Focus 2007

Radio Manantial - ARN15-06-2007

Project: Radio Salesiana, Radio Manantial
Date of foundation:  
Place: Formosa, Argentina
Province:  Rosario (ARO)

A font of life-giving sound and voice
Radio “Manantial” (literally spring, or font) FM 93.5 at Formosa (Argentina) is a broadcaster belonging to the Works of Don Bosco in the Salesian Province of Rosario. It is a media that has to compete against 44 other similar broadcasters. Radio Salesiana’s offers something to those seeking something quiet, catechesis, culture, information about the Church, wholesome living and a music selection to relax by.

Range, programming
The radio transmits over a distance of approximately 100 km. It draws in listeners from Paraguay, from the Province of Chaco (Arg.) and an important area to the east of Formosa. We depend on an important team which enables us to broadcast the Mass daily for the sick, for those deprived of their freedom, the elderly and any others who cannot actually get to Church. Daily Mass from Mary Help of Christians Parish, and the rosary beforehand are an obligatory rubric for the afternoon sessions of Manantial.

The team
There are three full-time workers in the radio team: Viviana Vallejos (announcer), Darío Sandoval (commercial manager) and Bro. German Diaz SDB (director). We also count on help from Raúl Romea, Miriam Gon and Ricardo Dellagnolo (administrators at Colegio Don Bosco). A further eleven people assist the radio with various programmes dealing with folklore, youth, children, religion, magazines, health and information. The radio also has a team of people to research the local scene (villages, suburbs) for parish feasts and other religious and cultural events. This contact with people and feasts brings together two particularly Salesian dimensions, the effects of media and communication and presence to ordinary folk.

Links with Vatican Radio, EWTN
We make every effort to see that many Catholics can receive Vatican Radio Spanish-language broadcasts and EWTN programmes such as “Criteria” and “New Times”. “Radio Manantial” also offers a daily pastoral program from Mary Help of Christians Parish and once a week from the Cathedral. There is space for music of cultural importance with a classical selection: Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, and others. One hour a day of music and film with commentary on important films. “Manantial” provides commentary on the Word of God for the day as well as the Saints - from EWTN and other local sources.

There is much to do, we have many dreams for the future and we like what we do.