Catholic Television Network of Youngstown
P.O Box 430
Canfield, OH 44406


The Catholic Television Network of Youngstown uses the mass media with an ecumenical attitude and an evangelizing concern to proclaim the story of a loving God, revealed in Jesus and living in a believing, celebrating and ministering community.

Through the Ecumenical Television Channel ETC-TV this story is proclaimed throughout the six counties of Northeast Ohio and beyond for the sake of a greater awareness, better understanding, deeper discipleship and sustained support.

CTNY Staff

Rev. James Korda, President
Bob Gavalier, General Manager
Brother Dominic Calabro, SSP, Production Assistant


Lighting Our Way to God

A Historical Narrative of the Catholic Television Network of Youngstown

During the 1950’s and 60’s vigorous Catholic radio and television flourished nationally and within the Diocese. In 1954 the Sunday Mass was broadcast on radio with the help of a local AM station. In the early 60’s the TV Mass for Shut-Ins was first broadcast from WFMJ-TV 21, (the local NBC Affiliate). Today it is taped and broadcast from the chapel at the Society of St. Paul Monastery in Canfield, Ohio (location of the CTNY Studios and ETC-Ecumenical Television Channel).

In the early 1970’s a Diocesan Director of Communications and producer were named, Programs such as Moving Out, Popcorn Digest and Gallery were produced.

The Catholic Telecommunications Network of Youngstown was begun in 1980 by the Diocese in order to expand the production and delivery of its radio and TV programs. The Gabriel Award and Proclaim Award winning Wineskins radio program had begun production along with TV programs such as Reel to Real, Diocesan Spotlight, Jewish Christian Dialogue, Profiles and Issues and more. St. Columba Cathedral was made television ready to provide live and taped broadcasts of liturgical events from the central church of the Diocese of Youngstown.

In the 1990’s CTNY continued to expand its programming and received national recognition for its TV and Radio accomplishments. CTNY also serves as the production and network facility for the Ecumenical Television Channel.

History of the Ecumenical Television Channel

The Ecumenical Television Channel (ETC-TV), serving Northeastern Ohio and Western Pennsylvania, is a collaboration of Christian denominations and the Jewish Community. The primary purpose is to communicate the word of God who calls, nurtures and unites us. This collaboration maintains its ecumenical spirit and purpose, in cooperation with the Catholic Telecommunications Network of the Diocese of Youngstown (CTNY).

ETC initially broadcast for one hour a day in 1983 and in 1986 expanded to 24 hours-a- day, seven-days-a-week of religious and inspirational programming, thus becoming the first Ecumenical Television Channel in the nation.

ETC’s development and broadcasting were conducted through the combined efforts of CTNY and ETC-NEO, the now defunct Ecumenical Telecommunications Coalition of NorthEast Ohio.

National programs on ETC are provided by EWTN, Boston Catholic Television, and others.

Local programming includes, Mass for Shut-Ins (English and Spanish), Spotlight, Best of CTNY, Scripture 101, Sacraments 101, Communion of Saints, The Holy Rosary, The Stations of the Cross, along with other seasonal productions and reflections, special liturgical events from St. Columba Cathedral and Wineskins, a weekly radio program. Also included are programs sponsored by the Catholic Communications Campaign, the Annual Bishop’s Appeal and St. Paul’s Catholic Books and Gifts, a division of the Society of St. Paul.

ETC is broadcast on two cable systems and 3 hospitals reaching more than 300,000 viewers daily.


Spectrum Cable – Channel 13, Channel 78.31 and Channel 17.54

Serving: Youngstown, Salem, Sebring, Beloit, Smith Township, Knox Township, Goshen Township, Butler Township, Washington Township, Damascus, Warren, and Trumbull County.

Spectrum Cable – Channel 4, Channel 78.31 and Channel 17.54

Serving: Brookfield, Lowellville, Struthers, Poland Township, Hermitage and Sharon, PA, and Shenango Valley.

Spectrum Cable – Channel 14, Channel 78.31 and Channel 17.54

Serving: Windham.

