Whether it’s 7am or 7pm, it’s time for the Morning Show on Iowa Catholic Radio. Other than the weather, which never seems to be right anyway, the news, sports and guests are good whether you are eating breakfast or cooking dinner. Jon Leonetti, Mark Amadeo and I have a special connection and all the credit goes to the Holy Spirit.
Jon Leonetti was raised Catholic, just like all three of us, and took a turn at seminary to discern a call to the priesthood. After walking across America with a buddy from seminary, not only did he gain a grass roots perspective on the Catholic youth of America, but also discerned he was called to marriage. He and his wife, Teresa, just celebrated their second wedding anniversary and were blessed with a son last December, Joseph.
Jon is an up and coming star on the international speaking circuit and you can find more information about Jon at www.jdleonetti.com.
The most common question asked about Dowling Catholic Hall of Famer Mark Amadeo is why. Why do we call him Dowling Catholic Hall of Famer? Mark has been announcing games at Dowling Catholic High School since he was a student at Dowling! For his 30 years of dedicated broadcasting service, Mark was inducted in the Dowling Hall of Fame in 2000. Mark’s son, Alex attends Grand View College; Mark and his wife, Mary, have a kindergarten daughter, Gracie.
If Jon is the up and coming star, I must be the setting sun of the bunch. As the senior member of the Morning Show team, I’m the youngest to the broadcast world. Even though I’m known for Jeanne Wells Weather, my true love of the show is the opportunity to pray with and for our family of listeners. My own family is all grown up; my son, Evan and Mandy have my (most adorable in the whole world) granddaughter, Katelyn. My daughter, Chelsea and Andy are expecting their first child in a few short months.
The mission of Iowa Catholic Radio is to ‘teach, defend and evangelize the Catholic faith’. Jon, Mark and I are blessed to be a daily witness for our faith, and pray that our voice can help someone find their voice in giving praise and thanksgiving to God.
Thanks for reading this blog and please let me know what you would like to hear as I share more — including behind-the-scenes with our guests, The Morning Show team and the ministry of Iowa Catholic Radio.
Executive Director of Catholic Tuition Organization and Co-Host of The Morning Show