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Rob Patz: New Year, New You

Written by Staff on January 19, 2018 – 5:07 am -

Rob Patz

Rob Patz

SGNScoops Publisher’s Point for January 2018 by Rob Patz

It is a brand new year. Are you excited about what God has for you in 2018? We have a slogan right now at WPIL (91.7 FM, Heflin, Ala., that is, a brand new year and a brand new you. I started that with the idea to encourage people to experience new things.


I truly believe that 2018 is going to be an amazing year filled with exciting opportunities. I believe that about every year, and as I look back at 2017, I think we should always take an inventory of where we’ve been. There have been many great things that have happened in 2017, and there have been some trials. I am thankful though that God has allowed me to be a part of some fantastic events and to minister to people around the country.


The year of 2017 saw changes, but then again, if you think about it, in every year there are changes. If we stay the same we are not moving forward. In the Bible, it says that we should run the race, and my feeling about that is that God doesn’t want us to be stable. He doesn’t want us to be happy in the location we are in today.


Hourglass, new yearI had the opportunity to talk with a pastor, and we were sharing our visions for this coming year. I said that God always put big visions in my head. Now, that doesn’t mean that those visions always come to fruition that year. Sometimes, those visions take years to accomplish. But it says we have to run the race, and life is not a sprint … it’s a marathon. That means like a marathon runner, we watch for landmarks to know where we are. Like when runners get to the 13-mile mark, they know they are halfway there.


I truly believe God puts it in our hearts each year to grow in new and exciting ways that He wants us to run. He wants us to continue to make an impact for the kingdom, because if we stand still, we are not fulfilling the great commission.


So many people say, “I don’t know how I’m going to get to my goal.” I had a very wise friend who was an older pastor tell me that the best way to get to your goal is start walking. If you don’t start moving, nothing will ever happen. If you don’t start exercising your faith, you won’t reach your goal. As much as we talked about running earlier, we talk the same about exercising our faith.


So, as I sit here at the beginning of a brand new year, I want to encourage you to do three things for me. This year, I want you to read your Bible more. I want you to pray more, and I want you to begin to exercise your faith.


New Year 2018 GoalsSo many of us talk about exercise as one of our New Year’s resolutions. May I encourage you this year to make one of your resolutions – that you will keep – to exercise your faith. Start to dream. Start to believe that God has bigger, greater things for you ahead. Then, start to run your race. If the Lord allows, I want to be with you at the end of this year, to cheer you on as you cross the finish line of another year.


As you start the new year off, make plans to join us in Oxford, Ala., from March 1-3 for Southern Gospel Weekend. Find more information about this great event in this edition.


That’s the Publisher’s Point.

By Rob Patz

First published by the SGNScoops Magazine in January 2018

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Update On Tony Dean

Written by scoopsnews on January 18, 2018 – 5:09 pm -

Here’s the latest update on our friend Tony Dean. We are praying for complete healing Tony!

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Written by SGN Scoops Staff on January 18, 2018 – 1:40 pm -



Nashville, Tenn.  — During an exclusive interview, Reverb recently caught up with 15X GRAMMY® Award-winning Country and Bluegrass legend Ricky Skaggs at his Hendersonville, Tennessee recording studio.

Skaggs sat down with the widely-popular music gear website to discuss the late Bill Monroe’s unique performance style and the impact the “Father of Bluegrass” left on the genre, as well as Country music. Watch the full discussion HERE.
Skaggs has been quite the buzz around Nashville as of late. Last May, he was spotlighted during a Special Program at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, highlighting his 50+ years as an entertainer. That same month, he celebrated 35 years as a member of the Grand Ole Opry. Later in the fall, he returned to his country roots when he performed all of his classic chart-topping songs before a sold out crowd at the Nashville Palace. The concert marked Skaggs’ first full-blown country show in Music City in 20 years.
Following the concert, Rolling Stone Country raved: “The playing, as one would expect, was exceptional, and his mountain tenor sounded just as pure as it did 30 years ago. It was both a joyful stroll down memory lane and a reaffirmation of Skaggs’ permanent place in the country and roots pantheon.” 
The icing on the cake was Skaggs’ 15th GRAMMY® win last year when he took home the gold for his producer credit on Hillary Scott & The Scott Family‘s Contemporary Christian album, Love Remains. For a full listing of Skaggs’ GRAMMY® wins, click HERE.

