Friday, January 24, 2014
“Honor the Lord with thy substance, and with the first fruits of all thine increase.”
The weather outside could be frightful, but being alive is always delightful, because it means we have another chance for new mercies. It means we have another chance to be all that we can be, to seek forgiveness for all of our wrongs, and to serve the Lord with all we have within us.
I hope you have had a good week, and you’re looking forward to an even greater upcoming week, that all of your troubles are few and far away, and that only sunshine is within your view. But if that’s not case, and you have been wearied and burdened, or even physically sick; don’t despair because God is taking care of you. If He wasn’t, you wouldn’t be here to read this column, but because He is taking care of you, please know that he will not leave you or forsake you, for you belong to Him. He loves you, and He will take care of his own. If you have been seeking Him for a certain situation; don’t give up because the answer is on the way. Just remember mortal man is not your source. If man turns you down, continue to seek your heavenly Father. The maker of every man has great things just for you. Only believe.
Safe Sanctuary Forum
Congratulations and thanks to Mrs. Sherry Davis Livingston and constituents for the fine Christian education presentation of the Safe Sanctuary Forum on last Saturday, Jan.18. The forum was held at St. Stephen AME Church, compliments of the pastor, Rev. Carl Anderson, Mrs. Doris Anderson, and the church family. Greetings were given by Ms. Carmen Williams, CED of St. Stephen and the purpose was given by presiding elder of the Georgetown district, Rev. Rosalyn Grant Coleman.
The presenters were Cpl. Robert Patterson of the Georgetown County Sheriff’s department, Mr. Carlton Bridges , foster care case manager of Horry County Department of Social Services, and attorney Louis Morant of Morant and Morant Law Firm. These persons made fine and informative presentations that were followed by a question and answer session.
I returned to Georgetown from Charlotte, NC in 1985, to be with my mother after the passing of my father in 1984, and her mother, my grandmother, in 1985. The song writer says that no matter where we roam, be it ever so humble, there’s no place like home. I agree.
Of course, there was a need for employment, so I set out to look for a job. I tried my former work site, Charleston Naval Shipyard, and many other places before I learned that a new radio station was coming into Georgetown. It would be Georgetown’s first black owned and operated urban, contemporary radio station. The owners were Misters Sam Bonds, Samuel Hudson, Cephis Anderson, and Robert Cunningham. The station was formerly WGOO in the early sixties, and later, WINH, and owned by the Fogel family in 1966, and finally became WVBX in the early eighties. I was advised to apply and gladly took the advice. After waiting for a while, I was notified that I had gotten the position of receptionist with other general office work. I was so grateful to be working with Alma White, Cynthia Wragg, Robert “Hollywood” Swinton, Norman Sweet, Donald Harrell, Arthur Lee McGill, and later with Rosalind Andrews, Oliver “X/O” Grant, Al Scott, Dianna Canteen and Shana Cox. We seemed like one big family. I enjoyed coming up with funny PSA’s and taking a part in doing the commercials. I also became a fill in person on the gospel segment for Cynthia, which turned into a three hour daily gospel program with a prayer line program on Thursdays. I think this was my favorite part of being at the station because I got to talk to and pray with persons calling in for prayer requests. I made many friends “over the air” that I will never forget. I’ll always be thankful to Cynthia, Norman, and Hollywood for teaching me the art of radio broadcasting, and I’ll always be thankful to God for allowing me to minister to His people.
WVBX was sold to Mrs. Barbara Huell in the 90’s and became WLMC which was again sold to Dr. Altman. Mr. Rod Stalvey, owner of WGTN, bought WLMC in 2005. He is proud to say that WGTN and WLMC are the only local owned radio stations with emphasis on localism. WGTN covers local football games, and has an emergency generator that kept us up to date on what was happening during hurricane Charlie, and can do so again, if such an emergency were to happen. WGTN streams all of its broadcasts over Internet, which means you can listen to WGTN anywhere in the world at WGTN.com. I was again happy to join Rod and WLMC a few years ago with gospel radio programming along with other religious broadcasters, churches and pastors. I feel proud again to reach and minister to God’s people with His word and prayers for all. Both radio stations are housed in one building at 1274 McDonald Road. WGTN is located at 1400 AM, and WLMC is located at 1470 AM. You can hear my programs on WLMC Saturdays at 12:30 a.m. and on Sundays at 11 a.m., and listen for other great gospel programming. Rod will be glad you did, and let us continue to appreciate that we have these two local giants with an emphasis on localism right here in Georgetown. Radio advertising is also a sure thing to reach your listening audience.
Please remember to pray for the sick and shut in, the bereaved, those in nursing homes and hospitals, those that have been given fatal diagnosis of an illness, realizing that God has the final say, churches and their congregations, victims of acts of nature, our men and women on the battlefield, and their families back home, our radio stations and their owners, struggling businesses, the unemployed, the homeless, the hungry, and for each other. May God continue to bless each and every one of you to prosper and be in health, even as your soul prospers. God bless you until we meet again.
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