Story by Jerry Mitchell, executive director, North Alabama African American Chamber of Commerce

(Speakin’ Out News photo credit: Shelly Williams)
RIBBON CUTTING CEREMONY – – Standing CENTER, holding scissors, is WDJL Owner, Dorothy Sandifer with other WDJL staff members in attendance. Standing, CENTER LEFT, is Jerry Mitchell, North Alabama African American Chamber of Commerce (NAAACC) CEO and State Representative Laura Hall. Also in attendance is Huntsville City Councilwoman Dr. Jennie Robinson, standing FAR RIGHT.

WDJL Gospel Explosion Ministries held a spirit-filled ribbon-cutting on May 24 at their new campus on 7226 Stringfield Road.

Owner/Minister Dorothy Sandifer who purchased WDJL AM 1000 in 2008, said she saw a need in the community to continue God’s work and spread the love of Jesus through preaching, teaching, and inspirational music.

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Walter Peavey, former WDJL radio host and owner.

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Steve Murray, WEUP Program Director and radio host

The retired government executive expectation’s are to expand the radio station’s community involvement and to grow the listening audience by 50% over the next 5 years.

North Alabama African American Chamber of Commerce CEO Jerry Mitchell said that while he was proud to have the station as a chamber member, he felt greater pride in the fact that WDJL has sustained itself as an independent voice in our community in a time when 39% of our independent

Black-owned radio stations have been lost to corporate buy outs over the last 10 years.