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Paul Heil's
THE GOSPEL GREATS Program
P. O. Box 1372
Lancaster PA 17608-1372
Phone (717) 898-9100
Fax (717) 898-6600


Resources:
Southern Gospel Music Guild
Southern Gospel Music Association
Gospel Music Association
Southern Gospel Promoters Association

 

PROGRAM 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.) 

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.

Paul 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 1991.

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 Personality." 
SGMG Lifetime Achievement Award for Paul Heil
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 allocated to 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.

Today The 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 (enLighten). 

Prior 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 shelia@thegospelgreats.com. (Photo by Aaron Crisler 2007,  www.gospelmusicupdate.com.)

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 paul@thegospelgreats.com.

NOTE:   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.

Also 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.

Related:  Read the timeline of The Gospel Greats program's creation and development here.




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