Radio Host Bob Marovich Contributes to New Gospel Music Encyclopedia

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Bob Marovich, gospel music historian and host of “Gospel Memories,” a Chicago-based radio program, contributed biographical entries to the "Encyclopedia of American Gospel Music," one of the first scholarly books to provide information on artists and topics important to the development of both black and white gospel.

Bob Marovich, gospel music historian and host of “Gospel Memories,” a Chicago-based radio program, contributed biographical entries to the "Encyclopedia of American Gospel Music," one of the first scholarly books to provide information on artists and topics important to the development of both black and white gospel.

Edited by W.K. McNeil and published this fall by Routledge, the "Encyclopedia of American Gospel Music" includes biographical profiles on quartets such as the Dixie Hummingbirds and the Blackwood Brothers, on solo artists such as Mahalia Jackson and Johnny Cash, and offers essays on significant contributions made to the genre by record labels, books, radio stations, and professional associations such as the Gospel Music Workshop of America and the Gospel Music Association.

“There are many gospel artists and industry pioneers about whom little has been written,” Marovich said. “The 'Encyclopedia of American Gospel Music' shines the spotlight on these unsung heroes. I am pleased to have played a role in its creation.”

Marovich contributed five histories of influential black gospel pioneers:

  • The St. Paul Baptist Church Choir of Los Angeles,
  • Mattie Moss Clark and the Southwest Michigan State Choir,
  • The Wings over Jordan Choir,
  • Kenneth Morris, pioneering gospel songwriter, and
  • Joe Bostic, legendary gospel music disc jockey and entrepreneur.

"One of the things that makes this new 'Encyclopedia of American Gospel Music' special is the contribution by noted gospel musicologist and fervent fan Bob Marovich,” said Robert Darden, author of People Get Ready: A New History of Black Gospel Music. “Marovich's radio show ‘Gospel Memories’ is perhaps the premiere such program in the country and his passion and knowledge is evident in each of his entries. Which begs the question: Why hasn't some astute syndicate picked up ‘Gospel Memories’ for national distribution?"

To learn more or to purchase the "Encyclopedia of American Gospel Music," go to http://www.amazon.com.

About Bob Marovich:

For the past five years, Marovich has hosted “Gospel Memories,” a radio show on Chicago’s WLUW 88.7 FM. The broadcast, which airs the first Sunday of the month from 3:00 to 7:30 a.m., features vintage recordings of gospel, spiritual, and other black religious folk music. It is webcast live on http://www.wluw.org.

Marovich has created two websites dedicated to gospel music: “Gospel Memories” http://www.gospelmemories.com and The Black Gospel Blog, http://blackgospel.blogspot.com. He is assistant editor of, and frequent contributor to, The Negro Spiritual journal.

Marovich is on the board of the Chicago Gospel Music Heritage Museum and second vice president of the Chicago Area Gospel Announcers Guild. He holds a bachelor’s degree in American Studies from the University of Notre Dame and an MBA from the Lake Forest Graduate School of Management.

Contact:

Robert Marovich

6807 North Lakewood, Unit LL    

Host, “Gospel Memories”                 

WLUW 88.7 FM Chicago

Chicago, IL 60626

(312) 287-8041

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