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This page includes information you may have missed from recent programs, such as phone numbers, addresses or websites and other details which may be difficult to jot down quickly.  We update this page after each program or more frequently.  If you don't see here something you need to check on, just ask by .
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 From the broadcast the weekend of January 14th & 15th, 2017:

Click for Gaither Vocal BandOur Featured Artists on this first "regular edition" of The Gospel Greats program for 2017 were the Gaither Vocal Band, one of today's foremost and best-known Southern Gospel groups.  As you heard, we talked with Bill Gaither, Wes Hampton, David Phelps, Adam Crabb and Todd Suttles about songs from their new CD entitled "Better Together."  This is an unusual CD, in that they've gone back and re-done some old spirituals, although in the Vocal Band style.  I like Bill's emphasis on keeping the vocals out front, minimizing the background music so that the voices and especially the words can be clearly heard.

The Gaither Vocal Band's CD featured on this program, "Better Together," is available from our mailorder service, Springside.  Just call 1-800-38-MUSIC to order.  Call by Friday, January 20th, 2017, ask for the "Featured Artist Discount," and get 20 percent off this item.  You can order easily from our webstore by using this link to go directly to this item.   Note, too, that our "Featured Artist Discount" applies to any other currently in-stock recordings by this artist.  While ordering online, when you get to the "Checkout" page, find the "Special Instructions" lines near the bottom, type in "Featured Artist Discount - 20 percent" to get the discount.  Note that the discounted price will not be reflected online or in your first confirmation e-mail, but it will be applied here when the order is processed and before it is charged or shipped.

This program included a "mini-countdown" of January's top 5 songs, since there had been no regular Top 20 countdown due to the Christmas and year-in-review specials.  By the way, thanks to all of you who told us how much you enjoyed the Christmas and year-in-review programs again this year.

On the Headline Update I mentioned Scott Fowler's "Go Fund Me" campaign to raise funds for a new bus for the Freedom Singers.  Here's the address for more information:


 From the broadcast the weekend of January 7th & 8th, 2017:

This was the concluding installment of our two-week special called "Gospel 2016 In Review," counting-down the most popular Southern Gospel songs of the past year.  On this edition, you heard songs #20 through #1.  Over the years, listeners have told me this is always one of their favorite editions of the year.

Congratulations to Karen Peck & New River for their #1 song for the year, "I Am Blessed," a song that attracted numerous industry and listener awards during the year as well.  This follows by seven years Karen's last annual #1 song back in 2009, "I Want To Thank You."

Fourteen different artists each had two songs on the 2016 Top 40.  Nobody had three songs in the Top 40 for the year.  The group that did best on these multiples — averaging their two rankings — were the Whisnants, who had the #6 and #2 songs.

Among notable groups retiring in 2016 were the Skyline Boys, the Florida Boys (Charlie Waller's group) and the Bradys.

A few of the better-known Southern Gospel personalities who passed away during 2016 were:
  • Earl Brewer, accomplished pianist, formerly of the Harvesters and other groups.
  • Miles Cooper, formerly of the Pine Ridge Boys.
  • Ray Lewis, singer/songwriter/industry veteran.
  • Phil Mast of the Mast Brothers.
  • Joe Mocheo, formerly of the Prophets Quartet and the Imperials.
  • Gary S. Paxton, singer and songwriter.
  • Earl Phillips, formerly of the Lewis Family, uncle of Sheri Easter.
  • Buck Rambo, formerly of the Rambos.
  • Tina Sadler, songwriter (such songs as "Meanwhile In The Garden").
  • Scott Spangler, formerly of Naomi & the Segos.

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