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HOST: Paul Heil
Paul Heil is
generally recognized as the best-known radio voice in Southern Gospel
music today. Now well into his fifth decade of radio, television and
commercial announcing, Paul Heil has been honored with numerous
industry accolades and fan awards for his work in the field of Southern
Gospel music. His smooth, friendly, thoroughly-professional production
style is regularly in demand for voiceovers, concert
spots and intros, feature productions for radio and
other commercial work.
Indicative of the depth of his involvement and his impact in the field
in Southern Gospel music, Paul received, in September of 2014, the
highest honor the Southern Gospel music industry bestows on
individuals. He was inducted into the Southern Gospel Music
Association's Hall of Fame at Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. (This
same class, in the "living" category, included Eddie Crook, Faye Speer
and Claude Hopper.) Paul became the first inductee to have
become known primarily for his work in syndicated radio. (You
can view the Hall of Fame introduction video for Paul here or here.)
During the 47th Annual Dove Awards ceremonies in Nashville,
the Gospel Music Association presented its 2016 "Radio Impact Award — Southern
Gospel" to Paul and The
Gospel Greats program "for its outstanding contribution
to Southern Gospel music."
Paul was a founding member in 1986 of the Southern Gospel Music Guild,
a national organization of Southern Gospel music industry leaders,
dedicated to the growth of the music and the resultant spreading of the
Gospel. Paul served as president of the Southern Gospel Music Guild
longer than anyone else (nine years). He has also served as a vice
president of the Gospel Music
Association and is a member of the advisory board of the Southern Gospel Music Association.
and his program, The Gospel Greats, have won the
highest Singing News Fan Awards for which they
were eligible every year since 1987. The Singing News Fan
Awards are generally recognized as the most prestigious
fan-voted awards in the Southern Gospel music industry. (The
"Favorite Syndicated Radio Program" award category was retired after
2005.) And Paul was honored with the Marvin
Norcross Award, a prestigious individual award presented by Singing
News magazine for lifetime accomplishment in the field, in
In 1997, the Southern Gospel Music Guild awarded Paul their "Hearts
Aflame" award as "Radio Personality of the Year."
In 2000, Gospel Voice
magazine named their annual award for radio excellence "The
Paul Heil Award" and presented it for the year 2000 to its
namesake, Paul Heil.
In 2003, Paul was inducted into the Pennsylvania Southern Gospel Music
Hall of Fame by the Pennsylvania Southern Gospel Music Association.
Heil is a life-long Pennsylvanian and remains a supportive member of
the PSGMA. (See photo at left, pictured with Shelia and a
small piano bearing an inscription commemorating the induction.)
In 2004, the Southern Gospel Music Association honored Paul with its
highest overall award, the "James D. Vaughan Impact Award," (seen
at right) presented each year to the one individual who has
had the greatest lifetime impact on the field of Southern Gospel music.
(The award is named in honor of Vaughan,
considered the founder, a century ago, of what has come to be known as
Southern Gospel music.)
In 2007, SGNScoops Magazine presented Paul with
their highest honor, the "Sharon Smith Impact Award"
for outstanding contributions and overall impact on the world of
Southern Gospel music. And voters in thesoutherngospel.com's 2006
Southern Gospel Music Awards voted Paul their "Favorite Radio
In 2009, the Southern Gospel Music Guild bestowed its "Lifetime
Achievement Award" upon Paul "in appreciation for
your extraordinary accomplishments and distinguished service in
Southern Gospel music." The Guild represents
industry leaders in the Southern Gospel music field.
In 2012, readers of Christian Voice magazine voted
Paul "Favorite DJ" in their 8th annual Southern
Gospel Music Fan Awards.
In recognition of his accomplishments, Paul has been selected for
biographical representation in "Who's Who In Religion,"
"Who's Who In The East," "Who's Who In Entertainment," "Who's Who Among
Emerging Leaders in America," "Who's Who In Media and Communications,"
"Who's Who In The World" and "Who's Who In
America," all respected biographical reference works
published by Marquis Publishing, available in most public libraries.
