EWTN to launch Catholic sports radio program

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Blessed2Play Host Ron Meyer

The Eternal Word Television Network is slated to launch a weekly Catholic sports radio show which will be broadcast to a global audience of more than 100 million listeners.

“I’ve been a competitive athlete for most of my life and sports had a profound effect on my formation,” said host Ron Meyer, who was diagnosed as a teen with a neuromuscular disease that left him unable to play sports for three years.

The program “Blessed2Play” will air at 2:30 p.m. Eastern time on Fridays, beginning Sept. 2, with an encore show set for 4:30 p.m. on Sundays.

“It’s a grace, a blessing, to be able to play sports,” Meyer added.

“Most interviewers talk to athletes about what they do, not who they are. Committed Catholic athletes are looking for a place to talk about their faith and their sport and how it meshes together.”

After the show’s success this past year at a Canton, Ohio radio affiliate, the network decided to make the show available to its global audience.

The program will include interviews with New York Giants’ Super Bowl Champion Chris Godfrey, former Notre Dame Head Coach Gerry Faust, NASCAR Hall of Fame member Bobby Allison, Oakland Athletics World Series Champion Sal Bando, Olympic skier Rebecca Dussault, Florida Marlins’ coach Rich Donnelly, Major League Baseball All-Star Mike Sweeney, Chicago Bears Co-Owner Pat McCaskey and Olympic speedskater Kirsten Holum – now Sister Catherine Mary.

Former New Orleans Saints’ wide receiver Danny Abramowicz, who is co-host of EWTN’s popular television series for men “Crossing the Goal,” will also be a guest on the new radio program.

Director of programming Thom Price noted that the network is “delighted” to add “Blessed2Play” to their radio lineup.

“Ron Meyer has lined up one-on-one interviews with some of the great athletes and sports pros of our time,” he said. “Their stories and lives of faith will be very inspirational to our listeners.”

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