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(In photo) Veronica Petrucci

Richmond, VA – The Virginia Gospel Announcers Guild (VA-GAG) held its 11th Anniversary Celebration on Saturday (September 14th, 2013) at the Four Point Sheraton Hotel in Richmond, VA.  Kicking the day off with a State of the Radio Industry Luncheon/Workshop with special guests Sheilah Belle, The Belle of The Belle Report and Bishop Arvetra Jones Jr., President of the North Carolina Gospel Announcers Guild, both presented stellar presentations with topics ranging from “An Inside Look at true Radio Airplay” to “Protecting Your Brand and Your Name with Integrity.”


The nightly showcase featured talent from across the country including Alvin Darling, Veronica Petrucci, Ruth La’Ontra, Richmond GMWA Chapter,  Trey Howard, The Murrells, The Sermons, Mojeans and  Bishop Restine Jackson.



VA GAG president, Ed Stephens, Jr., said, “God is so good and he truly blessed us tonight.”  It was heartfelt, as Stephens, continues to recover from a stroke only months ago. “I am 95% there with just 5% to go, but I thank God for his healing power and I thank God that I don’t look like what I’ve been through.”



A big “Job Well Done” also goes out to Laymetha Reed Guy, Rosa Holmes-Turner, Sharvette Mitchell, Randy Johnson, DJ X for making sure the weekend went off without a hitch.”



This was truly a blessed event and once again became the perfect place for networking!

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