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The Croatian Catholic radio program of St. Jerome Parish, in Chicago, was started on April 30, 1998. Its main purpose is to inform the Croatians of Chicago about the events taking place in the Croatian community, and in a special way to extend something spiritual to those who are drained by stress, family problems, missing their homeland ,and worrying about those who are far away, but are loved so dearly.

We live in times where the media is a dominant influence, and these days we have less and less time for each other and for our spiritual food of prayer and reading the Bible. That is why the objectives of the radio program are to extend Christian values to the listeners, to bring light into their day, and to let them know that their priests are with them not only in church at mass, but also in their homes, cars, workplaces, or wherever they may be.

The program consists of many parts; a weekly commentary, a theme of the week, a talk about the life of a particular saint, a report about Croatian church history, news about the life of the Church in the homeland and the whole world, as well as various musical pieces and songs.

This Croatian parish has followed the example of the Croatian parishes in New York and Detroit by using the media as a way to connect the Croatians scattered throughout Chicago and its 46 suburbs and surrounding areas. When it is difficult to reach one another in person, our radio is here to close that gap. Our hope is that the program brings quality information and a heightened spiritual awareness to our listeners.

We hope to be heard even further than the surrounding areas (by strengthening our signal), and to attain even more information by working together with the Croatian Catholic radio station in Zagreb.

Our program can be heard every Saturday between 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 pm on WNDZ, 750 AM. The entire program is produced at the newly-built studio in the church hall. Its broadcast is for the City of Chicago and its surrounding areas. With this, we invite the Croatians of Chicago to join us on the radio waves and to share thoughts and moments which will shorten our distances and bring our souls closer.

The one-hour program originally started on WJJJ 1350 AM.  Two years later, it switched to WNDZ 750 AM. In January 2006, the program expanded from one half hour to 45 minutes (10:00 to 10:45 a.m.), expanding once again several months later on June 4, 2006 to a full-hour show (10:00 to 11:00 a.m.), and in September 2006 becoming a program of all Croatian parishes of Chicago.

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