Remembering George Beverly Shea: 1909–2013
In 1940, Shea, the future Grammy Award-winning singer who would come to be known for his solos on the Billy Graham Crusades, was hired by Moody President Dr. Will Houghton with "duties that included emceeing, interviewing, news-casting, continuity writing, programming, administration, auditioning and singing" for radio station WMBI.
Later he was also involved in Miracles and Melodies, which started on 67 radio stations across the U.S. in 1940, and was broadcast on 187 different stations in 45 U.S. states, Canada, Latin America and China; and in Hymns From the Chapel each morning at 8:15 a.m.
Shea first met Billy Graham in 1943 while Graham was a student at Wheaton College. Graham was a listener of Shea on WMBI's Hymns From the Chapel and came to WMBI to meet and thank Shea for his program, resulting in their partnership.
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