Gospel Station on the air just over two decades – Published in the June 6-12 edition of the JC Sentinel

This week’s Member Spotlight is on The Gospel Station. The Station was started in 1998 by founders Randall Christy, Mike Huddelston (Air Name, Rick Cotey), and Sharla Frederick as KTGS in Ada.

Two years later, under the leadership of the board of directors, including Tishomingo resident Sandy Northcutt, the The Gospel Station began airing in Tishomingo after the installment of a local tower. In their 20 ½ years, they have had as many as 22 stations, and are currently down to 18.

They have sold smaller stations and bought larger ones as the years have gone on. Just this year, they had their first 100-KW station built in Frederick, OK, reaching from North Texas to Altus and Lawton to parts of western Carter County.

The Gospel Station employs 9 staff members and 10 representatives, including Althea Brownlee, our local rep that you are likely to see around town. The Station is very interested in reaching their communities through the radio, but also via events and group activities.

They are in their 7th season of operating The Great Passion Play, held in Eureka Springs, Arkansas, and they appreciate the help of several Johnston County volunteers who go up to help get the park ready to open and help with maintenance during the summer! The World Mission Team, with Mike and Jan Russell as directors leading the charge, take teams to Africa, Costa Rica, and other locales to share the good news and lend a hand. They have built 9 churches in Africa, and 10 in the United States.

The Station also sponsors “Sisters Hand in Hand” once per month and is a support group for widows, as well as “Reach in Ministries”, which inspires women in prison to ‘break the chains’ of their lives and live for Christ.

For the Best Music on This Side of Heaven, tune in to 88.3FM. You or your business can sponsor the network and events throughout the year. If you have questions, contact Althea at 580-504-2727 or check out www.thegospelstation.com. We appreciate their membership with the JCCC!

There are a busy few weeks coming up for us here at the JCCC. This week we will be attending an economic development event in Durant/Kingston to promote our area and try to attract businesses here.

Thursday, June 13th we will host our next quarterly membership meeting at noon at The Wildflower. BancFirst is sponsoring refreshments and Marla Herndon will be speaking about branding and REI. I will be giving an update on the activities of the chamber and there will be ample time for networking before and after the meeting. Bring your business cards and $1 to participate – please RSVP in advance.

The next Women’s Biz Connection is Tuesday, June 25th at Old Silo Winery and space is limited. Register to reserve your spot! You’ll want to hear this month’s presentation about wellness in the workplace from Laura Wood.

The Red, White & BOOM Celebration is coming together! Vendor and parade forms are available online or you can stop by our office. If your organization would like to set up a game or other activity, please let us know!

“The tragedy in life doesn’t lie in not reaching your goal. The tragedy lies in having no goal to reach.” – Benjamin Mays

-Jordyn Frazier, Executive Director