Great American Gospel Making An Impact On Television
Wednesday, August 11, 2010
"Great American Gospel" first hit the airwaves July 26, 2008, on the
Fox Network and CW Network in Savannah, Ga., and on the NBC Network
in Columbus, Georgia. The weekly program featured 30 minutes of
Southern Gospel music and was hosted by Southern Gospel Music Hall
of Fame personality, Ed O'Neal. By 2009, "Great American Gospel" had
garnered Nielsen Ratings in these markets, a fete almost unheard of
for religious programming.
More than 10 national and international television networks and over
200 independent television affiliates across the United States have
added "Great American Gospel" to their weekly schedule. "Great
American Gospel" was also recently named the top "New Music
Television Program for 2010" at the National Religious Broadcasters
Convention in Nashville, Tennessee.
"Great American Gospel" is the brainchild of Danny and Dee Kramer of
Savannah, Ga., and is taped and produced at Marathon Auditorium in
Greenville, S.C., with all post-production finalized in Savannah.
Many legendary artists appear as regular guests, including the Dixie
Melody Boys, Florida Boys, Dixie Echoes, Blackwood Brothers, Chuck
Wagon Gang, Primitive Quartet, Anchormen, Dove Brothers, Quinton
Mills, and Archie Watkins & Smoky Mountain Reunion. Other artists
slated to appear are Jerry Goff and Little Jan, the Stamps Quartet,
Brian Free & Assurance, Lulu Roman of Hee Haw fame, Booth Brothers,
Gold City, Pfeifers and others.
With the program now airing on Daystar, NRB, TCT, CTN, CornerStone
TV, Global Christian Network, Legacy TV, and the Armed Services
Network, "Great American Gospel" is now the second largest Christian
music TV program, being seen in over 200 nations and to a potential
audience of more than 800 million households each week.
While "Great American Gospel" is making a high mark with its' rapid
growth, Danny and Dee are also working to launch a new show, "Gospel
SoundStage," which will feature popular new artists, and up and
coming groups and soloists. "There are so many exciting new
artists working in Gospel music today," shares Dee with Singing
News, "and we want to provide an avenue for these talented
performers. 'Gospel SoundStage' will introduce these artists to the