WHUR€s Patrick Ellis Honored for 30 Years On Air
WI Staff | 6/24/2009, 7:41 p.m.
Prince George€s County Councilmember Andrea Harrison (D €" Dist. 5) presented a Proclamation to the Washington, D.C. area€s longest running on-air personality and ratings leader Patrick Ellis during Council session on Tue., June 16.
A 32-year resident of Prince George€s County, Ellis began his broadcast career at WHUR 96.3 in 1971 as a producer. He signed on-air as host of €Sunday Morning Gospel€ on Sun., May 27, 1979.
€It is an honor for me to present this Proclamation to Patrick Ellis,€ Harrison said. €You can always get the inspiration you need on Sunday morning when you tune in to WHUR€s Sunday Morning Gospel.€
€I want to thank God for giving me this assignment over 30 years ago. I came to WHUR in 1971, and it is a blessing to have lasted this long on the airways,€ Ellis said.
Ellis was honored for devoting his time to community and civic affairs and hosting 60 church-related events last year, amounting to 240 hours of volunteer time.
Called the €backbone of community radio,€ Ellis led on-air fundraising campaigns to feed the needy; provided coats and toys for children; battled cancer, sickle cell, and heart disease; and assisted seniors and battered women.
Ellis, a 32-year resident of Prince George€s County, currently resides with his wife, Angela, in Mitchellville, Md.
Fifty-five percent of County residents listening to radio on Sunday mornings are listening to €Patrick Ellis and Sunday
Morning Gospel€ on Howard University Radio, WHUR FM 96.3.
The proclamation was signed by the Prince George€s County Council and County Executive Jack B. Johnson, that Patrick Ellis is saluted and wished every continued blessing.