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GMA Week Diary - Saturday, April 24, 2004

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  • Barry Smades
    GMA Week Diary – Saturday, April 24, 2004 Greetings from “Music City”! As registrants for this year’s Gospel Music Week start to pour into Nashville
    Message 1 of 1 , Apr 24, 2004
      GMA Week Diary � Saturday, April 24, 2004

      Greetings from �Music City�! As registrants for this year�s Gospel Music
      Week start to pour into Nashville for the official start of activities on
      Sunday, the Tennessee capital had two major items on its agenda today � the
      �Country Music Marathon� through the streets of Nashville and watching the
      Tennessee Titans make their selections in the National Football League
      draft.

      Besides the opening of the National Christian Radio Seminar on Saturday, the
      major event in Christian Music is WAYFEST 2004, the annual concert at the
      Starwood Amphitheatre sponsored by WAY-FM. Third Day, TobyMac and Warren
      Barfield are the featured acts of the evening while side stage concerts
      during the day included Shaun Groves, Tree63, Todd Agnew and BarlowGirl.

      We�ll do our best to keep you informed this week on the happenings from
      Nashville.

      NATIONWIDE RADIO COVERAGE OF GMA - Christian music radio listeners have a
      good chance to hear from GMA this week as more than 15 stations, including
      both K-LOVE and Air 1 Radio Networks, are broadcasting shows live from the
      Nashville Convention Center. It looked like a radio tech convention as
      booths were being set up throughout the center today.

      CHRISTIAN MUSIC IN MAGAZINES � One of the highlights each year for
      registrants is the availability of the Christian magazines from around the
      country. You can go home with 20 pounds of magazines if you take one of
      each.

      Many feature Christian music themes in their current issues to tie in with
      GMA. While they just putting out the magazines when I registered, I was
      able to get a few and those that include music-related stories include
      (listed in alphabetical order):
      Billboard � 2-page feature on Praise and Worship called �Thank Heavens For
      The Music�
      Campus Life � Readers Choice Christian music awards and BarlowGirl
      CCM � MercyMe: Tried & True featured on the cover
      Christianity Today � Bill Gaither
      Power Source � The Katinas and �Christian in the Entertainment Industry?
      What It Takes�
      Radio & Records � Annual Christian Formats Special
      Wireless Age � Third Day, RJ Helton and more
      Worship Musician � Rick Muchow: Purpose Driven Worship

      We�ll check out the rest of the magazines tomorrow and let you know what
      else is out there for your reading enjoyment.

      IT TAKES A LOT OF PEOPLE � In addition to the full-time staff, more than 100
      volunteers aid the Gospel Music Association in making things work this week.
      Those of us who attend each year owe these volunteers a special word of
      thanks for all the work they do to make this week work for all of us.

      More tomorrow.



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      Barry Smades
      Prodigy Christian Music Newsrep

      Psalm 61:8

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