Seven questions for Bermuda’s Gospel Voice: Kelly Zuill, M.B.E.

Posted by on Oct 4, 2010 in Local News & Alerts | 2 comments

By Shay Dawn Burgess


IF you have ever turned on our local gospel radio station (FM 105.1), you have inevitably listened in to the smooth voice of Kelly Zuill, MBE. 

Kelly, 67, has graced the airwaves for the past 48 years. He has promoted the classics of gospel music in addition to advancing the songs of lesser known artists.

Having worked with Kelly for the past 15 years, I am always in awe of how he masterfully mixes sounds to bring out the best in any musical program.

I sat down with Mr. Zuill to find out his motivation for staying on course with the music scene for almost half a century.

Also of curiosity to me was his undying support of his listeners. Many listeners were raised on Kelly Zuill’s commitment, and continue to be dedicated each week day morning to tune in to him.

Kelly, you have been involved in gospel broadcasting for over 48years. What is your motivation?

My motivation are my listeners. They are the ones that continue daily to push the programming in the direction that it goes.

Your listeners are very dedicated you. Why do you think this is so?

My listeners are dedicated to me because they appreciate the music I play. They always tell me that a selection I may have played comes always at the right time. Whether it be for sickness, the loss of a loved one, problem they may be facing, a song I may have played speaks to that issue and helps them deal with the issue.

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You were recently awarded the MBE (Member of the British Empire Award). No doubt a proud moment in your career?

I have received the Queen’s certificate and the Badge of Honor in December of 1993. On the odd occasion, I have received awards from churches and other organizations.

If you were not a gospel announcer, what avenue do you think you would have chosen?

I would have worked in the hospital helping the sick to get better.

You have had many concerts here in Bermuda. You even started the Mother and Grandmother of the year concerts. What was your inspiration for these concerts?

I initiated the Mother of the Year concert on my own. The Grandmother of the year was inspired by the late Jessie Dickinson. She thought it would be a great idea to celebrate our grandmothers.

Have you thought of starting the “Father of the Year”?

In reference too fathers, I did do a gospel treat for fathers for a couple of years. Unfortunately, I had to call it quits as the support was not there.

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What does gospel music mean to you?

Gospel music plays a big part in my life. I have always loved gospel music from a very young age. It keeps me in tune with God. The message that I get from the music inspires and gives me a lift for everyday living.

Tune in to FM 105.1 and take a listen to Mr. Gospel (AKA Kelly Zuill) Monday to Friday from 6:00 a.m. until 9:00 a.m. On Sundays, join the Gospel Train from 1:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. only on Bermuda’s best Gospel Station FM 105.1.

2 Comments

  1. Hey Kelly drop me a line and let me know whats going on in bermuda this is Eugene from the base how in Neil what ever happen to Stalla hit me back please

  2. Hey Kelly,
    I wanted to check on the CD’s I sent you back in June. Can you send me a email address if you have one, so i can stay in contact with you. By the way, are you still getting request for ” Jesus Never Fail”? Thanks!

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