WGTS 91.9 Legend Passes Away
Long time radio host Dr. Gerry Fuller died Sunday July 1, 2012 at the age of 83. He was best known for his position at the Christian radio station WGTS 91.9 as host of the Saturday morning broadcast, Breakaway. For 45 years people tuned in to WGTS 91.9 to listen to Fuller’s familiar voice and hear fascinating interviews with well-known guests such as Dr. Ben Carson, Dr. Charles Stanley, Philip Yancey and many other public figures.
Fuller was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota to two Adventist church schoolteachers. His parents moved to California soon after his birth where Fuller lived for most of his young life. He graduated from Pacific Union College with a degree in speech and then spent several years as a television announcer in Northern California. After moving to the Washington D.C. area, he received his degree in dentistry from Howard University. Fuller worked as a licensed DDS in the D.C. area for many years and served as president of the board at the radio station.
Fuller retired from WGTS 91.9 in the fall of 2011, just before his 82nd birthday. Following his retirement, the Gerry Fuller Mission Outreach Fund was established to mentor Christian radio stations throughout the world and teach them how to better spread the Word of God.
Despite being regarded as a powerful figure, Fuller was also considered a friend. At Fuller’s 2011 retirement celebration, current general manager of WGTS 91.9 John Konrad shared his close relationship with the long-time legend saying, “Gerry has been a constant source of support and inspiration to me since I started working at WGTS in high school. And even then though Gerry has been my boss for years, he’s been more like a brother to me.”
He was loved by station as well as the community and his family and will be missed by all who witnessed his passion for serving the Lord through radio broadcast.
He was admitted to Washington Adventist Hospital, and passed away July 1. Fuller is survived by his wife Joy, his three children Gerri Ann, Jon and Jay, as well as his two grandchildren.
There will be a memorial service on Saturday, July 14 at 4 PM at the Sligo SDA Church.
A special tribute to Dr. Fuller will air on WGTS 91.9 at 9 a.m. on Saturday July 14. Please feel free to leave some words about Dr. Fuller in the comment section on this page under the article.
Managers Memo: Living Generously
Tommy felt like giving up. He wrote us with his story…
This morning on my hour-long commute to work, I was listening to WGTS 91.9 and working through some stuff with the Lord. I’ve had trouble sticking with my walk with the Lord all my life. I start devotions and then slack off after a couple days. I promise to pray more regularly, and then, after a week, find myself back at square one.
Satan was whispering in my ear about being a loser of a Christian, and that God is sick and tired of my many years of broken promises.
You played two hymns, and I was struggling with should I even try again, knowing that I’ll for sure blow it. You then played the Casting Crowns song about listening to the voice of truth as opposed to the whispers of lies.
I started crying and had to pull over. God’s faithfulness and love for me overwhelmed me, and I just wanted to share this with you.
God used you to touch me today, and I’m so thankful. Thank you for letting Him use you. I appreciate your ministry.
Can you relate? Have you ever been at the end of your rope when all of a sudden God makes His presence known and it turns things around for you?
It’s something we are honored to hear about on a daily basis around here – listeners sharing their stories about how God is changing them, blessing them through the songs and things shared on WGTS 91.9 – every day.
With your financial and prayer support, WGTS 91.9 will continue to be here, for Tommy and many just like him, at any time, just when needed.
Our annual Sharathon is just around the corner – Nov. 14-18. It’s our primary and most important fundraiser of the year. Would you help us reach the goal with your pledge of support?
You might be thinking, “John, I’d love to help, but I’m feeling uneasy about things with prices rising on almost everything and unemployment still above normal. What if I’m next to get cut?”
All of us struggle with fear – the tendency seems to be universal. It’s so easy to see the glass half empty, rather than half full.
I encourage you to live in a state of hope, acknowledging His blessings, rather than one of constant fear. Fear is not what God desires for us. On a daily basis we must surrender our fear to Him, allowing us to live in peace knowing that He has everything under control.
God knows of our fearful tendencies and reminds us we are not to live in fear. I’m thinking of what Paul wrote to the Philippians as recorded in the Bible.
Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. Philippians 4:6
Like it did for Tommy, I believe God uses WGTS 91.9 on a daily basis to keep us from falling into a constant state of fear. It’s an amazing 24/7 wherever, whenever tool God has given us to remind us of how He has blessed us.
Let’s keep this ministry going strong – together! Join us in sharing the Word of Jesus throughout the greater Washington region. With your help, God is using WGTS 91.9 to eliminate fear, bring hope and a heart of thankfulness, and a sense of abundance.
Would you put a spirit of generosity into practice with a special donation, a promise of support?
The devil would have us live in fear – by living generously we are shining the light of God’s love, eliminating the darkness. Thank you for making WGTS 91.9 a piece of your “generous living” portfolio.
P.S. Thank you for your generosity – for deciding to live with a heart of thankfulness rather than a heart of fear. You mean a lot to this ministry and the thousands it points to Jesus each day – Thank you!
Washington Post looks at WGTS
Washington Post reporter Paul Farhi took a look at WGTS it was published Saturday December 27, 2008 in the Style Section.