Donnie McClurkin is touring the country to celebrate a decade in radio programming.
The 56-year-old pastor of Perfecting Faith Church in Freeport, New York, has hosted a successful morning radio show for 10 years and is celebrating by embarking on "An Evening With Donnie McClurkin-10 Year Radio Anniversary" tour.
"I'm thankful that this show can reach multitudes across the country and around the world, providing great music and information that inspires listeners to this degree," McClurkin said in a statement shared with The Christian Post as he began his tour on May 6. "We're reaching millions and looking to reach millions more."
McClurkin's radio program, "The Donnie McClurkin Show" airs in over 75 markets and has pulled in the highest ratings in big markets like New York, Philadelphia, Norfolk, and Columbia, South Carolina. His tour will take him to Knoxville, Shreveport, Baltimore, New York, Cincinnati, Richmond, Charlotte, Atlanta, Montgomery, Indianapolis, Norfolk, Chicago and Detroit.
A July 2015 Nielsen PPM ratings for adults 25-54 proved that his radio program outperformed others in two of the country's biggest markets, New York City and Philadelphia, during its 5-6 a.m. timeslot when it scored a 12.5 share. In August, "The Donnie McClurkin Show" earned an 11.6 share which have been the highest for WBLS in the early morning time slot.
"Donnie has the No. 1 radio program in its time slot in the entire New York radio market. The current ratings are the highest that I have ever seen," WBLS/WLIB Operations Manager Skip Dillard said in a statement shared with CP last year.
The faith-based New York City radio show is broadcast on WBLS and has the highest ratings in two of the country's biggest market cities for both July and August. McClurkin's show is also broadcast in Philadelphia on WDAS which grabbed 10.1 shares and a No 1 ranking, along with WWDM in Columbia, South Carolina which had a 26.1 share and No. 1 ranking as well.
McClurkin has been touched by the power of gospel music and previously told CP why he believes fans of all types of music can still appreciate the musical genre in which he has made a name for himself.
"Gospel music is the root music of jazz, it's the root music of R&B, it's the root music of pop and so on. Anybody who's into music, whether they're gospel heads or not, will always appreciate music," McClurkin told CP in August 2014.
"Just like some of us gospel heads, we appreciate the Beyonces, we appreciate the creativity of the Ushers and folks like that because music attracts musical people."
For more information about "An Evening With Donnie McClurkin-10 Year Radio Anniversary," visit McClurkin's website.