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The LifeFM Network to Receive the 2017 GMA Dove Award for Radio Impact

Greenville, South Carolina-October 9, 2017-The LifeFM Network has been selected to receive the Southern Gospel Radio Impact Award from the Gospel Music Association. The 48th Annual Dove Awards ceremony will take place on Tuesday, October 17, 2017 at Lipscomb University’s Allen Arena in Nashville, Tennessee.
The GMA’s Dove Awards, instituted in 1970, recognize a variety of Christian music genres for their outstanding achievements and overall contribution to the music industry. Thirty-four categories will be honored, including nominees for Artist of the Year, Album of the Year, Recorded Song of the Year and Inspirational Film of the Year.

The Radio Impact Award is an accolade which honors professionalism and influence in the
broadcasting industry. The LifeFM staff was overjoyed to receive news of the 2017
Southern/Country/Bluegrass Gospel Radio Impact Award, which stated, “The GMA wants to
salute The LifeFM Network for its service to the community and dedication to spread the gospel
through music.”

Since the launch of its first station in October 2010, The LifeFM Network has grown to twentyeight
radio stations and a world-wide online audience at thelifefm.com, providing quality
programming with the best selection of Southern Gospel music. Rodney Baucom, a twenty-five
year veteran in the broadcasting field and Program Director at The LifeFM says, “We are thrilled
to receive this award. It has always been our goal to serve the Lord with excellence. We try to
live out our lives on the air and connect with our audience in a real way.”

For more information regarding the GMA and the 2017 Dove Awards, go to gospelmusic.org.

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Formed over 19 years ago by Deon & Susan Unthank originally as SoGospelNews.com, the site was birthed from an email discussion group by the same name. The SoGospelNews email discussion list was created by the Unthanks after the Singing News shut down its extremely popular discussion list. SoGospelNews started as a simple webpage listing artists, fans, individuals, etc. that were avid supporters of the newly formed SoGospelNews talk list. The site eventually took on printing news for Southern Gospel artists, and eventually took on reviewing the latest recordings from both signed and independent artists within the small genre. SoGospelNews became the most viewed Southern Gospel website on the Internet with over 4,000,000 hits per month.

The Unthank family are now involved in the site, as well as the addition of over two dozen staff writers. The website is based out of Murfreesboro, Tennessee. In April 2010, SoGospelNews changed its name to AbsolutelyGospel.com. The name change allows them to cover news items of not only Southern Gospel, but also Country Gospel, Inspirational, and Black Gospel.

On January 5, 2011, Susan Unthank passed away, leaving the website in control of Deon, their son, Chris, and their daughter Amy.

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