Yesterday’s “Explore Arizona” section of the Arizona Republic devoted the front and back page to highlighting the perks of Payson, Ariz. It identified places to stay and shared pictures of wildlife and lakes while passing along a couple of other ideas for the outdoors.
What it didn’t mention near its recommendations, especially the drive along scenic Forest Road, was that four men in Payson hope to one day soon let visitors and residents enjoy Catholic radio while riding around in Rim country. The Diocese of Tucson is currently without it.
The men, including Deacon Tom Fox, are working slowly, methodically and prayerfully to make Catholic radio a reality in the mountain town. Take a look at developments so far:
Rim Catholic Evangelization Association
1303 Red Baron Rd., Payson, AZ 85541
email Deacon Tom at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Deacon Fox alongside three St. Philip the Apostle parishioners began the effort to form a non-profit corporation, aimed at starting an FM Catholic radio station (2012)
- Applied for and received an FCC construction permit
- Permission from Tucson Bishop Gerald Kicanas to use a Catholic identity on the radio
- Selecting a studio location and placement for antenna (recent efforts)
- IRS approval to operate as Rim Catholic Evangelization Association, a nonprofit, to allow tax deductible donations
“We have wrapped ourselves in Mary’s Mantle. Everything has been coming together and we believe in our hearts that we can help bring the truth and beauty of the Catholic Church to our community,” Deacon Fox said.