Rodney Evans

Joy in the Morning Host

Rodney Evans, Joy in the Morning Host

An Atlanta native who hails from a closely knit family of seven siblings, Evans learned early on, from his mother, the importance of the fear of God, the value of family, walking in honesty and integrity,  obtaining a good education and pursuing one’s life’s dreams.  Upon completing studies in the Atlanta Public Schools system, he entered Columbia School of Broadcasting where he majored in Mass Communication/Radio Broadcasting and obtained a Federal Communications Commission (FCC) license in 1985.

Evans’ journey in the industry began when he volunteered at Clark College’s WCLK, 91.9 FM as a Production Assistant. Not intimidated at all by his humble beginnings, Evans used his initial experience as a stepping stone that later garnered him the position of radio announcer.  Today, he has become a household name as the station’s Gospel Program Coordinator and on-air personality/host of “Joy in the Morning.”  His charming voice can be heard Monday through Friday as well as on Sunday mornings.  

He is a licensed and ordained minister of the Gospel, serving as Co-Pastor of Faith Temple Missionary Baptist Church under the leadership of Rev. John E. Butler, Senior Pastor.  Additional assignments there include Pastor of Music & Worship, Church Financial Officer and member of the Property Acquisition Committee. Evans is also quite active with the Gospel Music Workshop of America (GMWA) and the Atlanta chapter of the organization. He is a member of GMWA’s Gospel Announcers’ Guild, serving as President of the Atlanta Area Chapter of Gospel Announcers. 

Another sign of his love for Gospel music is his assignment as Manager for Gospel recording artist, Lecresia Campbell.  The father of three, he has served as President of the Lindley Middle School PTSA and Bryant Elementary School PTA.  He has also spent 20 years as a part of the Fulton County Juvenile Citizen Panel Review (Panel #17), of which he has faithfully served as Chairman during his entire tenure.  He is also a United Way Advisory Council Impact Volunteer for Children’s Programs. Evans is the proud founder of For The Children, Inc., GIVE A TOY, GIVE A SMILE an organization that provide toys to metro Atlanta foster care children through the juvenile court system. Evans obtained formal training in accounting from Mercer University.  He has also served as Executive Director for Another Way Out, a Southwest Atlanta based educational organization for underserved youth.  He is also very proud of his family, and in addition to his children, he equally cherishes his wife of 20 years, DeJerris.

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Edwin Hawkins, the four-time Grammy® Award-winning leader of The Edwin Hawkins Singers’ 1969 million-seller, “Oh Happy Day,” died January 15 at his home in the Bay area, after a bout with pancreatic cancer.  He was 74 years old.