Thank you so much for joining us! Can you tell us a story about what brought you to this specific career path?
We started the station because the UK lacked a radio station that played purely gospel music of all genres, be it gospel hip-hop, jazz, r&b, afro beats of reggae – we saw there was a rising scene with incredible music and wanted to give each artist a viable platform to showcase that music which may not get played on other stations because of its Christian content.
Can you share the most interesting story that happened to you since you started doing this?
Since we’ve started this station we’ve had the privilege of interviewing some of the Christian industries’ most notable people, from artists to actors to entertainers. Most recently our station director Muyiwa Olarewaju sat down with Steve Harvey and talked about life, laughter, and his legacy. Steve was originally only supposed to give us 15 minutes but the conversation was full of so much wisdom, gems, and life advice they ended up chatting for an entire hour!
Which tips would you recommend to your colleagues in your industry to help them to thrive and not “burn out”?
Tips to thrive would be to have a solid team around you that when you’re lacking in one area they’re there to pick you up, and vice versa. A strong team that works together to push one unified goal, in our case it’s to create a platform that showcases the best of gospel music and to be a voice of hope for the country. Also, if the people on your team are all creatures that are even better – they help develop ideas you have and think of things you may not have before.
None of us are able to achieve success without some help along the way. Is there a particular person who you are grateful towards who helped get you to where you are? Can you share a story?
The person who the station is very grateful for would be Muyiwa Olarewaju. He has flown the Premier Gospel flag for the last 10 years and continues to oversee the station go from strength to strength, bringing in high profile guests such as Steve Harvey, Keedron Bryant, and Kierra Sheard whilst still making time to give new artists a platform and a voice. He supports each person on the team, continuously shares wisdom, and ensures we’re all at our best to do our jobs correctly. Without Muyiwa the station wouldn’t be where it is today.
How have you used your success to bring goodness to the world?
The success of the station has bought about goodness because there are artists who have had their first radio airplay through us and went on to achieve great things within the industry. Not only that, but we offer continuous hope to people every single day by sharing a message of joy, peace, and love. People have sent in texts telling us how much our station has helped them through difficult times, how during the coronavirus lockdown this year they felt less isolated after having switched us on and heard a friendly voice. We are proud to bring continual goodness to the world by the simple click of a button or flick of a switch.
Do you have a favourite “Life Lesson Quote”? Can you share a story of how that was relevant to you in your life?
Our favourite quote would have to be ‘Music For Life’, that’s the motto of the station as we really believe that music is a vital part of life, especially gospel music. It makes you feel energised, happy, and joyful, even if you aren’t a Christian! It’s relevant to us because we know first hand how music can help lift out of a rally depressive mood and bring a new level of joy.
How can our readers follow you on social media?
You can follow us @premiergospel on all social media platforms and listen live at premiergospel.org.uk.