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Michael Ireland is an international British freelance journalist. A former reporter with a London newspaper, Michael is Senior Correspondent for ASSIST News Service of Lake Forest, California. Michael immigrated to the United States in 1982 and became a US citizen in September, 1995. He is married with two adult children. Michael has also been a frequent contributor to United Christian Broadcasters , a British Christian radio station. His stories for ASSIST News may be viewed at ASSIST News Service Michael's writing activities are a sponsored ministry department -- Michael Ireland Media Missionary (MIMM) -- of Artists in Christian Testimony (ACT) International where you can donate online to his stated mission of 'Truth Through Christian Journalism.'

Thursday, June 02, 2011

Christian Music Radio Legend Signs Off

After 31 years, The Brian Mason Show, a popular Sunday morning show on Mix 92.9 (WJXA), will air its final show on Sunday, June 26, 2011.

"Over the years, the show has enjoyed a great deal of success," says Brian Mason, program host.

(Pictured: Brian Mason).

"When the show began, Contemporary Christian Music was still in its infancy. We've had the privilege of premiering many record projects and introducing hundreds of new artists and groups to our middle Tennessee audience. This show has given me terrific memories that I will cherish the rest of my life.”

The Brian Mason Show has aired on general market stations in Nashville since 1980. The four-hour weekly airing featured long-form in-studio interviews and a programming mix blending songs of faith from the 1970's through today.

The show's in-studio guests have included an eclectic mix of musical notables including Pat Boone, Charlie Daniels, Michael W. Smith and Noel Paul Stookey, as well as visits from Christian music veterans like Rich Mullins, Phil Keaggy, Bob Bennett and Bonnie Keen. Gospel music luminary, Amy Grant, was one of the show's first guests when she was just 21 years old. The show is likely best known for its ability to embrace the roots of Christian music while introducing young artists to listeners.

Originally from Miami, Florida, Mason’s first radio job in Nashville was working at WLAC. He then joined weekend shifts at WSM-AM and FM and served as booth announcer for WSM-TV. He became general manager for Trevecca University’s WNAZ-FM in the late 70’s. The Brian Mason Show first aired on WSM-FM (SM-95) on May 4, 1980. The station's format change in February 1983 moved the show to WLAC-FM (105.9) where it spent the next 15 years. With yet another station format change in February 1998, Mix 92.9 became the program's new home.

Mason has also hosted multiple televised Christian music video programs, participated in many Dove Awards programs, emceed a myriad of live concert performances and charity benefits, and has served on various committees for the Gospel Music Association. Mason has used his influence in charitable ways, coordinating monthly programs at the Tennessee Prison for Women for several years.

Additional show history, archived audio, and guest photos are available at www.brianmason.com. Leading up to the June 26 finale, Mason will welcome several major guests including Michael W. Smith, Gary Chapman, Phil Keaggy and Point of Grace.