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Tim Lovelace Has Successful 2017; Signs with StowTown Records, Major Appearances, No. 16 Chart Debut and First Christmas Musical Miracle in a Manger

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on January 18, 2018 – 9:56 am -

Tim Lovelace Has Successful 2017; Signs with StowTown Records, Major Appearances, No. 16 Chart Debut and First Christmas Musical Miracle in a Manger

Tim Lovelace Has Successful 2017; Signs with StowTown Records, Major Appearances, No. 16 Chart Debut and First Christmas Musical Miracle in a Manger

Nashville, Tenn.  —- Comedian/Musician, Tim Lovelace, has concluded a very successful 2017 that included the composition of his first Christmas musical, Miracle in a Manger. The project is a joint venture with Lifeway Worship and Daywind Music Publishing, along with arrangements and orchestrations by Dove Award winners Cliff Duren, Camp Kirkland and Phil Nitz. The musical was performed at churches across the country in December and received tremendous responses, where several churches invited Tim to join the choir performances either playing piano or narrating the musical.

“Although I have been writing for many years, this was my first time to write a Christmas musical,” said Lovelace. “I loved the entire process and am very grateful to Rick Shelton and my talented co-writers. Many thanks to the churches around the country that performed Miracle in a Manger during the 2017 Christmas season. I am also excited to be hearing from churches that are planning to do the musical in the 2018 Christmas season.”

Rick Shelton, Vice President of Music Publishing at Daywind Music Group shares, “Tim Lovelace has created a wonderful Christmas experience with stirring songs that share the miracle of God taking His first breath as a baby born in a humble manger. During the recent season, churches from coast-to-coast presented Miracle in a Manger and felt the joy and hope in the message that Jesus not only entered the world but longs to enter our hearts. We are excited that a growing number of choirs will offer Tim’s debut musical, Miracle in a Manger, to their communities in 2018. This one is special. You won’t want to miss it.”

There were additional milestones for Lovelace last year that started with signing with StowTown Records. The label released his first project, Living in a Coffee World, in August, which resulted in a No. 16 debut on Billboard’s Comedy chart. The DVD/CD was taped at a live performance at Lee University in Tenn., and provided listeners a front row seat to his unique brand of humor that has kept people around the world laughing for three decades. Lovelace performed these family-favorite routines on WSM-AM radio in Nashville, Tenn., for the staff of Country Aircheck, and recorded them as video vignettes for CCM Magazine. He also made concert appearances with such high-profile artists as the Oak Ridge Boys, Josh Turner, High Valley, Bill Anderson, Jimmy Fortune. Lovelace also had cover features with Singing News Magazine and Faith Filled Family Magazine.

Following such a successful 2017, Lovelace will continue his career’s momentum this year.  Already he has scheduled “Living in a Coffee World Tour” concert dates all across North America. For continued updates about Lovelace,,,

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New Ground Celebrates Silver Anniversary

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on January 17, 2018 – 2:36 pm -

New Ground Celebrates Silver Anniversary

New Ground
Celebrates Silver Anniversary

Twenty-five years ago a group of friends met just to see what it would “sound like” as a gospel trio and possibly begin a ministry singing songs for Him!!!  With the intention to sing a few church services, gospel events and wherever the call came from this chance meeting is now celebrating their Silver Anniversary.


New Ground is enjoying  gospel music without compromise. It’s been an extraordinary quarter of a century, with over 3500 sings behind them — from their hometown of Scottsboro, Alabama to Juneau, Alaska, then onwards to Scotland with many states and countries in between, the group remains true today and as they continue to  look ahead for more opportunities to further His Name in song!!!


Dale and Robbie Maxwell, founding members of New Ground, are still going strong in their belief that the Lord appointed this union to carry His Word thru music.   They are joined by David Owens, who is celebrating 21 years with New Ground, and Mickey Bell, who has recently returned from his previous stint with the group, as the piano player.


Be watching for many year long celebration events from this exciting Trio during 2018!!!!

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Want To Work In A Great Christian Atmosphere?

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on January 17, 2018 – 11:02 am -

Want To Work In A Great Christian Atmosphere?

Want To Work In A Great Christian Atmosphere?

Business Development Representative

Job Description:

WPIL FM is a non-profit station in Heflin, Alabama. We are a ministry devoted to changing lives for Christ through Christian music. Our Heflin station at 91.7FM covers the city with encouraging and positive music. WPIL FM is committed to building a stronger Heflin and surrounding area by partnering with the community.

