Banned from GodTube, The Steve & Kathy Show Wins in 2008 Emmy® Awards

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The Christian TV show banned from GodTube came out a winner in the 2008 Mid-America Emmy® Gala this past weekend in St. Louis, MO. Steve Gray, creator and executive producer for the show and author of "My Absurd Religion," accepted the award for this weekly Christian variety show. Winner in the Emmy® category of Religion was Gray's skit "Real Preachers of Genius: Mega Church Pastor," made popular on YouTube.

Banned from GodTube, The Steve & Kathy Show wins Emmy® Award.

This is confirmation that religious broadcasting is long overdue for an overhaul.

Steve Gray is stirring the waters of religious broadcasting with his weekly faith-based variety show, The Steve & Kathy Show. Banned from GodTube and rejected by Australian TV, the show has been recognized a winner by the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.

The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences proudly announced the 2008 Emmy® Award recipients in St. Louis, Missouri on Saturday, October 4th. Over 500 attended the black tie Gala to hear the 2008 Emmy® award winners. The Steve & Kathy Show took the stage as the emcee announced the winner in the Religion Category: "Real Preachers of Genius: Mega Church Pastor," The Steve & Kathy Show, Kansas City, Missouri - Steve Gray."

The Steve & Kathy Show, a Christian variety TV show created by executive producer and host Steve Gray, received four Emmy® nominations this year. Gray, a first time participant in the Emmy® awards, has distinguished himself early in his short career in television with multiple Telly awards. The coveted Emmy® award won this past Saturday evening lifts this innovative and sometimes controversial show to another level in the TV industry.

In attendance with Gray to receive the Emmy® was Gray's wife and co-host of the show, Kathy Gray, and members of the show's production team. Gray accepted the golden Emmy® stating, "This is confirmation that religious broadcasting is long overdue for an overhaul."

Gray's comment was met with enthusiastic agreement and applause from the television industry professionals gathered for the evening. "We believe that America is ready for a change in its religious broadcasting," added Gray, "and we are certainly prepared to give it to them."

The 2008 Emmy® award winning skit, "Real Preachers of Genius: Mega Church Pastor," spoofs the mega church phenomenon in America, exposing what Gray has termed "my absurd religion." With over 44,000 hits on YouTube, and now an Emmy® award, the recognition this skit is receiving confirms Gray's statement that America is ready for something different in Christianity.

The Steve & Kathy Show uses humor and a late-night TV show format to convey its message. "Religion in America is in crisis," Gray believes, and this innovative TV show is one of Gray's strategies to give America "religion that works."

Gray's latest book, "My Absurd Religion," minces no words in Gray's fight against the religious system in America and complements the message of Gray's Emmy® award winning TV show. It will be available October 28th at

About the Mid-America Emmy® Awards:
"Each year, the Emmy® Awards showcase outstanding achievement in the media industry from the entire region," said NATAS Mid-America Chapter President and KETC Senior Producer Jim Kirchherr at the recent Emmy® Gala. The Academy's goal is to raise industry standards and encourage future generations of leaders, artists, and craft persons to reach for a higher level of excellence. The Emmy® is awarded to recognize outstanding achievements, encourage the continuing pursuit of excellence within the industry and focus public attention upon professional, technical and personal accomplishments in the arts and sciences of television and advanced media.

About The Steve and Kathy Show:
The Steve and Kathy Show is a pioneering approach to bring America fresh Christian television programming while offering a "religion that works." Hosted by creator and executive producer Steve Gray and co-host Kathy Gray, this award winning TV show features a late-night format with hilarious original skits, jazz music, and real-life stories of dramatic encounters with God. Gray's innovative approach to reach those disheartened by "absurd religion" is finding a responsive audience with his tongue-in-cheek satire and wit. More information is available on our Press Page.

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