A special version of The Gospel Greats program
aired for many years (during the late 1980s and early 1990s) around the
world on the Armed Forces Radio Network. It was the first Southern
Gospel radio program ever accepted for distribution to America's
military stationed around the world. An expanded version later aired on
the AFTRS FM program service, also a first. Armed Forces Radio
personnel presented Paul with a special plaque in honor of his
"outstanding support" for the spiritual wellbeing of America's military
personnel stationed around the world through this broadcast. (Cutbacks
in air time allowed for faith-based programming during the Clinton
administration ended the program's run there.)
Paul was the producer and voice of the popular Southern
Gospel Music Month Daybook series which was distributed to
more than 900 radio stations each September for several years. And he
has produced countless special radio features for various record labels
which have been distributed to thousands of radio stations.
Gospel Greats program airs each week on
nearly 200 radio stations throughout the United States, Canada ,New
Zealand and elsewhere. It is also heard
around the world on the internet,
accessible wherever anyone has a computer and an internet
connection. The Gospel Greats
was the first nationally syndicated Southern Gospel
radio program to be heard on either of the two major
satellite broadcasters. It was heard first on Sirius through
WSM, Nashville, but later exclusively on XM. However, since
the Sirius/XM merger, the program now is heard multiple
times each weekend on both satellite services on channel 65
to his present work, Paul was an award-winning radio news director
(WGAL, 1969-1977) and a television news director (WGAL-TV, top 50
market, 1977-1979). During his college years, Paul created and operated
a live radio network serving a dozen college radio stations throughout
Southeastern Pennsylvania, called the Keystone Collegiate
Radio Network. In the early 1980s, he syndicated a weekly
half-hour public affairs program to more than 60 Pennsylvania radio
stations called Pennsylvania Newsmakers.
Heil has an earned B.A. in English from Elizabethtown College,
Elizabethtown, Pa., and was given an honorary Doctor of Humanities
degree by Emmanuel Baptist University.
Paul's wife, Shelia,
is also a full-time, behind-the-scenes part of The Gospel
Greats program. She handles most listener
correspondence, schedules interviews and manages the office (which
includes just about everything). She writes Singing News
magazine's Northern Notes column, profiling
Southern Gospel groups based north of the Mason-Dixon line.
Paul and Shelia met back in 1981 (or so) at (of course) a
radio station that was airing The Gospel Greats
program. Messages for Shelia can be sent to email@example.com.
(Photo by Aaron Crisler 2007,
In recent years, Paul has come to be known for his "Paul's
Epistles," thoughtful and compelling devotional messages
which are published in his weekly e-mail
newsletter. Paul preaches occasionally at his home church. He
has also been a featured speaker for such organizations as the Southern
Gospel Promoters' Association.
Additional information about Paul and his family can be found in Singing
News magazine, January, 1999, in a special "At Home With..."
feature. Singing News magazine also did a special "Industry
Insider" feature interview with Paul in its June, 2006, issue
Read Paul's 20th Anniversary interview on this page.
E-mail for Paul can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
We still have a limited
supply of a special full-color printed newsletter we did in 1994 which
has in-depth stories about The Gospel Greats, our
offices, studios and a reprint of a previous Singing News
article about Paul and Shelia (and the unusual way they met!).
While supplies last (and we have a real
good supply), if you would like a complimentary copy just e-mail your
request to Paul at the address above. Be sure to ask for the
1994 newsletter and supply your postal mailing address.
available is our special 25th Anniversary Souvenir
Booklet — a 24-page full-color keepsake booklet
published in 2005 that includes the entire history of The
Gospel Greats program, plus reprints of feature articles,
listener letters and testimonies, answers to some of the most
commonly asked questions about the broadcast and countless other items
of interest. Includes many photos, including historical photos.
The booklet is available through our webstore. Click
here for further information about this booklet.
Read the timeline of The Gospel Greats
program's creation and development here.
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