Episode 50

Fr. David Guffey, C.S.C.


October 8th, 2020

24 mins 53 secs

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About this Episode

In the early 1940s, founder, Father Patrick Peyton, C.S.C., realized he could reach more families across the United States by using mass media, namely radio. With that realization, Father Peyton became an unlikely media and marketing pioneer. He began his media efforts when he led a Rosary prayer program on a local radio station in Albany, New York. His outreach grew considerably when on Mother’s Day in 1945, he produced a national radio program with Bing Crosby on the Mutual Broadcasting System, the second largest radio network at the time. The program played on Mutual for more than 23 years. Father Peyton and Family Theater Productions continued in radio and moved into films and television.

Episode Links

  • PRAY: The Life of Patrick Peyton — The inspiring true story of a poor Irish immigrant who sets sail for America in 1928 with dreams of becoming a millionaire but, with the help of the most iconic celebrities of Hollywood, ends up spending his life championing the message, "The Family That Prays Together Stays Together."
  • Family Theater Productions — Family Theater Productions creates family and faith-based media. From their quirky, fun and informative web series for teens and young adults - Catholic Central - to one of their latest projects, a documentary on the life of Fr. Patrick Peyton, our founder - the team works to create media that is engaging and impactful. With media facilities on Sunset Blvd in Hollywood, Family Theater Productions' award-winning media has engaged families since 1947. Their current work includes feature films, short format video, video web series, and extensive work in social media. Our radio and television shows are played on stations around the world.
  • Catholic Central — “Catholic Central” offers entertaining and authoritative answers to your questions about Catholic thought, spirituality and practice. To do that, we’ve assembled a team of witty writers, appealing hosts and learned theologians to produce a collection of videos that entertain, enlighten and inspire. Catholic Central is a project of Family Theater Productions based on Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood, California.
  • Theme Song: "I Dunno" by grapes — I dunno by grapes (c) copyright 2008 Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution (3.0) license. Ft: J Lang, Morusque