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Posted on Feb 13, 2014 |

Brian Patrick Moves to EWTN Evening News

Brian Patrick Moves to EWTN Evening News

Brian Patrick on the set of EWTN's News Nightly, where he has been filling in for anchor Colleen Carroll Campbell during her maternity leave. Patrick began his new position as the show's executive producer Wednesday.

Brian Patrick on the set of EWTN’s News Nightly, where he has been filling in for anchor Colleen Carroll Campbell during her maternity leave. Patrick began his new position as the show’s executive producer Wednesday.

Radio, tv host returns to television news — with a Catholic flavor

Son Rise Morning Show host Brian Patrick has been named the producer of the EWTN Global Television Network’s evening news program.

Wednesday was his last day with the morning program he has anchored from Greater Cincinnati’s Sacred Heart Radio for the past six years. The surprise announcement followed EWTN’s job offer Tuesday.

For the last month, Patrick has been in Washington, DC, where the show is filmed, filling in for anchor Colleen Carroll Campbell during her maternity leave as well as producing the program on a consulting basis. At the same time, he’s continued hosting the two nationally syndicated hours of the Son Rise Morning Show remotely.

Created last year, EWTN News Nightly has actually aired only once a week (and more recently, twice). With Patrick as producer, the network plans to expand the show sponsored by the Knight of Columbus to five nights a week.

“It’s a really great opportunity for EWTN’s television side,” says Matt Swaim, who began as the Son Rise Morning Show’s permanent host yesterday in the show’s third (local) hour. “He has years of experience in television news at top levels.”

Patrick, a long-time news anchor at ABC station WCPO before taking to the radio waves with Sacred Heart Radio six years ago, is familiar to Catholic television viewers as the host of EWTN’s Crossing the Goal. For the last month they’ve been able to see him anchor the news, something Cincinnati residents recall fondly.

“I grew up watching Brian on Channel 9 in the mornings before school,” says Anna Mitchell, Sacred Heart Radio’s news director. “I don’t remember life without Brian. It was surreal for me to start work as his colleague, and now it’s surreal to have come full circle and watch him on television again.”

“We’re thrilled to have Brian Patrick take on the challenging role of Executive Producer of this groundbreaking program,” says EWTN Chairman and CEO Michael Warsaw. “Brian is an experienced news professional who brings with him a perfect balance of solid news judgment and Catholic sensibility.  He is the ideal person to lead our News Nightly team.”

Patrick says he looks forward to returning to nightly news. “I’m excited to be part of the EWTN News Nightly team,” Patrick said. “I invite viewers to tune in to watch as the show evolves and we work to expand to five night a week.”

EWTN Global Catholic Network was founded in 1981 as the Eternal Word Television Network by Mother M. Angelica, foundress of Our Lady of Angels Monastery in Irondale, AL. A television network run by cloistered Franciscan nuns, EWTN is funded entirely by donations and is now broadcast worldwide in eight feeds (in English, German, Spanish and French). A radio network, streaming audio and video over its web site EWTN.com, and the acquisition of the weekly National Catholic Register have made it a mutlimedia powerhouse.

Sacred Heart Radio was founded in 2001 when WNOP — once Newport, KY’s famous “floating radio station” —  was purchased to become a full-time Catholic station. It now operates one AM station and one FM station in the tristate, produces the nationally syndicated Son Rise Morning Show, and broadcasts programs from a variety of Catholic networks.

Tomorrow: What’s in store for the Son Rise Morning Show?

Photo courtesy EWTN. 

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