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WBOI's "Gospel Flight" Host Celebrates 42 Years In Broadcasting

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Andy Laverghetta
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Dee McKinley, volunteer host of WBOI's Sunday Morning "Gospel Flight" for over 30 years, behind the mic and ready for action in the WBOI air studio.

As of this month, Fort Wayne's Dee McKinley has been on the gospel radio broadcasting scene for 42 years, more than 30 of them spent right here at Northeast Indiana Public Radio, as volunteer host of Sunday morning's "Gospel Flight."

Known to her regular listeners as "Sister Dee," McKinley broadcasts from 4:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. on WBOI, which she calls, "The hottest hours for Gospel Music." By 4:00 on Sunday afternoon, she's ready to share a two hour "Gospel Express!" on WQSW.

Both shows feature her extensive collection of old and new gospel music favorites, and offer dedicated request lines for her "Frequent Fliers."

Earlier this week, WBOI's Julia Meek invited McKinley into the studio, for a look "behind the mic," at what motivates Dee to share her passion, and her day of rest in this manner.

Event Information  

Tribute to Dr. Dee McKinley
@Jerusalem Baptist Church, Fort Wayne
Friday, June 24th at 6:00 p.m.: Youth Gospel Night
Saturday, June 25th: 6:00 p.m.: Gospel Quartets
Sunday, June 26th: 5:00: Gospel Choirs

For more information, contact Pastor Shaquan Walker: 260.312.6450

A Fort Wayne native, Julia is a radio host, graphic artist, and community volunteer, who has contributed to NIPR both on- and off-air for forty years. Besides being WBOI's arts & culture reporter, she currently co-produces and hosts Folktales and Meet the Music.
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