By Sandi Duncan-Clark
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 fans."