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Changes for AGM – What does the future look like?

Hello friends and faithful readers  –

Just wanted to fill you in on the changes that are taking place at AGM. Before Dad went into the hospital last year, he had been making plans to retire and in turn sell the site. He didn’t get to finalize that before he died, but I was at the hospital with him when the verbal agreement between Dad and the new owner took place, and as of March 1 of this year, AGM has officially been owned by Bev McCann and the Nashville 37201 media family. 

Bev has been an “unofficial Unthank” since before Mom passed in 2011. (She made the groom’s cake at my wedding). She’s family in every sense of the word, so the site’s in good hands. You wouldn’t believe the response I’ve heard from industry professionals about this change. It has been phenomenal. God is working in MIGHTY ways through Bev and her company, and she’s becoming a force to be reckoned with in this industry. (Nashville 37201 also recently bought Family Friendly Entertainment TV network and they produce the Music City Show.)

There’s a LOT of shifting in the industry at the moment, and AGM is in a very good position for this shift. Watch out! Things are gonna get good! Don’t worry – my sister Amy & I are still here in an advisory role, and I’ll remain the editor-in-chief through the end of the year, so NOTHING is changing. I’m doing my best to really beef up the site and stay as relevant as possible for Bev and for the legacy my parents started 25 years ago.

MY GOAL over the next couple of years is to stay in the industry through the area of songwriting, so I’m trying my darndest to find my footing there again, but I’ll also stay on in some capacity as long as Bev will allow me too.

Please feel free to reach out at some point if you have any questions or concerns. If you know of anyone interested in writing – particularly interviews and editorials, please let me know!
The fans have been SO integral to the success of the site – and we still need you now more than ever!
(You can view the official announcement Amy & I made at the AGM Awards show on Tuesday here: https://www.facebook.com/Nashvhille37201tv/videos/968074827199301).

The official news release on the sale can be viewed here: https://absolutelygospel.com/2022/05/20/nashville-37201-acquires-industry-leading-news-site-absolutelygospel-com/

Thanks to everyone! We appreciate you so much!

Chris Unthank
Editor-in-Chief, AbsolutelyGospel.com

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Formed over 19 years ago by Deon & Susan Unthank originally as SoGospelNews.com, the site was birthed from an email discussion group by the same name. The SoGospelNews email discussion list was created by the Unthanks after the Singing News shut down its extremely popular discussion list. SoGospelNews started as a simple webpage listing artists, fans, individuals, etc. that were avid supporters of the newly formed SoGospelNews talk list. The site eventually took on printing news for Southern Gospel artists, and eventually took on reviewing the latest recordings from both signed and independent artists within the small genre. SoGospelNews became the most viewed Southern Gospel website on the Internet with over 4,000,000 hits per month.

The Unthank family are now involved in the site, as well as the addition of over two dozen staff writers. The website is based out of Murfreesboro, Tennessee. In April 2010, SoGospelNews changed its name to AbsolutelyGospel.com. The name change allows them to cover news items of not only Southern Gospel, but also Country Gospel, Inspirational, and Black Gospel.

On January 5, 2011, Susan Unthank passed away, leaving the website in control of Deon, their son, Chris, and their daughter Amy.