The Catholic Television Network : Mission Statement
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.
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, Catholic Faith Network, 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.