Posted By David Licata on July 12, 2011
When I first interviewed Robert Darden of the Black Gospel Music Restoration Project for A Life’s Work in Chicago (August 2009), one collector’s name came up again and again. Bob Marovich.
Bob Marovich is a gospel music historian, radio announcer, and journalist. Since 2001, he has hosted “Gospel Memories,” a weekly radio program featuring classic gospel on WLUW Chicago. He is currently at work on a book-length history of gospel music in Chicago, to be published in 2013, and is the editor of The Black Gospel Blog.
The idea to interview Marovich came to me as I was editing a Darden section. In it Darden mentions the moment in his life when his passion for gospel music took hold (
this will be a future blog post read the post and view the clip!), and I wondered if Marovich had a similar moment and trajectory. I realized after conducting the interview that whether they discovered their passions in a similar way hardly matters, really; what’s interesting is the personal story of an individual’s discovery.