WGTS General Manager John Konrad Passes to His Rest
John Konrad [Photo: WGTS]
ohn Konrad, 43, vice president and general manager of Washington’s contemporary Christian music station, WGTS 91.9, passed to his rest January 2, 2013, after a brief illness.
Konrad died at the University of Maryland Medical Center in Baltimore surrounded by family and friends. He had been battling bilateral pneumonia since mid-December.
“We all hoped John would recover, so needless to say, his passing has left our entire community deeply shocked and saddened,” said Rob Vandeman, executive secretary of the Columbia Union Conference of Seventh-day Adventists and president and chairman of the WGTS board of directors. “We offer our sincerest condolences to his wife, Dawn, and ask that you keep her and our WGTS family in your prayers.”
Founded in 1957, WGTS is owned and operated by Washington Adventist University, a higher education institution of the Columbia Union Conference.
Konrad, who began working at the radio station in 1987, became WGTS General Manager in 1996, and led the station through a transition from broadcasting classical music to a contemporary Christian format in the late 1990s. He also doubled the station’s coverage area. Under his leadership, the station grew from 10,000 weekly listeners to over 600,000. The station ranks among the top 10 in the Washington D.C. market.
As funeral plans become available, they will be posted on the station’s website: www.wgts919.com. Comments and tributes may be posted at www.facebook.com/wgts919. The station will air a special tribute at 9 a.m., January 12.
Later that day, a celebration for Konrad's life will take place at 3 p.m. at Sligo Seventh-day Adventist Church, 7700 Carroll Avenue Takoma Park, MD 20912