WGTS-FM in Washington, DC, USA won the prestigious NAB Marconi Radio Awards.
WGTS-FM Washington, DC, a radio station affiliated with the Seventh-day Adventist community, was recently named Religious Station of the Year at the 2021 National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) Marconi Radio Awards.
The awards, which recognize excellence in radio, were announced during the NAB Marconi Radio Awards virtual program on November 10, 2021.
The ceremony was intended “to celebrate the great American broadcasters for their excellence in radio,” according to the organizers. It was hosted by Angela Yee, host of the morning show “The Breakfast Club”. The Religious Station of the Year award was presented by Collin Jones, senior vice president of corporate development and strategy at Cumulus Media Inc. Jones reminded viewers that “Religious stations are not limited to play good music. They help build a sense of community, their faith and their inspiration.
WGTS-FM Washington, DC had stiff competition, nominated as a finalist with WGRB-AM of Chicago, Illinois; KKJM-FM of St. Cloud, Minnesota; KLTY-FM of Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas; and KFIA-AM of Sacramento, California.
“We Need to Talk” named best radio podcast of the year
At the same time, the same station’s “We Need to Talk” was named Best Radio Podcast of the Year at the ceremony. The award was presented by Caroline Beasley, CEO of Beasley Media Group. She reminded listeners that “the category honors one of the hottest trends in audio.” She added: “Radio podcasts bring you the content you want, when you want it.”
The hosts of WGTS ‘“We Need to Talk” are Claude Jennings and Jerry Woods, who lead a weekly discussion about the breed that the station describes as “open, honest and at times uncomfortable with the aim of fostering growth and understanding among people. people from all walks of life. races. ”He adds,“ It’s a refreshing look at the race from a non-political bent that aims to bring people together. ”Each week, the hosts answer questions, share stories and discuss progress, inspiring people to be part of the change.
WGTS began broadcasting in 1957 as the first non-commercial radio station to operate in the Washington, DC area. According to Visitor of the Union of Colombia, it started in the basement of the men’s dorm on the campus of the old Washington Missionary College, with a 10-watt transmitter covering a square mile in Takoma Park, Maryland. The letters of appeal – WGTS – echoed the college motto “Gateway to Service”.
In 1982 the station began broadcasting 18 hours a day and in 1996 it switched to an inspiring Christian format. In 2004, the broadcast tower was moved to Arlington, Virginia, significantly expanding its coverage area. In 2018, the station was sold to the non-profit organization Atlantic Gateway Communications, Inc.
In 2021, WGTS acquired a 50,000-watt repeater in Ocean City, Maryland, which gives the station access to the state’s east coast. The purchase was funded by listeners and supporters.
According to the WGTS website, the station’s stated mission is “to encourage everyone … to take one more step toward Christ.” The resort’s culture is founded on a commitment to integrity, service and excellence.
WGTS President and CEO Kevin Krueger said that “serving listeners through Christian music radio has been a career blessing. Serving listeners… in the nation’s capital is an incredible honor, one that I do not take lightly; one that hits me at the start of every day, ”he said.
To Krueger, what he does looks to some people like simple media or even entertainment. “But the reality is, it is life changing hundreds of thousands of times as God works in the hearts of listeners… in Washington and in the online world,” he said. It is this call to share God with others that keeps him fresh and alive, according to him. “I love to dream of a day in Heaven where we will have a huge meeting of WGTS 91.9 listeners and we will each share stories of how God has worked in our lives through a song, a shared word – through this media ministry. “
WGTS-FM is a non-commercial, listener-funded radio station. In April 2021, WGTS-FM was also certified “Best Christian Workplace” for its “pursuit of excellence” and “continued Christian witness to the world”.
The National Association of Broadcasters is the premier association defending the rights of American broadcasters. NAB advances the interests of radio and television in legislative, regulatory and public affairs. Through advocacy, education and innovation, NAB enables broadcasters to better serve their communities, strengthen their businesses and seize new opportunities in the digital age. According to NAB sources, the finalists for Marconi were selected by a working group of broadcasters and the winners were elected by the NAB Marconi Radio Awards Selection Academy. The votes were compiled by an independent cabinet.