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Radio Execs Form National Association of Gospel Radio


National Association of Gospel Radio
National Association of Gospel Radio

A group of radio executives in the Urban Inspirational and Gospel music radio industry have come together to create the National Association of Gospel Radio (NAGR) with a mission to empower stations as they preserve, protect and advance the format. The national organization's first President is Charles Johnson aka Pastor CeJay, who was elected by the board to serve as its first lead officer. Johnson is a community leader and an executive with Alpha Media, which has five stations in its Shreveport cluster. The organization is operating in a limited capacity with plans to launch fully on January 1, 2023.

"We are America's only trade association for radio professionals working in the Gospel/Inspirational format," explained Johnson. "Separately, we reach thousands of ears every day, but together we reach millions of listeners. Our membership comprises radio station programmers, management, engineers, announcers, and salespeople. We believe our existence will uphold the legacy of gospel radio and help it grow for generations to come. Our vision is to become a trusted ally and to provide a hub of resources to stations to help them expand their listening base, increase advertising, and to support music artists within the format."

Kyle Glover, an executive with the Reach Gospel Radio network will serve as Executive Vice President. Ju Joyner, from Virginia Beach's Chesapeake-Portsmouth Broadcasting concern, will be Vice President of Finance. Fred Harris, of Salem Media Group will be Vice President of Marketing & Promotions.

The leadership is rounded out with Board members Dr. Sctonda Kelly Gordon, Program Director with Eternity Media Group in Augusta, GA; Chris Squire, Senior Vice President of Sales with iHeart Media, the largest radio corporation in America; and Ron Thompson, Program Director with Radio One in Washington, DC.

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