Armstrong Cable – Channel 45

Serving: Austintown, Berlin Center, Boardman, Campbell, Canfield, Coitsville, Girard, Lowellville, Poland, McDonald, Mineral Ridge, New Springfield, North Lima, Ellsworth, Goshen, Green, Milton, Smith, North Jackson, North Benton, Beloit and Warren Township

Hospitals and Medical Centers

Mercy Health in Youngstown and Boardman – Channel 4

St. Joseph Medical Center – Channel 14

You can also access the ceremonies from St. Columba Cathedral on the diocesan website, www.doy.org. Go to the “News and Media” bar, then, click on CTNY Gallery.

For Special Productions on a limited basis, shows are broadcast:


In Canton – WIVM TV 39 and Spectrum Cable 989

In Massillon/Wooster – Channel 128

In Tuscarawas, Carroll and Holmes Counties – Spectrum Cable Channel 4


Spectrum Cable – Conneaut (Check parish bulletin for times and channel)


Wineskins is an award winning weekly half-hour radio program conceived and produced by the Catholic Telecommunications Network of Youngstown, airing every Sunday over:

WKBN-AM 570 Youngstown at 7:30 a.m.
WILB-AM 1060 Canton at 9:30 a.m. & 9:00 p.m.
WILB-FM 89.5 Youngstown at 9:30 a.m. & 9:00 p.m.
WILB-FM 94.5 Canton at 9:30 a.m. & 9:00 p.m.
WSOM-AM 600 Salem at 10:00 a.m.

Wineskins addresses real issues in today’s world and church while sharing faith and information. Its objective is to strengthen the faith of listeners, to catch the attention of unchurched listeners and to deepen the understanding of the churched listeners. It seeks to accomplish these objectives by providing a blend of information, inspiration, opinion and music assembled in a magazine format. Since its beginning in August of 1981 Wineskins has won many awards.


Gabriel Award – 1989 - Award Winning Radio Show
Proclaim Award – 1992 – Award Winning Radio Show
Proclaim Award – 1995 – Award Winning Radio Show
Gabriel Award – 2017 – Award Winning Radio Show
Communicator Award – 2017 – Award Winning Radio Show

Wineskins Segments:

Current Issue


1976 – Gabriel Award - Movin’ Out
1983 – Proclaim Award - Certificate of Merit
1989 – Gabriel Award - Wineskins
1989 – Proclaim - Certificate of Merit – PSA
1989 – Proclaim - Certificate of Merit – PSA
1992 – Proclaim - Certificate of Merit – PSA
1992 – Proclaim Award - Wineskins
1993 – Proclaim Award - Evangelization Mass
1994 – Telly Award - Golden Anniversary Video
1995 – Christopher Award - Outstanding Public Service
1995 – Proclaim Award - PSA
1995 – Communicator Award - 50th Anniversary of Bishop Malone
1995 – Proclaim Award - Wineskins
1996 – Communicator Award - Installation of Bishop Tobin
1996 – Communicator Award - Video on Domestic Violence
1997 – Telly Award - Video on Domestic Violence
1999 – Telly Award - Video on Annulments
2005 – Telly Award - Ordination to Diaconate
2008 – Telly Award - Installation of Bishop Murry
2009 – Telly Award - Ordination to Priesthood
2012 - Telly Award - At the Foot of the Cross

2014 - Communicators Award of Distinction - Ordination of Deacons
2015 - Communicator Awards - Rosary Luminous Mysteries
2015 - Telly Award - Rosary Luminous Mysteries
2016 - Communicator Award - Ordination to the Priesthood
2016 - Telly Award Winner - Spotlight: President Tressel and YSU
2017 - Telly Award Winner - Spotlight: Bella Women’s Center
2017 – Gabriel Award Winner – Wineskins
2017 – Communicator Award Winner - Wineskins

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Contact Catholic Television Network of Youngstown

P.O. Box 430
Canfield, OH 44406
330.533.2243 (fax)