Robert M. Marovich
Robert M. “Bob” Marovich is a gospel music historian, author, and radio host. “Gospel Memories,” a radio program of classic gospel, spiritual, and jubilee music, airs on Chicago’s WLUW-FM and throughout the week on Internet, low-power FM, and terrestrial radio stations. The radio program received a commendation from the African American Museum of Philadelphia and earned Bob a Gospel Image Award in 2017. It was named Best Gospel Radio Show of the Year by the Rhythm of Gospel Awards in 2018.
Bob writes about classic and contemporary gospel music as Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Gospel Music (www.journalofgospelmusic.com). The website, formerly known as The Black Gospel Blog, was nominated for a Rhythm of Gospel Award in 2013 and 2018.
In 2016, Bob became host of Conversations with the Gospel Legends, a 30-minute video series featuring discussions with prominent Chicago gospel legends, for the PCC Broadcast Network. He appears in the documentary How We Got Over (One State Films) and has been interviewed for several other radio and film documentaries, most recently WXPN’s Gospel Roots of Rock and Soul, which aired over more than 200 public radio stations in February 2019.
Bob’s work has been published in the Encyclopedia of American Gospel Music (Routledge 2005), Encyclopedia of African American Music (Greenwood Publishing 2010), and in the ARSC Journal of the Association for Recorded Sound Collections. His articles on Chicago choirmaster Professor J. Wesley Jones and country radio star Shelby Jean Davis were published in Chicago History. He authored the album notes for Sallie and Cora Martin: Just a Little Talk With Jesus (Gospel Friend 2014), The One-Derful! Collection: Halo Records (Secret Stash 2016), Moving Up: The Gospelaires of Dayton, Ohio (Gospel Friend 2017), and a various artists project, Jesus Rocked the Jukebox (Concord Music Group 2017). He is a major contributor of brief biographical sketches of gospel artists for the Malaco Records website and wrote the album notes for The Gospel According to Malaco (Malaco Music Group), released February 28, 2019.
Marovich’s collection of gospel sound recordings is cited as one of the nation’s most comprehensive. It includes more than 6,000 records and thousands of CDs and cassettes representing tens of thousands of individual selections.
His first book, A City Called Heaven: Chicago and the Birth of Gospel Music, was published in March 2015 by the University of Illinois Press as part of its Music in American Life Series. It received a 2016 Certificate of Merit in Historical Sound Recorded Research from the Association for Recorded Sound Collections. It was named one of the best nonfiction books of 2015 by the Chicago Book Review. He is currently at work on a book about the best-selling gospel album, Peace Be Still, by James Cleveland and the Angelic Choir.
Bob graduated cum laude from the University of Notre Dame in 1985 and earned an MBA from the Lake Forest Graduate School of Management in 2002. He lives in Chicago with his wife, author and educator Laurel Delaney.
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