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Welcome to “Heart of the South”! We’re a two-hour weekly Southern Gospel radio program airing from British Columbia to Ontario, from Northern Canada to Central America, and around the world on the world wide web!
The program is hosted by Harold Giesbrecht, with special appearances by his lovely wife.
If you enjoy Southern Gospel music, you’ve come to the right place! Here you’ll find information on concerts coming to the area, where you can hear “Heart of the South” each weekend, and a photo collection of us visiting with your favorite Gospel singers! Once in a while, we even do a giveaway of tickets or CDs, so "stay tuned" for that!
Enjoy! Make sure to drop us a note to tell us you were here!
Program Directors - 'Heart of the South' can be an exciting new addition to your radio program's lineup!
Here are some program samples of our radio program. Please select one of the links below to play it.
Here's a collection of feedback we've received.
"...I need to express my appreciation to you Harold for your faithful work you have been doing for years. How we enjoy when Saturday 7 pm. - 9 pm. Radio station CHRB 11:40 am. High River, Alberta is on. My husband & I are enjoying your program more and more. You do fantastic work because it is so refreshing and beautiful songs that you select from various groups and individuals. We love them ALL! May the Lord richly bless you and use your voice for a very long time..."
"Hello, Harold! I am writing you from Toronto, where I hear your fine program of southern Gospel each week on CFAM in Altona. I visited the station last weekend and had a most enjoyable time. I enjoyed your limelight feature on the Lumber River Quartet this evening and looked them up on the web and was very pleased to hear their singing of "Thanks to Calvary", which you played by Kevin Mills on tonight's program. I only wish I had been in Manitoba to hear both Kevin and the Lumber River Quartet, but, Lord willing, I might just journey out there again and hear them both in the same concert. May God richly bless everyone connected with "Heart of the South". In the King of Kings"
"Thank you for Heart of the South on CHSM 1250 AM every Saturday night. My Mom and brother are regular listeners to your program, and my husband and I listen when we are able. Your program is such a blessing! God bless you!"
Relocated From West-Central Manitoba
"Listened to The Heart of the South this evening and we were just sooo blessed. The Holy Spirit was definitely here! We’re praying for revival here in the south. Thank you Harold (and Natalie)... for the music you chose! The Holy Spirit was leading YOU! Blessings"
"Thanks for featuring songs about the Rapture on Heart of the South! Also very well explained! Thoroughly enjoyed it!! Keep up the good work!"
"Thank you so much for doing the all-hymns broadcast. Such a blessing. Don't want to miss a minute of it. Thanks & hope you will do it again. God bless you. Listen to Heart of the South every Sat eve."
"Good Morning! Just wanted to let Harold Giesbrecht know that I thoroughly enjoyed the program... from start to finish.
Truly blessed by all the songs and the comments Harold makes during the program.
Keep up the good work!
A thankful listener"
"We are at the Twin Cities Quartet Convention and I have already met MULTIPLE people who have heard us on your station! Can't thank you enough for all you do!!!"
Station's Music Director
"Mr. Giesbrecht, I feel absolutely terrible that it has taken me this long to contact you. I listen to your show every week and I am always completely impressed by the quality... I want to personally thank you for producing this show for us. The local touch you add makes it that much more valuable. I can’t even begin to imagine the amount of hours you must put in. Thank you for helping us to continue to spread this great music in the best way possible. I hope to get the opportunity to meet you in Red Deer this year. Once again, keep it up!"
"I just love your show, very professional production. I am astonished at the quality of music that's on your show and try to catch it every Saturday on CIAM High Level. thanks and God Bless your efforts"
"Hi Harold, I have thoroughly enjoyed listening to your two-hour program of Southern Gospel singing each week, especially the male quartets. I love the old hymns and Natalie's research on the hymns and authors is much appreciated as well. Keep up the wonderful evenings for us, thank you so much & God bless you both."
"Hi Mr. Giesbrecht, I listen to your radio program on Sat. nights on C.K.S.W @ Swift Current. It is a very good pogram. I really enjoy it..."
"Hi, I really enjoy listening to your program every Sat evening."
"Mom and I both try to arrange our schedules around your program and "The Gospel Greats" program. We do our very best not to miss a program. We have especially enjoyed the Christmas music you played through the WHOLE month of December. Thank you for playing Christmas music after Christmas Day!"
