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Brother John gets recognized by Nashville mag. for his love of gospel music

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By Ryan Dahlman — This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
A familiar voice on southwest Saskatchewan radio waves is now a recognized name in the United States as well.

Earlier this year, J.D. (Jack) Peters, otherwise known as Brother John on his Nite Watch program which can be heard on southwest Saskatchewan radio airwaves, earned a prestigious award south of the border.

 The Singing News Magazine, a publication based in Nashville Tennessee devoted to Southern Gospel Music, awarded Peters with a Golden Mic Award, something the magazine does to honour excellence in radio broadcasting and to promote Southern Gospel Music.

He was officially handed the award at a ceremony during a concert in the Orr Centre in Regina March 20.

This is the first time someone north of the 49th parallel has ever earned the award.

“I would say I feel honoured to be the first Canadian and to be recognized by your peers,” explained Peters earlier this week. “It gives the program itself some advertisement.”

However, he added it definitely was not something to boast about personally.

“As a Christian person, ‘people’ praise of me is temporal. As nice as the award is, my hat still fits,” he says modestly. “Saying ‘thank you’ to people and telling they’re doing a good job is nice though.”

Peters has been on the air for 38 years after taking over the program from a pastor of his church at the time Robert Ressor.

He also won the Best Gospel Radio Show in the traditional/inspirational gospel category in 1992 from the Canadian Gospel Music Association.

He said awards are fine, but it’s the stories of people who have told him his program have helped or effected them in a positive way where he gets his greatest joy. He always keeps in mind the listener and what may help with his choice of music and/or themes of the program.

“I’ve had people tell me or write me that ‘that was a song I needed that night,’” explained Peters.

“You never know what song or what part of a song may help someone.”

Peters added he’s been thankful for the advertisers who have helped him to continue to buy radio air time. He said he has some advertisers who have been there as long as he has.

While he doesn’t see “expanding the program” — he turned 75 recently — he has no plans of stopping.

“As long as I’m vertical,” he added with a chuckle.

Those interested can listen to “Nite Watch with Brother John” Monday to Friday at 10 p.m. and Sundays at 7 p.m. on Country Music Radio CKSW 570 in Swift Current and CJSN 1490 in Shaunavon.

(Look for a full length feature on Peters in the upcoming Saskatchewan Progress edition which will be appearing in Prairie Post, Shaunavon Standard and the Maple Creek News in June).

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