The death of Pope John Paul II and selection of a new pope will dominate programming in the coming weeks on local Catholic radio station WLOF-FM 101.7 "People want to know what's happening and share their feelings; we're here for them," said Jim Wright, who with his wife, Joanne, co-founded the station nearly six years ago. Wright said the station's news coverage from Rome will continue on "a 2 4/7 " basis.
Much of that coverage will come from the national EWTN Catholic radio and television network. But Wright emphasizes there will be local call-in shows for listeners to express their opinions.
The most prominent is "Calling All Catholics," heard weekdays for one hour, starting at 5 p.m. It features five local priests who will talk with callers. They are: the Rev. Mark Illig, the Rev. Joseph Bertha, the Rev. Rick Poblocki, the Rev. Jack Mattimore and the Rev. Czeslaw Krysa. EWTN also has national call-in shows weekdays at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.
Longtime personality Harv Moore has replaced the retired Tom Shannon in afternoon drive at WHTT-FM 104.1. Moore, who was best known for his work with the "Taylor and Moore" morning show a couple of decades ago, has a wide knowledge of music to go with an edgy sense of humor. Also stepping up to a regular gig is Jim Pastrick, who will work a 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. air shift.
Changes at WKSE-FM 98.5 include Donny Walker moving to middays while Jimmy T goes from weekend work to afternoon drive.