• founderFrKennethBakerSJFounder of Catholic Views Broadcast, Inc., Fr. Kenneth Baker, S.J.

    Our founder…

    Fr. Kenneth Baker, S.J., is the founder and owner of Catholic Views Broadcasts, Inc. which previously operated two Catholic TV stations: Channel 19 in Minneapolis, Minnesota and Channel 54 in Chicago, Illinois.

    Fr. Baker studied theology at the University of Innsbruck, Austria, and then earned his Ph.D. in Theology at Marquette University in Wisconsin. He taught theology for seventeen years at Gonzaga University in Washington.

    Since 1971 Fr. Baker has been the editor of the Homiletic & Pastoral Review, a monthly magazine for Catholic clergy. He is the author ofFundamentals of Catholicism and Inside the Bible (both Ignatius Press).

    He has appeared on EWTN’s “Mother Angelica Live” and taped a thirteen-part series on the Bible for broadcast on EWTN.

  • Ownership Transferred from Catholic Views Broadcast, Inc. [CVBI] to St. Michael Broadcasting [SMB]

A letter from Fr. Kenneth Baker, S.J.- Founder of CVBI

{Note: Ch. 19 was the channel number when Fr. Baker founded CVBI; it is now Ch. 16.}

Dear Friends of Family TV 19,

For the past twenty years, Catholic Views Broadcasts has brought Catholic TV to the Twin Cities. In 1989, we began broadcasting quality Catholic programs from both EWTN and our in-house studio 24/7. We have continued this important media apostolate thanks to our dedicated staff of volunteers and generous donors.

Channel 19’s operations have expanded since its inception. We increased the power and added a more effective antenna to reach a broader audience, encompassing most of the TwinCities and outlying areas. Minneapolis and St. Paul are among just a few cities in the United States that have a Catholic TV station broadcasting 24/7. This is indeed a treasure that contributes greatly to the intellectual and spiritual growth of Catholics and others as evidenced by letters and phone calls received from our viewers.

It has been an honor for me to serve you over these past twenty years. 

towards the future, Catholic Views Broadcasts transferred ownership to St. Michael Broadcasting in March. I am pleased to introduce to you Mr. Michael Bird, President of St. Michael Broadcasting. Mr. Bird has been a long-time supporter of Channel 19. Channel 19 will remain a non-profit Catholic TV station and continue broadcasting EWTN and local programming.

In closing, I would like to extend my sincere thanks to all of the volunteers and donors whose generosity has contributed to the success of Channel 19. Like his predecessor, the late Pope John Paul II, Pope Benedict XVI is urging Catholics to utilize the media for evangelization. Be assured of my prayers for you and your families, for Channel 19, and for its new ownership. May God bless you.

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Fr. Kenneth Baker, S.J., President

April, 2009

Fund-raising:  Please make donations to St. Michael Broadcasting, Inc. , the new owner of what formerly was Catholic Views Broadcasting. 
The donation form is on the Donate page. 

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