Several gospel radio leaders formed the National Association of Gospel Radio (NAGR). Charles Johnson, who hosts gospel-inspired afternoons at Alpha Media KOKA Shreveport (980) as Pastor CeJay, is named president of the association. The organization is currently operating in a limited capacity and plans to fully launch on January 1, 2023.
“We are the only American professional association for radio professionals working in the gospel/inspirational format,” Johnson told the gospel music diary. “Separately we reach thousands of ears every day, but together we reach millions of listeners. Our members include radio station programmers, executives, engineers, advertisers and salespeople. We believe that our existence will maintain the legacy of gospel radio and help it grow for generations to come. Our vision is to become a trusted ally and provide a resource center for stations to help them expand their listening base, increase publicity and support musical artists within the format.
Reach Gospel Radio Vice President/Programming Kyle Glover will serve as Executive Vice President of NAGR, Chesapeake-Portsmouth Broadcasting Corp. 1380), is named VP Marketing & Promotions.
Board members include Dr. Sctonda Kelly Gordon, PD of Inspirational Gospel Eternity Media Group WNRR Augusta, GA (1380); Chris Squire, senior vice president of sales at iHeartMedia Philadelphia; and Ron Thompson, PD of Urban One inspirational gospel WPRS (104.1), news/talk WOL (1450) and inspirational gospel WYCB (1340) Washington.