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The Donnie McClurkin Show Makes History by Shooting to #1 in New York and Philadelphia

The Show Dominates the Airwaves by Capturing the #1 spot in New York for Two Consecutive Months – and is Winning Big Everywhere Else

New York, NY and Los Angeles, CA (September 1, 2015) – How often does a faith-based, inspirational radio show knock out the competition?  Never, UNTIL NOW.  The Donnie McClurkin Show, hosted by award-winning singer, minister, and producer Donnie McClurkin, outperformed all other formats in two of the nation’s top markets—New York City and Philadelphia.

According to the July 2015 Nielsen PPM ratings for adults 25-54, The Donnie McClurkin Show scored a 12.5 share on New York City’s Emmis-owned WBLS-FM 5a-6am, beating out the popular all-news station WINS by more than a full share point. The New York City steamroll continued in August, with The Donnie McClurkin Show grabbing an 11.6 share.  For both months, these double-digit shares were the highest on that station in any hour from 5am -12 midnight Monday-Friday. WBLS/WLIB Operations Manager Skip Dillard says, “Donnie has the #1 radio program in its time slot in the entire New York radio market. The current ratings are the highest that I  have ever seen. Donnie is number one by a large margin because it is a great show.”  In July, Philadelphia’s iHeartMediaowned WDAS-FM tied for the #1 share in the 5am hour, grabbing a 10.1 share.

To be a #1 show on an Urban station is close to impossible. To be a #1 inspirational show is virtually unheard of in the radio industry and defies all odds. McClurkin does it with masterful ease and armed with a flock that follows him in on site, on air, and online. McClurkin’s Facebook page has more than two million “likes” and he has nearly a half million Twitter followers. The show is syndicated by Westwood One and Gary Bernstein’s Oceanic Tradewinds Media. Email: gary@oceanictradewinds.com.

“I'm thankful that this show can reach so many across the country and around the world, and give them great music and information that inspires them in the course of their day to this degree. We're reaching millions and looking to reach millions more!" says McClurkin.

McClurkin’s program recently has expanded to the overseas markets and is now airing in London, Jamaica, the Bahamas, and the entire continent of Africa. The Donnie McClurkin Show is produced by T&T Creative. 

McClurkin’s appeal runs deep and goes far and wide. In addition to his radio show, McClurkin is teaming up with legendary Fred Hammond for a 50-city fall tour. He will be performing in many of the radio markets where he has become so popular. The Festival of Praise Tour runs from September 30th through November 29th with a few special guests, including Hezekiah Walker, Kim Burrell and Israel Houghton.  In December, McClurkin will be performing in Lagos, Nigeria at the Experience 2015, singing and preaching in front of 500,000 people. He is booked at Carnegie Hall in December and will be appearing on the 2016 Gospel Music Cruise and headlining the 2017 Gospel Music Cruise. The three-time Grammy winner has a new CD coming out this fall.

About Donnie McClurkin
Donnie McClurkin, known worldwide for his powerful and rich vocal delivery, has proven that he is far more than a gospel singer. The man behind the multi-platinum and gold-selling CDs is an amazing songwriter who has penned chart-topping tunes like “Stand” and “We Fall Down,” and has also produced many of his own projects. His knack for nailing songs that others can identify with has helped McClurkin to carve out a spot in the hearts of millions.

Besides being one of the best-selling Gospel recording artists in the history of the genre, Donnie also hosts The Donnie McClurkin Show, which draws more than five million listeners in 60+ markets, including international reach in London, Jamaica and The Bahamas.  The award-winning Donnie McClurkin Show, is produced by T&T Creative and syndicated by Oceanic Tradewinds and Westwood One.

On the film and television side, McClurkin penned songs for soundtracks such as, “Lady Killer’s” (New Line), “The Prince of Egypt” (DreamWorks) and “The Goofy Movie” (Disney).  From the concert stage to the big and small screen, fans have also seen the singer shine in cameo appearances in “The Parkers,” “Girlfriends,” “Meet The Browns” (Tyler Perry Paramount Pictures), “The Fighting Temptations” starring Cuba Gooding, Jr and Beyonce’ Knowles, and a myriad of award shows. McClurkin made his character role screen debut in the Sony Screen Gems/ Rainforest Films “The Gospel,” starring Boris Kodjoe and Idris Elba.  He has been featured on the pages of USA Today, New York Times, Essence Magazine, Ebony & Jet Magazines, Billboard, Daily Variety, and The Hollywood Reporter.

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