As a WPIL FM Business Development Representative in Heflin, you will start and grow relationships with business partners. The ministry of WPIL FM is partially funded by our committed partners. Our new representative will connect with Heflin businesses every day to find business partners and market them to the WPLI FM audience.

Are you ready to grow WPIL FM in Heflin and the surrounding area by influencing partners for the ministry of WPIL? If so, apply to be our new Business Development Representative. Be a part of God’s vision for Christian Radio in Alabama.

Day-to-Day assignments

The Business Development Representative identifies prospective underwriters for the radio station, initiates business conversation, proposes business solutions that feature supporting our station and adjusts the business solution to keep pace with the changing nature of the underwriters’ organization.

Usual and Customary Duties:

The professional Business Development Representative will pursue the successful completion of the following duties on a regular basis:
• Identifying prospective station underwriters
• Engage existing/new local/national businesses and organizations to partner with the station through underwriting, including on-air, online and other forms of sponsorships.
• Creating proposals for underwriter presentations
• Developing a consistent pool of prospective underwriters
• Adjusting underwriting messages to improve performance for underwriters
• Upgrading underwriters to increase their budgets on our station
• Writing broadcast copy for underwriters
• Implementing station standards for complying with federal, state, local and company regulations and policies
• Timely and accurate completion of reporting requirements, agreements, adjustments, copy and other essential forms
• Following standards of conduct for the station and university
• Attends staff meetings as required for coordination with staff and resources
• Display respect for team members, their roles and responsibilities
• Other duties as may be assigned by supervisors and ad hoc team leaders

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities Required:

To most effectively perform in this role, the candidate will require
A lifestyle in agreement with the Christian values and Scriptural commandments.
Effective, attractive personality.
Sales experience, (3) year minimum.
Proficient in making cold calls and stewardship calls.
Experienced at networking and documenting relationships through a contact management system.
Proficiency in standard office computer software tools (i.e.: word, excel, outlook, etc.)

Please Call Rob Patz At 360 933 0741 Or Email


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Doug Anderson Signs With The Covenant Agency

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on January 17, 2018 – 9:17 am -

Doug Anderson Signs With The Covenant Agency

Doug Anderson Signs With The Covenant Agency

Nashville, TN (January 17, 2018)StowTown Records artist Doug Anderson is thrilled to join The Covenant Agency roster. Bill Evilsizer and The Covenant Agency have been booking Gospel music performers for over 7 years and are based out of Indiana. They anticipate great things for Doug as they will handle booking him for solo dates. 

“I’m honored to be working with Bill and his staff at The Covenant Agency,” Anderson said. “God has blessed me so much and this opportunity is one more testament of His faithfulness. I can’t wait to see how God is going to use us in 2018 and beyond!”
Doug is currently touring in support of his current project, The Only One. To book Doug Anderson for a Back Porch Tour date, call The Covenant Agency at (812) 292-0069.

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Prayers for Larry Stewart

Written by scoopsnews on January 17, 2018 – 6:31 am -

Please pray for Larry Stewart with The Pine  Ridge Boys. He is having back surgery today.

We love you Larry and are praying for you!

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Please Pray For Tony Dean

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on January 16, 2018 – 12:33 pm -

Please pray for Tony Dean

Please pray for Tony Dean

Please pray for Tony Dean He has been admitted to the hospital for congestive heart failure. They are doing some preliminary tests here at Harlan and then we will go to on to St. Joseph in Lexington in the coming days. He is on oxygen, a heart monitor and will receive lasix to help drain some of the fluid off of his heart. We know that our Miracle Worker is still in the healing business!! Please go to God in prayer on our behalf!! Please pray and agree with us in Jesus’ name for things to go smoothly and for complete healing!!! Thank you so much!! We love and appreciate each of you greatly!!! I will update as soon as we know more!!!


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Big News From The Guardians

Written by scoopsnews on January 16, 2018 – 7:03 am -

Dominion Agency Reaches Exclusive Scheduling Agreement With The Guardians

“Present In The Presence Of The King” will be #1 in the March issue of The Singing News Magazine. We would like to thank John Darin Rowsey and Wayne Haun for writing this song that has touched many lives by giving hope and promise for what is to come. We also would like to thank the radio stations, Jeff & Debbie O’Neal of Heritage Communications and StowTown Records. Thank you our friends for calling your local radio stations to request the Guardians songs.

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