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  • WGTS 91.9 Legend Passes Away

    July 8, 2012 by  
    Filed under Breakaway

    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.

    You can also donate to the Dr. Fuller Memoral Fund here. Just type “Dr. Fuller Memorial Fund” under comments.

    Comments

    9 Responses to “WGTS 91.9 Legend Passes Away”
    1. Sharon Blache says:

      So sorry to hear this, my prayers are with you and his family. I so enjoy your station and have listened many a Saturday morning. I am very thankful for this encouraging place!

    2. Delacie Gardiner says:

      On Sabbath mornings I have always loved listening to Dr. Fuller. I learned so many great things about good health and excercises in prayer. His kind voice made me always want to hear more. I am grateful for his ministry. It introduced me to countries far away and inspired speakers. I will hear him again when Jesus comes.

    3. jeffrey says:

      I’m in my 20′s and been listening to Dr Fuller for years of and on since my teens. You always felt right at home listening to him, and the interviews were top notch. Sad to see him go.

    4. I am thankful for Mr. Fullers wonderful legacy of speaking God’s word’s to many people, including me, and still being taught by everyone at WGTS. I will pray for Mr. Fuller’s family and all the staff at this radio station.

    5. Troy Campbell says:

      Dr. Fuller and Joy welcomed me into their home for Christmas Eve dinner with their lovely daughter Geri Ann in December 2009. I immediately felt comfortable and welcomed.

      Geri Ann and married June 3 @Sligo SDA Church, unfortunately Dr. Gerry could not participate in the service. Our entire family visited with him in the hospital after the service while sharing videos of our special day. My new Father-in-Law appeared delighted and he gave Geri Ann and me his blessing and his love … Very special to both of us!

      It is an honor and a delight to be so comfortable in joining the loving Fuller family.

    6. Stephanie says:

      I just cried. I listened to this guy almost everyday breakaway was on. Well, maybe God is finally rewarding him after all these years of his dedication to Him.

    7. Jeanine Soliman says:

      Thank you Dr. Fuller for all your years of dedication and service. I always remember listening to you on the Radio Sabbath mornings. You have touched so many people. You will be missed.

    8. Jiggs Gallagher says:

      I was program director of WGTS in 1973-74 when we asked Jerry to host “Saturday Seminar,” which later became “Breakaway.” It was one of the best decisions we ever made at the station! What a wonderful, dedicated, brilliant and communicative man he was! He could talk to anyone, and meke sense out of the conversation. He was also my dentist for about five years, before I moved to California. I feel privileged to have known him.

    9. Reginald.L.Wheeler says:

      He was blessed with a voice that he used for good!I worked on Saturdays and I enjoyed listening to him interview the guest he had in the studio,he did it with such a zeal and made you feel like you you were part of the conversation!!Thank God for his life and our prayers are with the family and thank you for sharing him with his extended redio family!!Peace & Blessings.

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