America’s First Southern Gospel HD Radio Station

life-fmMuncie, Indiana – September 23, 2016 – The LifeFM Network has just launched America’s first Southern Gospel FM High-Definition (HD) radio station. The LifeFM’s very popular Southern Gospel format is now serving all of the East Central Indiana region, broadcasting from Muncie, Indiana on WLBC 104.1 FM HD-3.

In conjunction with the new WLBC 104.1 FM HD-3 channel, the LifeFM has also launched two other Indiana FM stations: 102.1 FM serving Alexandria, Anderson, and Pendleton; and 103.5 FM serving the greater Muncie area.

Coverage of the new stations includes Alexandria, Indiana, the home of Bill and Gloria Gaither, the renowned singer/songwriter pair recognized for their past—and present— impact upon the Christian music industry. More than 700 songs have been composed by the Gaithers; many of which have been performed by countless churches and Christian music artists over the years.

Indiana is now the home of five Southern Gospel radio stations operated by the LifeFM: WLBC 104.1 FM HD-3, serving Muncie and all of the East Central Indiana region; 102.1 FM serving Alexandria, Anderson and Pendleton; 103.5 FM serving Greater Muncie; WWQI 91.3 FM serving East Indy from Shelbyville; and WWDL 91.3 FM serving West Indy from Plainfield.

According to co-founder, Rob McClure, the LifeFM Network now includes twenty-five radio stations reaching portions of fourteen different states, covering geography from Illinois to Florida. Listeners are delighted to hear the top music in Southern Gospel, featuring male and mixed quartets, trios, duets, and soloists, played on every LifeFM station.

Rodney Baucom, LifeFM’s Network Director, affirms that the LifeFM’s mission is to honor Christ with the music selections and announcer commentaries. This blend of quality programming and favorite SGM songs truly ministers to and inspires a family-friendly audience, which is growing daily.

McClure and Baucom both agree that beyond the music and programs, the LifeFM seeks to provide a helping hand to listeners and the community. Life is difficult and the struggles are real. The LifeFM doesn’t pretend to have all of the answers, but it strives to point listeners to the One who does.


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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 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.