If your local Catholic radio is now branded as Relevant Radio, you may be aware that Catholic Answers Live will not be carried after the first of the year.
Various news reports said they “could not come to an agreement.”
Turns out that is true…because Relevant Radio, which is west coast only (and not all of the west coast Catholic stations, thankfully), wanted exclusive rights to broadcast, and exclusive branding rights.
“Hey, you guys who actually have a functioning magazine, whose website is literally catholic dot com, drop a minimum of two thirds of your stations, leave satellite radio, and turn everything you’ve got over to us. Or we won’t carry your show.”
Catholic Answers is being a lot nicer about this than they probably should, but they do at least give the whole story without any dancing around*; I do wonder whose brilliant idea it was to offer such an obviously designed to not be accepted offer in this day and age. Good on Catholic Answers for remembering their calling.
* You know you’ve seen that, where there’s been a “misunderstanding” and one side wants to spin it as no big deal– and the other goes along and helps them manipulate people, because otherwise it “looks bad” or something. Leaving this at “could not come to an agreement” is a flat falsehood, because it gives the impression of two reasonable sides just not managing to come together.