The Catholic Channel is on satellite

I blogged yesterday about Cardinal Egan’s “interview”: with Channel 7, which will air in full on Sunday at 11 a.m.

I forgot to mention that “The Catholic Channel”: kicked off on SIRIUS Satellite Radio a few weeks ago and that Cardinal Egan has a weekly program. It airs on Thursdays at noon and repeats on Sundays at 9 a.m. (right before Mass from St. Patrick’s Cathedral).

During his show, Egan answers questions submitted to

I haven’t been thinking about The Catholic Channel, I suppose, because I haven’t heard it. I don’t have satellite radio and don’t think I know anyone who does.

I would love to hear the channel, the programming for which is produced by the Archdiocese of New York. I know that Joe Zwilling, the long-time spokesman for the archdiocese, worked hard all summer to get everything ready to go. The program director is Rob Astorino, a well-known radio personality in Westchester (where he also lives).

From the looks of it, there’s a lot of promising stuff. I’d like to hear Dave and Susan Konig’s show, Lino Rulli (“The Catholic Guy”), Father Paul Keenan and others. And I’d certainly like to know what Cardinal Egan thinks about the issues of the day.

I may have to bite the bullet and get SIRIUS. Not that I have a problem with satellite radio. It sounds great. But I hardly have any free time now and don’t know when I would get to listen to it.

I have no interest in Howard Stern, by the way. And it has nothing to do with the fact that I’ve been asked, probably 10,000 times, if I’m related to him. I’m not.

Gary Stern

Gary Stern covered education in the Lower Hudson Valley for several years during the early 1990s. Now's he back on the beat. He believes that schools are one of the main reasons that people live around here and that educational issues -- from curriculum to financing -- are among the most challenging things that journalists can write about. He continues to be amazed by the complexity of educational jargon. Gary got his B.A. at SUNY Buffalo and his M.A. from the University of Missouri Journalism School (where his master's thesis was about the best ways to cover education). He lives in White Plains with his wife and two sons, who attend public schools.