INSPIRATION 1390AM ANNOUNCES NEW HOSTS FOR MORNINGS AND AFTERNOONS
Chicago, IL, March 28, 2016 – iHeartMedia Chicago announced today that Sonya Blakey will host mornings from 6 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and Marcella Jones will host afternoons from 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., weekdays on Inspiration 1390AM, live in-studio beginning Monday, April 4, 2016.
“Sonya Blakey has a legacy of excellence, talent and passion for the Inspiration 1390 audience and the Gospel music community,” said Derrick Brown, Director of Urban Programming at iHeartMedia Chicago. “I am confident our listeners and advertisers will continue to embrace Sonya as she transitions to her new time slot.”
Blakey serves as Program Director of Inspiration 1390AM and most recently hosted afternoons on the station. She will continue to host V013’s “Get Your Praise On!” on Sundays from 8 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Inspiration 1390 has captured numerous awards during Blakey’s tenure at the station, most notably a 2015 Stellar Gospel Music Award for “Major Market Gospel Station of the Year.”
“I am elated that Marcella is joining Inspiration 1390AM to host afternoons,” said Brown. “Over the last decade, Marcella has been one of our most dedicated personalities, stepping up and stepping in whenever and wherever she was most needed. Marcella is primed to take afternoons on Inspiration 1390AM to its next level of success.”
Jones, known as the “Sweetheart of Gospel Music” previously hosted Saturday afternoons on Inspiration 1390AM. She has the unique ability to capture an audience and convey to her listeners the real “message in the music.” Jones is presently Assistant Program Director at Kennedy-King College in Chicago where she is training the next generation of broadcasters.
Inspiration 1390AM is a leading media outlet in the Chicago market and its programming and content are available across multiple platforms, including its broadcast stations; online via its branded digital sites; mobile; and social, with nationwide listening through iHeartRadio – with its more than 800 million downloads, 80 million registered users and more than 75 million social media followers across the Network.
About iHeartMedia Chicago:
iHeartMedia Chicago owns and operates WLIT-FM, WEBG-FM, WEBG-HD, WVAZ-FM, WKSC-FM, WGCI-FM, WGRB-AM and is part of iHeartMedia. With over a quarter of a billion monthly listeners in the U.S. and over 80 million social followers, iHeartMedia has the largest reach of any radio or television outlet in America. It serves over 150 markets through 858 owned radio stations, and the company’s radio stations and content can be heard on AM/FM, HD digital radio, satellite radio, on the Internet at iHeartRadio.com and on the company’s radio station websites, on the iHeartRadio mobile app, in enhanced auto dashes, on tablets and smartphones, and on gaming consoles. iHeartRadio, iHeartMedia’s digital radio platform, is the No. 1 all-in-one digital audio service with over 800 million downloads; it reached its first 20 million registered users faster than any digital service in Internet history and reached 80 million users faster than any other radio or digital music service and even faster than Facebook. The company’s operations include radio broadcasting, online, mobile, digital and social media, live concerts and events, syndication, music research services and independent media representation. iHeartMedia is a division of iHeartMedia, Inc. (OTCBB: IHRT). Visit iHeartMedia.com for more company information.