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Release Date: Wednesday, May 21, 2014 5:18 PM
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Howard Radio Veteran Jacquie Gales Webb To Be Inducted Into Radio Hall Of Fame May 31
 
Jacquie Gales Webb
WASHINGTON (May 21, 2014) – WHUR “Sunday Afternoon Gospel” Hostess Jacquie Gales Webb is such a fixture on Washington’s  airwaves that fans may not realize she’s not a native Washingtonian. Now, her college alma mater’s student-run radio station, Emerson College’s WERS 88.9 FM, is inducting the distinctive-voiced announcer into its Hall of Fame.

Gales Webb will be inducted alongside Gary Krantz  (President/CEO of Krantz Media Group); Florence Markoff (long-time radio personality on WEAN, WJAR, WICE and WLKW) and Chet Tart (Vice President/General Manager, WSVU) at the sixth annual WERS Hall of Fame Induction ceremony on May 31 in Boston.

“It’s such an honor to be recognized for something you love to do. God gave me the inspiration to use communications skills to benefit His people,” says Gales Webb. “WERS and Emerson College gave me what I needed to develop my skills.”

The New York native became a student DJ at WERS in 1974. At that time in Boston, the leading station in the Black community was WILD 1090 AM, a sunrise-to-sunset station. “Back in `74, when the sun went down, the Black community turned to the college stations to hear Black music . . . and did we deliver!” she adds. “We were playing the entire spectrum of African-American music, from Miles Davis to James Brown.”
An executive at WILD heard Gales Webb on the air at WERS and recruited her to host a Sunday morning gospel program while she was still a college junior. After her stint there, Gales Webb became a late night rock DJ at WBCN. “BCN was called an album-oriented rock station,” she recalls. “I was playing Fleetwood Mac, J. Geils Band, Led Zeppelin and Kiss. Stations like BCN were the inspiration for the movie `FM’ and the TV sitcom `WKRP in Cincinnati.’”

In 1978, Gales Webb came to Washington to become one of the original on-air personalities at the city’s first 24-hour gospel music station, WYCB 1340 AM. By the 1980s, Gales Webb was firmly planted in the Washington market where she also worked as a producer at WUSA-TV for six years.
For the last 24 years, she’s hosted the “Sunday Afternoon Gospel” program on WHUR 96.3 FM and recently began to host the “Gospel World” show on HUR Voices, Channel 141 on the XM/Sirius Satellite Radio Network. The National Convention of Gospel Choirs and choruses presented Ms. Webb with a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2012 for continuous service and support of gospel music.

 Gales Webb has  won six local Emmys; been nominated for 14 regional Emmys;  and produced the thirteen-part radio series, “Black Radio: Telling It Like It Was,” hosted by the late Lou Rawls, that earned the University of Georgia’s Peabody Award. She was also prominently featured in the critically acclaimed 2011 gospel music documentary film “Rejoice & Shout.”

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