A Media Minute
by Rob Patz
SGN Scoops Magazine
Used by permission.
Rob: I am passionate about technology and media! I am also
passionate about spreading the gospel of Christ. Creatively
using media to advance the gospel makes my heart skip
a beat for sure! I have been blessed with people in our
industry that share this same passion. Occasionally in the
magazine, I will share our conversations and highlight
other ministries that are BROADCASTING the good news of
Jesus in song. This month I’m shining the spotlight on Ken
and Jean Grady of Gospel Music Today.
Rob: “Tell our readers how you got involved with Southern
Ken: “Neither one of us grew up with southern gospel music.
Jean’s father was a Southern Baptist preacher in Oklahoma,
so the family was aware of southern gospel music,
but not really involved with it. I grew up in New England,
and didn’t even know that southern gospel existed. We
started watching The Statler Brothers on Saturday nights.
That led us to the Gaither Homecoming programs, and
before long our church choir, which Jean directed, was
singing southern gospel, and we were inviting southern
gospel quartets and groups to sing at our church in Rhode
Rob: “What are your backgrounds in broadcasting?”
Jean: “My background is in music, and my full time working
background is in the computer services industry. Ken’s
broadcasting background began with college radio, and
continued with American Forces Radio and Television in
the Army. Ken returned to teaching high school in Rhode
Island, still working part time in commercial radio, and
built an FM radio station at the school. When he retired
from teaching, one of his former students offered him a
job at WLNE TV, ABC6, in Providence, and he worked there
until we moved to Oklahoma.”
Rob: “What is your favorite feature on Gospel Music Today?”
Jean: “We like the “host chat” segment where we talk about
concerts we’ve attended and concerts that are coming
up, and show a live concert clip that we recorded on the
road. Our main purpose in doing this show is to encourage
people to go out and hear live southern gospel singing.
It’s also fun to record the interviews at NQC and have the
opportunity to “catch up” with all the artists.”
Rob: “If you could interview someone from southern gospel’s
past, who would it be and why?”
Ken: “When I interview guests on our show, I frequently
ask who their influences were in southern gospel, and the
number of times that they have responded with ‘George
Younce and Glen Payne’ has gone beyond what I can count.
Obviously, their legacy involves much more than singing
and I wish I had had the opportunity to talk to them.”
Jean: “I would have liked to spend the day with Vestal
Goodman. I really believe she and I would have had a
good time together.”
At the Absolutely Gospel Music Awards with the 2012 Pacesetter Award
American Forces Radio & Televison, 1970. That round object on the lower right is a record.
Shepherd of the Valley Gospel Choir, 1992. Jean is singing "There Is Coming A Great Day"
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