Marion County gospel station hosting concert to celebrate relaunch
MULLINS, S.C. – WJAY 98.3 FM and 1280 AM radio station is celebrating “A New Beginning” with a re-launch concert Friday at 7 p.m. at Marion High School.
The event will feature Rance Allen, Darrell McFadden & The Disciples, Maurice McZeke & MDK along with Nora Godbolt & Serenity.
The station is now owned and operated by The Door of Hope Christian Church.
Rev. Curtis Campbell served for the past 23 years as general manager for the station established in 1947. The former announcer retired but continues to serve as an assistant general manager.
“Here we are and we are known as the radio station of Marion County,” Campbell said. “This concert is going to kick-off the all new WJAY.”
The station has been remodeling its facility and expects to be completed by the end of the year. Production rooms, control rooms, lobby and outside the building have undergone renovations.
“They’ve made tremendous change and it’s awesome,” Campbell said. “We’re just excited about it.”
WJAY features up to eight disc jockeys and broadcast several local churches along with being the go-to source to hear local recording artist.
Door of Hope Christian Church’s Bishop Michael Blue said he’s been representing the church in the oversight and development of the radio station. The investment keeps an important resource in the area.
“The no. 1 reason is that WJAY is the only indigenous media voice in Marion County and it is certainly the only voice in the minority community,” he said. “My concern was that we would be voiceless and that some conglomerate would just come and pick it up and keep a signal but not have an interest in the community.”
Blue said in addition, is responding to a lack of awareness and spreading information about resources, opportunities, forums, meetings, seminars and challenges.
“This is an opportunity to zero in on that awareness piece and try to make sure all of our county and beyond are kept current on things that could benefit us as a community,” he said.
Campbell said he’s happy to have the station remain operating and remembers it since the days he was a young boy hearing former disc jockey T.J. Hughes.
“This is what Marion County knew,” he said. “Pretty much all of the churches around here you would find out what is going on. WJAY has been the voice of Marion County for more than 70 years and now my children get to hear the same WJAY.”
Campbell said the station connects with schools, churches, public officials, businesses and entertains with the best in gospel.
Blue said he is excited about the concert.
“It’s an opportunity for us to say to the community that we are here and we are here for you,” he said. “We want to be a meeting point for business, education and the faith community where they can get their information out and they can also receive relevant and reliable information.”
Blue said he always had a heart for media and his church has been on the station since 1994 and happy to help facilitate for other churches and musicians.
For more information call 843-423-0340.