Song Writer / Promoter
"...I thought Harold might have given us some air-play because we have recently gotten quite a few orders from Canada!"
"I was inspired by the nice program, on a Saturday night when sometimes it is hard to listen or watch anything...I am enjoying listening to your radio show this Saturday night, it is my birthday... Thank you and God Bless you for the fine Radio broadcast."
"Listened to your program this morning. Sounded really good. Also really enjoyed all those hymns. Thank You"
"We enjoy "Heart of the South" every Saturday evening."
"My husband and are just being blessed by your Saturday evening gospel broadcast. It is one of the radio shows that just touches our hearts with so much inspiration and tonights (Gold) City songs are especially touching as we love the hymns. Ever since our son and my mother passed 3 weeks apart away 3 years ago, this music is what God has used to heal us and bring us much encouragement... We are thankful for AM 1140 for broadcasting your show. It could be another hour though. We are sorry when it is over."
'Heart of the South' on Your Station
‘Heart of the South’ is a weekly two-hour Southern Gospel music program. While it is syndicated (airing on 45 stations currently), it also has a local focus, highlighting concerts coming to and artists coming from the listening area of the stations.
We make it easy on program directors and station traffic logging personnel - each program of 'Heart of the South' is exactly 108 minutes (1 hour and 48 minutes) long so you have 6 minutes each hour for ads, news, weather, sports, etc.
If you prefer, there's also the option of filler music to the end of the second hour, and we provide quality instrumentals (which tie into that week's program) for those who prefer that option.
‘Heart of the South’ is recorded and produced in Canada and meets Canadian Content requirements for religious radio programming.
Since its beginnings in June 2001, ‘Heart of the South’ has been hosted by Harold Giesbrecht. Harold was born and raised in Canada and has had a fascination with radio since his college days, when someone pointed out that he had a face voice for radio. It was also during these years that Harold discovered Southern Gospel music, and has been a fan of it ever since.
This question is one of those that could be answered by saying, “Depends on who you ask.” In the mind of the host, it began in the spring of 1999 while, on a leave of absence from Golden West Radio to do some volunteer service in Arkansas and Florida, he discovered Southern Gospel radio stations. He sent back a note to the Program Director, suggesting that a weekly program of Southern Gospel music would be a huge hit in Manitoba. It would fit nicely, he thought, in the Saturday evening programming on the trio of radio stations.
It wasn’t till 2001 that the program became reality. As Radio Southern Manitoba set up the program and acquired music, contact was made with Harold, who had since left full-time employment with Golden West Radio. Harold offered to host the program, and in June of 2001, the program began to air as a weekly one-hour show. In its beginnings, ‘Heart of the South’ was completely produced by Golden West Radio with Harold simply providing the voicing, but in 2005, to facilitate expansion beyond Radio Southern Manitoba, Harold began to produce the program in its entirety.
The move has allowed the program to expand from three stations in Manitoba to forty-five stations now airing the program across Canada as well as in the USA and Belize, and around the world on the World Wide Web.
What are the Perks of Airing 'Heart of the South' on Your Station?
Consider the benefits of airing 'Heart of the South' on your station...
A strong two-way familiarity with Southern Gospel groups/musicians, both nationally and regionally
Weekly 30 second promos specific to your station and to the guest group/musician being featured
Weekly one-minute concert feature that highlights concerts coming to your listening area
Our website keeps listeners current on concerts coming to your listening area: http://www.heartofthesouth.ca
A weekly feature group, often highlighting groups/musicians that are either from your listening area, or coming in concert to your listening area in the near future
Our ten year track record of hosting 'Heart of the South', a weekly 'staple' in many homes
Our previous experience in a wide variety of Christian musical styles - contemporary, praise and worship, rock, and inspirational
A predictable end time for the program (always 1 hour, 48 minutes long) so you know exactly what is needed to fill the two-hour slot.
Optional 'filler music' that is high quality and relates to the theme of that week's program
Our radio experience in both the USA and Canada, in for-profit radio and not-for-profit (i.e. missionary) radio
To find out more about getting 'Heart of the South' on your station, please contact us!