A product of the 70s and 80s, I grew up with radio personalities’ Casey Kasem and Wolfman Jack, I loved countdown shows or being introduced to new music. I've recently found The Catholic Playlist which reminds me so much of those memory-filled programs, it has me absolutely ecstatic!
For 2 glorious years, I got to live out my rock star fantasy as a doo-wop girl in a Christian Rock band. I have been singing since I was a kid, and always dreamed of standing with a microphone singing my heart out. Never did I think back then that my heart would be so dedicated to the Lord and it would be for HIS Glory I’d be singing it out for!! It was such a blessing, especially since the men I was blessed to sing with were amazing godly guys and we were singing for the Lord in Adoration! During those years, I was always been fed new music by our wonderful band leader, but in the past year that we have stopped, I have sort of fallen off the Christian Music radar (particularly any new music or upcoming artists especially in the Catholic music arena). Hence my JOY at discovering the Catholic Playlist Show online as a podcast – and subsequently learning of the App available to easily listen to the weekly show (and archived show) when I’m on the go!
According to their Podbean site:
"The Catholic Playlist show, produced and distributed by Holy Family Communications, Inc, was created by Jeff Compton, General Manager of WJTA 88.9FM [in addition, you can listen to Jeff and Lincoln Bramlage on Holy Family Radio Live!] to address the overall lack of contemporary music on Catholic radio."
Every 60 minute episode features only Catholic artists; and pleasant surprise -- there are way more of them than I ever imagined. This format is used not only to share popular releases but also new ones, as well as give an outlet for new artists to be heard as well. Frankly, I enjoyed the periodic (very brief) ad breaks as well – from ministries such as Young Catholic Minute (for which I’ve been a fan for a long time); and thought-provoking segments such as the Chesterton Minute and One Minute Monk.
In addition to having the entire hour podcast to play on your computer or phone (through the App – found by searching on Catholic Playlist / Holy Family Communications), you can find all the featured music on Spotify (**most likely a future column on this second great unearthing in places I can find great music with which to worship God!), just search CatholicPlaylist - yes that’s not a typo – search as all one word. *** As with many Catholic initiatives on the radio airwaves, Catholic Playlist and WJTA are both listener supported ministries – please consider making a donation (monetary or spiritual) to keep this innovative and unique idea on the air.