32nd Dove Awards to Air on PAX TV and WGN-TV

The 32nd Annual Dove Awards are
scheduled to be televised by two national networks, Frank Breeden, president
of the Gospel Music Association (GMA), announced today as one of several
developments related to the Dove Awards.
PAX TV, the nation’s family friendly television network, is scheduled to
premiere the annual awards show on Saturday, April 28, 2001 at 9 p.m. ET/PT
and 8 p.m. CT/MT. The following Friday, May 4, Superstation WGN-TV, which
is in more than 50 million U.S. television households, will air the Dove
Awards at 8 p.m. ET, 7 p.m. CT and 5 p.m. PT. The Dove Awards will be
produced live to tape on Thursday, April 26 at the Grand Ole Opry House in
Nashville.
In addition to the television agreements, Breeden also announced that Feed
the Children has been selected as the official charity for the awards show
and Reunion Recording Artist Michael W. Smith has signed on as a host for
the Dove Awards.
As the official charity of the 32nd Annual Dove Awards, Feed the Children,
the third largest U.S. charity involved in global aid, will participate in a
major food collection drive in Nashville during the Gospel Music Week
convention, which leads up to the Dove Awards. Additionally, Feed the
Children will be featured prominently in the Dove Awards telecast, with
celebrity testimonies and a tribute to the relief organization founders,
Larry and Frances Jones.
“Charity is an important part of the way our industry communicates the good
news of the Gospel, which is the foundation of our music. What better way
to put our music into action than to partner with Feed the Children, an
organization that demonstrates the gospel in the most fundamental way,”
Breeden said.
“Feed the Children has enjoyed the support of many artists in the Christian
and Gospel music industry, and we have had a desire to strengthen our
partnership with the industry. Together, I believe we can accomplish great
things and bring benefit to children all over the world,” said Feed the
Children Founder and President Larry Jones.
Michael W. Smith is a nominee this year for seven Dove Awards and last
hosted the Dove Awards in 1996. Since the release of his debut album in
1983, Smith has garnered 25 Dove Awards; two Grammy Awards; an American
Music Award; one platinum album; eight gold albums; and 25 #1 Christian
radio singles. Smith’s latest recording, Freedom, released in November 2000
and debuted at #1 on SoundScan’s Top Christian Albums chart, marking the
highest debut for an instrumental album in the history of SoundScan’s
Christian charts.
“This has been an extraordinary year for Christian music. We have seen more
artistic creativity and diversity than I can ever remember,” said Smith.
“I’m honored to be an ambassador of sorts to introduce to a national
audience some of the great artists creating this inspiring music.”
Several performances have been confirmed for the Dove Awards. Yolanda
Adams, Avalon, Rachael Lampa, Mary Mary, Donnie McClurkin, Nicole C. Mullen,
The O.C. Supertones, Stacie Orrico, Point of Grace, Mark Schultz, Third Day
and Jaci Velasquez are some of the performers confirmed for the telecast.
Additional performers and presenters will be announced in the coming weeks
on the official website, www.doveawards.com.
R.A. Clark, Sr. Vice President of production and programming for dick clark
productions and Breeden also announced that Nashville veteran and four-time
Dove Awards producer Bob Gordon has been added to produce the show. They
also named California-based director Clay Jacobsen as director for the
broadcast.
The television broadcast will receive unprecedented promotions, according to
Breeden. Both networks will build extensive on-air promotions for their
prime time broadcasts. Additionally, the National Association of Recording
Merchandisers (NARM) and the Christian Booksellers Association (CBA) have
committed to retail point of purchase promotions at more than 7,000
retailers in the United States.
American Airlines is the official airline sponsor for the 32nd Annual Dove
Awards.
About GMA:
Founded in 1964, the 5,000-member Gospel Music Association is dedicated to
educating the public and the music industry concerning the mission and role
of gospel music in today’s world. The Gospel Music Association produces the
Dove Awards, which recognizes achievement in all genres of Gospel music and
is the premiere television awards show for the contemporary Christian and
gospel music industry.
About PAX TV:
Paxson Communications Corporation owns and operates the nation’s largest
broadcast television station group and PAX TV, the newest broadcast
television network. PAX reaches 82% of U.S. television households via nationwide broadcast television, cable and
satellite distribution systems. Through the company’s strategic
relationship with NBC, the two networks have shared programming including
the dramatic series “Mysterious Ways,” special PAX runs of original NBC TV
movies and sports programming. Other original PAX 8:00 p.m. (ET/PT) series
include
“Miracle Pets,” “Twice In A Lifetime,” “It’s A Miracle,” “Encounters with
the Unexplained”
and “Doc” starring popular recording artist, Billy Ray Cyrus. Additional
Paxson properties include the PAX Family Club, a branded affinity club that
provides travel and product discounts for families, parenting advice and
valuable online information. For more information, visit PAX TV’s website
at www.pax.tv.
About Superstation WGN-TV:
WGN Cable recently passed the 50 million mark in homes reached. Today, the
channel is America’s most watched superstation, featuring sports, movies,
first-run action, news and popular off-network programs. WGN Cable is part
of Tribune Broadcasting, which owns and operates 22 major market television
stations, including national superstation WGN-TV, and reaches more than 80
percent of U.S. television households. The company has interests in The WB
Television Network (25%) and TV Food Network (29%). Tribune also owns and
operates four radio stations, including WGN-AM in Chicago and three stations
in Denver. Tribune Entertainment develops and distributes first-run
television programming for the Tribune station group and for national
syndication. In addition, the company owns the Chicago Cubs baseball team.

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