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BRAWLEY – Members from the community came together Sunday evening to celebrate the “grand opening” of the first ever Catholic radio station in the Imperial Valley – St. John Paul II Catholic Radio, KCJP FM 95.7.
Supporters gathered at St. Mary’s Parish in El Centro at 6:45 p.m. for the “flip the switch” celebration. The event featured guest speakers Kent Peters, radio host from Immaculate Heart Radio in San Diego, Patty Saracco Lang, Raul Caro, and Father Edward Horning.
This radio station, affectionately called JP2 by organizers, is now broadcasting ‘round the clock from El Centro to the Valley. The station currently broadcasts free programming from the Global Catholic Radio Station and Immaculate Heart Radio.
Caro was the brains behind thisnew venture; it was his vision and perseverance that brought Sunday evening’s celebration to fruition. “I had been looking for something to do after retirement,” he said. “I was looking for meaning, and when the opportunity came to own a radio station, it sounded like the right thing to do.”
Caro, a Valley native and former Border Patrol Agent for San Diego and the Imperial Valley, discovered a contest on the radio from Eternal Word Television Network, that awarded the winner radio station rights and ownership. In May of 2014, Caro won the contest.
“From there, it was non-stop knocking on doors, giving the vision” to keep his idea moving forward, Caro said.
Locally, organizers raised $130,000 in support to found the station, covering costs such as equipment purchases, purchasing fees, tower signals, and more….