Center Stage on Live365 this week is The Donna Walton Gospel Network - "Your Indie Gospel Hits Music Station!" We spoke with station manager Donna Walton about their history with radio, their station's programming, and we got some music recommendations. Check out the interview below!
What made you get started in radio?
As an indie gospel artist, I wanted my music heard but was rejected or asked to pay a fee to play my song. So, I started a radio station so no good song would ever be rejected or charged money.
What brought you to Live365?
After doing my research on several radio service platforms, I chose Live365 because of the quality service, easy-to-follow features, their licensing and royalty coverage, and the opportunity to purchase songs played on the Live365 player.
What's your favorite part about running your own radio station?
Providing a platform for indie artists.
Tell us about your station's programming. What can listeners expect when they tune in to your station?
DWGN Radio is a station that finds and interviews indie gospel artists and showcases their music. We are a station that plays all genres of gospel music, such as smooth soul, contemporary, urban, funk, hip hop, traditional, worship, jazz, holy matrimony love jams, inspirational music, and spoken word. Go to dwgntv.info for scheduled show times and tune in for several shows from our radio hosts.
Name one artist that you play on your station that is underrated in your opinion.
Stevenson and Foster are two dynamic matriarchs in the genre. Their song "Let The Love Shine Through" is unique, soulful, and inspirational.
What's your favorite music memory/moment?
It's coming up: We are airing the 2021 DWGN Christmas Musical TV Special on CATV Spectrum Cable channel 991 OH. The artists are flying to Ohio from all over the states to perform in the TV taping that will air throughout the month of December. It will also air on DWGN TV Network.
Please list your top 5 or 10 songs, with a brief reason why each song made your list.
"He Loves Us" - Jonah's Run
This is an eclectic musical group with a distinguished style of storytelling in their songs.
"Change Is Coming" - Mr. Pickney
Mr. Pickney is a pastor and gospel hip hop artist who raps with such passion and conviction.
"Like a Star" - Taushay Sias
She's a powerhouse vocal talent who has a tremendous testimony. Hear her inspirational story and unique music skills in the short film.
"Jazz Xpressions" - Lydia Salett Dudley
Lydia Salett Dudley is a silky smooth jazz artist you can't help but love.
"Keys to The Kingdom (feat. PAK)" - Shanta Smith
He's a raw, unique talent that brings a different style to the hip hop game.
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