Gospel Memories – Highlights of the February 3 Broadcast

Start Black History Month on the right note by tuning into 88.7 WLUW in Chicago this Sunday morning, February 3, from 3:00 to 7:30 a.m. CDT for the live broadcast of “Gospel Memories” – the Soundtrack to That Old Time Religion.

Not in Chicago? No problem. Go to http://www.wluw.org/, click the Listen Live button, and enjoy “Gospel Memories” from wherever you are!

Highlights of the February 3 Broadcast:

Benediction: “The Lord’s Prayer” – Liz Dargan and the Gospelettes

Words and Music: An Interview with Cleve Graham of the Pilgrim Jubilees

In Loving Memory:

Freeman Wilson (Victory Choral Union, Gabriel Hardeman Delegation, Philadelphia Mass Choir)

Donald Young (Choir Director, Trinity United Church of Christ, Chicago)

Edgar O’Neal (O’Neal Twins, St. Louis, MO)

Preacher Feature: “Halfway to the Promised Land” by Rev. W.M. Hobson, Pastor – Macedonia M.B. Church, Jackson, TN (circa late 1950s – early 1960s)

From the Vault:
Arizona Dranes w/Rev. Ford Washington McGee
Elder Lightfoot Solomon Michaux
Nazarene Congregational Church Choir of Brooklyn, NY

Plus recordings by pioneers and legends such as:

Rev. Luscha Allen and the Versatile Acapella Choral Group
Mae Gooch and the Gospel Stars
Fellowship M.B. Church Choir, feat. Woodrow Walker
Famous Boyer Brothers
Rev. Morgan Babb
Roberta Martin Singers
Sacred Jewels
Holy Disciples
St. Luke COGIC Choir of Chicago
Spiritual Blind Boys
Doris Akers and Dorothy Simmons
…and many more!

So tune in and turn on to “Gospel Memories”…where every month is Black History Month.

About Bob Marovich

Bob Marovich is a gospel music historian, author, and radio host. Founder of Journal of Gospel Music blog (formally The Black Gospel Blog) and producer of the Gospel Memories Radio Show.


  1. Bob: Very good program. I enjoyed it. The wonderful gospel songs by the great gospel artist as well as the interview with Mr. Cleve Graham.

    Great job on the interview with Mr. Graham. It was interesting listening to him talk about things which were not mentioned in the book. I especially enjoyed the song “Stretch Out.” Absolutely outstanding song. The feel of the song took me back to the time it was recorded. Do you know how they got that echo sound in the recording? That echo effect is on most of their early recordings.

    Thank you for a great program.

  2. Thank you, Ducky, for listening and thank you for your compliments! Glad you enjoyed the show!

    I’m not sure specifically how the Jubes got the echo sound on “Stretch Out,” but I do know that Bernie Clapper who operated the Universal Recording Studio in Chicago was a masterful engineer. Other recordings — secular and sacred — made at Univeral had that same echo effect. Jimmy Reed’s records on VJ have it, too.

    I’ve read that Sam Phillips at Sun accomplished echo on his records by literally looping the tape in such a way to create drag pull on the audio, which created the echo effect. Maybe Bernie did the same.

  3. Bob, thank you for that information.

  4. I would like to know what station Gospel Memories comes on. Also the times.

  5. Hi – Gospel Memories airs every Saturday morning, 10 – 11 a.m. Central Time on Chicago’s WLUW, 88.7 FM, and streams live on http://www.wluw.org. Archived shows are available on http://www.gospelmemories.com. Thank you for your interest!

  6. http://hubcap.clemson.edu/~campber/vitacoustic.html
    “Bill Putnam and Bernie Clapper [who founded Universal Recording] developed the first echo chamber by running a microphone and a receiver into the adjacent ladies’ washroom, which was that old-type tile thing–it had great resonance–and while we were doing a session we put a guard outside the door so that nobody would come in and flush the toilet.”

  7. Eric, thanks for providing this information!

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