The 1,400-watt signal, which covers about a 35-mile radius around North Platte, broadcasts programming from Spirit Catholic Radio (SCRN) based in Omaha.

Over the last year, more than $40,000 was raised by supporters in and around the North Platte area, which was combined with a $60,000 contribution from an anonymous donor to purchase the needed broadcast equipment.

"It always surprises me how generous people can be, especially when there’s so many other worthy projects they could be sharing their hard-earned dollars with," said Mark Stadler of North Platte, who helped raise the needed funds. "But when people believe in something strongly enough like this radio station, they’re willing to make whatever sacrifice is necessary, and I’m humbled to have played a part in this effort."

Phone calls and informational meetings began last January to raise the needed funds.

"It’s great to see the excitement and enthusiasm for this new signal and non-profit radio ministry among those that helped to make it a reality," said SCRN Station Director John Soukup. "I can’t thank enough our North Platte fundraising team and all those who helped us with there prayers and support."

The SCRN is now able to reach more than 75 percent of Nebraska’s population.

"No matter your faith background, there’s something for everybody on this station," Mr. Soukup said.

Peggy Orr of North Platte called Spirit 90.1 a great addition to what is currently available on the North Platte airwaves.

"I’ve never felt like I need to keep the radio on until I heard the broadcast for the first time," she said. "I was so excited to hear what we’ve been working toward for so long."

Spirit Catholic Radio first went on the air in Omaha in 1999 on a small, 500-watt signal. In 2009, the station boosted its reach with the 50,000 watt Spirit 102.7 FM signal, and now more than a million potential listeners in eastern Nebraska and western Iowa, have access to the broadcast. Nearly three years ago Spirit 91.5 FM went on the air in Grand Island, and that signal was upgraded last year to reach Grand Island, Hastings, and Kearney. In addition, Spirit 88.3 FM went on the air in northeast Nebraska this past summer. These signals are all part of the network based in Omaha.

The SCRN, a qualified 501 (c) (3) non-profit corporation, can also be heard on the Internet at www.spiritcatholicradio.com.

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