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.