Gospel Announcers Guild Honors WRAL-TV’s Dona Anderson

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WRAL-TV Associate Producer Dona Anderson

WRAL-TV Associate Producer Dona Anderson produces the station’s weekly gospel program “Spiritual Awakening,” a Sunday morning show that frequently takes top ratings. Recently, the North Carolina Gospel Announcers Guild honored Anderson for her work with a nomination for its Prestige Award in the Television/Media Award of the Year category.

The NCGAG Prestige Awards banquet took place as part of the organization’s annual convention on Wednesday, April 19, 2006.

“Television IS a ministry,” said Anderson,”It’s an opportunity to reach millions of people in their homes with a positive and an uplifting message. My prayer is that people watch and are inspired by what they see and hear.”

Established in 1996, the NCGAG’s purpose is to educate and inform Gospel Music Announcers of how to produce quality radio while also informing the world of the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Anderson took the helm of WRAL-TV’s Sunday morning gospel music program “Spiritual Awakening” in 1991. The show needed a producer, but even more than that, the program needed someone with vision and a love of gospel music.

“It was perfect timing for me because I was searching for God’s purpose in my life and I knew producing this show was part of God’s vision for my own spiritual growth,” said Anderson.

After Anderson took over the program that began on radio over 60 years ago, “Spiritual Awakening” has won awards such as The Torchbearers Award for Excellence, presented by the Raleigh/Triangle Chapter of the Gospel Music Workshop of America, Inc. and also a Community Service Award presented by the Capital City Academy in Raleigh.

Anderson’s love of music extends beyond her work at WRAL-TV. She has served as choir director for the New Direction Choir and as Minister of Music of Watts Chapel Baptist Church in Raleigh for 25 years. She is also a member of the Gospel Music Association based in Nashville, Tennessee.

Anderson entered the broadcasting field after earning her B.S. from Florida A&M University in Tallahassee. She first worked as a program coordinator at WPTF-TV in Raleigh in 1980, and then came to work at WRAL-TV in 1984 as a programming assistant.

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