- Kate O’Neil ’16
- Hometown: Beaver, PA
- Major: Financial Math and Economics
There is room for creative spirit in both of my majors, and even my minor. Getting a liberal arts education gives me that option to take classes unrelated to my future career that I am taking for pure interest.
The Evelyn Spiritual Hour was founded and hosted by Sister Evelyn Brown in 1969.
The following, in her own words, is the history of the Evelyn Brown Spiritual.
With the support of Brother Curvis F. Rhyne and two gospel announcers, the late Sister Myrtis Coles and Elder R.L. Fletcher, I was guided along the way in becoming a gospel announcer.
Since we didn't have a black gospel program on the air in Alliance, Ohio at that time, my first task was to locate a radio station that would allow me the opportunity to broadcast gospel music.
I contacted Mr. Tony Gates, station manager of WFAH-AM and explained to him my intentions. He then game me a 15 minute time slot on Sunday mornings from 7-7:15 a.m. but my next problem was finding sponsors to help defray the cost of my airtime. Thanks to my first sponsors: Sibley Funeral Home, Beauchamp Sausage and Jimmy's Confectionery Store, Franklin & Son's Printing Company, Rae's Beauty Salon, George & Son Gulf Station, Coleman Service Station and a few others.
Elder R.L. Fletcher suggested I use Evelyn Spiritual for the name of my program and I began my career in broadcasting the second Sunday of February, 1970. Later I was allowed another 15 minutes, which gave me a half hour. Unfortunately, my sponsors decreased in 1972 and I was unable to continue on that station.
Later in 1972, I was blessed again when a friend of mine, the late Sister Bernice Tripplett introduced me to Professor Charles Morford, manager of WRMU-FM 91.1, the show's present station. Professor Morford gave me the opportunity to broadcast for a half hour on Sunday mornings from 9-9:30 a.m., nine months out of the year (due to summer break). The show began in the basement of Miller Hall during the final months of 1972. In 1973 we moved to Memorial building until moving again to the Hoover Price Center. When the station got its F.C.C. license, I was given more airtime, which gave me two full hours 9-11 a.m.
As time went on Brother Alex Smith came along, as did many others, to help me with the work. Due to my illness in the year 2000, Brother Alex Smith became the host.
At present I only broadcast on special occasions, but Brother Smith and staff can still be heard on Sunday mornings.
I wish to thank Mr. Mark Bergmann, station manager, for allowing the Evelyn Brown Spiritual Hours to continue on and to Brother Alex Smith, who has been willing to keep it alive.
Sincerely Yours In Christ,
Sister Evelyn Brown