Charlotte Gospel Radio Station Praise 100.9 is rejoicing. It recently won The Stellar Award for best large market radio station. The Stellar Awards is considered the Grammy Awards for Gospel Music. The station had been nominated several times before for this category – but this year the station won. Listeners voted for the station they thought should be number one Charlotte’s gospel station was up against stations in Memphis, Raleigh, and Virginia Beach.
“They really like us.” Praise 100.9 Radio Host Melanie Pratt said.
Pratt has been with the gospel station for 14 years. She can be heard every weekday from 10 AM to 3PM. She says with the new title – the station will continue to serve the community.
“More great music of course,” she said. “And of course in times like this – we keep you informed and inspired.”
The goal of the radio station is to be the voice of the community. During these uncertain times the radio station has provided listeners with information concerning virtual job fairs, kept the community informed about COVID-19, and encouraged listeners to register to vote and participate in the US Census. Pratt wants the radio station to be the place where people can not only hear good gospel music but get updated on controversial issues that people are talking about.
“I want them to hear it,” Pratt said. “But with the filter that they go to church with, they live their daily lives with and so maybe not so incendiary not so argumentative but supportive and prayerful -it’s a faith filter what I like to call it.”
Research shows during the pandemic – 28% of Americans are listening to the radio more. Pratt says radio is alive and well. She says Praise 100.9 listeners are listening online and the station’s app. Pratt says the gospel radio station is here to stay.
“I think that it is of the utmost importance to have gospel music,” Pratt said. “Music of inspiration in our day to day lives – in particular in challenging times. It is critical to have music that counters the negativity and reminds us that there is a power greater than us that keeps things moving. We are grateful for that.”
While the station waits for the award to come through the mail – it is not wasting anytime bragging about its new title.