UP Founder & CEO Charley Humbard Honored as 'Gospel Music Heritage Living Legend'
Charley Humbard, founder & CEO of GMC TV (now UP), America’s favorite channel for uplifting family entertainment, was honored Sunday, Sept. 16 as a “Gospel Music Heritage Living Legend” by the Gospel Music Heritage Month Foundation.
Humbard was feted at the organization’s “Evolution of Gospel” event at the Warner Theatre in Washington, D.C., celebrating Gospel Music Heritage Month (September). Humbard was instrumental in getting the special month recognized by Congress in 2008, working closely with Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee (Texas); Senator Blanche Lincoln (Arkansas); Congresswoman Mary Bono Mack (California) and gospel music advocate Carl Davis. GMC continues to include gospel music in its programming with GMC World Premiere Music Specials such as The Stellar Awards, “The Song That Changed My Life,” and with its GMC World Premiere Stage Plays.
“No other music like gospel music provides a message of hope which is something we need in these difficult times,” said Humbard. “It is an American art form that all of us can relate to and be inspired by. I am honored to receive this recognition from the Gospel Music Heritage Foundation.”
Congresswoman Lee gave a moving tribute to Humbard for his contribution to the preservation of gospel music. Also honored at the event were Central City Productions’ CEO Don Jackson and musician/composer Shirley M.K. Berkeley for their efforts to celebrate and preserve gospel music.
The rousing evening of entertainment featured artists, including Yolanda Adams, Crystal Aikin, Maurette Brown-Clark, Damita Haddon, Lil’ Mo and Phillip Bryant, the 7 Sons of Soul and Washington Performing Arts Society Men and Women of the Gospel Choir.
Supporters and fans are turning to GMC TV as the go-to destination for uplifting family entertainment for original music specials, as well as original movies, series, and family-friendly shows such as Touched By An Angel, 7th Heaven, Heartland, the gmc World Premiere Original Movie: Raising Izzie, the gmc World Premiere Movie: October Baby, and many other inspiring stories.
GMC can be seen in more than 55 million homes on various cable systems around the country, as well as DISH Network on channel 188, DIRECTV on channel 338 and Verizon FiOS on channel 224.
The Parents Television Council™ has twice awarded its Entertainment Seal of Approval™ to GMC for being “an authentic family-friendly cable network.” GMC is the only television network brand to be so honored. GMC is the fastest growing entertainment network in television in the key demographics of W18-49 and W25-54. Follow UP on Facebook and Twitter at http://facebook.com/uptv and http://twitter.com/uptv.