70th Anniversary – Heart Gala

Shreveport, LA – (KOKA) On Saturday, February 29, 2020, Shreveport’s First African American radio station celebrated its 70th Anniversary at Diamond Jacks Casino – Resorts sponsored by AT&T. Hundreds packed the ballroom to celebrate the legacy of the station and congratulate the honorees. 

The following individuals where awarded the following: 

  1. Eddie Giles Lifetime Achievement Award Dr. Bobby Jones 
  2. Amos Terrell Church of the Year Award Tabernacle Baptist Church 
  3. B. B. Birdbrains Business of the Year Award Flynn’s Church Supply 
  4. Faye Fisher Gospel Music Artist of the Year Award Pastor Joseph Linsey 
  5. Sunrose Rutledge Listener of the Year Award Reverend Toby Demery 
  6. Uncle Bill Community Servant of the Year Award Former State Rep. Barbara Norton

Pastor Steve Anderson, Mr. Carl Staples, and NAACP President Lolyd Thompson received special recognition from the Director of the station. Also, Dr. Bobby Jones received a “Key to KOKA” and Ms. Karla McCulloch received a dozen roses for her commitment to ensuring the success of the Gala.

“The gala showed the strength of the KOKA brand within our community,” said Charles Johnson – KOKA Station Director “The station has touched thousands throughout multiple generations and continues today. We are thankful for all who attended the gala and please note it only gets bigger, better and brighter from here.” 

The station has plans to continue activities all year long to celebrate the station’s legacy and future.

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