The Diocese of Des Moines


The Diocese of Des Moines produces two radio shows that air on Catholic radio stations in and around the diocese.

In the Heartland with Bishop Pates

“In the Heartland With Bishop Pates” is a weekly radio show broadcast live on Fridays from 10 a.m. – 11 a.m. on KWKY 1150 AM in Des Moines and KVSS 102.7 FM in Omaha. It can also be heard online at

Listeners: The show reaches from Lincoln, Neb. to the west to Atlantic, Iowa to the east.
Hosts: Hosted by Bishop Richard Pates (link to his page) and Dr. Thomas Neal, director of the St. Joseph Educational Center, the show focuses on local and national issues of importance related to the Catholic faith.
Format:  Segment 1: Bishop Pates talks with Dr. Neal about current events

                Segments 2 & 3: Bishop Pates and Dr. Neal discuss a topic in depth, interview local

                and nationally known experts on the matter

                Segment 4: Bishop welcomes calls at 515-223-1150. Questions can be e-mailed ahead of

                time to and Bishop will address them during this last

                segment of the show.
Archive:  Click here for an archive of recent shows.


The Catholic Spotlight

“The Catholic Spotlight” was a weekly pre-recorded radio show produced by the diocesan Communications Office highlighting people, events and programs of the diocese. The show aired on Fridays at 1 p.m. and repeats Saturdays at 2 p.m. on KWKY 1150 AM Catholic radio covering central Iowa. The show is no longer produced by the diocese. Contact the diocesan Communications Office if you would like a CD of a recent episode of “In the Heartland With Bishop Pates” or a past episode of "The Catholic Spotlight."