34th Dove Awards Will Be Hosted by Platinum-Selling Artists Cece Winans And Steven Curtis Chapman PAX TV and TBN to Televise April Awards Show



Live Webcast and Radio Broadcast Are Also Planned



    NASHVILLE, Tenn., March 10 /PRNewswire/ -- The Gospel Music Association
 (GMA) has called on CeCe Winans and Steven Curtis Chapman, two of Christian
 and gospel music's most beloved and celebrated artists, to host the 34th
 Annual Dove Awards to be held on Thursday, April 10 in Nashville, Tenn.,
 announced John W. Styll, president of the Gospel Music Association (GMA)
 today.   (Host photos and logo download link:
 http://www.doveawards.com/newsroom/photos.cfm )
     PAX TV will once again be a broadcast partner for the Dove Awards, this
 year airing the awards show on the coveted Saturday evening prime time slot --
 April 19 from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. ET/PT.  The Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN)
 will also air the show, resulting in the largest potential audience the Dove
 Awards has seen.  TBN will televise the Dove Awards on Friday, April 25 at
 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT and Saturday, April 26 at 5 p.m. ET/2 p.m. PT.
     Styll also announced that co-executive producers Matthew Crouch, president
 of Gener8Xion Entertainment, and Bob Cotton, president of GR8 Entertainment,
 have signed an exclusive multi-year broadcast licensing agreement with the GMA
 for Christian television via their MLBG Productions partnership, which
 assisted with funding for the 34th Annual Dove Awards.
     Feed the Children (www.feedthechildren.org), the third largest U.S.
 charity involved in global aid, will be the official charity for the awards
 show for the third straight year.
     "The GMA wanted this year's Dove Awards to focus on the distinctiveness of
 Christian music and who better to help us than CeCe and Steven.  These two
 artists represent the best in Christian music, for both their commercial
 success and their artistic integrity, and will make terrific hosts for an
 evening of entertainment and inspiration.  We welcome back PAX TV and welcome
 TBN as our broadcast partners and plan to produce for them a show that their
 audiences will enjoy," said Styll.
     In other announcements related to the Dove Awards, the GMA said that it
 will partner with StarOne Networks to produce a live pay-per-view Webcast.
 Sponsored by LifeWay Christian Stores, "Dove Awards Live" will feature live
 award-to-award coverage including the pre-telecast presentation and "Behind
 the Scenes" footage.  Information about the Webcast can be found at
 www.DoveAwardsLive.com.
     The 34th annual Dove Awards will be made available to radio, live via
 satellite.  Nashville-based Huntsman Entertainment will produce and distribute
 the 34th annual Dove Awards broadcast.  The radio show will feature the live
 awards show as well as exclusive radio content during spot breaks and post-
 event coverage.
     Winans has earned eight RIAA certified gold and three platinum albums.
 Winans has also collected 18 Dove Awards, six Grammy awards, three Soul Train
 Music awards and numerous other accolades.  She is currently finishing up a
 new praise, worship and meditation CD that will be released on Wellspring
 Gospel in fall 2003.
     "I have tremendous respect for the GMA and the Dove Awards and all that
 they have done in the past and all that they now do to promote Christian music
 year round," says Winans.  "I'm honored to co-host with my good friend Steven
 and I know it will be a great evening to celebrate the best music in the
 world: Christian music."
     Chapman has sold more than nine million recordings, including two platinum
 albums and seven gold records.  He has been honored by the GMA more than any
 other artist with 47 Dove Awards, and Chapman has also collected four GRAMMY
 Awards.  His current album on Sparrow Records "All About Love" debuted at #12
 on the Billboard Top 200 Albums Chart in February.
     "Hosting the Dove Awards is a real honor for me.  The Dove Awards have
 always personally been such an encouragement to me, and I'm also a fan of so
 many of the Dove nominees.  It will be fun to share this night with them and
 certainly a treat to host the Dove Awards with my friend CeCe," said Chapman.
 
     About The Dove Awards and GMA:
     The Dove Awards recognizes achievement in all genres of contemporary
 Christian and Gospel music and is the premiere television awards show for the
 contemporary Christian and gospel music industry.  The 34th Annual Dove Awards
 show will be produced by NorthStar Studios and will be held on April 10th at
 The Gaylord Entertainment Center in Nashville, Tenn.  A complete list of
 nominees for the 34th Annual Dove Awards can be found on the Web at
 www.doveawards.com.
     Founded in 1964, the 4,500 member Gospel Music Association is dedicated to
 educating the public and the music industry concerning the mission and role of
 gospel music in today's world.  For more information, go to
 www.gospelmusic.org.
 
     About PAX TV:
     Paxson Communications Corporation owns and operates the nation's largest
 broadcast television distribution system and PAX TV, family television.  PAX
 TV reaches 88 percent of U.S. television households via nationwide broadcast
 television, cable and satellite distribution systems.  PAX TV's original
 series include "Sue Thomas: G.B.Eye," starring Deanne Bray, "Doc," starring
 recording artist Billy Ray Cyrus and "Just Cause" starring Richard Thomas and
 Lisa Lackey.  Other original PAX series include "It's A Miracle" and "Candid
 Camera."  For more information, visit PAX TV's website at www.pax.tv.
 
     About TBN:
     Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN) is the world's largest producer and
 distributor of Christian television programming.  TBN broadcasts over 416
 stations along with 6,100 cable outlets in the United States and over 3,774
 foreign stations.  TBN is covering the world via 27 satellites.  TBN has
 produced the nation's longest running Christian music video program -- "Real
 Videos" -- which has enjoyed a wonderful relationship with the Gospel Music
 Association for the past 18 years.  On November 1, 2002, TBN launched Jesus
 Christ TV (JCTV) a 24-hour Christian youth channel reaching the 13 to 30 age
 group.  For more information, visit TBN's website at www.tbn.org.
 
 

SOURCE Gospel Music Association

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