Real Gospel Radio highly rated show
A program called Real Gospel Radio Oshkosh 101.9 FM has become one of the most popular shows on WOCT 101.9 FM, Oshkosh Community Radio.
Since its inception in 2016, Real Gospel Radio has become one of the station’s most listened-to programs. It is broadcast locally on WOCT on Wednesdays at 1 p.m. and Sundays at 7 p.m. and is live streamed on the station’s website. Anyone, anywhere around the world, can link to the program at http://www.oshkoshmedia.org/1019FMListenLive.aspx
The station has continually seen a spike in the number of listeners who listen on the internet.
“This is one of the most listened-to programs by our internet audience,” said Jake Timm, media services coordinator at OCM. “New people—not our typical audience—tune into the station before and after the show. That means that, in addition to Tracey’s show, people hear other content before and after Real Gospel Radio and find out what our station is about.”
Oshkosh resident, Tracey Robertson, the show’s producer, developed the program in response to a specific need. A native of Chicago, she was able to tune into one Christian radio station and three Gospel radio stations, one of which is nationally renowned. She loves to listen to Gospel music and says, “Being raised around gospel music, I found that it not only ministered to my soul but also was, for me, therapeutic.”
She has served on the board of Oshkosh Community Media since 2014 and immediately noticed that there was no representation of any People of Color in their schedule. The show brings diversity to the station’s programing, which has a mission to present programing that is musically and culturally diverse, according to Timm. WOCT promotes positive social change and gives a voice to people and issues that lack access to the media.
“I haven’t’ seen another program like it,” Timm said. “It is refreshing. Tracey is awesome.”
Herself a board member at OCM, Robertson presented her idea for a Gospel program to the board. Board members liked the unique idea immediately.
“It is an honor and a privilege to be able to introduce this nationally-renowned music genre to the Oshkosh Community,” Robertson said.
She had never produced a radio show, so she was challenged to come up with a plan of what that might look like. She got some training in production from Oshkosh Media staff. “She is self-reliant as a producer,” Timm said. “We would like to have a lot more producers like her.”
Robertson is executive director and cofounder of Fit Oshkosh, a diversity education non-profit organization that supports social justice advocacy “because race matters.”