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HARTFORD – Archbishop Leonard P. Blair is taking to the airwaves with a new radio program airing Sundays on WJMJ, the FM station owned by the Archdiocese of Hartford.

The archbishop will  answer questions from parishioners and others who want to learn more about Catholicism, faith in general and the role of religion in modern times.

“The Archbishop’s Corner” made its debut March 9. It airs weekly at 7 a.m. with a repeat broadcast at 1 p.m. following the noontime Celebration of the Eucharist.

Each 30-minute program starts with a reflection on the Gospel reading for that Sunday, and then Archbishop Blair answers questions. Father John Gatzak, director of the archdiocese’s Office of Radio and Television, co-hosts the program and discusses questions submitted by postal mail, email or telephone voice messages.

Hartford’s WJMJ broadcasts to most of Connecticut and western Massachusetts at 88.9 on the FM dial, and is also distributed around the world through streaming audio on the Internet at

“This is a fine way to reach out and meet people in the archdiocese,” observed Archbishop Blair. “I’ve been visiting individual parishes since arriving in December, and this program should accelerate the process of people getting to know me and for me to learn more about their concerns.”

Father Gatzak, who also is WJMJ’s general manager, said, “Questions are always welcome from anyone, anywhere,” whether they are mailed to the office, sent by email to or left as voice mail at 203-805-5045.

“Airing the program twice on Sunday will make it easy for our listeners to hear the archbishop no matter what time they go to church,” Father Gatzak added.

WJMJ is a noncommercial station that offers values-oriented programming, including inspirational and classical music programs, local, state, national, international and religious news, plus educational and public affairs programs.

In addition to serving much of the state at 88.9MHz on the FM dial, listeners in New Haven can hear WJMJ at 107.1 MHz and in Hamden at 93.1 MHz.