A Toronto faith-based radio station, on which The Interim has a program, has had its application for a new specialty audio service approved by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission.

The commission released a statement on March 12 confirming that Radio Maria will be permitted to distribute its programming nationally on a digital basis. To this point, the station has been broadcasting locally only on what is known as a sub-carrier frequency (which requires listeners to have a special radio) and on the internet.

The widespread desire for an expansion of the station’s availability was indicated by the CRTC’s comment that there were “many interventions in support of this application.”

The Interim co-operates with the magazine Catholic Insight in airing “Culture Watch,” a bi-weekly, one-hour current affairs program on Radio Maria that concentrates on examining, from a Christian perspective, news, issues and events affecting human life, the family and society at large.

The program airs live the second and fourth Thursday of the month from 6:05-7:05 p.m. Eastern time, with a repeat the first and third Wednesday of the month at the same time of day.

For those not in the Greater Toronto Area and without a specialty radio, the station can be heard through a webcast that is accessible by going to www.hmwn.net and clicking on the “Listen Live” icon in the upper right-hand corner of the homepage. More information on the station is also available at that website.

Archives of past Culture Watch programs, allowing listeners to hear episodes on demand, will be available in the very near future at the website. Interviews with, and comments from, figures such as former MP Larry Spencer, Life Dynamics leader Mark Crutcher, Campaign Life Coalition president Jim Hughes, Catholic Insight editor Father Alphonse de Valk and other figures in Canada and the U.S. will be posted.