MY NEW RADIO SHOW FOR
WRITERS AND READERS
Called “Free Expression with Bill Kassel,” the show is for writers, for readers, for anybody who loves books and who recognizes their importance in our faith walk.
It’s produced by Good Shepherd Catholic Radio, the south-central Michigan affiliate of EWTN Global Catholic Radio. And it’s available worldwide online at: goodshepherdcatholicradio.org (or gscr.org).
If you’re in the local broadcast area, you can listen on air:
FM-93.3 or AM-1510
The show is also downloadable as a podcast from the Good Shepherd website.
“Free Expression with Bill Kassel” is an easy-to-absorb half-hour in length. We’re starting slowly with a monthly schedule (each episode aired four times). Our plan is to increase the frequency as we refine our format, build an audience, and attract underwriters.
I’ve been working on this project for several months, speaking with interesting people involved in Catholic writing and publishing, and building a library of interviews. The first episode features talks with Doug Keck, host of EWTN’s “Bookmark” show, and author-reviewer Virginia Lieto.
Upcoming shows will feature scholar and author Anthony Esolen, Joe Wetterling, president of the Catholic Writers Guild, Joseph Pierce, editor of St. Austen Review, and many others.
What It’s About
Christian publishing has experienced tremendous change in the past few years. The emergence of digital eBooks, and revolutionary developments in on-demand (flexible-quantity) printing have had a profound impact.
Writers who would have been unlikely to find an audience in earlier times are now able share their knowledge, insights, and faith experiences with people seeking encouragement on their own spiritual journeys.
Among Catholics, dedicated lay men and women are responding in love to the mandate of the New Evangelization. Talented individuals and innovative apostolates are helping to take the Word of God and the teaching of His Church out into a world that’s desperately in need of hope and inspiration.
The impact of this creative outpouring has been strong and positive. But challenging signs have appeared, raising questions about whether such progress might be impeded.
The most ominous threats are purely ideological. These are the aggressive (and increasing) efforts to suppress expressions of traditional Christian faith and moral teaching.
The growing trend of speech restriction often referred to as “political correctness” attempts to seize a moral high ground by claiming to promote “inclusiveness.” Yet this is often a mask for the exclusion of any views that don’t conform to a narrow range of distorted “progressive” theories and anti-religious bias.
This so-called “inclusiveness” is putting publishers under pressure to favor works by non-western / non-Christian writers. Even many authors whose focus isn’t particularly religious find their submissions rejected in favor of those that highlight perspectives referred to (in the jargon of the trade) as “under-represented.”
What’s really “under-represented” is the Christian worldview, which is mostly relegated to the denominationally fragmented “Christian book market” and largely ignored by the principal mainstream media. Reviews of religious literature rarely appear in major established publications and online journals. Independently published titles get pretty much no recognition at all (this I know from personal experience).
Consequently, potential readers often don’t hear about morally trustworthy and spiritually helpful material that’s available to them. And authors face an ongoing struggle to make their works known.
“Free Expression with Bill Kassel” is an attempt to tackle this problem. The series will spotlight Catholic writing — all categories, including apologetics, Church teaching, spiritual growth, Christian history, inspirational fiction, Catholic family life, and more…
- We’ll discuss Christian classics as well as works by current Catholic writers.
- We’ll explore different creative approaches and the varied insights and experiences authors bring to their work.
- We’ll look into the publishing business and some of its procedural and legal aspects, providing help and advice for aspiring authors.
- We’ll talk about technology and how it’s affecting the way books are created.
And from time to time, we’ll venture beyond books into other fields of religious communication (such as broadcasting, music, and online evangelization).
Our special focus will be on threats to public faith expression. We’ll examine some of the efforts being made to secure our First-Amendment liberties, so that Catholic writers are always free to share God’s Truth and make the case for beliefs and moral standards that have long undergirded our society.
I hope the show can provide you with interesting, entertaining glimpses of some wonderful books you may never have heard about, and introduce you to creative people who are carrying on the great Christian tradition of Free Expression.
So be sure to tune in. And please let me know what you think about the show, as well as what you’re reading these days. Also, I’d appreciate suggestions on Catholic works we might explore, ideas we might discuss, people we might speak with.
Use the Contact Page to send me your thoughts.
“Free Expression with Bill Kassel” airs…
Saturday, January 4 — 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.
Sunday, January 5 — 8:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.
The Podcast can be downloaded anytime.
In south-central Michigan (Jackson area) you can hear Good Shepherd Catholic Radio at…
…or listen online at…