First up, they have added the Les Butler and Friends’ Radio Show to their online broadcast each Sunday at 2:00 p.m. (eastern). Butler created this new program when he stepped aside last year from hosting Front Porch Fellowship, a program he had steered since 1998. Joe Mullins is now hosting that show.
Les invites all his friends and fans to enjoy the show on The Gospel Station Network’s 24/7 online stream, or through their apps for iOS and Android devices, to hear what’s new in Gospel bluegrass.
“Our show features some of the best new groups in America today and the best Gospel bluegrass music you’ll hear anywhere.”
The network has also announced that they will launch a new, all-bluegrass online feed in 2017. Branded as The Gospel Station Bluegrass, it will begin broadcasting on January 2, 2017 at the same URL as the current feed, www.thegospelstation.com.
Program Director Kevin Kilmurray says that artists and labels with bluegrass Gospel recordings they would like to submit for airplay can start sending them in now to:
The Gospel Station Bluegrass
P.O. Box 1343
Ada, Ok 74821
The station is also hosting a jingle contest for the new bluegrass feed. Kevin shared a few details about the competition.
“We are looking for songwriters to craft a jingle for The Gospel Station Bluegrass, approximately 15 seconds long, (give or take a few). Two of our slogans are ‘The best bluegrass this side of heaven’ and ‘It’s more than bluegrass, it’s the Gospel of Jesus Christ.’ The jingle could be longer, as I hope to be able to edit it and make several different length jingles out of it. You could do a couple with the same music bed and maybe with different lyrics for each one of our slogans. Please submit by December 1, 2016.”
The artist or writer of the winning jingle will have the honor of having their music to be the first played when the stream goes live, and will be featured in an interview about their music/ministry that will run several times during the station’s first week online. Rights to the jingle will become the property of The Gospel Station Bluegrass.
CDs can be sent to the address above, or MP3 files can be submitted by email.