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"Sacred Classics"® features diverse music that inspires the soul and touches the divine –  from classical choral pieces and traditional hymns to gospel and modern composers, all performed by the world's foremost choirs and organists. The Sacred Classics radio broadcast is streamed on the internet four times each weekend – convenient for listeners worldwide regardless of time zone: in Europe, the broadcast is online Sunday afternoons at 1600-1800 hrs CEST and in Japan at 1900-2100 hrs JST Sunday evenings.

Gabriel Award 2012 and 2014

Sacred Classics originates on Spirit FM90.5 (WBVM) in Tampa, Florida, recipient of the coveted Gabriel Award as "Best Religious Radio Station of the Year" in 2012 and 2014. On the air since 1983, your host and producer is Jim Howes, M.B.A., who has assembled a vast collection of organ and choral recordings from his travels to more than 50 nations around the world. A member of the American Guild of Organists and the Bach-Archiv of Leipzig, Germany, he had postgraduate studies with Nita Akin of Midwestern University at the large 4-manual Aeolian-Skinner pipe organ of the First Methodist Church in Wichita Falls, Texas, and also studied organ with John D. Hoffman of Towson University, Maryland. He sang in the professional choir of Riverside Church for 17 years, also serving on the Music Committee of that famous New York City landmark, and is listed on Who's Who in America and Who's Who in the World. On the show's 25th anniversary broadcast in 2008, Frederick Swann, then-President of the American Guild of Organists, spoke of the organization's "great debt of gratitude for the joy that Sacred Classics has brought untold thousands of listeners over the years". The Premier of the island nation of Bermuda cabled his "sincere congratulations", saying he "hopes Sacred Classics enjoys another 25 great years!". More about Choral and Organ Music...

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