New radio station on air

Published 9:31 pm Tuesday, September 8, 2015

A new local radio station has received its license from the Federal Communications Commission.

Worship Jesus Radio is broadcasting at 103.5 FM, according to Dr. Princella Johnson, general manager of the station.

An informational session is set for later this month to enlist volunteers, sponsors and underwriters, Johnson said.

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“Our primary mission is to get the gospel of Jesus Christ out to the community,” Johnson said. “We want to be a source of healing and offer opportunities for prayer and things of that nature.”

The station will play a variety of Christian music, including gospel, Christian contemporary, Christian rock, Southern gospel, international worship and more.

“The music that’s played on the station has a specific goal of bringing all people together, no matter what their background is,” Johnson said, explaining the wide diversity of music.

Brief messages from local and well-known pastors and ministries, Scripture readings, local news and severe weather alerts will also take place, Johnson said.

She said both for-profit and non-profit organizations are invited to contact the station to see how they can get their message out to the listening public.

The public, likewise, is invited to let Johnson know what they need from their local radio station.

“What do they need to know? What would they like to turn on the radio and know about the city?” Johnson asked. “One of the goals for us is to try to bring the community together. We want to really engage the community to have them realize we are now another source of community news.”

Johnson said she also hopes to start a mentoring program for young people hoping for a career in communications.

She’s heard that the station, which broadcasts from her church’s location on Pruden Boulevard, is being heard as far away as Harbour View and George Washington Highway in Chesapeake.

The public information forum will take place at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 24 at the Master’s House Church, 4165 Pruden Blvd., located next to the Pruden Center for Industry and Technology. Volunteers, sponsors and underwriters are invited to learn how they can help. Volunteers are mainly needed to help keep track of the public service announcements and information, Johnson said.

To get your item on the air, email or mail it at least a month in advance to P.O. Box 484, Suffolk, VA 23439.

For more information, call the station’s office at 935-5877.