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“The Lonnie Hunter Show” is Going Off-Air, As Lonnie Hunter Calls it Quits

“The Lonnie Hunter Show” is Going Off-Air, As Lonnie Hunter Calls it QuitsStellar Award winning recording artist Lonnie Hunter is calling it quits with his highly rated syndicated afternoon drive radio program “The Lonnie Hunter Show.”

Today, Hunter took to the airwaves to announce that his final show will air Monday, September 21st. “It’s time for a change,” Hunter says of his exit that’s been in the plans for weeks. “I’ve loved doing the show, interviewing artists and playing the Battle of the Sexes and Clues & Categories games with the audience; but I’ve got lots of other new and exciting adventures on the horizon that I’m about to get off the ground.”

Among those new adventures is Hunter’s rousing new radio single “He’s Worthy” that will be serviced to gospel radio formats next week. It’s the second radio single from his Top 5 album #GETITDONE (Tyscot Music & Entertainment).

“Forever I Will Worship” was a popular radio hit over the summer. Hunter is also wrapping up his stint as the host of the McDonald’s Inspiration Celebration Gospel Tour that kicked off this past May. Faith Based Communications produced the thrilling tour that hit the prestigious Kennedy Center this week and makes its final stop October 17th in Los Angeles. Faith Based Communications has already signed Hunter to host next year’s tenth anniversary Inspiration Celebration Gospel Tour.

In other big news, Hunter has also signed a deal for his own television program that launches in 2016. “We’re still working out the format because we want it to be different but it’s going to be very good,” Hunter adds. A Chicago native, Hunter began his career as a runway and print model but music was his first love. He was a soloist for the U.S. Air Force Jazz Band and a celebrated gospel choir conductor. He was well known for his work with the Voices of St. Mark Choir where he produced three albums for Malaco Records that resulted in the radio hits “Even Me” (The Drip Drop Song),” “Let’s Dance” and “There’s Power In His Name.”

He began his radio career with Chicago’s #1 gospel radio station WGCI where he dominated the morning drive ratings for three years before launching “The Lonnie Hunter Show” in 2007. He also serves as Pastor of Worship at Bethany Baptist Church, a 26,000-member church in Lindenwold, NJ.

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I know this is two years old now but I distinctly remember seeing Lonnie in an interview on youtube, this was shortly after his show was cancelled, where he said and I quote, “When I found out I was leaving…”. As in, when he was told he was being let go/fired. He was let go with what I imagine was little to no justification, just like Yolanda Adams whose show I also enjoyed very much.

Not sure if the decision was entirely Cathy Hughes’ or how much if any input she even had. I remember a CEO for Reach Media – which syndicated Yolanda’s show – saying something about Erica Campbell, who was taking Yolanda’s spot – he said Campbell was “winning” in reality TV and social media, which tells me their decision was more MONEY based than anything. It’s also funny to me how on Praise 104, James Fortune’s music is played (after he had a show on there that got cancelled), but Lonnie’s music never gets played or Yolanda’s? Funny… Anyway, truth shall set you free.

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