Doug Sherman entered the world of Catholic media after hearing Pope John Paul II’s challenge at the 1993 World Youth Day, to go make a difference in the world. Prior to this he had been a homebuilder with no radio experience. Doug soon launched into the effort to start a Catholic Radio station. The first Immaculate Heart Radio station, KIHM 920 AM Reno, was inaugurated in January of 1997 and was at the time only the seventh Catholic radio station in the nation. Today, Immaculate Heart Radio owns and operates 27 stations and translators in five western states. Sherman is also the Chairman of the Catholic Radio Association, which has been responsible for helping to start 250 new Catholic radio stations and translators nationwide in the last 15 years.