Sam Jewell and Dale Head, also known as Brother Dale, will return with their programs “Sam Jewell Gospel” and “Bartow Gospel Jubilee,” respectively. Jewell, who has broadcasted on the station for approximately 30 years, and Head, who has been with the station a little less than a year, are looking forward to their return.
“It’ll feel pretty good to let the people know we’re back, and I believe that people will feel pretty good about us being back,” Jewell said. “They’ve been wondering where we’re at and all that. ... They’re still out there hollering for us and everything, and we’re glad we’re back and get back into people’s homes, nursing homes, jail, prison, wherever they might be ... all over the world.”
Head said he and Jewell had received phone calls since the station stopped broadcasting June 24, with one call coming from a possible missionary in Africa.
“We’ve had a lot of folks even call personal phone, [saying], well, what happened?” he said.
Starting at 8:30 a.m. Sunday, local programming will run until 2 p.m. Jewell said his program would run from 8 to 11 a.m. and Head’s was scheduled for noon to 2 p.m. Though the 11 a.m. to noon slot was still open, they believed, both Jewell and Head said they would fill the gap.
“Sam, he does mostly like the inspirational, [rhythm and blues] style and I do the old bluegrass and Southern quartet style,” Head said. “So between me and Sam we’ve got any genre of religious music you want to listen to. We’ve got it.”
Local programming will resume Saturdays as well, with Herb Mayes and his program “The Man in Drive on I-75” returning to the air at 2 p.m.
“Well, it’s going to be super great, super good, super good. It’s a wonderful station, so we’re glad to be coming back,” Mayes said.
Mayes continued, saying he would discuss a mix of local, state and national topics on his show as he did before going off the air.
June’s day and a half programming blackout came after months of legal battles between John and Brandi Underwood and their partner Greg Detscher. The station later used a direct feed broadcast from a satellite to comply with a court order and go back into operation. Since then, Head said, new booth equipment is being installed that should improve broadcast sound quality. However, he said he was unsure if any other local hosts would return to the station.
“The way I used to see it, if there’s an individual or religious organization out there that would like to have a show of their own, now’s the time,” Head said. “... A Christian organization, I should say.”