gospel music

One-time Cincinnati journalist Larry Nager is the man behind the upcoming PBS special Rock My Soul, a salute to the people, history, and influence of gospel music, featuring archival footage, interviews and new, live performances. Lee Hay recently spoke with Larry Nager about his love of gospel music and the process of bringing this special to life. (The special airs on KET2 on March 8 at 11:30pm and March 13 at 5:30pm and on CET Arts March 6 at 8:00pm.)

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For years, a lot of people who live in the Cincinnati area knew to pay attention to what Larry Nager was saying. Whether it was a concert review, a profile of a musician or news about upcoming record releases, people might spend money, sometimes lots of it, based on what he wrote -- first, for the afternoon paper, the Post, then for the "winner" in the battle for print allegiance, the Enquirer.

David Lewis has a musical commentary about the nearby Rodeheaver Music Publishing Company which recorded its records, most notably under the Rainbow Records label, in Cincinnati and featured gospel music and performers.